M.Sc. Advanced Practice (Clinical)

Oxford Brookes University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The MSc course in Advanced Practice (Clinical) aims to prepare, support and develop effective clinical leaders in health and social care who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education and research responsibilities.

Continued developments in health and social care have resulted in the need for some professionals to take greater responsibility, autonomy and accountability for developing service provision. This course offers opportunities for a wide range of health and social care professionals including nurses and allied health professionals to engage in continuing professional and postgraduate academic development. The course will extend your skills, knowledge and practice, and challenge your attitudes to health and social care.

Why Brookes?
* We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
* We have our own osteopathic clinics: Mill Court in Headington, Oxford and at Ferndale Campus in Swindon, offering a full range of osteopathic treatments to students, staff, NHS staff and the general public
* Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
* We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
* Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
* Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
* We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement and interprofessional education & collaborative practice.
* Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.
* Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
* We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.


Course length
Part-time: MSc: 3-5 years, PGDip: 2-4 years, PGCert: 18-24 months

Your final award will depend on the number of modules you successfully complete. There is the option to study one module (20 CATS M Level) or two modules (40 CATS M Level) at any one time, working towards the completion of study at any of the three offered academic award levels:

* PGCert (3 modules worth 60 CATS credits)
* PGDip (6 modules worth 120 CATS credits)
* MSc (9 modules worth 180 CATS credits).

There may also be an opportunity for you to undertake a module from another course in the postgraduate health and social care course portfolio.

P44014 Advancing Professional Practice (compulsory for all award levels) - 10 credits at M Level; Semester 2, alternate Monday afternoons

This module enables students to analyse and debate key issues in the advancement of professional health and social care practice. Students will examine developments within their professional field, and in relation to their own role. They will be supported in the enhancement of self-awareness and personal/professional growth through the use of strategies that include reflective practice and critical thinking. Students will be facilitated in the analysis and debate of real issues from their practice, through student-centred learning approaches such as action learning, student presentation and discussion.

P44011 Advanced History Taking and Assessment (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at M Level; Semester 1, Mondays; Semester 2, Tuesdays

This practice-based module aims to enable students to develop the skills and knowledge to take a comprehensive patient history and a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. This module will significantly enhance the students' assessment skills and ability to accurately describe the patient/client's history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team.

P44012 Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice (compulsory for PGCert, alternative compulsory for PGDip and MSc) - 20 credits at M Level; Semester 2, alternate Monday mornings

This module enables students to critically appraise knowledge and evidence related to the physiology underpinning diagnostic tools and interventions used within practice. The development of this knowledge will enable the student to provide a theoretical base from which to make efficient and effective decisions in relation to patients'/clients' health care needs, and their management.

P46600 Portfolio (compulsory for PGCert) - 10 credits at M Level; Semester 1 or 2
This module builds on the foundation of learning achieved in module P44014 in relation to advanced practice. The module requires students to develop a portfolio of evidence of achievement of the module learning outcomes. Group work in workshops on portfolio development and tutorial time with academic advisors are provided to support students in producing their portfolio of evidence.

P44050 Non-Medical Prescribing (alternative compulsory for PGDip and MSc) - 30 credits at M Level; Semesters 1 & 2, Thursdays

This module provides a programme of preparation for registered nurses, midwives and health visitors to prescribe safely and competently as independent prescribers and additionally as supplementary prescribers. The course introduces pharmacology, legal and ethical prescribing, interpersonal skills and quality assurance aspects of prescribing. These are underpinned by reflection on students own experience, applying theory to practice and evaluating their own performance.

P49210 Advanced Research Design (compulsory for PGDip and MSc) - 20 credits at M Level; Semester 1 or 2, Wednesdays on-campus or distance learning

This module is designed to help students develop greater independence in their ability to engage in investigative work. It aims to develop decision-making skills related to research design. Students will also explore the theoretical and philosophical context relevant to a study of research methodology and consider their implications for research design. A broad and eclectic approach is taken to the module, choice of research paradigms and designs and their use in the investigation of contemporary health care care problems. Learning will take place from a range of perspectives.

P46601 portfolio (compulsory for PGDip and MSc) - 10 credits at M Level; Semester 1 or 2
This module builds on the foundation of learning achieved in module P44014 in relation to advanced practice. The module requires students to develop a portfolio of evidence of achievement of the module learning outcomes. Group work in workshops on portfolio development and tutorial time with academic advisors are provided to support students in producing their portfolio of evidence.

P49214 Independent Study - 20 credits at M Level; Semester negotiable - no timetabled hours: students will be linked with a facilitator

This module allows students to undertake a negotiated individual study, focused on a health care topic pertinent to their area of practice. Students are thus able to enhance their reflective and analytical abilities and build on existing knowledge and experience.

P44820 Leadership in Health and Social Care - 20 credits at M Level; Semester 1, Thursday mornings

The module offers students the opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge, conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective leader within health and social care environments, both in the public and private sector. Through a range of assessment and learning opportunities such as coaching, seminar/group work and guided personal study, students will deepen their awareness of key theories and the research evidence on leadership practice and its application at a personal, organisational and inter-organisational level.

P49203 Evidence-based Practice - 20 credits at M Level, Semester 2, Distance learning

This module aims to explore and critique theories, models and strategies for evidence-based practice, with application to the health and social care setting. Examination of the purposes, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice, with consideration of political and economic dimensions. Consideration of the concepts of decision-making from the practitioner, purchaser, provider and consumer perspectives. Exploration of some available tools for critical-appraisal and the transfer of evidence to professional knowledge. Sharing of the work of experts, researchers and the student group for discussion and critique.

P49215 Dissertation (compulsory for MSc) - 60 credits at M Level; Semester 1 or 2, 10 hours of negotiated supervisor-student contact

This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of investigative research which allows students to demonstrate the development of skills in scholarship and an ability to focus on a specific research question(s). In addition, it provides sufficient scope to display a wide appreciation of the context of the chosen topic within the health care field. The research questions posed by students are expected to vary considerably; however, students will be required to justify an appropriate methodology. Support will be given through the allocation of an academic supervisor for the duration of the dissertation. The investigation undertaken will encompass a systematic collection and analysis of data and reflect awareness of the implications of the research for practice, theory, education, management and future research within the Health Care field. The module is organised in such a way as to ensure that opportunities are available, at regular intervals, for students to communicate and discuss work in progress with peers and other health/social care/support professionals.


You must:

* have a first degree, or prior learning at the equivalent, appropriate level
* have a minimum of three years' post-registration experience in clinical practice
* be employed in a suitable clinical role in the UK for the achievement of clinical learning outcomes
* have evidence of current professional registration with the NMC or the HPC in the UK
* have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within your area of practice
* have explicit written support from your line manager.

Overseas applicants and medical doctors are not eligible for this course.

Note: The university offers a pre-master's programme which has been designed to fully prepare you for your future master's course if:

* your undergraduate qualifications do not meet the level required for postgraduate study
* you wish to take a master's in a subject that is different from your undergraduate degree
* you need to improve your study skills and use of academic English.

English language requirements
You must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level with an IELTS overall score of 7.0 or equivalent. This is necessary to satisfy the requirements of the prescribing element in the course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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