MSc Advanced Practice

University of West London
In Reading

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Important information

Typology Master
Location Reading
Duration 2 Years
  • Master
  • Reading
  • Duration:
    2 Years

Course summary

The MSc in Advanced Practice is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners.

Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operational tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice and advanced level nursing as a core development area in the practice workplace.

Why choose this course?

This Master's course is likely to appeal to a wide range of professionals including:
community matrons
caseload managers
social work team leaders
managers from prison and probation service
team leaders working in sexual health and substance abuse
senior or consultant nurses (or those hoping to move into that role)
independent practitioners.

You will have the choice to follow a generic or a specialist pathway within your study. At present, we offer specialist pathway in:
Healthcare Education
Substance Abuse and Misuse
Infection control.
Your specialist pathway will be reflected on your final degree award and will appear in brackets. To qualify for a particular specialist pathway, the modules you take in your second year, as well as your dissertation, must be focused on your specialist area. For example, if you wanted to receive an MSc Advanced Practice (Infection Control) your year two modules (which must add up to 60 credits at level 7) and your dissertation must be on infection control.

More detail on what module choices are available for each of our awards is available under the course detail tab.

Why choose the University of West London?

Our teaching staff are highly committed, passionate, subject specialists with clinical currency who will be there to support you during your course.

During the course, you will have a personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your academic life, and you will receive regular,...

Where and when
Starts Location
On request
Broad Street Mall, Fountain House, 2, Queen's Walk, RG1 7QF, Berkshire, England
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Starts On request
Broad Street Mall, Fountain House, 2, Queen's Walk, RG1 7QF, Berkshire, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

Entry requirements Applicants need: - a first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a health or social care related subject (for example a nursing / physiotherapy/social work degree) - to be working as a health and social care professional (usually at least two years full-time or equivalent), with a significant professional experience for advanced practice. If applicants do not have a first degree but possess substantial work experience, they are still invited to apply. In these cases, applicants will be asked to complete a questionnaire which maps practice experience...

What you'll learn on the course

Substance Abuse
Mental Health
Team Training
Health and Social Care

Course programme

Course detail
Course structure
Most students will take the Master's course over three years, taking 60 credits in each year. Once accepted on to the course, you will be assisted by the course leader to plot your route. You will be supported throughout your studies at the University of West London.Some students (for example, students on the Infection Control pathway) will take the year two (optional modules) in their first year, and then take Role Development and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner second.The only course pre-requisite is the need to have successfully complete Research Methods in year three.The typical pathway for students who take the Masters course in the traditional way starts with Year one, where students take Role Development between September and December and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner between January and July.

Year one modules
You will study two modules in year one:
Role Development
Becoming an Advanced Practitioner
Role DevelopmentThere are six study days. Three of these are face to face and three are electronic study days. The dates for the face to face days are:
27th September
11th October
15th November
Three electronic study days will need to be completed at a time to suit you. The assignment will be due on:
13th December
Becoming an Advanced Practitioner
There are 12 study days. Six of these are face to face and six are electronic study days. The dates for the face to face days are:
10th January
24th January
7th Feb
14th March
9th May
30th May
The electronic study days can be completed at a time to suit you. The assignment will be due on
27th June 2018
All face to face study days are from 9am to 4pm.

Year two modules
You will choose 60 credits worth of modules of your own choice for year two. You can choose from a variety of clinical and leadership modules.

Generic Advanced Practice
Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (NMC Approved)
Diabetes: Improving Health Outcomes
Long term conditions: Improving Quality of Patient Care through Effective Management of Multi-Morbidity
Tissue Viability: Delivering Harm Free Care
Nutrition and hydration: Delivering Harm Free Care
Understanding the Complexities of Caring for Frail and Older People: An integrated Health and Social Care Approach
Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient
Introduction to Care of the Critically Ill Adult
Ophthalmic Nursing
Delivering Contemporary Intensive Care
Clinical Innovation and Contextual Decision Making in Intensive Care Practice
Early Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Child/Young Person
Crisis Intervention and Resolution Skills for Complex Mental Health Needs
Enhancing Skills in Engagement and Assessment for Mental Health Practice
Skills for Managing Psychological Trauma in Clinical Practice
Making a Difference to Person Centred Dementia Care
Enhancing Professional Midwifery Practice through Service Improvement
The Nature of Addiction: biological, psychological and social perspectives
Improving Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Dual Diagnosis
Strategic Choices
Managing Relationships
Supporting Student Learning
Enhancing Student Learning
Psychosocial Interventions: Assessment and Case Formulation
Psychosocial Interventions: Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis
Psychosocial Interventions: Brief Interventions in Acute Mental Health Care
Psychosocial Interventions: Family Intervention
Psychosocial Interventions: Medication Management and Physical Well Being
Leadership Strategies to Improve the Patient Experience
Strategic Choices
Managing Relationships
Examination of the Newborn
High Dependency Practice for Midwives
Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives
Healthcare Education
Supporting Student Learning
Enhancing Student Learning
Substance Abuse and Misuse
Communicable Diseases: Risk Assessment and Interventions for Substance Misusers
The Nature of Addiction: biological, psychological and social perspectives
Improving Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Dual Diagnosis
Enhancing Assessment and Treatment of Substance Misuse
Infection control
Infection Prevention and Control: Delivering Harm Free Care
Healthcare associated infections: scientific principles
Infection prevention and control in clinical practice
Driving improvements in infection prevention and control
Year three modules
You will undertake:
Research Methods
Research Methods
This is 20 credit module and runs from September to December.

Dissertation module is worth 40 credits. It will start in January and should be completed by August.

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