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

Advancing Practice in Health is aimed at health professionals and those working in areas such as public health, the community and the voluntary sector. The award responds to an appreciation that career opportunities transform overtime and people and individuals may wish to expand or develop on their skills and knowledge in a particular area of practice.

The course offers flexibility in module choice, allowing you to personalise your educational journey. You can choose from the wide range of modules that are available as part of the Framework. Delivered online, the course offers several modes of study (full-time, part-time or workplace) in response to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

Why QMU?

• Educationally and practice relevant postgraduate framework: Aimed at individuals working in a health-related field or public health, the community and the voluntary sector, it will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in your own area or gain knowledge in another area of practice.
• Flexible study options: Follow a named route tailored to a specific health profession of select single modules for your own CPD. Full and part-time options available. Fully delivered online.
• Tailor your own pathway: Based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning and housed in the Division of Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography, there are plenty of modules available progress in your current area or gain knowledge in another.
• Make a difference to people’s lives: Framework modules will allow you develop your skills and knowledge and contribute to the health of our nation and beyond.
• Theoretical and practically focused: Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against the background of current and evolving political and social landscape for health and wellbeing.

Who is this course for?

This course, or individual modules, will be of interest to anyone working in a health-related field (eg allied health professionals, nurses, nutritionists, other professionals such as medical practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, public health, the community and the voluntary sector). We also welcome enquiries from other interested individuals including international applicants.

More about MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advancing Practice in Health and what you will achieve

This MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advancing Practice in Health will allow learners to advance their practice in their chosen field. The learner-centred approach enables individuals to tailor their learning to their interest, requirements and aspirations.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Structure

You can opt to study the MSc, PgDip or PgCert. 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 and can be studied from a distance. Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master’s level study.

There are a variety of assessment methods including critical and reflective courseworks, ePortfolios, presentations and practice based assessments.

Teaching hours and attendance

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

Modules

  • Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits)
  • Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits)
  • plus a further 80 credits from any approved Framework modules.

For the MSc, you will also complete a Dissertation (60 credits).

Framework modules

Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)*: These modules enable you to attain pre-agreed workplace 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 to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment and feedback methods.

Partnership Working in Health Promotion (formerly 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. NB This module is only available every second year.

Dissertation (60 credits): This module will enable learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work contributing 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 to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of how to facilitate the 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 required for transformation and innovation in the public and private sectors.

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. NB This module is only available every second year.

Non-medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professions (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.

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.

Specialist Oncology Management (20 credits)

Please note:

  • If opting to study for a single module, you will be able to select any module from this list.
    • If you chose to follow one of the named awards, you will complete the modules specific to that route.
    • Modules marked * require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or have access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2022) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single module study

Available. Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Simon Holmes, Advancing Practice Framework Lead, or Admissions for further information.

Placements

There are no placements on this course. 

Careers

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

Class sizes

You will join a community of online learners.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and/or have access to a suitable workplace setting (paid or voluntary) along with the support of a line manager and work place 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

Contact Simon Holmes or Admissions for further information.

Fees

Select fees for 2023/24 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 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.