MSc Professional Practice

The MSc Professional Practice degree offers a sound educational experience for UK and international health and social care practitioners. Its flexible structure and module choice enables you to create a programme that supports your professional practice and can be individually tailored.

Suitable for experienced and inexperienced practitioners, the MSc Professional Practice is underpinned by the latest research, and aims to transform your practice, and improve the quality of care. It focuses on the professional development necessary for higher level practice and leadership roles. On successful completion, you will have gained an internationally recognised qualification that is designed to prepare nurses to take up posts within nursing services globally. There are three exit points – Postgraduate Certificate; Postgraduate Diploma and Master's level.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years February Glyntaff A
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A

The MSc Professional Practice offers a wide choice of career pathways to qualified health and social care professionals, including nurses of all fields, health visitors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and midwives.

In consultation with the Programme Leader, you will devise an individual programme (180 credits) that meets your own needs. You will also have the flexibility to study at your own pace, finding a balance between work, education and everyday life. There are three exits points - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits); Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and Masters (180 credits) level.

Core Module

  • Research methods (40 credits)

Optional Sample Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Practice Project
  • Leading Change
  • Leading Effective Teams in Health and Social Care
  • Legal and Ethical Issues Relating to Vulnerable Persons
  • Advanced Life Sciences for Clinical Practice
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Nature and Scope of Palliative Care
  • Contemporary Nursing Practice in a Global Arena
  • Contemporary Nursing Practice in the UK for International Nurses

Teaching

Teaching and assessment methods vary depending on the choice of modules/pathway. Teaching methods include lead lectures, student-led discussions, case studies, debate, reflective accounts of practice, workshops, group work and tutorials.

Assessment

Assessment methods include written assignments mainly based on issues from practice, scenario based role plays and critical literature reviews.

Lecturers

Debbie Botting, course leader 

  • Applicants must normally have an Honours degree and be a professionally qualified health or social care professional.
  • For international students, IELTs 6.5 or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

The planning of this MSc Professional Practice has taken into account the development of new roles in the fields of health and social care. For example, the content and delivery of modules will be underpinned by the latest research evidence. As a result, this award will meet the requirements of the demanding and dynamic environments that health and social care practitioners work in today.

Employers value highly and are attracted to international nurses who have gained a Masters degree within the UK. Employer engagement has led to high levels of post-study employment both within the NHS and within the independent sector. In addition many international nursing graduates gain employment in other countries, such as Canada, Australia and the Emirate States.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.