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Community Health Studies (SPQ) (MSc)

Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by July 2019. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course.

This MSc programme aims to prepare you for work in a complex and dynamic community setting. Successful completion leads to the award of the NMC recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification, in either District or Practice Nursing.

This full-time Master’s course is for registered nurses wishing to pursue a career in community nursing. It leads to an MSc in Community Health Studies, a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing or general practice nursing.

The course aims to:

  • Develop a critical awareness and understanding of discipline specific knowledge, informed by current practice and scholarship.
  • Judiciously apply the evidence-base to clinical situations that are complex and justify decisions to the inter-professional team.
  • Develop discipline specific competencies to Masters practice level demonstrating self-direction and the ability to act autonomously in the management of patient care, within the scope of professional practice.

The course consists of three compulsory modules and one core specialist module equating to at least 600 hours of student engagement. The focus of learning and teaching is to link theory with practice and therefore the modules are split into 50% theory and 50% practice. The theory covered during the modules aims to prepare you for the supervised clinical practice you will be undertaking during the course.

Successful completion of a dissertation will lead to the award of MSc Community Health Studies.

For the practice element of the course, you will work alongside a practice teacher or sign-off mentor.  A total of 600 hours in practice must be achieved during the programme. You must have the agreement of your employer to release you for the necessary theory and practice hours.

Distinctive features

  • 50% theory and 50% practice.
  • Provides a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing.
  • Fully supported by local service providers.
  • Incorporates community practitioner nurse prescribing qualification, V100.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration18 months
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
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Admissions criteria

Entry Requirements

  • Current registration with the NMC on Part 1 of the register*.
  • A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent.

* Entry criteria for entry to specific Specialist Practice pathways are as follows:

  • District Nursing: First level nurse trained in general nursing or in adult nursing.
  • Practice Nursing: First level nurse trained in general nursing, adult nursing, the nursing of sick children or children’s nursing.

Selection of students for the course may require relevant Health Board selection and support, along with meeting University and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) selection requirements. Selection criteria will be as follows:

  • Appropriate NHS Health Board identification.
  • The NHS Health Board will inform the Programme Manager of the candidates they intend to support to undertake the programme. This will include confirmation of support from a Sign-Off Mentor or Practice Teacher to meet NMC requirements.
  • Secured funding. To date community SPQ programme modules up to Postgraduate diploma have been funded centrally by Welsh Government, now via the Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS) - it is anticipated this funding will continue. This does not include the Masters Dissertation modules.
  • Evidence of post-registration experience required
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Enhanced up-to-date DBS disclosure in conjunction with Health Board colleagues, where necessary.

The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied.  You must address the following points in your personal statement. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about the programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

Application deadline:  End of July of each academic year.  Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

All students will attend the three core generic modules and one core specialist module that apply to the particular pathways for the award of District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

Successful completion of all four modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies and recordable NMC specialist practice and community practitioner nurse prescriber qualifications.

You will then have the option to continue to the dissertation (MSc) stage.

Successful completion of a dissertation module will lead to the award of MSc in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies.

There are a range of optional and speciality specific modules available. Your programme team will guide you in identifying and selecting the appropriate and available modules.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Learning and teaching methods will include lectures, guided reading activities, seminar discussions, online activities, and discussion forums. Screen and podcasts, lecture-capture, and supervisory blogs are also planned to enhance and promote learning.

As some students may have concerns about the level of IT skills required to undertake the course, each student accepted onto the course will be provided with pre-programme support.

The face-to-face taught component of the module will also provide an opportunity for students to meet and develop insights into each other’s roles and experiences.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.

Feedback

We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark.  You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a variety of methods, including written assignments, exams, presentations and a practical assessment (clinical portfolio). Assignments vary according to the module.

The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice. The practical element will be assessed through a summative clinical portfolio.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of your profession, informed by current practice, scholarship and research, including a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject and the profession.
  • The ability to apply research to professional situations, both practical and theoretical.
  • The ability to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to your professional activities.

You will have the opportunity to practise and develop a range of generic abilities and skills that include the ability to:

  • Use initiative and take responsibilit.
  • Solve problems in creative and innovative ways.
  • Make decisions in challenging situations.
  • Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally.
  • Communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media.

This reflects the requirements of the NMC relating to the specialist practice qualification, who define specialist practice as exercising of higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical care (United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC) 2001). This programme has been designed to meet the requirements as set out by NMC for achievement of these higher level skills focusing on four broad areas:

  • Clinical practice.
  • Care and programme management.
  • Clinical practice development.
  • Clinical practice leadership.

Successful completion of this course should equip you with skills and knowledge to help advance your career in nursing.

The ongoing shift of care closer to home is driving the continued development of primary care services both locally and nationally, and community nurse education features strongly in these plans to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose.

Service reconfiguration requires specialist district nurses and practice nurses to be able to lead and deliver services to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population.

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2019.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

This course is charged on a per-module basis. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.