School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Children and Young People)

Do you want to contribute to the improvement of physical and mental health outcomes for children? The health and social care needs of children and young people are increasingly acute and complex, requiring services provided by professionals working in a range of roles and settings. Equip yourself with the enhanced knowledge and skills to make a difference with MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Children and Young People).

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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

  • Advance your knowledge and skills to enable you to contribute effectively to the improvement of physical and mental health outcomes for children and young people.
  • Focus on modules suitable for health and social care practitioners in a range of settings who are responsible for supporting, delivering and managing the care needs of children and young people and their families.
  • Enhance your professional practice by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.
  • Develop your clinical decision-making and leadership skills in a range of situations and contexts both independently and within multi-professional/ multi-agency teams.
  • Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of their subject knowledge. 
  • Design and carry out research that will contribute to child- and/or family-centred care.
  • Benefit from the flexibility our programme offers. Depending on your choice of modules, you may be able to complete aspects of your course through face-to-face contact, APEL or work-based learning.
  • Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part time.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • This programme is designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in the holistic care of children and young people in a range of settings. 

    Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three child-specific modules worth 20 credits each, normally: enhanced knowledge and skills in children’s high dependency care; management of children/young people requiring urgent or emergency care; and the child and young person with mental health needs, although other relevant modules will be considered on an individual basis.

    Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (three from Year 1 and two from Year 2): 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 an area of study related to children and young people.

    Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

    Year 1

    You will need to undertake three 20 credit pathway specific modules from those listed below, normally during Year 1 of the programme. 

    Please note that if you are based in a community setting, module MCH511 ‘Work Based Learning in Community Contexts’ can replace IMS544. This cannot replace any other module. For further information on this please contact the Professional Development Unit.

    Optional modules
    • IMS544 Enhanced Knowledge and Skills in Children's High Dependency Care

      This module will enable practitioners to develop their existing knowledge and skills in the management of children requiring high dependency care by increasing their critical understanding and application of current research and specialised practice.

    • MCH512 The Child and Young Person with Mental Health Needs

      This module will enhance existing knowledge and skills of the holistic care of children with mental health needs and their family.

    • UEC706 Management of Children/Young People Requiring Urgent or Emergency Care

      This module will enhance practitioners¿ existing knowledge and skills in the holistic care of children/young people within the context of the family. It will facilitate the recognition, assessment and management of children/young people requiring urgent or emergency care for illness/injury in a range of settings.

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

  • Final year

  • MCH504 - Dissertation

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 Children and Young People 5013

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 should hold current registration with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council and meet the University’s requirement for study at postgraduate level.

Those without a degree but with relevant practice related experience may be eligible to apply.

Candidates without a first degree at 2.1 or above will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

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

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.

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