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    1. 2016
    2. 2017
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Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care

MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate |
Address the big questions within practice and challenge the status quo with this innovative Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care course.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016
January 2017

Duration

Full-time: One year
Part-time: Two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £7,500

Part-time: £3,750 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

This course is for students who are working in clinical and social care settings who want to pose challenging questions and confront the answers. It will appeal to those who want to create positive change by conducting evidence-based research which can be applied in practice. Our students come from a variety of careers in the health and social care sector; including emergency practitioners, health care managers and podiatrists. Students also come on to the course directly from undergraduate degree courses.

“I want students to look at developments within the sector and come up with informed solutions to problems they have experienced. I often say to students that their academic, scholarly job is to ask the difficult questions.”

Course director, Alison Coutts

Objectives

The MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care is a scholarly, academic Masters degree with a strong theoretical focus. We believe that, to be effective, you need a future-proofed qualification; one which explores practice from a wider, research-based perspective.

Designed in consultation with users and carers, the course takes account of the user experience and has been developed around their expectations of professionals within the healthcare sector.

The MSc will challenge practices within the current healthcare sector and ask questions such as:

  • How can we prove and measure our performance?
  • To what extent should we challenge guidelines or established forms of practice?
  • How can our actions within practice transform the user experience?
  • How can we manage levels of stress in a way that promotes welfare?

The MSc also offers students the flexibility to tailor the modules they study to meet their professional needs; offering a range of elective modules from across the School’s programmes from management and leadership to infection control.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • A first degree (2:1 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education
  • At least one years' experience in health and social care
  • References may be requested.
  • Applicants will be able to bring to the programme recent studies (up to 45 credits) taken elsewhere, and thereby be exempted from two or more modules.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Apply online


The deadline for applications was 29th July. Applications submitted on or prior to this date will be given priority. Any application after this date will still be assessed and where possible spaces for September 2016 will be allocated.

Further Information

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

pghealth@city.ac.uk

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elective modules to choose from, giving you flexibility.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one year's taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis.

DegreeHome/EU full-time 2016/17Home/EU part-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17
MSc (180 credits)£7,500£3,750£15,000£7,500
PG Diploma (120 credits)£7,000£3,500£14,000£7,000
PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course)N/A£3,500N/A£7,000

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.

Bursaries

You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursary page of our website, or the NHS Student Bursaries website for details.

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Academic facilities

Depending on your choice of elective modules you will have access to a wide range of excellent resources and facilities including a simulated clinical environment and the interactive website Connect.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including institution-based taught modules; e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multi- disciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.

Assessment

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules and includes coursework, examinations, portfolios, minilabs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations and skills schedules. You may also be expected to take part in formative assessment activities in addition to the summative assessments.

Modules

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one year's taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis. Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core modules

Elective modules

Students have the opportunity to complete an additional five modules of 15 credits offered across the School of Health Sciences CPPD portfolio.

Students completing the two core modules plus one optional module totalling 60 credits can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. On successful completion of seven modules (120 credits) students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of the dissertation leads to a MSc (180 credits).
Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Timetable information

Full-time students

PeriodDatesModule(s)
Autumn Term (Period 1)Sept - DecHRM001 (Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data) – Mondays
+ one elective module
Spring Term (Period 2)Jan - March/AprilAPM001 (Critical approaches to advanced practice)- Tuesdays for 4 weeks followed by
APM022 (Pathophysiological principles for advanced practice) - Tuesdays
+ one more elective
Summer Term (Period 3)May - JulyTo discuss electives with your PD

Part-time students (1st year only)

PeriodDatesModule(s)
Autumn Term (Period 1)Sept - DecHRM001 (Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data) – Mondays
Spring Term (Period 2)Jan - March/AprilAPM001 (Critical approaches to advanced practice)- Tuesdays for 4 weeks followed by
APM022 (Pathophysiological principles for advanced practice) - Tuesdays
Summer Term (Period 3)May - JulyTo discuss with your PD

Career prospects

Successful completion of the course will allow students to enhance skills in practice, teaching and research and can lead to posts in administration, management and health research, in a variety of different public and private settings. Students can go on to advanced higher-grade senior health and/or social care practitioner roles in specific specialist areas. It qualifies you to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

The flexible nature of the course makes it particularly suitable for professionals with highly specific requirements for development, at City we can provide advice on the options available so students can maximise the opportunities that are available.


Apply online


The deadline for applications was 29th July. Applications submitted on or prior to this date will be given priority. Any application after this date will still be assessed and where possible spaces for September 2016 will be allocated.

Further Information

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

pghealth@city.ac.uk

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