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.
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.
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.
Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and 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. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.
Please note the full-time UK and EU fee is £9000, however USW is offering a full-time UK and EU bursary of £3000 which means students pay £6000
Please note the part-time UK and EU fee is £1000, however USW is offering a part-time UK and EU bursary of £333 which means students pay £667 per 20 credits
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. 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.