School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner)

Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your clinical career? This clinically-focused specialist pathway has been designed to prepare and support nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to develop understanding of the underpinning principles of clinical assessment and examination to inform safe and effective clinical decision making. You will also gain the knowledge and skills required to work in any sector of the health service.

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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

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to work in any sector of the health service (e.g. pre-hospital, primary care and secondary care settings).
  • Develop your skills and knowledge in relation to assessment, clinical reasoning and formulation of appropriate differential diagnosis, diagnostic decision making and initiation or delivery of appropriate, timely care evidence-based care.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).  
  • Undertake assessments linked to your own practice to ensure that your learning needs are met within your specific practice area.
  • Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
  • Research informed teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum and you will be given the chance to design and undertake your own research to enhance and develop patient care and/or service provision.
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education
  • Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking two core and one pathway specific module.

    Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: two core, two pathway specific and up to two optional.

    Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice modules for the School of Nursing and Midwifery page.

    Please note: You will also need to complete two 0 credit rated modules over two years to gain this qualification – APP712 – Professional Practice 1 and APP713 – Professional Practice 2.

    Core modules
    • APP701 Advancing Practice in Context

      This module will enable the student to develop their professional understanding within Advancing Practice, allowing them to consider the legal and ethical boundaries, the working environment and the complexities of their practice.

    • APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

      This module develops an understanding of research designs and methods, enables the critical appraisal of research and introduces the principles of data collection and analysis.

    • APP712 Professional Portfolio 1

      This module is a 0 credit module which confirms the completion of the Skills and Competencies and is aligned to meet RCN Advanced Practice standards and the Scottish Advanced Practice toolkit.

    Optional modules
    • APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice

      "This module will enable experienced practitioners to undertake a systematic and structured history taking assessment alongside a physical examination in order to integrate advanced assessment findings into clinical decision making. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of systems and patho-physiology when seeing and managing patients with undiagnosed and undifferentiated presentations across healthcare settings."

  • Year 2
  • You must gain 40 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma.

    Examples of the optional modules available
    HEA577 – Supplementary prescribing
    HEAD709 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists)
    NMP702 - Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives
    APP716 – Clinical skills in community and primary care
    APP718 – The fundamentals of health assessment

    Core modules
    APP711 – Managing clinical complexity

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    APP703 - Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
    SPP701 – Substantive professional project

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 will normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care).

You will also need to be working in an environment that will enable you to meet the programme learning outcomes and have a clinical mentor in practice (e.g. a Doctor or Advanced Clinical/Nurse Practitioner with a masters degree) who has agreed to supervise your clinical learning.

If you do not have a degree but have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme you may be eligible to apply.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS minimum of 7 in each part.

You will be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary. If you do not have a first degree at 2.1 or above (or European first equivalent) you will 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 post graduate 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.

Fees, costs and funding

2017-18

Home/EU (part time) International (part time)
£750 per 20 credits N/A

*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.

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.


How to apply

This programme will commence in September 2017. For further information please contact the Professional Development Team.

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 Assist website.

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


Looking to enrol before September 2017?

This programme will be available to students who wish to commence study in the 2017/18 academic year. If you wish to begin studying in the current academic year please visit our MSc Contemporary Healthcare page.

Find out more about the MSc Contemporary Healthcare

Module information

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

Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner) programme will equip you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients who present with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions, across all sectors of healthcare.

You'll work as an autonomous advanced clinical practitioner with an expert knowledge base and complex decision-making skills.

Find out how this programme can help you achieve your goals