MSc Professional Practice

Course summary

This new, flexible, part-time course has been designed for healthcare practitioners who have recently qualified or are working in a new area of practice and wish to enhance their clinical skills and knowledge.

You can opt for a generic award in professional practice or have the focus of your studies recognised through a badged award in one of the following areas:

  • Complex Mental Health Needs
  • Acute Care
  • Frail and Older People
  • Intensive/Critical Care
  • Out of Hospital Care
  • Dementia and Nutrition
  • Midwifery
  • Substance Misuse
  • Children and Young People

The first module (maximum of 20 academic credits) can be studied at Level 6. This will help promote your confidence if you've had a break in your studies, since qualifying/commencing work and it will help support the further development of your critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis skills, preparing you to undertake Level 7 study.

The majority of the course is made up of option modules - you choose modules relevant to your area of clinical practice/CPPD needs. There is a wide and exciting range to select from.

Course detail

Course detail

You must achieve 180 credits in total, in order to attain the award of MSc Professional Practice (generic/badged award).

Modules usually attract 20 credits each; however some of our modules are double modules and therefore attract 40 credits each. As such the number of modules you study will depend on your choice. The Course Leader will help you with this selection.

This course comprises of option and core modules.

Option Modules:

You will study 120 credits of option modules.

The 120 credits can be made up of:

EITHER:

  • A maximum of 20 Level 6 credits (a 20 credit L6 module can be accessed as the first module on the course)
  • A minimum of 100 Level 7 credits (i.e. the rest of the modules on your course must be studied at Level 7)

OR:

  • 120 credits at Level 7

Core Modules:

You will study two core modules at Level 7 (60 credits):

  • Research Methods (20 credits at L7) – you must pass this prior to enrolling on the Dissertation module

  • Dissertation (40 credits at L7) – this will be the final module in your course

Please note: Some modules are offered at both Levels 6 and Level 7. These are clearly identifiable as they have the same module title, with the academic level identified at the end of the title e.g.:

  • Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes L6
  • Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes L7

You cannot take a module such as this at both Levels 6 and 7. Your course leader will work with you to ensure the modules you have chosen to study are carefully mapped (this will take into account any modules you may have previously studied with us).

Below is a summary of the option modules you can choose from (subject to availability):

Option Modules

Generic Award
You must choose 40 credits of option modules from the list below. 20 credits can be taken at L6*.

  • Mentorship for Healthcare Professionals L7 (20)
  • Preceptorship Through Work based Learning L7 (20)
  • Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes L7 (20)
  • Tissue Viability: Delivering Harm Free Care L7 (20)
  • Infection Prevention and Control: Delivering Harm Free Care L7 (20)
  • Nutrition and hydration: Delivering Harm Free Care (20)
  • Understanding the Complexities of Caring for Frail and Older People: An integrated Health and Social Care Approach L7 (20)
  • Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient L7 (20)
  • Introduction to Care of the Critically Ill Adult L7 (40)
  • Delivering Contemporary Intensive Care L7 (40)
  • Clinical Innovation and Contextual Decision Making in Intensive Care Practice L7 (20)
  • Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (20)
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (NMC Approved) (40)
  • Ophthalmic Nursing L7 (40)
  • Leadership Strategies to Improve the Patient Experience (20)
  • Workbased Learning: Delivering Quality Care through Work based Learning L7 (20)
  • Supporting Student Learning (20)
  • Enhancing Student Learning (40)
  • Making a Difference to Person Centred Dementia Care L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Assessment and Case Formulation L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Brief Interventions in Acute Mental Health Care L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Family Intervention L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Medication Management  and Physical Well Being L7 (20)
  • Early Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Child/Young Person (20)
  • History Taking and Assessment - Children and Young People (20)
    Examination of the Newborn L7 (20)
  • High Dependency Practice for Midwives L7 (20)
  • Enhancing Professional Midwifery Practice through Service Improvement L7 (20)
  • The Nature of Addiction: biological, psychological and social perspectives (20)
  • Communicable Diseases: Risk Assessment and Interventions for Substance Misusers (20)
  • Enhancing Assessment and Treatment of Substance Misuse (20)
  • Improving Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Dual Diagnosis (20)

Complex Mental Health Needs Badged Award
You must choose 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award', or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Making a Difference to Person Centred Dementia Care L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Assessment and Case Formulation L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Brief Interventions in Acute Mental Health Care L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Family Intervention L7 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Medication Management  and Physical Well Being L7 (20)

Frail and Older People Badged Award
You must choose the 40 credits of option modules below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Understanding the Complexities of Caring for Frail and Older People: An integrated Health and Social Care Approach L7 (20)
  • Making a Difference to Person Centred Dementia Care L7 (20)

Acute Care Badged Award
You must choose 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (20)
  • Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient L7 (20)
  • Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes L7 (20)
  • Tissue Viability: Delivering Harm Free Care L7 (20)
  • Ophthalmic Nursing L7 (40)
  • Infection Prevention and Control: Delivering Harm Free Care L7 (20)
  • Nutrition and Hydration: Delivering Harm Free Care (20)

Intensive Care/Critical Care Badged Award

Intensive Care
Students must choose 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

Delivering Contemporary Intensive Care L7 (40)

  • Clinical Innovation and Contextual Decision Making in Intensive Care Practice L7 (20)

Critical Care
Students must undertake the 40 credit option module listed below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Introduction to Care of the Critically Ill Adult L7 (40)

Out of Hospital Care Badged Award
Students must choose 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (20)
  • Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes L7 (20)
  • Tissue Viability: Delivering Harm Free Care L7 (20)
  • Infection Prevention and Control: Delivering Harm Free Care L7 (20)
  • Nutrition and hydration: Delivering Harm Free Care (20)
  • Understanding the Complexities of Caring for Frail and Older People: An integrated Health and Social Care Approach L7 (20)
  • Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient L7 (20)

Dementia and Nutrition Badged Award
Students must undertake the 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Making a Difference to Person Centred Dementia Care L7 (20)
  • Nutrition and Hydration: Delivering Harm Free Care (20)

Children and Young People Badged Award
Students must undertake the 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Early Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Child/Young Person (20)
  • History Taking and Assessment - Children and Young People (20)

Midwifery Badged Award
Students must choose 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Examination of the Newborn L7 (20)
  • High Dependency Practice for Midwives L7 (20)
  • Enhancing Professional Midwifery Practice through Service Improvement L7 (20)

Substance Misuse Badged Award

Students must choose 40 credits of option modules from the list below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • The Nature of Addiction: biological, psychological and social perspectives (20)
  • Communicable Diseases: Risk Assessment and Interventions for Substance Misusers (20)
  • Enhancing Assessment and Treatment of Substance Misuse (20)
  • Improving Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Dual Diagnosis (20)

PgCert - Independent and Supplementary prescribing
Students must undertake the 40 credit option module listed below in order to attain this badged award. The remainder of the credits required for your award can be chosen from the other options listed under the 'generic award' or you can choose one L6 module* as part of this award should you wish to.

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (NMC Approved) (40)

*Maximum of 20 credits at Level 6

The first module in the course can be taken at Level 6 (a maximum of up to 20 credits). You can choose from the following modules (negotiated with the Course Leader):

Option Modules

Generic Award
You can choose from any of the option modules on the list below

  • Mentorship for Health care Professionals L6 (20)
  • Preceptorship Through Work based Learning L6 (20)
  • Patient-centred Leadership (20)
  • Tissue Viability: Delivering Harm Free Care L6 (20)
  • Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes L6 (20)
  • Infection Prevention and Control: Delivering Harm Free Care L6 (20)
  • Understanding the Complexities of Caring for Frail and Older People: An integrated Health and Social Care Approach L6 (20)
  • Making a Difference to Person Centred Dementia Care L6 (20)
  • Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient L6 (20)
  • Clinical Innovation and Contextual Decision Making in Intensive Care  Practice L6 (20)
  • Care of the Anaesthetic Patient (20)
  • Care of the Surgical Patient (20)
  • Post Anaesthetic Care (20)
  • History Taking and Physical Examination (20)
  • Early Recognition and Management of the Physically Unwell Patient in Mental Health Practice (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Assessment and Case Formulation L6 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis L6 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Brief Interventions in Acute Mental Health Care L6 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Family Intervention L6 (20)
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Medication Management  and Physical Well Being L6 (20)
  • Advanced Substance Use and Misuse in Context (20)
  • Advanced Communicable Diseases (HBV, HCV, HIV, TB) Substance Misuse and Health Behaviour Intervention Policies (20)
  • Advanced Substance Misuse Treatment Interventions (20)
    Advanced Dual Diagnosis: Exploring Interventions for People with Mental Health & Substance Misuse Problems (20)
  • Examination of the Newborn  L6 (20)
  • High Dependency Practice for Midwives L6 (20)
  • Promoting Women's Health and Wellbeing through Work based Learning (20)
  • Work-based Learning: Delivering Quality Care through Work based Learning L6 (20).

Entry requirements

You will:

Be a Health/Social Care Practitioner who holds current registration with their professional body in the UK (where this is a requirement for the profession).

Hold a degree in a professional health/social care related subject*

Be working in a relevant health/social care environment in order that you can meet the learning outcomes of the course**

Fees

Notes

Students may be funded by their employer or opt to self-fund.

Funding

For more information on fees and funding please contact Claire Anderson (Claire.Anderson@uwl.ac.uk).

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

The application process is quick and easy and is now completed on-line (as is your organisations approval, if your employer is funding your course). Guidance re the application process and the study day dates for the option modules are available here:
 
http://www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/nursing-midwifery/continuing-professional-development/how-apply 

N.B. if your employer is funding your studies you must seek approval from them first prior to applying.

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