Postgraduate Taught

PgCert/ PgDip/ MSc Advancing Practice in Health (Advancing Practice in Health Framework)

The course information below relates to entry in September 2021. Applications for September 2021 will open 1st of November 2020. Click here for course information and January 2021 entry. 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our Advancing Practice in Health Framework, this flexible, modular route allows for a personalised educational journey. It may be of particular interest to those who already hold a master’s award or who wish to study modules in a particular area of practice.

Delivered online, the Advancing Practice in Health award pathway offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (full-time, part-time or workplace) to be responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning. It can lead to a MSc/PgDip/ PgCert Advancing Practice in Health award.

Why QMU?

  • We offer a collaborative multi- professional online learning environment.
  • Learning and assessment are underpinned by current research and the evolving landscape of health and wellbeing.
  • Personalised educational journey.

Course overview

The pathway is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research).

There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advanced practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as a number of more specific modules. The framework also offers opportunities to draw on expertise across the University on subjects such as leadership, social science and education.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

 

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study the MSc, PgDip or PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The framework offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (part-time, full-time and workplace) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance. Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master’s level study.

Teaching hours and attendance

No on-campus attendance is required at QMU and course material is delivered entirely online. Each 20-credit module will equate with approximately 200 hours of study, which will include regular online contact and independent experiential learning.

Modules

  • Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits)
  • Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits)
  • plus a further 80 credits from any approved framework modules (see below)

Advancing Practice Framework modules:

The following list of modules are all available in the framework. If opting to study for a single module, you will be able to select any module from this list. If you chose to follow one of the named awards, you will complete the modules specific to that route. Modules marked * require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or have access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).

  • Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)*: These modules enable you to attain pre-agreed workplace competencies and to critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning the selected area of work.
  • Assessment for Learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those who have an educational role to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment and feedback methods.
  • Partnership Working in Health Promotion (formerly Community Health and Wellbeing Theory) (20 credits): This module will enable learners to advance their own practice by gaining a critical understanding of theory related to community health and wellbeing policy and practice.
  • Diagnostic Investigations for the Lower Limb (20 credits): This module will provide you with theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of diagnostic and laboratory investigations in the lower limb.
  • Dissertation (60 credits): This module will enable learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work contributing to a subject, field or profession.
  • Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by demonstrating sustainable impact in practice at a service, project or community level.
  • Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits):This module will provide you with an understanding of research principles, methodologies and analysis.
  • Facilitation of Learning (20 credits):This module is designed to enable those with an educational role to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of how to facilitate the learning of others.
  • Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding of advanced practice.
  • Leadership for Transformation and Innovation (20 credits): This module will provide you with a broad critical knowledge and understanding of the principles of leadership required for transformation and innovation in the public and private sectors.
  • Management of Diabetes and its Complications (20 credits): This module will provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the historical and current management of diabetes and its associated complications.
  • MRI/CT in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners working with MRI or CT to develop a critical understanding of protocol selection and development as well as facilitating the evolution of skills and techniques regarding MRI or CT.
  • Medical Imaging of the Foot and Ankle (20 credits)*: This module will provide learners with a critical understanding of diagnostic modalities to develop evaluative and interpretative skills of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic modalities.
  • Non-medical Prescribing for Allied Health Profession (40 credits)*: This module will prepare learners to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role as non-medical prescribers.
  • Principles of MRI/CT (20 credits)*:This module will allow learners working with MRI or CT to develop a more in-depth understanding of the theoretical applications of MRI or CT.
  • Principles of Diabetes and its Complications (20 credits): This module will allow you to explore the physiological and biochemical underpinning of diabetes and its complications along with an opportunity to critically evaluate current pharmacotherapies.
  • Realistic Lifestyle Medicine (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by critically evaluating, designing, delivering and reflecting on interventions at the individual level to improve health outcomes related to lifestyle behaviours.
  • Tissue Viability (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical understanding of the evidence base for factors contributing to cutaneous ulceration, viable assessment techniques and the effectiveness of current management practices.

For the MSc, you will also complete a Dissertation (60 credits).

Please note some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or have access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).

*The modules listed are correct at time of publication (September 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single module study

Available. Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Sara Smith, Advancing Practice Framework Lead, or Admissions for further information.

Placements

N/A

Careers

All modules will provide learners with enhanced career progression opportunities in leadership roles or within their specialist field of practice.

Class sizes

You will join a multi-professional online community of learners.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Some modules may require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and/or have access to a suitable workplace setting (paid or voluntary) along with the support of a line manager and work place mentor.

Professional registration

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.

Application deadline

None

More information and contacts

Contact Sara Smith, Advancing Practice Framework Lead, or Admissions for further information.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).