School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery)

Advance your professional expertise and specialist knowledge with MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery). Consider approaches to care delivery, investigate the surgical patient experience and conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own needs, enabling you to practice at an advanced level in this emerging specialist role. PLEASE NOTE: You must have completed the corresponding PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner programme to enrol for this award.

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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 professional expertise and specialist knowledge through learning tailored to your specialty. 
  • Consider research approaches to care delivery and investigate the surgical patient experience. 
  • Expand your research knowledge and skills to design and conduct your own study.
  • Benefit from professorial academic, and theoretical teaching. Visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
  • Further your career progression through the Knowledge and Skills Framework on completion of the MSc - national examples include practitioners achieving Band 8a and 8b, who manage their own operation lists, or organise and deliver screening and follow-up programmes.
  • Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Note: students must have completed a PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery to enrol for this award.

    Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits.

    Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits.

    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.

    Conduct a research investigation into a topic tailored to your own speciality and workplace.

    Core modules
    • SPP701 Substantive Professional Project

      The substantive professional project will enable the student to undertake an approved project, under supervision. This project provides the student the opportunity to apply the knowledge and understanding of research methodology and methods to a practice focussed problem/ issue, and allow for developmental recommendations to be made.

    • APP703 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.

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:

PgDip MSc Surgical Care Practitioner Programme Specification 5831

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

To apply for this programme, you'll need:

  • a named consultant surgeon who will be your clinical supervisor
  • a current and live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 or 2) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • successful completion of PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery) or equivalent
  • a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB)
  • a satisfactory occupational health clearance.

UK/EU

A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

You must be employed full-time in an appropriate role within a suitable hospital able to provide training with a UK setting, and you must have support of the clinical manager to undertake this programme of study whilst employed.

International

We are unable to take international students on this programme as they have to be in an employed position as a trainee surgical care practitioner.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU Check with School To be confirmed
International Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £375 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme should be made by the end of July in the academic year that you wish to commence studying. 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 10 page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A 10 page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

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 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.

PgDip/MSc Surgical Care Practitioner pathways

We offer three specialist Surgical Care Practitioner programme pathways at postgraduate diploma and masters level.

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