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Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care  MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate

Overview

The new MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care is aimed at all healthcare professionals working in clinical and social care contexts. The course will provide a flexible programme of study in the areas of advanced practice in health and social care and supports practitioners in achieving an advanced level of practice, clinical excellence and innovation by undertaking high quality evidence-based research.

The course will allow students to:

  • Develop your knowledge in health and social care
  • Develop the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Become independent learners with the ability for continuing personal and professional development
  • Demonstrate a respect for other professions, to learn and work with them
  • Think critically, be open to new ideas, and challenge outmoded ways of working.

Health and social care professionals have the opportunity to learn alongside peers from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. The range of modules that are available mean that students can pursue their individual professional and personal goals.

Dean's Scholarships

For those starting in January and/or September 2015, there are up to 12 Dean's Scholarships available, based on academic and clinical excellence. Each scholarship is worth £2,500, and will be awarded to students across all the routes of this course. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Who is the course for?

The course is for all practitioners working in health and social care contexts including medics, nurses, midwives, all allied health professionals, social workers, psychologists, administrators and other healthcare practitioners.

Why study Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care at City?

  • Advance your existing practice and progress your leadership and research skills
  • Tailor the course to meet your person and professional needs
  • Expand and share your knowledge and experience with fellow students
  • Learn from academics who are internationally recognised and contributed to highly regarded published literature
  • Advance your career and professional aspirations.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a relevant subject.

Applicants should also have at least one year's experience in health and social care. References may be requested.

Applicants will be able to bring to the course recent studies (up to 45 credits) taken elsewhere, and thereby be exempted from two or more modules.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year (MSc)
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Start Date:

The course starts in September and January each academic year.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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 the University 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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September and January each academic year.
Duration:
Full-time: one year (two days a week) for taught modules, plus up to one year for dissertation. Part-time: two years (one day a week) for taught modules, plus up to one year for dissertation.

Course Content

Length of course

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. The maximum period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is two years.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:


Optional 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

Read the full 2015 programme specification

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Teaching and Assessment

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including university-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 the University's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.

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.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year (MSc)

Length of course

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. The maximum period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is two years.

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.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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.

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 onto 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.