MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Personalised Care and Survivorship

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS60098
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course has been developed for professionals working in both the primary and secondary care sectors.  
The module will include opportunities to critically explore and analyse the role of the professional in supporting those living with and beyond cancer.  The module will incorporate expert clinical opinion, collaboration with peers and exploration of the patient’s experience to enhance learning. 


This unit aims to facilitate students to develop an understanding of what is meant by “living with and beyond cancer” and review the many aspects of clinical and non-clinical care which contribute to good patient outcomes and experience
Students will evaluate current service provision for this patient group and consider how care and support can best be provided to this growing population.

Teaching and learning methods

  • E-Learning
  • Directed and self-directed learning

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically evaluate current understanding and complexities in defining living with and beyond cancer (LWBC).
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the scale of LWBC and appraise the current models of care, including local practice, where applicable.
  • Develop an indepth and critical systematic understanding of the complex impact of late effects/side effects or consequences from treatment on patient experience.
  • Critically analyse the psychological impact of living with and beyond cancer.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate strategies to educate and support patients, carers and professionals to live with and beyond cancer.
  • Engage in critical interpretation of the impact of ethical, cultural, religious, and spiritual issues on the quality of life of those living with and beyond cancer.

Intellectual skills

  • Develop an understanding of the methodology for performing a critical review of the literature
  • Develop a critical understanding of research methodology

Practical skills

  • Critically evaluate strategies such as health coaching and motivational interviewing and consider how these could be integrated into practice
  • Develop skills in motivational interviewing

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop effective communication and leadership skills required for developing services for those living with and beyond cancer
  • Develop information technology skills to support lifelong learning and participate in identification of individual learning needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.
  • Evaluate own role in leading and developing practice and service delivery to support those living with and beyond cancer.
  • Participate in collaborative learning and peer support.
  • Promote independent learning through critical evaluation and synthesis of evidence that enhances and challenges current practice.
  • Systematically evaluate a range of evidence to inform clinical decision-making and professional practice

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 37
Independent study hours
Independent study 113

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Claire Higham Unit coordinator

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