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Clinical Leadership and Leading Change in Cardiology (MSc)

This part-time MSc in Clinical Leadership and Change Management in Cardiology is an interprofessional e-learning programme for healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with cardiac conditions who have successfully completed the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Leadership and Change Management in Cardiology.

This part-time MSc in Clinical Leadership and Change Management in Cardiology is an interprofessional e-learning programme for healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with cardiac conditions who have successfully completed the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Leadership and Change Management in Cardiology.

The dissertation year will build and apply learning from the PgDip programme and enable the student to undertake either research, audit, innovation or service evaluation with the aim to lead and make change within the management of people at risk of or having cardiovascular disease. It provides an educational experience that fulfils the needs of the NHS in supporting the development of outstanding care for the future within the field of cardiology and cardiovascular medicine, allowing responsive transformational changes to be made and evaluated, and promoting continued improvement.

The programme facilitates a process in which you can systematically understand where current gaps lie in the care that is delivered from a population and systems perspective in an integrated way, and supported in reaching the correct diagnosis and management, and address unmet clinical needs. In the taught stages you will have completed high quality level 7 assessments based on evidence-based practice, which is directly relevant to your clinical practice, and will have been encouraged and supported to gain knowledge around clinical evaluation and research and undertake a local quality improvement activity. In this stage, you will undertake a regional quality improvement activity to complete the MSc.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • Develop critical thinkers who are able to demonstrate mastery in either the prevention/early recognition of cardiovascular disease or in diagnosing, assessing and managing those living with cardiovascular disease and through research, audit, innovation or service evaluation lead clinically meaningful and sustainable change in practice
  • Consolidate the advanced skills in leadership and organisational health care management developed during the PgDip so that they can analyse the organisations within which they work, can evaluate steps required to change cultures, respond to the needs of stakeholders and effect clinically meaningful changes that can be evaluated
  • Synthesise and reflect on learning from the PgDip to transform health care responding to the needs of people living with or likely to develop cardiovascular conditions and their families, providing role models for their peers

Distinctive features

  • Our delivery model aligns quality improvement, leadership and change management for a variety of conditions ensuring that there is a clear impact on clinical practice through the assessment process
  • Opportunities to create “live” health improvements by undertaking assessments based on your own place of work
  • Evidence-based approach to promoting patient quality and safety
  • An online programme that can be studied from anywhere in the world

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
QualificationMSc
ModePart-time - distance learning
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Admissions criteria

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entrance requirement, including English language requirements, applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed the PgDip in Clinical Leadership and Leading Change in Cardiology

AND

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.

 

English Language Requirements for non-UK applicants

Typical IELTS offer: IELTS at least 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each sub-score)

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 year (year three) follows on from successful completion of the two-year Postgraduate Diploma. You will be supported and guided with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups and with your dissertation supervisor throughout the academic year. There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning. Entry to the MSc (dissertation stage) is dependent upon successful completion of the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Leadership and Change Management in Cardiology. To ensure that your MSc does align to the Post Graduate Diploma, there should not be more than three years between the successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma and the start of the MSc.

The MSc consists of one stage: Stage R (MSc research dissertation stage): 

This stage lasts for one academic year, and includes a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7. Combined with the 120 credits achieved by successfully completing the PgDip, this gives you the 180 credits at Level 7 needed to achieve the award of MSc.

The dissertation is worth 60 credits and, in combination with the PgDip taught stage, will be weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark:

  • Taught modules (Stages T1 and T2 combined) 50%
  • Dissertation (Stage R) 50%.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

This year you will present your aims and a dissertation proposal. Information on Learning Central will help you to write this and discussions with the faculty and other students, either virtual face to face or on discussion boards will help you to focus the topic and approach to your dissertation. You will be allocated at least one supervisor who is an academic and/or a specialist in the field you have chosen to study. A time table of activity will be negotiated between you and your supervisor(s) to ensure that there is paced activity throughout the year, plenty of time for forward feedback and discussion. It is anticipated that you will contact your supervisor at least 4 times during the year. 

Year two

This year you will present your aims and a dissertation proposal. Information on Learning Central will help you to write this and discussions with the faculty and other students, either virtual face to face or on discussion boards will help you to focus the topic and approach to your dissertation. You will be allocated at least one supervisor who is an academic and/or a specialist in the field you have chosen to study. A time table of activity will be negotiated between you and your supervisor(s) to ensure that there is paced activity throughout the year, plenty of time for forward feedback and discussion. It is anticipated that you will contact your supervisor at least 4 times during the year. 

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?

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 our 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.

Feedback

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?

The MSc dissertation stage will be assessed based on the final dissertation.

Your dissertation, which will normally be no longer than 20,000 words and supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject, will embody the results of your period of project work. The subject of each student’s dissertation will be negotiated with the faculty and the supervisor and will be approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or their nominee.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Develop a critically informed analysis of approaches to evaluating health care including research, audit and service evaluation
  • Undertake robust search strategies to reduce bias in the literature review contained within the dissertation
  • Reflect on the importance of Ethical Committees and other governance structures when planning and executing research, audit and service evaluation.
  • Design a research, clinical audit, innovation or service evaluation project using appropriate research methods.
  • Obtain the necessary governance approvals (e.g. research ethics, R&D etc.).
  • Demonstrate compliance with relevant legal, ethical and data requirements for the conduct of the study. 
  • Collect and analyse data using appropriate research methods.
  • Interpret and critique the findings and report them in the required format(s). 
  • Prepare a written dissertation that describes and critically evaluates the project, clearly identifying the strengths and weaknesses

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Develop a critically informed approach to searching for evidence, evaluating and grading the strength of evidence, reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence and synthesising the outcomes to inform clinically meaningful questions grounded in a robust knowledge base of research, innovation, audit and service evaluation.
  • Evaluate literature critically and reflect on implications for practice using appropriate methods for evaluating qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Debate appropriate data collection methods and Integrate statistical principles in analysing data; being able to delineate the appropriate methods to use for differing data sets;
  • Reflect on and synthesise research findings, to justify the dissertation method chosen.
  • Defend and justify the design and methods chosen for the project. 
  • Reflect on the research, clinical audit, innovation or service evaluation process and methods and articulate lessons learned for future practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Communicate on an online programme through use of discussion boards with peers and faculty
  • Navigate around Learning Central, the distance learning library, discussion boards, Grade Centre and Turnitin.
  • Provide safe, effective, patient-centred care with appropriate professionalism.
  • Apply professional self-awareness and self-reflection to your own professional development in ways that enhance your practice and improve patient outcomes.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication.
  • Source a range of online tools to promote life-long learning
  • Apply problem solving skills to a range of diverse issues
  • Apply problem solving skills to a range of diverse issues
  • Manage and prioritise workload and time effectively
    for the completion of quality projects, including working to deadlines
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others to develop innovative solutions and solve problems
  • Demonstrate initiative, taking responsibility for accomplishing objectives and goals
  • Listen effectively to understand and process important and/or complex information
  • Communicate accurately, clearly and concisely in variety of styles, using a range of media to a wide variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate initiative, taking responsibility for accomplishing objectives and goals.

All of the students undertaking this programme will be in employment. However, many senior health care roles require clinicians to have advanced academic training and therefore the MSc is seen as a vehicle for promotion to extended and senior roles. The involvement of leadership, organisational management and quality and safety modules, facilitate innovation and change within health care and provide transferable skills that alumni can apply in any health care setting. Publication of your dissertation and/or the implementation of a successful and sustainable change will be viewed highly by senior managers.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

Essential technical requirements:

To pursue this programme of study you will need regular access to a reliable computer (desktop or laptop) running an operating system that is still actively supported by the developer i.e. Microsoft, Apple, etc.  This system must have:

  • An up-to-date internet browser installed
  • Any other software specifically required for the course

Regular access to a stable internet connection that can consistently deliver 3Mbits per second or higher.