Advanced Practice (Clinical), M.Sc.

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The MSc course in Advanced Practice (Clinical) at Oxford Brookes University 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.
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About

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 in Advanced Practice (Clinical) at Oxford Brookes University will extend your skills, knowledge and practice, and challenge your attitudes to health and social care.

Why choose this course?

  • 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.
  • 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 and 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.

Programme Structure

Your final award will depend on the number of modules you successfully complete. There is the option to study one module (20 level 7 credits) or two modules (40 level 7 credits) at any one time, working towards the completion of study at any of the three offered academic award levels:

  • PGCert (3 modules worth 60 level 7 credits)
  • PGDip (6 modules worth 120 level 7 credits)
  • MSc (9 modules worth 180 level 7 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.

Advancing Professional Practice (compulsory for all award levels) - 10 credits at level 7; Semester 2, alternate Tuesday afternoons

This module enables students to analyse and debate key issues in the advancement of professional health and social care practice. You will examine developments within your professional field, and in relation to your own role. You 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. You will be facilitated in the analysis and debate of real issues from your practice, through student-centred learning approaches such as action learning, student presentation and discussion.

Advanced History Taking and Assessment (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; runs in Semesters 1 and 2 on Monday

This practice-based module aims to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to take a comprehensive patient history and a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. This module will significantly enhance your 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.

Note: If you only wish to take module Advanced History Taking and Assessment as a standalone module (rather than as part of a long award such as an MSc), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. You do not apply via UKPASS for this, but instead contact the Programme Administrator for further details and an application form.

Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; Semester 2, alternate Tuesday mornings

This module enables you 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 you to provide a theoretical base from which to make efficient and effective decisions in relation to patients'/clients' health care needs, and their management.

Portfolio (compulsory for PGCert) - 10 credits at level 7; Semester 1 or 2
This module builds on the foundation of learning achieved in he Advancing Professional Practice module . The module requires you 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 advisers are provided to support you in producing your portfolio of evidence.

Portfolio (compulsory for PGDip and MSc) - 10 credits at level 7; Semester 1 or 2
This module builds on the foundation of learning achieved in the Advancing Professional Practicemodule. 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 advisers are provided to support students in producing their portfolio of evidence.

Advanced Research Design (compulsory for PGDip and MSc) - 20 credits at level 7; Semester 1 or 2, Wednesdays on-campus or distance learning.

This module is designed to help you develop greater independence in your ability to engage in investigative work. It aims to develop decision-making skills related to research design. You 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.

Dissertation (compulsory for MSc) - 60 credits at level 7; 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 will allow you 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, you will be required to justify an appropriate methodology. 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.

Support will be given through the allocation of an academic supervisor for the duration of the dissertation. The module is organised in such a way as to ensure that opportunities are available, at regular intervals, for you to communicate and discuss work in progress with peers and other health/social care/support professionals.

For PG Diploma and MSc awards you will be required to complete two further modules from a list of options which could include Non-Medical Prescribing, Evidence-Based Practice, Independent Study, Leadership in Health and Social Care and Tackling Cancer.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits
    180 M level credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 36 months

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements

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 HCPC in the UK
  • have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within your area of practice
  • have explicit written support from your line manager.

International 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.

Note: If you only wish to take module Advanced History Taking and Assessment as a standalone module (rather than as part of a long award such as an MSc), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. You do not apply via UKPASS for this, but instead contact the Programme Administrator for further details and an application form.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, 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.

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Funding

Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students

  • Postgraduate support scheme 2015
  • John Henry Brookes Scholarships
  • Santander Scholarships
  • Faculty or Department Taught Masters Scholarships
  • de Rohan Scholarship 2015
  • Alumnus, Friends and Family Discount Schemes
  • Bursaries from External Organisations 2014-15
  • University Research Studentships
  • Public funding

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