Postgraduate Taught

PgCert/ PgDip/ MSc Advancing Practice in Health (Advancing Practice in Health Framework)

 

 

 

 

 

In the Academic year of 2019-20 the Division of Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR) has launched an exciting, educationally and practice relevant Postgraduate Framework. The Framework will be attractive to individuals who want to make a difference to the lives of others locally, nationally and globally.  Further information on the postgraduate framework can be found on our Framework overview page.

Course overview

As part of the QMU Advancing Practice in Health Framework we are able to offer a flexible, modular route to allow for a more personalised educational journey which can lead to a PgCert/PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice in Health award.

This option may be of particular interest to those who already hold a master's award or who wish to study modules in a particular area of practice.

The Advancing Practice in Health award pathway offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (full-time, part-time, work place) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

All modules are online and can be accessed on an individual (single) module basis.

Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master's level study.

The Advancing Practice in Health award pathway is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research). There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advanced practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as a number of more specific modules. The Framework also offers opportunities to draw on expertise across the University such as business management, leadership, social science and education.

 

Exit awards

PgCert/ PgDip/ MSc

To gain an MSc Advancing Practice in Health you will need 180 credits and will complete the following:

  • 120 credits of framework approved modules - must include Fundamentals of Advanced Practice (20 credits) and Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

To gain an PgDip Advancing Practice in Health you will need 120 credits of framework approved modules

  • 120 credits of framework approved modules -must include Fundamentals of Advanced Practice (20 credits) and Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits)

To gain a PgCert Advancing Practice in Health you will need a total of 60 credits of any framework approved modules.

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc or a PgDip. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

All modules are delivered online.

With an emphasis on life-long learning, we utilise a wide range of assessment methods relevant to postgraduate education and practice including: written coursework using both academic and reflective writing, presentations, work-based e-portfolios, digital recordings and analysis of work related situations.

The assessment pattern for each module reflects the aims, learning outcomes and the learning approaches for that module and allows the strengths of the individual student to be expressed in different ways.

Teaching hours and attendance

No attendance is required at QMU and course material is delivered online. Each 20 credit module will equate with approximately 200 hours of study, which will include regular online contact and independent experiential learning.

Modules

Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)*: These modules enable you to attain pre agreed work place competencies and to critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning the selected area of work.

Assessment for learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those who have an educational role within their workplace to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment and feedback methods.

Community Health and Wellbeing Theory (20 credits): This module will enable learners to advance their own practice by gaining a critical understanding of theory related to community health and wellbeing policy and practice.

Diagnostic Investigations for the Lower Limb (20 credits): This module will provide you with theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of diagnostic and laboratory investigations in the lower limb.

Dissertation (60 credits): This module enables learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work which contributes to a subject, field or profession.

Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by demonstrating sustainable impact in practice at a service, project or community level.

Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with an understanding of research principles, methodologies and analysis.

Facilitation of Learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those with an educational role within their workplace to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of how to facilitate learning of others.

Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding of advanced practice.

Leadership for Transformation and Innovation (20 credits): This module will provide you with a broad critical knowledge and understanding of the principles of leadership and business management in the public and private sector.

Management of Diabetes and its Complications (20 credits): This module will provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the historical and current management of diabetes and its associated complications.

MRI/CT in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners working with MRI or CT to develop a critical understanding of protocol selection and development as well as facilitating the evolution of skills and techniques regarding MRI or CT.

Medical Imaging of the Foot and Ankle (20 credits)*: This module will provide learners with a critical understanding of diagnostic modalities to develop evaluative and interpretative skills of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic modalities.

Non-medical Prescribing for Allied Health Profession (40 credits)*: This module will prepare learners to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role as non-medical prescribers.

Principles of MRI/CT (20 credits)*: This module will allow learners working with MRI or CT to develop a more in depth understanding of the theoretical applications of MRI or CT.

Principles of Diabetes and its Complications (20 credits): This module will allow you to explore the physiological and biochemical underpinning of diabetes and its complications along with an opportunity to critically evaluate current pharmacotherapies.

Realistic Lifestyle Medicine (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by critically evaluating, designing, delivering and reflecting on interventions at the individual level to improve health outcomes related to lifestyle behaviours.

Tissue Viability (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical understanding of the evidence base for factors contributing to cutaneous ulceration, viable assessment techniques and the effectiveness of current management practices.

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2019) but are subject to availability. Please check back here for any updates.

*These modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).

Single module study

You can register as an associate student to study up to two single modules.

Placements

N/A

Careers

This course will provide learners with enhanced career progression opportunities in leadership roles or within their specialist field of practice.

Class sizes

You will join a multi-professional online community of learners.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline

International: English language: IELTS >6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary) and require support of a line manager and workplace mentor.

Professional registration

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.

Application deadline

None

More information and contacts

Fees

For more information on fees click here and look under the ‘Online learning’ tab

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).