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MSc Nursing Who is it for?


You are a graduate nurse who wishes to develop your career into higher level practice, education and leadership roles.


About the Course


Higher level study for nurse graduates is embodied in the aims of the World Health Organisation Strategic direction for nursing and midwifery (2011-2015) and by the UK Government’s Department of Health (2010), reflecting the advancement of nursing as a global profession.


The award will enable you to extend your knowledge and develop new understandings and insights. Key components of the award are the advancement of nursing, the deepening of professional identity and the use of self to develop practice and to teach, lead and influence others. New to the award this year is a module which focuses on the principles and practice of teaching in academic and practice settings.


The module explores rich and intriguing concepts that are fundamental to nursing, including authenticity, creativity, emotional intelligence, emotional labour, reflection, reflexivity and ways of knowing. Through a series of Master’s classes led by academics, researchers and practitioners you are taken on a journey of professional and personal discovery where shared experiences help to inform future practice that will be innovative and informed.


Research Methods in Health and Social Care


This module is designed to introduce you to a wide range of research issues relevant to healthcare professionals. You will refresh existing skills and will also be given the opportunity to develop further skills in the execution and interpretation of research.


Dissertation Course Content


You will study three compulsory modules including a dissertation and an additional four designated modules. The modules represent the four themes of the award: Research; Education; Management and Leadership and Nursing Practice.


Modules Professional Artistry


This module will ask you to examine and reconsider your understanding of the art and science of nursing. The aim is to enable you to reach a high level where you can internalise, synthesise and disseminate knowing about your practice in ways which are new and exciting.


The dissertation is an opportunity for you to demonstrate the learning that has occurred during the course of the programme by undertaking an investigation and producing an extended piece of work which explores an area of nursing/ practice/ healthcare that is of relevance to your area of expertise or intended career development.


Designated Modules


Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations Agents of Change Comparative Health Systems Facilitating Teaching and Learning Principles and Perspectives of Health


Assessment


The assessment strategies in this award give you the opportunity, through critical reflection, to review your personal learning and development in relation to work-based education relating to advanced level nursing. You will collate a portfolio compilation of evidence, test a number of assessment tools to review aspects of nursing and nursing practice and explore research methodologies and carry out a literature review.


Career Opportunities


Employment opportunities in nursing are favourable in many countries across the world within public and private healthcare services, social services, special education and the voluntary sector.


Duration of Course


The award begins in September each year and takes 12 months to complete. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout three taught trimesters with a period of supported independent study in trimester three whilst you complete your dissertation with the support of a personal dissertation supervisor.


Entry Requirements


To be accepted onto this course you will normally need to hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related subject area. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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