MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing) / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Our MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice course gives registered nurses the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their practice and prepare for leadership roles.
The course is aimed at nurses registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body. You will study content that reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice in health and social care, enhancing your suitability for revalidation.
This includes contemporary knowledge and skills in clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.
You will learn how to develop efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.
Study this course full-time over one year or part-time for a maximum of five years depending on your other commitments.
Tailor your course
Choose from a range of course units to suit your own interests, with nursing-specific units on topics including leadership and managing change.
Teaching and learning
We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including face-to-face, blended and online learning.
The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.
You will draw on your own experiences - both academic and work-based - when learning. The course will promote the construction of understanding through task-related activities and reflection.
We have extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff in making the most of the e-learning platform.
This course does not have a practice placement element.Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
Coursework and assessment
You can undertake standalone units as short courses for professional development purposes, or build up a selection of optional and compulsory course units to complete a PGCert or PGDip academic award and, on completion of a dissertation unit, an MSc.
The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning by completing a piece of work in the form of either:
- a full or adapted systematic review;
- a proposal for a service development or a plan to audit/evaluate an aspect of service delivery.
Course unit details
You can study individual units as standalone short courses or build up units of study towards a PGCert or PGDip award, and undertake a dissertation to complete the MSc award. See the CPD Units page for more information.
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (60 credits)
You will initially develop your specialist knowledge and clinical practice relating to nursing, particularly in relation to leadership and management.
Recognising your key role in practice, these clinically focused units of study will enable you to enhance practice and service delivery.
45 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.
15 credits will comprise one core unit on Leadership in Professional Practice
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (120 credits)
You will further explore and develop advanced clinical practice in nursing by selecting further optional units from the portfolio of units available.
PGCert - 60 credits including compulsory course unit Leadership in Professional Practice
15 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism AND
45 credits comprising two compulsory course units Advanced Evidence Based Practice & Leadership (30 credits) and Developing Practice and Managing Change (15 credits).
Master of Science (MSc) (180 credits)
After successfully completing the 120 credits for the PGDip, you may be eligible to undertake a dissertation from the options below:
- full or adapted systematic review;
- report-based dissertation.
Note on course units
Please note that the below table of course units is currently missing the Dementia: A Person-centred Approach unit. This unit is running in Semesters 1 and 2 and further information can be found in this PDF: Dementia: A Person-centred Approach (NURS63570) .
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.
|Advanced Evidence Based Practice||NURS60045||30||Mandatory|
|Post Graduate Research Dissertation||NURS60046||60||Mandatory|
|Developing Practice and Managing Change||NURS60141||15||Mandatory|
|Leadership in Professional Practice||NURS63332||15||Mandatory|
|Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis||NURS60015||15||Optional|
|Quantitative design and analysis||NURS60016||15||Optional|
|Qualitative design and analysis||NURS60017||15||Optional|
|Managing Research in Health and Social Care||NURS60020||15||Optional|
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You can take individual units from this course as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). See the nursing, midwifery and social work CPD page for further information.