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 specialist pathways are:
MSc (Acute and Critical Care)
MSc (Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care)
MSc (Leadership and Management)
MSc (Maternal and Child Health)
MSc (Mental Health and the Older Adult)
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 Practice highlights
- This course will appeal to registered nurses and midwives working in a wide variety of areas who are thinking about their own career progression. Graduates of this programme move into management and leadership roles, or continue into a research or education capacity.
We recognise that students at this level are interested in career advancement. Therefore, we have
developed a wide range of modules; students can choose six modules from these, some of which 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.
Leadership and Management
Students completing this pathway will consider leadership and strategic issues in the global delivery of healthcare. Graduates of the programme are able to demonstrate advanced practice in the context of emerging issues and clinical circumstances.
Maternal and Child Health
Students completing this pathway will often come from a Midwifery or Children's Nursing background. Modules offered consider issues such as family-centred health and social care, or developments in childbirth.
Some of these modules are only available to registered midwives.
Acute and Critical Care
Our Acute and Critical Care pathway incorporates issues such as health assessment, as well as the treatment of cardiac patients or patients in other acute settings. Taught by professionals who are
leaders in their fields, examples are drawn
from practice, using current issues to develop new ideas.
Mental Health and the Older Adult
Taught by regional specialists in Dementia Care, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Care of the Older Person, this suite of modules addresses current best practice in the care and treatment of patients with dementia and other mental health conditions.
Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care
Students following this pathway will explore the latest evidence for the care and treatment of cancer patients, including palliative care.
General Optional Modules
Students will combine modules from the specialist pathways above with a selection of general modules, some of which are listed below.
• Law for Healthcare Professionals
• Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice Based Research
• Pharmacotherapeutics for Practice
• Independent Study Module
Please note that modules are subject to viable numbers, so the modules offered may vary. If you are interested in a subject that is not listed above, please contact the school for advice.
• Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Nursing; OR
• Qualitative Research Methods
All students must undertake a 15,000-word dissertation, which must be based on a study that contains evidence of critical thinking along with rational and cogent arguments and debate. The study will be based on current thinking and provide evidence of research, knowledge and skills at Masters level.
People teaching you
Dr Kevin Gormley
Senior Lecturer (Education)
School of Nursing & Midwifery
|Teaching is across a combination of morning, evening and afternoon classes with some modules being taught entirely online.|
This Masters in Advanced Professional Practice 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 our local world-class healthcare providers helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
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 Msc in Advanced Professional 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.
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).
Applicants must have a professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health and Social Care Services. 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 for more information.
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)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£5,500|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£5,500|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£5,500|
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
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 Practice costs
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.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.
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 2018 Entry.
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