The aim of the programme is to develop autonomous reflective practitioners who are engaged in advanced practice within a range of organisational and professional settings. The programme promotes critical appraisal of the theory and application of the relevant professional practice and develops a purposeful and self-directed approach to learning which will result in enhanced professional practice. It aims to promote critical appraisal of the theory and application of the relevant professional practice and provides participants with an opportunity to develop their critical skills and scientific understanding to enable them to develop into effective and reflective practitioners. The MSc Advanced Practice is a generic programme with specific pathways and can lead to the award of the specifically named degree: •MSc Advanced Practice (Audiology) •MSc Advanced Practice (Dietetics) •MSc Advanced Practice (Musculoskeletal Studies) •MSc Advanced Practice (Speech and Language Therapy) Further information on each pathway can be found in the Pathway Specific Modules tab below. It is intended that the programme provides for flexible, variable progression that is responsive to student and employer continuous professional learning needs and the constantly changing practice environment. Any modules at Level 7 (Masters level) studied elsewhere, that meet the learning needs of the student, can be incorporated into the module mix via the Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) procedure. In addition, it is recognised that many professions engage with CPD activities which are not credit rated. The Reflection on Prior Learning module is a 20 credit level 7 generic option module where students can use relevant CPD activities to critically reflect on those experiences and produce a reflective statement and portfolio. The programme has been designed to meet the four pillars of Advanced Practice. The modules will be delivered in a blended learning pattern (blocks of teaching with on-line resources) as far as possible. Please Note: Applicants must normally be able to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years recent and relevant experience in an appropriate setting. Applicants for the Dietetics pathway should be registered Dieticians with the Health and Care Professions Council and applicants for the Speech and Language Therapy pathway should be registered Speech and Language Therapists with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Compulsory Modules for PgD: Reflection for Professional Practice (10 credits) Evidence Based Practice (10 credits) Applied Research Methods & Design (20 credits) Compulsory Modules for MSc: Dissertation (60 credits) Optional Generic Modules: (All worth 20 credits): Work Based Learning 1 Work Based Learning 2 Assessing Health, Wellbeing and Inequity Health Risk Perception & Communication Public Health Policy Development Health Protection Frameworks for Public Health Intervention Changing Health Behaviour Neuro Linguistic Programming Reflection on Prior Learning Teaching and Learning in the Workplace Clinical Decision Making Strategic Leadership and Management
Each module is assessed by coursework; the type varies according to the modules and can include the completion of a portfolio, presentations, reflections, reports and case studies. All the modules are externally moderated. Wherever possible students will be offered formative assessments and feedback.
Applicants should hold an honours degree in a discipline relating to their proposed area of study. However, candidates with other relevant qualifications will be considered. Applicants must normally be able to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years recent and relevant experience in an appropriate setting. The applied nature of the course and the emphasis on critical reflection and the development of advanced practice require candidates to have relevant experience on which they can reflect and develop their studies. Entry Requirements for specific pathways: • Dietetics - candidates should be registered Dieticians with the Health and Care Professions Council. • Speech and Language Therapy - candidates should be registered Speech and Language Therapists with the Health and Care Professions Council. • Sports and Exercise Nutrition – candidates should have a first degree in Dietetics, Nutrition or Sports and Exercise Science. Selection Procedure: Candidates will be considered by the course director and at least one other member of the course team and may be invited to interview. At this stage there will be discussion about the potential areas that the candidate wishes to study as well as consideration of developmental needs.
Fees and funding
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