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.
Please note, due to the high volumes of applications received, we are no longer accepting new applications from international students who wish to start this course in January or February 2023. Applications from students in the UK or EU are still being accepted. For more information, please visit our International website. Any new international applications received for the January/February 2023 intakes will be withdrawn.
However, International students can apply to study this course from September 2023. Whilst there is no set deadline to apply, we would recommend making an application as soon as possible.
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.
- 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 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 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 methods include written assignments mainly based on issues from practice, presentations, scenario based role plays and critical literature reviews.
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.
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.
- For home students without a Honours degree, you may be allowed to undertake this award after discussion with the course leader.
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 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: £9500
Full-time International: £15100
Part-time UK: TBC
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
Part-time UK: TBC
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.
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.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
USW Postgraduate 20% Alumni Discount 2023/24
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 or DBA course from September 2023 (this includes students starting a course in January/February 2024). T's and Cs apply. Click here for more details and eligibility criteria: USW Postgraduate Alumni Discount 2023/24
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.