School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Contemporary Healthcare

Do you want to continue your professional development in nursing, midwifery and healthcare? Our contemporary programmes reflect political and professional changes in healthcare and will advance your skills, knowledge and insight in this challenging sector. With the option to study part-time over three years, you can pick the modules you want to study and choose how you learn. And you’ll leave fully equipped to provide more effective, efficient and quality patient care across many sectors.

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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

  • Choose one of five specialisations, which include contemporary health in: advanced practice, health genetics, community nursing, child or midwifery. Alternatively, choose the generic contemporary health award – which can be at Pg Cert, Pg Dip or masters degree level. 
  • Choose your learning journey – the flexibility of our programme structure gives you the power to choose which pathway to follow.
  • Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with core and optional modules.
  • Engage in a contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching, which is embedded across a curriculum with a professorial level embedded in its design and delivery.
  • Delivered by a team with extensive experience in the teaching of masters level modules and a diverse range of health and social care knowledge.
  • Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. With face-to-face and distance learning, you can learn the way you want to. Depending on your choice of modules, you may be able to complete aspects of your course using work-based learning, e-learning or direct contact methods.
  • Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part-time over the course of three years. 

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You’ll be able to study a variety of modules from any of the pathways on our programme, with most of the modules worth 20 or 30 credits.

    Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 40 of these will be made up from two core modules taken in Year 2, each worth 20 credits: advancing research knowledge in practice 1 and advancing research knowledge in practice 2.

    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 the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

    Year 1

    You can study a variety of modules from any of the pathways on our programme, with most of the modules worth 20 or 30 credits – please see our MSc Contemporary Healthcare module page or contact the Professional Development Unit for details of the available modules.

    Optional modules
    • MCH505 Advanced Consulting and Clinical Skills

      This module will enable practitioners in any setting to develop existing professional skills, to undertake a comprehensive health assessment following history taking, clinical examination, diagnosis and documentation and to develop treatment and management strategies. It is essential that the practitioner develops competence through clinical practice experience and utilises relevant theoretical models enabling decision making process.

    • IMS547 Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination (APL)

      This module enables practitioners who have undertaken a programme of learning to demonstrate mastery in the examination of the newborn/infant, applying complex and creative synthesis of the evidence base to this autonomous professional role.

    • MCH506 Clinical Decision Making and Disease Management

      Practitioners will develop existing professional skills with a specific focus on the comprehensive health assessment and the development of clinical reasoning and clinical decision making skills across a broad range of disease processes and conditions (acute and chronic) in adults and children

  • Year 2
  • One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.

    Examples of the optional modules available:

    IMS547 - Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination (APL)

    Please contact the Professional Development Unit for details of further optional modules available.

    Core modules
    • MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

      This module develops an understanding of research designs and methods, enables the critically appraisal of research and introduces the principles of data collection and analysis. A blended learning approach will be taken to delivery with Distance Learning option.

    • MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

      This module will develop the research knowledge and skills necessary for the development of the research proposal, focussing on the formulation of research questions in preparation for future enquiry. A blended learning approach will be taken to delivery with Distance Learning option.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • MCH504 Dissertation

      This module is the dissertation associated with the MSc Contemporary Healthcare programme and enables students to design and undertake a systematic review, or an approved research project, under supervision. Undertaking the dissertation provides students with the opportunity to apply their understanding and knowledge of research methodology and methods to a subject relevant to their programme award; and to theory, policy and/or practice

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 Contemporary Healthcare 4700

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

A relevant first degree or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care. Those without a degree but with relevant practice related experience may be eligible to apply.

Fees, costs and funding

2017-18

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

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

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.

Develop significant expertise in your chosen area with our specialist routes:

Looking to enrol for September 2017?

This programme will no longer be running after the end of the 2016/17 academic year. If you are looking to enrol for the 2017/18 academic year please visit our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways webpage to find out more.

Find out more about our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways

MSc Contemporary Healthcare modules

There are a number of core and optional modules associated with the MSc Contemporary Healthcare programme pathways, as well as three different exit awards.

Find out more about the modules