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Advanced Practice (Education for Health Professionals) (MSc) Part-time

This MSc is a specialist pathway through the Advanced Practice programme, providing you with the opportunity to explore your specialist areas of practice, and to develop your expertise in teaching and assessment in both clinical and academic settings.

Our aim in the School of Healthcare Sciences is to provide health, social care and other related professionals with the opportunity to undertake a challenging and rewarding Masters in Advanced Practice. The programme focuses on your personal development as a professional leading, managing and developing advanced practice roles and models of care delivery.

The MSc in Advanced Practice is designed for health, social care and related professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge base, clinical, leadership and management skills. Students, irrespective of clinical specialty, will become actively involved in the advancement of practice.

This specialist pathway through the MSc Advanced practice has been designed for health, social care and related professionals who either have an educational role within their current practice or are looking to develop one.

There are two routes through the MSc Advanced Practice: Education for Health Professionals programme, one which is Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable, and a non-NMC route. Both routes focus on evidence based approaches to facilitating learning, teaching, inter professional learning and quality assurance in higher education and clinical practice.

You will be required to plan teaching sessions and strategies, implement educational assessment and evaluation strategies and lead practice and curriculum development activities.

Distinctive features

  • The programme focuses on your personal development as a professional leading, managing and developing advanced practice roles and models of care delivery.
  • You will undertake 200 hours (non-NMC) and 360 hours (NMC) teaching hours to complete the programme.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration4 years
QualificationMSc
ModePart-time
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Admissions criteria

In order to register with the University and undertake this programme, applicants must:

  • Possess an initial or higher degree of an approved institution.
  • Possess a non-graduate qualification equivalent to graduation.
  • Hold a first degree.
  • Have secured funding.
  • Have employer support (where appropriate).
  • Students will normally be health, social care or other professionals with relevant qualifications and registrations.
  • Individual modules within the programme may have additional entry criteria due to the aims and learning outcomes of the module and/or due to NMC/ regulations.

These programmes are normally open to registered practitioners who possess an initial or higher degree of an approved institution. Where applicants do not hold a first degree, applications will be considered on an individual basis. For such applicants, evidence of relevant experience and continued professional development will be requested.

Please note: A prospective candidate who already holds the Doctor of Philosophy shall show that the Master’s Degree scheme to be pursued is in a different field of study from that for which the degree of PhD was awarded

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

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

The MSc in Advanced Practice Education for Health Professionals programme is modular and students must complete four modules (30 credits each) in the taught component of the course.

The part time route would commence in September of Year One and normally be completed within four years.

The programme offers two routes (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and non NMC).  Each route requires two compulsory education modules, plus the compulsory research module:

  • Facilitating Learning and Teaching
  • Assessment and Evaluation 
  • Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care

There are a range of optional and programme 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

Year two

Year three

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?

The notion of adult learning will inform the learning and teaching process and a range of learning and teaching methods will be utilised to achieve the learning outcomes of the programmes. Students will enter the programmes with a wide range of skills and experiences and some may hold senior positions. These experiences will be used to enhance the learning process. Post graduate degree level study involves students taking responsibility for their own learning and this will be encouraged throughout the programme. The learning and teaching strategy will take notice of this and methods used will range from tutorials, to student led seminars, dialogue, problem based learning, appreciative inquiry, skills workshops, self-directed study, discussion and debate and expert led lectures.

The full range of learning and teaching strategies will be adopted within this course, for example: problem-based learning, scenario based learning, guided study, e-learning, clinical skills sessions, workshops, discussion groups, action learning sets, reflection, seminars, debates, lessons and lectures. It is imperative that as future educators individuals are able to utilise a full range of learning and teaching strategies. 

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 them 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?

The assessments used within the MSc programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and where appropriate clinical practice. This includes written work such as reflective narratives, evidence based literature reviews, essays and research critiques, examinations, case study analysis, practical tests, oral presentations, seminars, video and playback, tape recordings, viva, dissertations, project work and completion of portfolios.

Each assessment is accompanied by written guidelines and assessment criteria based on the QAA Code of Practice for assessments (QAA 2006). Wherever possible a pro forma is produced to accompany a summative assessment. This may be in the form of marking criteria, competencies to be achieved, standards etc. with clear guidelines relating to what is being assessed. This correlates with the learning outcomes of the programme/module.

Each module within the MSc Advanced Practice Education for Health Professionals pathway will be assessed formatively and summatively in line with each specific module assessment strategy. This incorporates a variety of modes of assessment including the following:

  • Assignment (theoretical and reflective).
  • Presentations/ Peer reviewed presentations/ seminars.
  • Discussion/ seminars/ workshops.
  • Case scenarios.
  • Simulated clinical workshops.
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.
  • Multiple choice question classroom tests.

Assessments used within the programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and clinical practice, and will include written work such as reflective narratives. 

Specific educational modules will include:

  • Two assessed learning and teaching sessions per module.
  • A 4000 word reflection per module.
  • Record of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation hours (200 hours non-NMC/360 hours NMC).

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you should have developed the following skills and knowledge:

  • Critically analyse strategies for supporting learning and discuss the development of effective relationships with colleagues supporting students’ learning across a range of environments.
  • Be cognisant of contemporary approaches to learning and implement strategies, which will facilitate students to maximise their potential for learning and contribute to the development of practice.
  • Critically explore approaches to the assessment of learning and implement strategies that facilitate professional judgements of achievement of required standards, exercising accountability for decisions and providing feedback to learners.
  • Develop a critical understanding of approaches to evaluation to determine the effectiveness of learning and teaching strategies in achievement of required standards and the quality of learning environments.
  • Critically reflect on the characteristics of an effective learning environment and create appropriate learning experiences that allow learners to function as part of an inter-professional team whilst maintaining the integrity of their professional role.
  • Critically explore critically quality assurance processes in education and practice and established audit criteria and processes to enhance the quality of the learning experience.
  • Critically appraise the impact of policies on contemporary professional practice, providing a credible role model to learners when supporting practice developments through change management.
  • Critically analyse the evidence base for practice to enhance own learning, disseminating research findings and empowering others to develop the evidence base to improve care and enhance learning opportunities.
  • Critically explore academic leadership, demonstrating strategic vision and developing effective relationships when developing programmes and responding to evaluations of learning, teaching and assessment strategies across practice and academic settings, in order to enhance the effectiveness of learning provision.

The MSc in Advanced Practice is designed for health, social care and related professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge base, clinical, leadership and management skills. Students, irrespective of their clinical specialty, will become actively involved in the advancement of practice.

This specialist is designed for those who want to develop their career within healthcare education; it aims to build your confidence and abilities as an effective teacher, enabling you to make a valuable contribution to the advancement of practice in your field.

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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Due to the duration of this programme only Welsh and EU domiciled students who meet residency requirements (English domiciled students are excluded) are eligible for a postgraduate loan. See more information about eligibility for UK Government Postgraduate loans.

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.