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Nursing Studies MSc/Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) MSc

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Code
PGB70Y Nursing Studies
PGB70P Advanced Nursing Practice
Start
January 2017 (UK)
Duration

2-3 (max 5) years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Part-time only - Advanced Nursing Practice
Fees
See Fees and Funding tab (UK)
Course leader
Alison Harris

Why study MSc Nursing Studies/MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) at Middlesex University?

The MSc Nursing Studies degree is an innovative programme suitable for any degree-level practising nurse who wishes to follow a flexible modular pathway towards a masters degree or postgraduate diploma.

The MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) degree is for nurses working at an advanced level who wish to gain a postgraduate award and recognition of their advanced nursing status.

Course highlights

  • Individualised study pathway based on pre-accreditation. Tailored to current and future development needs
  • It is possible to accredit prior learning APL/APEL
  • Work-based learning module options are available for core modules
  • Enables you to demonstrate mastery in nursing-related skills and knowledge in order to contribute to enhanced professional nursing practice and service development
  • Facilitates your acquisition of critical understanding and use of advanced research skills
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MSc Nursing Studies/MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice)?

The MSc Nursing Studies can be studied part-time and we offer an advanced practice pathway which can also be studied part-time.

In these programmes you will focus on:

  • Research evidence and ways of asking research questions
  • Methodological context, paradigms, different approaches to research design
  • Designing a research proposal
  • Research ethics and research processes
  • Critical evaluation of published research in substantive area(s)
  • Sampling methods
  • Quantitative research methods;
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Mixing methods / methodologies
  • Data analysis
  • Dissemination of research findings in relevant contexts.

Nursing Studies - Part-time options

If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you may consider the option of a PGDip where you complete one core module of 30 credits and 90 credits of optional modules .

The postgraduate diploma consists of 120 credits, and includes a core module of 30 credits, and 90 credits of optional modules to complete the programme. The MSc consists of 180 credits including two core modules of 90 credits and 90 credits of optional modules to complete the programme.

A programme planning meeting with the Programme Leader will be arranged prior to choosing your modules. This meeting will allow you to focus on the specific modules you wish to study, discuss any Accreditation of Prior Learning and consider whether you wish to choose a work based learning approach to your final project/ dissertation or a traditional research methods/dissertation route.

Students wishing to receive the post-graduate diploma do not need to take the final 60 credit module.

The traditional route:

  • Social Research Methods (30 credits)
  • MSc Dissertation (60 credits)

The work based learning route:

  • Advanced Practitioner Enquiry (30 credits)
  • Work Based Learning Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

Please contact the Programme Leader prior to selecting your optional modules. A list of the modules that may be available can be found on our CPD health webpages.

  • Modules

    • Leadership for Public and Community Services (15 credits)

      The module aims to critically develop the student’s knowledge and skills to enable them to work effectively within the context of leadership and service development within the workplace. Students will be facilitated to develop and enhance their own leadership role within their chosen profession, and to critically explore and evaluate their own leadership style.

    • Health Promotion: Targets and Evidence (15 credits)

      This module will explore the latest evidence and Government targets for maintaining healthy communities and supporting the public health agenda.

    • Service Delivery and Quality Improvement (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide managers and practitioners with the opportunity to explore legislation and policy directions in public and community services. There will be a focus on the impact of the practitioner’s role in leading the development of services in a way that gives high importance to quality enhancing.

    • Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice (15 credits)

      The module aims to enable students to critically examine the concept of advanced practice and to apply their skills to advancing nursing practice in their own practice.

    • Leadership for Public and Community Services (15 credits)

      The module aims to critically develop the student’s knowledge and skills to enable them to work effectively within the context of leadership and service development within the workplace. Students will be facilitated to develop and enhance their own leadership role within their chosen profession, and to critically explore and evaluate their own leadership style.

    • Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice (15 credits)

      The module aims to enable students to critically examine the concept of advanced practice and to apply their skills to advancing nursing practice in their own practice.

    • Social Research Methods (30 credits)

      The purpose of this module is to familiarise level 7 students with major approaches to social research; develop skills in designing a research proposal; enhance their skills in qualitative and quantitative methods; enhance their critical appreciation of research; and ensure students are able to apply relevant approaches and methods to their own research project or extended literature review at masters level.

    • Negotiated Work Based Learning Project (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a ‘professional learning and development project’ that is designed to plan how you will improve your own professional practice and understanding. You will reflect on and critically analyse your professional development and learning needs and action plan how these can be developed both through your Masters programme and beyond.

    • Physical assessment (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to enable the experienced practitioner to develop the skills of physical assessment in order to apply this to their clinical area. It enables the student to undertake an autonomous assessment to start to plan appropriate care or referral for their patients. It provides the experienced practitioner with a more advanced knowledge base, communication skills and clinical examination to increase confidence and aid with patient care decisions.

    • Independent & supplementary non-medical prescribing (45 credits)

      This module is designed to support practitioners in developing the evidence based knowledge and skills required for undertaking safe, appropriate and cost effective independent and supplementary prescribing roles. This will be within the context of current legislation and local and national policy. An emphasis will be placed on a team and public health approach to prescribing decisions and practice. The module aims to build on the students existing knowledge base and physical assessment skills and further enhance autonomous practice. This module leads to a NMC recordable qualification.

    • Dissertation (60 credits)

      The MSc Dissertation project allows you to undertake a small piece of research, with a focus appropriate to your area of practice. This project builds upon the research proposal that you developed in the proposal module that you took and involves a critical review of available research and other literature, the formulation of a research question and the development of an appropriate research design to usually engage in fieldwork in the health care setting.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of postgraduate degree. Teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools such as UniHub, podcasts and wikis. You will have flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Classroom lectures will depend on individual modules. For example the Special Research Methods module has a three hour lecture each week for 12 weeks, and the Negotiated Work Based Learning Project module is built around a series of half day seminars over 4 weeks

One of the central tenants of post-graduate learning is to be able to take an active role in your own learning. For every day timetables study day it is expected that you undertake a further 4 hours of study.

Assessment

Assessments will vary depending on modules chosen

  1. UK & EU
  2. How to apply
  1. UK & EU

How can the MSc Nursing Studies/MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) support your career?

Following completion of the MSc, you will be perfectly placed for a wide variety of enhanced career opportunities. You might also wish to explore your options in research or academia, or even complete further study at doctoral level.

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