School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions)

Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) has been developed to meet the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working across all healthcare sectors. You will develop your practice by building on your current experience and knowledge, leading to improved ways of working and a positive impact on patient care.

Full time route also available.

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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

  • A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment.
  • Build a qualification around your personal professional needs by picking and choosing optional modules with relevance to your area of practice and benefit from a student-centred approach providing flexibility in your choice of award.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
  • 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.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the advanced clinical practice role and how this is used to enhance the patient journey whilst ensuring the right care is delivered by the right clinician at the right time.
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education
  • Full or 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 three modules: two core and one optional.

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

    One twenty credit optional modules to be chosen

    Examples of the optional modules available
    APP717 – The Fundamentals of Health Assessment
    APP718 – Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Practice
    APP729 – Enhancing End of Life and Palliative Care Practice

    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.

  • Year 2
  • You must gain 60 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
    APP711 – Managing Clinical Complexity
    APP719 – Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination

  • 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. (Please note that full-time or international students will be supported to choose modules with non-clinical assignments.)

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 must have completed an evidence based practice module at degree level and 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 (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.

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

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 Nursing and Midwifery

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.

Find out more about the modules

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