PgDip | Postgraduate Taught

Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

Entry year
2019
Entry requirements
2.2
Duration
2 years (Full Time)
3 years (Part Time)
Places available
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  • Overview

    This MSc offers a taught programme of study that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professional practitioners. It is delivered through five specialist pathways which correspond with the key areas of expertise within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

    The programme is offered on a full-time basis and combines face-to-face teaching with online delivery. Those taking the programme on a full-time basis may be eligible to do so incorporating a Clinical Practicum by the agreement with the Programme Co-ordinator.

    Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice highlights

    With approximately 3,500 students, the School has one of the most extensive portfolios of programmes of any nursing and midwifery school in the UK or Ireland.

    Student Experience

    • The programme is offered on a full-time basis and combines face-to-face teaching with online delivery. Those taking the programme on a full-time basis may be eligible to do so incorporating a Clinical Practicum by agreement with the Programme Co-ordinator.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionStudents can choose six modules from those listed, but some are specialist modules and require the student to be working in a relevant area of practice. All students must complete one of the compulsory modules and a dissertation.


    Acute and Critical Care:
    Designed for practitioners from a wide variety of critical care environments who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based health care in the critical setting:

    Health Assessment
    Specialist Assessment of the Cardiac Patient


    Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care:
    Designed to allow a flexible postgraduate programme of study for experienced oncology and palliative care practitioners, who wish to extend their academic and clinical capability to meet the needs of their patients:

    The Basis of Therapeutic Practice and Communication Skills
    Dimensions of Practice


    Leadership and Management:
    Designed to offer an advanced educational foundation to enable health and social care professionals to lead and manage effectively:

    Leading and Facilitating in Clinical Practice
    Successful Leading for Health and Social Care Professionals



    Maternal and Child Health:
    Practice-focused educational pathway of advanced study for practitioners who are closely involved in the provision of health and social care for women, babies, children, young people and their families. Educational innovations are used to promote learning and facilitate the delivery of excellence in the form of evidence-based quality care at the highest level:

    Perspectives of Family-centred Health and Social Care

    Mental Health and the Older Adult:
    Designed to develop practitioners' critical awareness of the broader contexts and influences that impact on older people and those requiring support in the maintenance of their mental health. Practitioners with an academic interest in concepts such as successful ageing and ageing well will be enabled to critically review the current political and social influences associated with demographic change, ageing and globalisation:

    Fundamentals of CBT Assessment
    Rethinking Ageing


    General Optional Modules

    Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice Based Research
    Law for Healthcare Professionals
    Pharmacotherapeutics for Practice
    Independent Study Module


    Compulsory Modules

    Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Nursing

    OR

    Qualitative Research Methods

    The programme runs from September to June each year. All students must complete 3 modules in Semester 1, and 3 modules in Semester 2. This will be followed by a compulsory period of clinical practice in May-June with one of our internationally recognised clinical training partners. Module choices are subject to availability and the approval of the Programme Director. This flexible approach to study is designed to meet the needs of students coming from diverse backgrounds and differing specialty areas.

    People teaching you

    Dr Kevin Gormley
    Senior Lecturer (Education)

    School of Nursing & Midwifery
    Kj.Gormley@qub.ac.uk

    Teaching Times

    Teaching is across a combination of morning, evening and afternoon classes with some modules being taught entirely online.

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    This Masters programme offers an opportunity for students to develop skills of analytical thinking within a clinical context. Alongside this, the programme facilitates the student's continued professional development. Graduates of this programme progress into management and leadership roles, or continue into a research or education capacity.

    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

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    At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

    On the PgDip in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

    Teaching is across a combination of morning, evening and afternoon classes with some modules being taught entirely online.

    Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course include; lectures, practical experiences, E-Learning technologies, Self-directed study and added value qualifications to enhance employability.

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Students must successfully complete six modules including one compulsory research module and a dissertation. The pass mark for all taught modules and the dissertation is 50 per cent. Each module is assessed by coursework (some modules have a written examination). All students must also successfully complete a clinical placement.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Applicants must have a professional qualification in Nursing or Midwifery. They shall normally hold a relevant 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

    Applicants with a 3rd Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they can demonstrate appropriate experience with in-service training, acceptable to the School.

    Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for advice.

    The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £3,933
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £3,933
    Other (non-UK) EU £3,933
    International £10,933

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice costs

    "All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI costing £33. In year 1 students must buy a uniform from a QUB uniform supplier (approximate cost £180), a name badge (£10) and a clinical portfolio (£10) from the University. Students must undertake a clinical placement and are required to pay a placement charge of £3,000. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch or Pinard Horn, approximate cost £15."

    How do I fund my study?

    From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.


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