Advanced Surgical Practice (MSc)
This is an interprofessional, distance learning course, intended for healthcare professionals who want to specialise in the field of surgical and perioperative care.
This part-time MSc in Advanced Surgical Practice is an e-learning, inter-professional course for registered nurses, doctors, operating department practitioners and other healthcare professionals.
It aims to offer knowledge and expertise to provide a transition between theory and your own clinical practice. The course draws together a collection of fundamental information in an e-learning format, with an emphasis on the general principles of surgical practice rather than on the management of specific conditions.
The full MSc course takes two years to complete, although you can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after nine months or a Postgraduate Diploma after 18 months, if you have fulfilled all the criteria for those awards.
The taught component introduces you to the multifaceted nature of caring for surgical patients, from admission through to discharge. The modular approach allows you to evaluate care from an evidence-based perspective, starting with admission and preoperative preparation through to postoperative care and discharge. Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, are also covered. The e-learning assessments are structured to enable you to evaluate the topic in relation to your practice areas of interest and professional base.
Most students are self-funded; however some students obtain awards from charities and trusts.
- Our interprofessional approach to enhancing group work, discussion sessions and case-based presentations.
- The emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
- Longstanding expertise in developing and supporting e-Learning.
|Next intake||September 2018|
|Mode||Part-time - distance learning|
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In addition to satisfying the University’s general entrance requirement, including English language requirements, applicants must:
- Hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills.
- Be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, that they have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme.
- Be working in a clinical area that is relevant to the programme they are undertaking for the full duration of their studies. (During their studies, if the student's relevant clinical employment ceases or where they are unable to attend work in the necessary clinical setting for any period of time (exceeding 3 months), then they are required to notify the programme team immediately in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. In the case of temporary absence but continued relevant clinical employment, leave of absence (Interruption of Studies) and/or extensions shall be considered. In the event that a student's relevant clinical employment ceases then the University reserves the right to withdraw the student from the programme. Please refer to the University regulations on 'Fitness to Practise’ for further information.)
Find out more about English language requirements.
The MSc consists of three stages – stage T1 (first taught stage), stage T2 (second taught stage) and stage R (research dissertation stage):
- Stage T1 (first taught stage)
This stage lasts for nine months, and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.
- Stage T2 (second taught stage)
This stage lasts for a further nine months, and consists of a further three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to achieve a total of 120 credits to complete the taught stages.
- Stage R (MSc research dissertation stage)
The dissertation stage of the programme lasts for a further six months, to a total for the MSc of two years, and will include a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 180 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc course.
You may leave the course after successfully completing stage T1 with a Postgraduate Certificate, or after successfully completing stage T2 with a Postgraduate Diploma.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.
How will I be taught?
The course is delivered via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central. Content is in the form of online audio visual presentations supplemented with text, discussion boards, blogs and wikis. You will also have access to academic staff via email, phone and video conference software. Approximately 10-15 hours per week will be required on independent learning and assessment.
Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic. A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online via Cardiff University’s online learning platform, Learning Central.
How will I be supported?
All students are allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who will be in regular contact to discuss progress and to provide advice and guidance as needed. Extensive written feedback is given on all assessments.
You will also be allocated a personal supervisor during the dissertation period. They will be able to give written feedback on dissertation drafts and provide you with the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have.
Formative feedback will be communicated through electronic and written means in a timely manner. Summative feedback on assessment will be delivered within the timeframe set by the University.
How will I be assessed?
There are a variety of formative and summative assessment methods used, such as:
- Wiki development
- Multiple choice questions
- Group work
- Development of guidelines / powerpoint presentations.
The MSc dissertation stage will be assessed based on the final dissertation.
What skills will I practise and develop?
By fully engaging in this Master's level course, you will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of skills and abilities which you can apply to any professional setting. In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop abilities in critical analysis, the application of evidence based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively. Your studies should also help you develop your problem-solving and decision-making abilities by enabling you to utilise evidence effectively and communicate important concepts to colleagues and others. Through the research focused elements you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in literature review, critical evaluation, research design, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis and research principles.
By fully engaging in the course, you should also be able to:
- Demonstrate an informed and structured critical approach to surgical care.
- Evaluate and integrate knowledge into surgical care from different disciplines such as the biological, psychological, sociological, pharmacological sciences.
- Challenge traditional approaches to managing patients pre-, intra- and postoperatively.
- Develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base to support and enhance patient care.
- Demonstrate research awareness and activity to both consolidate and extend current themes, concepts and frameworks for managing patients in their surgical practice.
- Demonstrate enhanced understanding of evidence-based medicine through academic appraisal of the relevant resources.
This programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of surgical practice in order to help improve patient care. Graduates have reported that it led directly to promotion, and many were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.
This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.
Master's Excellence Scholarships
Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.Find out more
UK and EU students (2018/19)
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
EU students entering in 2018/19 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2019/20 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.
Students from outside the EU (2018/19)
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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
You will need a reliable computer with high speed Internet access (and up-to-date virus and malware protection) and appropriate software.