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  1. Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care
    1. 2017
    2. 2018
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MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care

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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 2017
January 2018

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?

The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care postgraduate 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 programme is a scholarly 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 Health and Social Care Masters 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 by 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 (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education
  • We usually require 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 a quarter of their credits) taken elsewhere, and thereby are exempt from up to three modules.

English requirements

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

50%
of the core teaching team are clinically engaged in practice.
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At City we’ve been teaching health professionals for over a century.
50+
elective modules to choose from, giving you flexibility.

More about fees

  • Postgraduate Diploma
    Full-time: £7,000
  • Postgraduate Diploma
    Part-time: £3,500 (per year)
  • Postgraduate Certificate
    Part-time: £3,500 (total cost)

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.

Funding

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

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.

MSc Advanced Practice Health and Social Care

Programme Director Alison Coutts introduces City’s MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care programme; find out how its diverse module offer is designed for practitioners from across the healthcare sector looking to advance their skills and progress their career.

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.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

You will learn in large and small multi-disciplinary groups through a variety of methods including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning.

Modules are run by experienced health and social care practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. We support and encourage you to become an independent learner and you will have access to Moodle, City's Virtual Learning Platform, for a more interactive learning experience.

One of the greatest advantages of this degree is the variety of students the course attracts. As a student on this programme at City you will be able to share your experience with peers from across the world and a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

Assessment

You may be assessed by coursework, examinations, portfolios, mini labs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations and skills schedules depending on your choice of elective modules. You may also be expected to take part in formative assessment activities in addition to the summative assessments.

Modules

Most students will study two core modules in the first or second term; Critical approaches to advanced practice and introduction to research methods and Applied data analysis . From this point onwards, you direct your programme of study choosing five elective modules from a wide range on offer within the School of Health Sciences.

Our expert lecturers will be able to advise you on the best elective modules to tailor the course to your own needs and interests. Full-time students can complete the course in a year, but most students undertake the taught modules in a year and conduct their dissertation in the second year. There is also the opportunity to complete the dissertation remotely.

The course constitutes 45 credits for the core modules, 75 credits for the elective modules and 60 credits for the dissertation. When it comes to the dissertation, you can choose your own area of interest and format, opting to submit a traditional research project where you source data and analyse it, or a literature review where you conduct a critical review of current practice.

The normal duration 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 the dissertation).

The normal duration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one years' taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students. Full-time students must complete their Postgraduate Diploma in three years and part-time students in five years.

Postgraduate Certificates in health and social care are not offered on a full-time basis.

Alternatively, students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. To find out more 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. There are over 50 modules to choose from including modules such as psychology for health and social care, leading and managing change, and infection control.

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 an MSc (180 credits).
Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

  • Academic expert
    Senior lecturer working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

Graduates from the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care Masters course go into management consultant positions, teaching and research. Many work for the NHS or local authorities, but there are opportunities to work in other health areas. The course also qualifies you to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

By successfully completing this course you will be able to enhance your skills in practice. You will also be able to apply your skills within posts in administration, management and health research in a variety of public and private settings.

Students also go on to advanced higher-grade senior health and/or social care practitioner roles in specific specialist areas. If you are a health professional with specific requirements for development, the flexible nature of the course will be particularly suitable. We can offer support if you would like more information about the different options available.

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