Advancing Practice

UCAS codes

Course contact

Maureen Crowley
ask@uws.ac.uk
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

Part – time (3 – 5 years)

Full – time (1 year)

Standalone 

Campus

  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
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The MSc in Advancing Practice is a flexible programme that is open to healthcare professionals seeking a qualification that is contemporary and relevant to practice. The programme aims to assist you to develop the knowledge, skills, confidence and attitudes necessary to develop your professional role and transform practice. The flexibility of this programme and wide range of modules available means that it can be tailored to your own individual development needs.
Applications are welcomed from nursing and allied health professionals who should normally possess a first degree. Applicants with substantial experience and who can show professional development may also be considered.

Additional criteria are required for some modules such as the advanced practice modules. A nursing qualification is required for the nursing pathway. Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will be considered. Skills in information communication technology are also required.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

In recent years a key focus within the NHS has been patient safety and with reports such as The Francis Enquiry (Francis, 2013) fuelling this issue, practice improvement has become a major theme in clinical practice. This theme is central to the course, which focuses on the development of skills in practice improvement methodology, enabling you to make a significant contribution to improving practice and providing quality care. The course is relevant to all healthcare professionals and allows learning to be focused on your own area of practice.

Programme objectives

At the end of your studies you should be able to demonstrate advanced abilities in critical thinking and reasoning and the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to positively influence the delivery of care. These skills are vital to ensure evidence based and safe practice.

Exit Points

There are three exit points within the course:

 

  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) 
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • MSc (180 credits)  

 

Your Learning
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Core modules

Postgraduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Postgraduate Diploma: Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care 

MSc: Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation 

Option modules
Two option modules for both the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma can be chosen from the complete range of modules available. 

Named Pathways

There is also the option to focus on modules relating to a specific practice area relevant to your role and in doing so add a named pathway to the MSc Advancing Practice award. The specialist pathways available are: Advanced Clinical Practice; Cancer and Palliative Care; Care and Practice Improvement and Nursing.

Advanced Clinical Practice Pathway

Core modules

Post Graduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Healthcare & Advanced decision making

Postgraduate Diploma: Advanced Work-based Learning & either Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care & one option module

MSc: Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation 

Option modules

  • Assessment in Advanced Practice 
  • Clinical Teaching 
  • Complexities of Pain 
  • Complex Respiratory Disorders
  • Advanced Vascular Access 

Cancer and Palliative Care Pathway

Core modules

Post Graduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Healthcare & Advancing Communication

Postgraduate Diploma:  Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care & Psychosocial Concerns either Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care

MSc: Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation 

Option modules

  • Symptoms in Advanced Disease 
  • Independent Study HSC 

Care and Practice Improvement Pathway

Core modules 

Postgraduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Healthcare & Advanced Facilitation Skills

Postgraduate Diploma Developing Workplace Culture & either Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care & one option module

MSc: Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation 

Option modules:

  • Improvement Research 
  • Leadership for Effectiveness 
  • Delivering Compassionate Care 
  • HAI Improvement in Practice 
  • Advanced Work-Based Learning 

Nursing Pathway

Core modules

  • Postgraduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Healthcare & Role Development in Nursing & one option module.
  • Postgraduate Diploma:  Leadership for Effectiveness & either Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care & one option module

MSc: Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation 

Option modules: 

  • Delivering Compassionate Care 
  • Clinical Teaching 
  • Dementia Care Principles 
  • Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care 
  • Independent Study HSC • Prescribing in Advanced Practice 
  • Issues and Trends in Nursing

Modules can also be accessed as standalone to support professional development. 

Gaining a qualification at Masters level supports career advancement and advanced practitioner roles. It also supports your personal development and can lead to PhD study. Graduates will develop high-level transferable skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, conceptual skills, enhanced critical reflection, communication of complex ideas, leadership, and decision-making skills, which will enhance employability.

Useful Information

  • The course is delivered fully online, with the exception of the Prescribing in Advanced Practice, which is delivered on Paisley Campus.