MSc Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

General

Program Description

MSc Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

This MSc offers a taught programme of study that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professional practitioners. It is delivered through five specialist pathways which correspond to the key areas of expertise within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The programme is offered on a full-time basis and combines face-to-face teaching with online delivery. Those taking the programme on a full-time basis may be eligible to do so incorporating a Clinical Practicum by the agreement with the Programme Co-ordinator.

WHY QUEEN'S?

The programme is offered on a full-time basis and combines face-to-face teaching with online delivery. Those taking the programme on a full-time basis may be eligible to do so incorporating a Clinical Practicum by agreement with the Programme Co-ordinator.

COURSE DETAILS

Students can choose six modules from those listed, but some are specialist modules and require the student to be working in a relevant area of practice. All students must complete one of the compulsory modules and a dissertation.

Acute and Critical Care: Designed for practitioners from a wide variety of critical care environments who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based health care in the critical setting:

  • Health Assessment
  • Specialist Assessment of the Cardiac Patient

Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care: Designed to allow a flexible postgraduate programme of study for experienced oncology and palliative care practitioners, who wish to extend their academic and clinical capability to meet the needs of their patients:

  • The Basis of Therapeutic Practice and Communication Skills
  • Dimensions of Practice

Leadership and Management: Designed to offer an advanced educational foundation to enable health and social care professionals to lead and manage effectively:

  • Leading and Facilitating in Clinical Practice
  • Successful Leading for Health and Social Care Professionals

Maternal and Child Health: Practice-focused educational pathway of advanced study for practitioners who are closely involved in the provision of health and social care for women, babies, children, young people and their families. Educational innovations are used to promote learning and facilitate the delivery of excellence in the form of evidence-based quality care at the highest level:

  • Perspectives on Family-centred Health and Social Care

Mental Health and the Older Adult: Designed to develop practitioners' critical awareness of the broader contexts and influences that impact on older people and those requiring support in the maintenance of their mental health. Practitioners with an academic interest in concepts such as successful ageing and ageing well will be enabled to critically review the current political and social influences associated with demographic change, ageing and globalisation:

  • Fundamentals of CBT Assessment
  • Rethinking Ageing

General Optional Modules

  • Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice-Based Research
  • Law for Healthcare Professionals
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Practice
  • Independent Study Module

Compulsory Modules

Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Nursing

OR

Qualitative Research Methods

All students must undertake a six-week period of Clinical Practice and a Dissertation Module in the second year of the programme. Clinical Practice will be hands-on and will take place within the Northern Ireland Health Service with one of our internationally recognised clinical training partners. Module choices are subject to availability and the approval of the Programme Director. This flexible approach to study is designed to meet the needs of students coming from diverse backgrounds and different speciality areas. The 15,000-word dissertation must be based on a study that contains evidence of critical thinking along with rational and cogent arguments and debate. The study will be based on current thinking and provide evidence of research, knowledge and skills at Masters level.

ASSESSMENT & FEEDBACK

Students must successfully complete six modules including one compulsory research module and a dissertation. The pass mark for all taught modules and the dissertation is 50 percent. Each module is assessed by coursework (some modules have a written examination). All students must also successfully complete a clinical placement.

LEARNING AND TEACHING

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.

On the MSc in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Teaching is a combination of morning, evening and afternoon classes with some modules being taught entirely online.

Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course include; lectures, practical experiences, E-Learning technologies, Self-directed study and added value qualifications to enhance employability.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or allied health and social care services. They shall normally hold a relevant 2.2 Honours degree or above, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants with a 3rd class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case by case basis if they can demonstrate appropriate experience with in-service training, acceptable to the School. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for advice.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This Masters programme offers an opportunity for students to develop skills of analytical thinking within a clinical context. Alongside this, the programme facilitates the student's continued professional development. Graduates of this programme progress into management and leadership roles, or continue into a research or education capacity.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with our local world-class healthcare providers help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

FEES & FUNDING

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

Postgraduate loans

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Last updated July 2019

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