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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Ophthalmic) (HEE Funded)

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
MSC 3 yr PT, PGDip 2 yr PT, PGCert 1 yr PT.
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

How to apply
To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see: How to apply.

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 ophthalmic nursing practice diagnostic skills;
  • reflective teaching and learning;
  • independent prescribing;
  • research design;
  • leadership in professional practice.

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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).

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4705
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/nursing/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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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.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see: How to apply.

Course details

Course description

The course aims to instil an advanced level of integrated clinical knowledge and cutting edge skill development to help you excel as an advanced practitioner and clinical leader in your field. To this end, 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 multi-professional programme of clinically relevant postgraduate study to promote the development of practitioners recognised as expert, advanced clinical practitioners in ophthalmic settings.
  • Advance 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.
  • Further develop your individual and collaborative skills to meet the learning and development needs of practitioners across a range of professions.
  • Meet the changing needs of individuals and the people who care for them by critically evaluating current practice.
  • Facilitate the development of an in-depth, critical understanding of relevant research and strategies to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical contexts.
  • Further develop advanced clinical and leadership skills to lead the implementation of new accessible approaches to direct clinical care and models of service design.
  • Facilitate and develop your skills in sharing ideas, experiences and strategies for innovation in advanced clinical practice with key stakeholders including other health care professionals and those who use the services they provide.
  • Equip you with a range of transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, collaborative team working, communication, use of IT/health informatics, innovation in the application of knowledge to practice and logical/systematic approaches to solving problems and making decisions.

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

Leadership in Professional Practice (15 credits)

Advanced Ophthalmic Nursing Practice Diagnostic Skills A (30 credits)

Advanced Ophthalmic Nursing Practice Diagnostic Skills B (15 credits)

Course content for year 2

Introduction to reflective Teaching and Learning Practice (15 credits)

Independent Prescribing (30 credits)

Research Design (15 credits)

Note: The Independent Prescribing course is currently only available for registered for Nurses and Pharmacists. Other professionals would select from a range of alternative units.

Course content for year 3

Dissertation (60 credits)

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
Reflective Teaching and Learning in Practice NURS67801 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. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

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

The General Pharmaceutical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have validated the Independent Prescribing unit, which is also available as a standalone short course.

Associated organisations