MSc Professional Practice

If you are looking for a unique nursing programme to explore your field of professional practice and acknowledge your advanced level of skill and knowledge in your profession, the MSc Professional Practice is for you.

The course is for health professionals who want to advance their practice or require specialist modules, offering a unique and comprehensive educational experience for UK and international health and social care practitioners. Its flexible structure and module choices allows you to create a programme that can be individually tailored to support your professional practice.

Suitable for experienced and inexperienced healthcare practitioners, the MSc Professional Practice facilitates the use of the latest research, and aims to transform your practice, and improve the quality of care.

This Professional Practice course 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 healthcare professionals to take up posts within health and social services globally.

There are three exit points – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master's level.

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

The MSc Professional Practice offers a wide choice of modules to meet the needs of career pathways for 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. Your individual programme can run from one year to up to six years depending upon your other commitments.

There are three exits points - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits); Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and Masters (180 credits) level.

Core Module

  • Research methods (40 credits)

Core choice modules (select at least one)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Professional Practice Project (20 and 40 credits)

Optional Sample Modules 

  • 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
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics
  • Supporting the person with dementia in a care setting
  • Nature and Scope of Palliative Care
  • Contemporary Healthcare Studies in the UK for International Students
  • Contemporary Healthcare Practice in a Global Arena

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, presentations, scenario based role plays and critical literature reviews.

Facilities

The University’s online learning environment, Unilearn, provides information about your course, including support materials and resources for each of your modules. There is a dedicated Librarian for the Care Science School, who can help students with many different queries, including relevant journals and books, or even assist with literature searches. The Library has an excellent range of online books and journals which can be utilised using the dedicated Find It system. 

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

  • Applicants must normally have an Honours degree and be a professionally qualified health or social care professional.
  • The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component 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 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14500 

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £14700 

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

Funding

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales* graduates starting a taught/online*** MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, DBA course or a PcET/PGCE course from September 2022 (this includes students starting their course in January/February 2023).

The planning of this MSc Professional Practice has taken into account the development of new roles in the fields of health and social care. Students will focus on the latest research and development evidence for their professional role. 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 and welcome international healthcare professionals who have gained a Masters degree within the UK. Within the faculty, our engagement and partnership with numerous organisations has led to high levels of post-study employment both within the NHS and within the independent sector. In addition, many international graduates gain employment in diverse areas, for example graduates who are nurses have secured jobs in countries such as Canada, Australia and the Emirate States.

Graduates may also progress on to a PhD or research degree.