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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics)

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics)

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
PgCert 1 year PgDip 2 years MSc 3 years
Entry requirements

We require a health professional qualification relevant to nursing or current registration with the relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body.

You must also hold a relevant honours first degree (Lower Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Part-time students whose unit(s) have practical components also need written support from their employer to attend and complete any practice requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
15
How to apply

If you are self-funded or organisation-funded, you need to complete our application form . International applicants must apply online .

See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

To achieve the aims and individual clinical unit outcomes for this MSc, you will need to be able to reflect on your current/recent practice and demonstrate how your role can develop, enhance or propose change to patient care and service delivery.

When completing your application, please include the following in the 'Further Information' section of the application form:

  • the focus of your current/recent clinical practice and an overview of your role;
  • your areas of clinical interest and the units you are interested in studying.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc N Y N N

Course overview

Advanced clinical practitioners are leaders in their specific field of practice. Working with other members of the multi-disciplinary team they manage episodes of clinical care. Our tailored course units have been developed to help you progress your career in this field.

You will study:

  • advanced paediatric anatomy and physiology;
  • advanced paediatric examination and assessment;
  • reflective teaching and learning;
  • independent prescribing;
  • research design.

You will also complete a dissertation in an area associated to your career aims and job role.

Open days

You can find out more about this course and what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on a university open day .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credits (£2,400 Dissertation)
    International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credits (£5,400 Dissertation)

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 7605
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/nursing/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a health professional qualification relevant to nursing or current registration with the relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body.

You must also hold a relevant honours first degree (Lower Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Part-time students whose unit(s) have practical components also need written support from their employer to attend and complete any practice requirements.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component;
  • TOEFL 600 paper-based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0);
  • TOEFL 250 computer-based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0);
  • GCSE English Grade C.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You should have 3 years post qualification experience and have a mentor in practice who can support you in your development and assessment.

Professional entry qualification

Applicants must hold a professional qualification and be currently registered.

Application and selection

How to apply

If you are self-funded or organisation-funded, you need to complete our application form . International applicants must apply online .

See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

To achieve the aims and individual clinical unit outcomes for this MSc, you will need to be able to reflect on your current/recent practice and demonstrate how your role can develop, enhance or propose change to patient care and service delivery.

When completing your application, please include the following in the 'Further Information' section of the application form:

  • the focus of your current/recent clinical practice and an overview of your role;
  • your areas of clinical interest and the units you are interested in studying.

Portfolio requirements

UK applicants who do not hold a first degree (or equivalent qualification) may be admitted on the basis of a health/social work professional qualification. To do this, you must demonstrate the ability to study at postgraduate level.

A standardised procedure for assessing this ability will be developed where students are required to submit a portfolio of evidence of equivalence to the achievement of QAA FHEQ level 6 outcomes.

This portfolio will be reviewed by staff from the course team. Such evidence may include a documented track record of innovative practice, leadership, service development, research projects and publications that are clearly underpinned by the academic skills required at level 6.

Course details

Course description

This course is aimed at those working in advanced clinical practice roles.

It offers healthcare practitioners from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to advance their practice through a tailored selection of units, each designed to give you the in-depth knowledge and skills required to autonomously manage complexities in individual patient care, as well as lead and support the transformation of healthcare services through research informed practice and leadership.

The course will equip you with:

  • advanced clinical skills to apply to your specific area of practice promoting safe, effective, accessible and high quality patient care;the ability to apply theories of leadership and management to your role and area of advanced practice.

We offer a number of pathways including:

  • postgraduate certificate;
  • postgraduate diploma;
  • MSc.

Aims

The course aims to give you an advanced level of integrated clinical knowledge and develop cutting-edge skills to help you excel as an advanced practitioner and clinical leader in your field. The highly structured academic programme will run in parallel with a work-based programme of learning.

The aims of the course are to: 

  • provide a flexible, multi-professional programme of clinically relevant postgraduate study to develop your skills as an advanced clinical practitioner in a paediatric settings
  • advance your clinical practice and service delivery through enhancement of critical thinking and synthesis of a range of sources of evidence relevant to clinical practice, to inform decision making at an individual, team and/or organisational level;
  • enable you to work individually and collaboratively to meet the learning and development needs of practitioners across a range of professions;
  • ensure you can meet the changing needs of children and young people, and the people who care for them, by critically evaluating current practice.

Teaching and learning

The course aims to give you an advanced level of integrated clinical knowledge and develop cutting-edge skills to help you excel as advanced practitioners and clinical leaders in your respective field.

To achieve this, the highly structured academic programme will run in parallel with a work-based programme of learning.

University based teaching and learning methods will include interactive workshops, seminars, action learning sets, group and individual tutorials, online activities, simulation and presentations). All approaches are structured to facilitate engagement in your own learning and that of your peers.

Expert practitioners will contribute to teaching, where appropriate.

Work based learning methods are likely to include a range of activities via a number of placements. You will work in partnership with your academic advisor and a workplace mentor. The latter will play a key role in supporting a range of educational opportunities.

Online learning and technology will be used. You will be supported in the development of skills to engage critically with theory, evidence and practice. A strong emphasis on independent and self-directed learning will encourage your development as an autonomous learner and practitioner.

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as objective and structured clinical examinations and group work.

Course content for year 1

Number of credits required: 15 compulsory +30 + 15 = 60 credits

Leadership in Professional Practice 15 credits

Advanced Paediatric Anatomy and Physiology 30 credits

Advanced Paediatric Examination and Assessment 15 Credit

Course content for year 2

Year 1 Credits as above 60 (PG Cert ACP) + 15+30+ 15 = 120 Credits

Introduction to reflective Teaching and Learning practice Unit 15 credits

Independent Prescribing 30 credits

 Research Design 15 credits

Course content for year 3

Year 1 and Year 2 Credits as above 120 (PG Dip ACP)+ 60 Credits = 180 Credits

Dissertation 60 credits (C)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Design NURS60018 15 Mandatory
Post Graduate Research Dissertation NURS60046 60 Mandatory
Advanced Paediatric Diagnostic Skills (A) NURS60081 30 Mandatory
Advanced Paediatric Diagnostic Skills (B): work based learning NURS60082 15 Mandatory
Effective strategies for advanced communication NURS60092 15 Mandatory
Leadership in Professional Practice NURS63332 15 Mandatory
Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Prescribing Practice PHAR60010 15 Mandatory
Professional, ethical and legal prescribing, and prescribing in a wider context PHAR60011 15 Mandatory

Facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Careers

Career opportunities

Most students complete the course part-time while working in their advanced practice roles.

Advanced clinical practitioners have made a positive impact on emergency and urgent care, surgical care, sub-acute wards, primary care, and forensic mental health settings to name a few examples.

It is widely accepted that these practitioners will play an increasingly important role within the NHS, particularly given the national supply and skills shortages in the medical and non-medical workforce.

Accrediting organisations

Nursing and Midwifery Council