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MSc (T) Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

NAM-MSC-CP

UCAS Code

JACS Code

B700 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado
Admission is via the Queen’s University Admissions Office, using online application.

Entrance Qualifications:

Applicants must have a recognised professional qualification in nursing, midwifery or allied health and social care service. They shall normally hold a relevant primary Degree at 2:2 classification or above or equivalent. In line with the University’s RPL procedures, candidates who do not meet the above academic requirements will be considered on an individual basis where there is evidence of experience in a relevant area

Additional Information for International Students: Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University; evidence of these qualifications must be presented before an offer of admission is issued. Applicants may be accepted with a minimum of 5.5 in each component so long as they undertake a period of compulsory study with the University’s partner INTO. The course of study at INTO must be completed before undertaking the clinical practice element. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals please see:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens/InternationalStudents/EnglishLanguageRequirements/
*Taken within the last 2 years.

Additional Relevant Information

Full-time students must normally complete the MSc within two years of first registration and part-time students within three years.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Midwifery (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Ms Angela Snow

University of Derby

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Examinations

Students must pass 120 CATS points of taught modules on the programme, complete a Dissertation (60 CATS points) and complete 225 hours of clinical practice to be eligible for the award of a Master of Science in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice.

The pass mark for all taught modules and the dissertation is 50%.

Students who fail one or more taught modules are permitted one further attempt to pass at the next available opportunity for a maximum mark of 50%.

The dissertation must be submitted within a period of no more than two years after completion of the taught modules.

There is normally no resubmission permitted for the individual dissertation.

The degree will be classified in accordance with the University General Regulations, Study Regulations, Mark Scales.

Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.

Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who fail to submit a dissertation shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.

For Master’s Degrees, a pass with distinction will be awarded only when the following three conditions have been satisfied; an overall average of 70+ is achieved and a mark of 70+ is achieved in the dissertation module and an average of 65+ is achieved in the other modules.

Students with protected characteristics

This programme includes practical and clinical elements where patient safety must be the primary consideration.

Applications will be considered on an individual basis and in conjunction with professional guidelines, Occupational Health and Disability Services.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No
NMC

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the MSc in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice is to offer a high quality supportive teaching and learning environment that provide graduates with:

1. Intellectual and practical skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice and leadership.

2. Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership and advanced practice.

3. Skills enabling graduates to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies relevant to practice and leadership roles.

4. Extensive research through execution of a Dissertation in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice.

Intellectual and practical skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice and leadership.

Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership and advanced practice.

Skills enabling graduates to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies relevant to practice and leadership roles.

Extensive research through execution of a Dissertation in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply a constant and integrated approach to analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex concepts, and developing information and issues around clinical practice specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Identify and offer advanced insights into complex and abstract ideas, and clinical issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Nurture advanced responses to clinical problems and issues around subject specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Deal with complex and emerging issues and make informed judgements around areas of clinical practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate at an advanced level to a range of audiences and adapt communication method to context and purpose

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Communicate effectively to peers and experts critical dialogue in keeping with professional standards and expectations within area of specialism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Use a range of resources to support and enhance work at Masters level

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Exercise a level of autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Demonstrate leadership in tackling and solving problems and issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Work in ways that are reflective, self-critical and evidence based

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Deal with complex and professional issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Make informed judgements on emerging issues linked to clinical practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a critical overview of subject areas, including critical understanding of principal theories, principles and concepts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Demonstrate a critical and advanced knowledge and understanding of selected specialism:

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Develop advanced knowledge and understanding that is generated through personal study and investigation and which could makes a contribution to the development of selected specialism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Use an advanced range of the principle skills, techniques, practices associated with subject specialism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Use and enhance a range of complex skills, techniques, practices and materials at forefront of one’s specialism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Demonstrate the development and application of advanced knowledge, understanding and practices

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Demonstrate advanced practice in the context of emerging issues and clinical circumstances

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Independent Study Module

NUR7008

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

NUR7009

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Qualitative Research Methods

NUR7010

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Pharmacotherapeutics for Practice

NUR7016

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Healthcare

NUR7002

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

0%

30%

Law for Health Care Professionals

HSN7013

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Leading and Facilitating

SPR7041

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Biomedical Aspects of Cancer Nursing

SPR7042

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Specialist Assessment of the Cardiac Patient

SPR7046

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Rethinking Ageing

SPR7055

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Clinical Inquiry & Applied Practice Based Research

HSN7035

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Successful leading for health and social care professionals

HSN7032

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Health Assessment

NMP7002

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Clinical Practice

HSN7037

7

0

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Assessment and Advanced Communication

SPR7067

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Scientific and Theoretical underpinnings of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Assessment

NUR7024

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Perspectives of family centred health & social care

HSN7038

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

To qualify for the Master of Science in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice students must take and pass modules worth 120 CATS points, a dissertation module (60 CATS points) and complete a 225 hours clinical practice module (0 CATS points). 180 CATS points total.

The MSc consists of two discrete Stages (1 & 2) that comprise taught modules of study and a dissertation. Students must successfully take and pass a total of six taught modules (120 CATS points - stage 1), including: one compulsory research module; two pathway specific modules; and three optional modules that may be selected either from other specific pathways or the general pathways (see list of modules), a Clinical Practice module (0 CATS points) and a dissertation (60 CATS points – stage 2).

Successful completion of all Stage 1 requirements [120 CATS] is essential before students can proceed to the Dissertation element of the MSc. During stage two students must undertake a clinical practicum module; this compulsory module must be passed, students must meet all requirements of the portfolio to achieve a pass; it does not have any credits and will be undertaken and completed in the clinical setting.

One compulsory research module must be taken from the two listed above (NUR7002 or NUR7010).