MSc in Nursing Studies Leadership in Clinical Practice
This exciting and dynamic MSc in Nursing Studies is offered as an online distance learning or on-campus course. It is open to UK, EU and international nursing professionals who wish to undertake advanced postgraduate study with a premier academic institution that has close links with nationally and internationally recognised clinical settings and expert practitioners.
The course can be taken either full-time over 12 months or part-time over three years. There are two intakes: September (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2).
We have developed the course during the last three years and have been supported by colleagues in the wider university who have a national and international reputation with teaching and learning technologies. This has helped us design the course so that it can be delivered online at a distance and provide choice, flexibility and a quality experience for students.
This MSc in Nursing Studies is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level, enabling you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. You will develop your practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow you to make effective nursing interventions.
The course covers modules in each of the following:
- Mastering Professional Practice (compulsory)
- Evidence-based Practice (compulsory)
- Health Promotion (compulsory)
- Leadership (compulsory)
- Advanced Research Design (compulsory)
- Dissertation (compulsory for MSc, triple module)
- Infection Prevention and Control (optional)
- Work-based Learning (optional)
- Independent Study (optional)
- Creating Frameworks for Learning (optional)
One optional module would be chosen from the above four to make up the 9 module MSc or 6 module PGDip. For the 3 module PGCert, you would have to do Mastering Professional Practice, Evidence-based Practice and Leadership. In addition, for the PG Dip, you would have to do all the compulsory modules (except the dissertation), plus one optional module.
Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.
Teaching learning and assessment
The assessments by coursework are varied in style and include (but are not limited to) essays, critical reviews, case studies and virtual presentations. MSc students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice. Additional materials are provided to distance learning students to guide you during your studies; these include study guides and access to an interactive online learning environment.
If you choose to enrol on the on-campus course, four of your modules will be delivered using a blended learning approach involving attendance at our Marston Road site in Oxford, and two of your modules will be delivered via distance learning.
The distance learning course provides exciting opportunities if you are unable to attend university full-time but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment. In addition to accessing our virtual learning environment you will have the use of a range of technologies such as online real-time video and audio communication tools. This means that students can feel supported by a variety of staff including the libraries and learning technologists.
As a nurse, you are part of the largest single health care profession and you may be working in any area of the world. You are ideally placed to improve the quality and delivery of health care to patients and their families. There is considerable and compelling evidence about the difference nurses can make to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and populations (Spilsbury and Meyer 2001, Cunningham 2004).
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Last updated February 1, 2016