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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 2019
Duration

2-3 (max 5) years part-time
Attendance
Part-time
Advanced Nursing Practice - part-time only
Fees
£8,000 (UK/EU) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view January 2020 start fees
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 practice.

Course highlights

  • Individualised study pathway based on pre-accreditation. Tailored to current and future development needs
  • It is possible to accredit or recognise prior learning APL/RPL
  • Work-based learning modules for core modules making the masters highly applicable to the organisation you work in
  • 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.

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

What will you study on the MSc Nursing Studies?

The MSc Nursing Studies is a part-time programme. It consists of 180 credits including two core modules (90 credits) and 90 credits of optional modules to complete the programme.

The MSc Nursing Studies is studied part-time a list of modules available to you is available on the University CPD website.

Optional modules may include:

  • NSA 4120 Independent & Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing
  • NSA 4502 Physical assessment and diagnostics
  • NSA 4501 Critical Care Nursing
  • NSA 4637/4638 Contraception and sexual health
  • NSA 4100 Leading and developing public & community
  • NSA 4200 Quality Enhancement
  • NSA 4504 Minor Illness Module

The two core modules of the MSc Nursing Studies are:

  • WBH 4630 Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits)
  • WBH 4760 Work Based Learning Project (60 credits)

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 and to discuss any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

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

The advanced practice pathway is studied part-time. The pathway is a fixed route to meet the DH advanced practice position statement and the HEE advanced practice framework.

The fixed pathway is:

  • NSA 3120/PHC 4120 Independent & supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing
  • NSA 4502 Physical Assessment
  • NSA 4007 Principles of Advance Practice
  • NSA 4100 Leadership for Public and Community Services
  • WBH 4630 Advanced Practitioner Enquiry
  • WBH 4760 Negotiated Work Based Learning Project

Post Graduate Diploma Nursing Studies

If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you may consider the option of a postgraduate diploma. The PGDip consists of 120 credits. This is made up of 90 credits of optional modules or RPL plus one core module, WBH 4630 a work based learning research inquiry module of 30 credits. Students wishing to receive the post-graduate diploma do not need to take the final 60 credit module.

Post Graduate Certificate Nursing Studies (60 level 7 credits)

This is made up of 60 credits of optional modules or RPL.

MSc Nursing Studies ‘top up’ route

Students who already have a post-graduate diploma in a health related subject could apply for the MSc Nursing Studies ‘top up’ route. This route allows students to accredit the PGDip. It consists of a single combined research methods/ dissertation module, NSA 4050 Developing Research Capability (60 credits).

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • Principles of Advanced 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.

    • Negotiated Work Based Learning Project (60 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.

    • Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits)

      This module will develop your skills in research and inquiry methodologies in order to design a work based project that has the potential to improve practice. It will explore approaches to practitioner inquiry methods appropriate for your area of practice and enable critical reflection upon your role.

    • 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 and 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.

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

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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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