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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Ophthalmic) (HEE Funded) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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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


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