School of Health Professions

MSc Advanced Professional Practice

Are you a health or social care professional looking to develop your key advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? You'll develop your current knowledge and expertise, linking it to contemporary literature, theory and research and apply it to your area of practice. Our range of programme optional modules, shared across a large range of named pathway awards, give you the flexibility and choice to tailor your learning to your workplace.

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FIRST CHOICE FOR HEALTH

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Train to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in a setting with exciting core and optional modules.*
  • Study alongside an interprofessional range of health and social care professionals from a variety of backgrounds, for example allied health professionals, nursing, medical and social care. 
  • Choose from optional modules in a range of specialist areas such as management of long-term conditions (service delivery), practice education and evaluating outcomes. Specialist modules such as injection therapy can be taken as individual CPD options. Further options are also available from our named pathways.
  • Complete the programme in a year, with a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.
  • Make the most of our approach to blended learning, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection. Study comprises a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
  • A range of assessments are used across our modules, designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice. This will also enable you to develop advanced practitioner skills, including evidence-based case studies, portfolios and service delivery proposals as well as written and oral work.
  • Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in their specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s research groups, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
  • Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: postgraduate certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; postgraduate diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and masters (MSc), 180 credits.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Pathways in this programme include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice, a pathway specific module or a programme option module if you are not pursuing a specific pathway, and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research, developing self and others, and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information.
    Core modules
    • ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice

      Focusing on the application of evidence based practice (EBP) to professional practice; you’ll learn how to use research to guide best practice. You will also identify a question relevant to your area of practice, review and critique the literature in this area, and plan and evaluate any necessary change to professional practice.

    • ADV702C Applying Evidence to Practice

    • ADV702Z Applying Evidence to Practice

      This module is aimed at the application of evidence based practice (EBP) to professional practice. The students will learn how to use research to guide best practice. They will identify a question relevant to their area of practice, review and critique the literature in the area, plan and evaluate any necessary change to professional practice.

    • ADV715 Project Design for Research

      You’ll explore methodology and methods relevant to the development of a research project and by the end of the module you’ll formulate a research proposal. You’ll learn how to define and refine a research question, select and appraise methodology, address ethical considerations, and select and appraise data collection and analysis techniques.

    • ADV716 Research Dissertation

      You’ll complete your dissertation as part of your Advanced Professional Practice Masters programme under supervision from the module team and a named dissertation supervisor.

    Optional modules
    • ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice

      This module explores occupation in contemporary occupational therapy practice. This includes current and emerging theory and research on occupation, occupational performance and models of practice. The module develops students ability to reflect on, challenge and articulate application to practice.

    • ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)

      Participants on this module must be registered with a suitable health professions council or Nursing and Midwifery council. A suitably qualified supervisor within practice should be identified prior to attendance on the module. Participants must demonstrate a suitable level of expertise prior to attendance on the module, this will usually be through interview.

    • ADV709 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Corticosteroid)

      Participants on this module must be registered with a suitable health professions council or Nursing and Midwifery council. A suitably qualified supervisor within practice should be identified prior to attendance on the module. Participants must demonstrate a suitable level of expertise prior to attendance on the module, this will usually be through interview.

    • ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance

      This module focuses on the diagnostic and therapeutic interventions of health professionals managing patients with gait and balance problems. Gait and balance are explored alongside theoretical and practical approaches to rehabilitation in a wide variety of conditions.

    • ADV712 Supported Independent Study

      This module is specifically designed to enable students to develop their own professional practice by undertaking and reflecting on learning and experience gained through a period of supported independent study related to agreed learning objectives.

    • ADV720 Dietetic Management of Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMD)

      You will look at the biochemical, pathophysiological and genetic basis of IMD. You’ll critically appraise the complex dietary therapies needed to correct metabolic derangements to ensure long-term safety, optimal growth, neurodevelopment and psychosocial stability of infants, children, adolescents, and individuals approaching adulthood who are starting their own families.

    • ADV723 Advanced Practice with Children and Families

      This module will enhance social work practitioners' existing knowledge and skills in working with complex intra- and inter-personal processes in the promotion of wellbeing and protection of children and young people. It will incorporate learning about systemic ways of working with children and families, and enhance knowledge of current research and its use in practice.

    • ADV726 Assessing Adult Learners in Their Practice

      This module is concerned with ensuring fair and safe assessment of the practice capability of adult learners. Critical reflection on power relationships in practice and the importance of self-awareness will underpin informed use of a wide range of knowledge, tools and frameworks for assessment. For some professions there may be specific requirements.

    • ADV727 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings

      This module is concerned with: the ability to understand, critique and apply relevant knowledge, skills and values in demonstrating the ability to facilitate adult learners in professional practice settings; providing and managing a safe and stimulating learning environment for them which maximises their learning and development and in which the needs of members of the public are paramount.

    • ADV728 Safeguarding Children

      This module is specifically designed to enable students to develop their own professional practice by building on and reflecting on their learning and experience gained from relevant and appropriate learning events in relation to children's services and safeguarding.

    • ADV729 Critical Care Management - Airway, Breathing and Circulation

      This module will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills necessary to deliver airway, breathing and circulatory (ABCs) pre-hospital critical care management within a variety of settings. It will incorporate critical understanding and application of physical assessment, physiology, pathophysiology and general examination.

    • ADV730 Critical Care Management - Neurological, Environmental and Special Patient Groups

      This module will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills necessary to deliver neurological, environmental emergency and special patient group pre-hospital critical care management within a variety of settings. It will incorporate critical understanding and application of physical assessment, physiology, pathophysiology and general examination.

    • ADV732 Advanced Clinical Reasoning for the Critical Care Patient

      This module will build upon prior knowledge and experience to develop advanced clinical reasoning skills in critical care management. Students will explore at depth the theoretical underpinning knowledge needed to justify a range of clinical decisions, including the inter-arrest / post cardiac arrest scenario. Critical reflection on their own area of practice is a key element of this module.

    • ADV733 Retrieval and Transfer of a Critical Care Patient Within Special Situations

      This module will provide students with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to undertake and lead critical care retrieval and transfers. It will also critically analyse the special situations that may require alternative or additional application of understanding and abilities.

    • ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions

      This module focuses on critically applying knowledge and understanding to support service development for people with long term conditions' that is person centred; promoting self-management and collaborative working. This module is based on best practice discussed within national and international policy and guidelines. It will explore in depth the impact of long term conditions on the individual, their family and carers.

    • ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders

      The module will (a) highlight how understanding neuroanatomy/physiology can aid in the interpretation of the signs and symptoms of commonly encountered neurological conditions affecting sensorimotor control (b) facilitate the development of problem solving and clinical reasoning skills in neurological rehabilitation.

    • ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour

      This module will draw on the fields of neuropsychology, neuroscience and rehabilitation to explore cognitive and perceptual domains such as memory, executive function, attention and language. An inter-disciplinary team will highlight the functional and psychosocial impact of dysfunction to these domains and provide a critical review of current clinical interventions.

    • ADV740 Enhancing Practice in Chronic Pulmonary Conditions

      This module explores the role of the advanced cardiorespiratory practitioner, integrating skills and techniques, theoretical concepts, clinical reasoning and critical appraisal of the evolving body of knowledge from current evidence in the management of chronic pulmonary conditions.

    • ADV741 Nutrition and Dietetics in Infancy and Childhood

      This module promotes understanding of advice given to families, health professionals and policy groups on normal nutrition and feeding during infancy and childhood. It critiques evidence for health promotion strategies, initiated to enhance health outcomes and minimise disease risk.

    • ADV742 Nutrition and Dietetics in Common Paediatric Disorders

      This module will critically examine the aetiology, nutritional and dietetic management of paediatric diabetes, cystic fibrosis, faltering growth, cancer, allergy and gastrointestinal problems. It explores their impact on feeding problems and the complexity of managing paediatric disorders to ensure normal growth and development.

    • ADV743 Clinical Dietetics for Infants and Children

      This module explores the nutritional and dietetic interventions essential for normal growth and development in chronic and acute paediatric illness. Nutritional management of organ system diseases, epilepsy, neonatal surgery, burns and trauma will be considered. The use of all forms of nutrition support in disease management will be critically examined.

    • ADV744 Neonatal Nutrition

      This module explores the nutritional and dietetic management of preterm and sick term infants in the neonatal period and beyond in order to optimise growth and development and minimise post-natal growth restriction. It includes the management of complex neonatal nutritional problems such as necrotising enterocolitis and practical issues such as breastfeeding and human milk banking.

    • ADV745 Working in the Professional Environment with Children and Families

      This module will develop social work practitioners' knowledge and skills in working in a complex and changing professional environment, taking a systemic view of working in child welfare and safeguarding. The module will use critical case analysis and discussion to explore complex situations and creative responses to challenging families / situations / service delivery issues.

    • ADV746 Children, Young People and their Families and the Legal Process

      This module will enhance social work practitioners' knowledge and skills in working with children, young people and families in the context of interventions with a legal component. The module will develop students' ability to engage with families in complex situations, using critical analysis to consider issues of rights, powers and duties and the promotion of welfare within a corporate parenting and legal framework.

    • ADV747 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person

      Students will develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts that influence the management of frailty and complex care needs in the older person. They will develop advanced assessment, evaluation and management skills and apply these in a person centred framework to their practice, using evidence based theories around frailty, co-morbidity, polypharmacy and the ageing process.

    • ADV748 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

      This module will enable qualified physiotherapists to extend their current practice within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy by engendering a higher level of critical thinking and clinical reasoning within the context of evidence based practice.

    • ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study

      This module is specifically designed to enable students to develop their own professional practice by undertaking and reflecting on learning and experience gained through a period of supported independent study related to agreed learning objectives.

    • ADV750 Occupational Therapy Practice: Supported Study

      This module is specifically designed to enable Occupational Therapists to develop their own occupational therapy professional practice by undertaking and reflecting on learning and experience gained through a period of supported independent study related to agreed learning objectives.

    • ADV751 Physiotherapy Practice: Supported Study

      This module is specifically designed to enable Physiotherapists to develop their own professional practice by undertaking and reflecting on learning and experience gained through a period of supported independent study related to agreed learning objectives.

    • ADV752 Social Work Practice: Supported Study

      This module is specifically designed to enable Social Workers to develop their own professional practice by undertaking and reflecting on learning and experience gained through a period of supported independent study related to agreed learning objectives.

    • ADV753 Assessing Adult Learners in Their Practice (Social Workers)

      This module is concerned with ensuring fair and safe assessment of the practice capability of adult learners. Critical reflection on power relationships in practice and the importance of self-awareness will underpin informed use of a wide range of knowledge, tools and frameworks for assessment. This module is aligned to the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Workers.

    • ADV754 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings (Social Workers)

      This module is concerned with: the ability to understand, critique and apply relevant knowledge, skills and values in demonstrating the ability to facilitate adult learning in professional practice settings; providing and managing a safe and stimulating learning environment for them which maximises their learning and development and in which the needs of members of the public are paramount.

    • ADV755 Application of Law and Policy in Safeguarding Adults

      The module will critically examine the broad range of policy and legal frameworks that underpin practice in Safeguarding Adults. It will consider the application of legislation which supports professional practice. The Care Act 2014 and law pertaining to equality and human rights will provide a common foundation for this module.

    • ADV756 Advanced Critical Reflection, Risk and Decision-Making

      Participants will be facilitated to utilise the potential of critical reflection as a tool to further their knowledge and skills in order to improve their understanding of the complexity of risk, practice and decision making processes. This course enables the raising of professional issues, procedures and standards to the level of (critical) reflection, practice wisdom and research.

    • ADV758 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person

      Students will develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts that influence the management of frailty and complex care needs in the older person. They will develop advanced assessment, evaluation and management skills and apply these in a person centred framework to their practice, using evidence based theories around frailty, co-morbidity, polypharmacy and the ageing process.

    • ADV759 International Perspectives and Practice Requirements for Health and Social Care Practitioners

      This module will enhance students¿ knowledge of their profession within a global context. It will provide the opportunity for health and social care practitioners to explore current research and development related to a range of countries. This learning will be incorporated into a professional development plan towards considering career development within these contexts.

    • ADV760 Participation for Children and Young People

      This module will provide an opportunity to explore the concept of participation in relation to working with children and young people. Allied Health Practitioners, will review current working practices, nationally and internationally to enhance the participation focus of goals with children and improve service provision.

    • ADV761 Assessment and Management of Foot and Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Conditions

      Students will analyse methods of assessment to determine clinical impressions. They will apply critical reasoning to the management of musculoskeletal foot and lower limb conditions and explore community multidisciplinary working, emerging practice and traditional methods in the context of combining therapeutic approaches and modalities to achieve desired clinical outcomes in variety of patient groups.

    • ADV762 Recognition and Reduction of Risk to the Lower Limb in the Patient with Diabetes

      Students will explore the complex physiology and psychology of diabetes especially the multisystem pathologies that express in the lower limb. Modifiable risk factors will be evaluated that can influence the development of lower limb pathologies and there will be analysis of current therapies and interventions and evaluation of their limitations.

    • ADV763 Facilitating Collaborative Patient Management and Flow

      This module facilitates health and social care practitioners to collaborate to develop their understandings of the complexities associated with patient flow. This will offer students the opportunity to debate quality improvements and efficiencies from the perspective of the patient, the practitioner and the organisation.

    • ADV764 Leading Professionals, Managing Aspirations for Self and Others

      This module will equip learners with the knowledge and skills needed to actively understand and inform personal development and individual leadership qualities. The module focus will use the professional arena to explore how engagement in personal leadership development can help self and others to reach their full potential, both individually and for organisational advancement.

    • ADV765 The Ageing Person: Society, Body and Mind

      This module explores how the body and mind changes through the ageing process. It works through the direct and indirect influences that this process has on the health and wellbeing of the ageing person, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities associated with ageing within our society.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Advanced Professional Practice FT 4464

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You’ll normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above or European first cycle equivalent). 

You may be a health or social care professional with a first degree or have related academic degrees. If you do not have a degree but have appropriate experience related to the programme or to any of the chosen pathways you may be eligible to apply.

You must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS requirement is 6.5 average with a minimum of 5.5 in each category. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at Plymouth University, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course

You’ll be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary. You’ll normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

AP(E)L:

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, are accepted and will be assessed following university regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS):

This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module has the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

Successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a UK-based regulatory body.

Fees, costs and funding

2017-18

Home/EU (full time) International (full time)
£6,750* £13,250
Home/EU (part time) International (part time)
£750 per 20 credits N/A
       

*This fee is based on undertaking 180 credits at £750 per 20 credits. Please note that some of the optional modules for this programme are specialist modules and therefore may have different fees . Module fees can be found on the individual module webpages.

Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Information about loans and funding for postgraduate study.

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

Applications should be made by using the relevant PDF or Word application form.

Postgraduate application form DOC – A ten page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A ten page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

Printed application forms are also available and can be obtained from the Professional Development Unit. Please send your completed application form to the address or email listed below:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Email: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available if you an overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways

Both the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing and Midwifery offer the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme; together we offer a wide range of specialist and generic pathways to meet the educational needs of all health and social care professionals.

Discover more about the pathways we offer


MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information for the School of Health Professions

There are a number of core and optional modules associated with the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme pathways in the School of Health Professions, as well as three different exit awards.

Find out more about the modules

English Language Centre

We offer a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills.

These include pre-sessional academic English courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students along with insessional language classes, tutorials and activities to support students who have English as a second language.

Find out how we can help you reach your potential.

Teaching and learning

The programme is designed to fit around your busy life as a postgraduate student, and enhance the learning process by giving you time for reflection between study blocks.

You’ll develop skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as increasing your knowledge base.

Discover more about teaching and learning

Injection therapy

Injection therapy modules enable relevant health professionals to provide advanced assessment, intervention and management involving injections of Botulinum toxin or Corticosteroid in neurological and musculoskeletal settings. 
We currently run two injection therapy modules as part of the Advanced Professional Practice programme: 

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