Advanced Practice - MSc/PgD/PgC

MSc Advanced Practice

Course Overview

The MSc Advanced Practice is a generic programme with seven specific pathways and can lead to the award of the specifically named degree:

  • MSc Advanced Practice (Audiology) 

  • MSc Advanced Practice (Dietetics)
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Housing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Musculoskeletal Studies)
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Public Health Emergencies)
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Speech and Language Therapy)
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Sport and Exercise Nutrition​) - Not running for 2017/18
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Generic Pathway)

Further information on each pathway can be found in the Pathway Specific Modules tab below.

It is intended that the programme provides for flexible, variable progression that is responsive to student and employer continuous professional learning needs and the constantly changing practice environment.

Any modules at Level 7 (Masters level)  studied elsewhere, that meet the learning needs of the student, can be incorporated into the module mix via the Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) procedure.  In addition, it is recognised that many professions engage with CPD activities which are not credit rated.  The Reflection on Prior Learning module is a 20 credit level 7 generic option module where students can use relevant CPD activities to critically reflect on those experiences and produce a reflective statement and portfolio.  

The programme has been designed to meet the four pillars of Advanced Practice. Further information can be found at: www.weds.wales.nhs.uk/advanced-practice.

The modules will be delivered in a blended learning pattern (blocks of teaching with on-line resources) as far as possible.

​Course Content​ (All Pathways)

The course will have three defined exit points:

​Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) – provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills required to begin to develop practice as an Advanced Practitioner.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) – provides students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to function as an Advanced Practitioner.

Master of Science (MSc) – this aimed at those students who wish to continue their academic study and undertake an extended applied research project which must be relevant to practice.

The structure of the programme is designed, where appropriate, to be flexible and meet the needs of the individual learner.  Students can opt to study individual modules for their continuous professional development (CPD); there is a separate fees basis for this type of study.

Modules:

Compulsory Modules for PgD:

  • Reflection for Professional Practice (10 credits)
  • Evidence Based Practice (10 credits)
  • Applied Research Methods & Design (20 credits)

Compulsory Modules for MSc:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Generic Modules: (All worth 20 credits):

  • Work Based Learning  1
  • Work Based Learning 2
  • Assessing Health, Wellbeing and Inequity 
  • Health Risk Perception & Communication
  • Public Health Policy Development
  • Health Protection 
  • Frameworks for Public Health Intervention
  • Changing Health Behaviour 
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming 
  • Reflection on  Prior Learning 
  • Teaching and Learning in the Workplace 
  • Clinical Decision Making 
  • Strategic Leadership and Management

 

Pathway Specific Modules

Pathway Information and Specific Modules:

Audiology

(All modules are optional)
The audiology modules focus on diagnosis and assessment in several specific areas of clinical audiology by providing advanced theoretical knowledge and training. The modules are intended to provide post-registration education and will be included in the accredited CPD training list of the professional body.

  • Balance Disorders and Rehabilitation 
  • Industrial and Environmental Audiology 
  • Paediatric Hearing Impairment 
  • Advanced Diagnostic Audiology and Rehabilitation
  • Work Based Learning 1(for students on part-time route only)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Workplace (for students on part-time route only)

Dietetics

(All modules are optional)
The Dietetics pathway is intended to support and promote continuing professional development of dietitians and their practice.  As such, it will help meet the needs of those wishing to progress and evidence their ability to work at Advanced Practitioner level in the NHS.

  • Work Based Learning 1
  • Work Based Learning 2
  • Clinical Educators Course (10)
  • Advanced Clinical Educators Course (10)
  • Nutrition in the Older Person (NAGE Course)
  • Assessing Health, Wellbeing and Inequity (20)
  • Frameworks for Public Health Intervention (30)
  • Changing Health Behaviour
  • Teaching and Learning in the Workplace 
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition 1 (15)
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition 2 (15)

Housing

The Housing pathway focuses on the core learning outcomes which set the foundations for all members to achieve CIH CM (Chartered Membership).  The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have set a benchmark for Chartered membership which demonstrates that a Chartered member not only has relevant and up to date knowledge but can use this by applying a range of appropriate skills and behaviours in a professional manner.  This includes working to the CIH code of professional ethics.

  • Delivering the Housing Service
  • Housing In Context
  • Housing as a Business

Musculoskeletal Studies

The Musculoskeletal Studies pathway is aimed at HCPC registered practitioners – or equivalent – who are involved in the management of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions across a range of patient groups. This has typically included Podiatrists and Physiotherapists,. A key feature is the emphasis on developing an evidence-based approach to practice, and students are challenged to critically analyse a range of issues related to multiple facets of musculoskeletal practice.

  • Work Based Learning 1: Musculoskeletal Examination and Diagnosis
  • Pathological basis of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Sports Biomechanics and Injury Management
  • Work Based Learning 2: Musculoskeletal Therapeutics

Public Health Emergencies

This course will provide a unique insight into the multi-disciplinary emergency planning, preparedness for and subsequent response to and recovery from such incidents and events. Comprising a mixture of theoretical material, case studies, scenarios and exercises, the modules will explore the public health risks associated with a myriad of hazards, whether they are natural, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or tsunamis, anthropogenic such as transportation accidents, outbreaks of disease, chemical and radiation incidents.​

  • ​Prevention of and Planning and Preparing for Disasters, Emergencies & Other Events
  • Responding to and Recovery from a Disaster, Emergency and other Incidents
  • Major Public Health Events: Practical Evaluation


Speech and Language Therapy

(All modules are optional)
The Speech and Language pathway is intended to support and promote continuing professional development of Speech and Language Therapists and their practice.  As such, it will help meet the needs of those wishing to progress and evidence their ability to work at Advanced Practitioner level in the NHS.   

  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Advanced Clinical Phonology 
  • Work Based Learning 1
  • Work Based Learning 2
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming 
  • Teaching and Learning in the Workplace
  • Paediatric Hearing Impairment


Sport and Exercise Nutrition - Not running for 2017/18 

There is a demand for this pathway from Dietitians, Nutritionists and those with a Sport and Exercise Science background. The modules on offer have been aligned to the SENr requirements and accreditation will be sought in the future.

  • Exercise Physiology (15)
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition 1 (15)
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition 2 (15)
  • Professional Practice (15)

Learning & Teaching

The teaching and learning opportunities on the programme are appropriate for students accessing the modules and have been designed to facilitate the development of the advanced practitioner. 

Traditionally Masters level programmes are delivered on a day-a-week basis but increasing work pressures make this form of delivery unsustainable. To accommodate these changes to working practices, most modules will be delivered in a blended format; i.e. with blocks of teaching and online resources. 

Module delivery will vary according to specific learning needs but will include lectures, tutorial and seminars, as well as extensive use of Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment used at the University. 

The work based learning modules are ideally suited to flexible learning as they delivered in the work place. Students undertaking these modules are allocated a supervisor from the teaching team and meetings are arranged to suit the student as well as email/telephone contact. 

The dissertation also allows this flexibility as students are expected to undertake the research in their place of work. All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will offer academic and pastoral support and guidance on pathway specific and option modules to select to meet their individual learning needs.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by coursework; the type varies according to the modules and can include the completion of a portfolio, presentations, reflections, reports and case studies. All the modules are externally moderated. Wherever possible students will be offered formative assessments and feedback.

Employability & Careers​

The Professional working at Masters Level will be able to lead and contribute to developments in their profession through a more pro-active, critical and reflective approach. Additionally they will be an agent of change, a leader and act as an advocate of their profession. Employability will be enhanced by professions who undertake modules on a CPD basis and NHS professionals will be able to use the awards towards gaining recognition as an Advanced Practitioner.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should hold an honours degree in a discipline relating to their proposed area of study. However, candidates with other relevant qualifications will be considered.​
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Applicants must normally be able to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years recent and relevant experience in an appropriate setting. The applied nature of the course and the emphasis on critical reflection and the development of advanced practice require candidates to have relevant experience on which they can reflect and develop their studies.

​Entry Requirements for specific pathways:​

  • Dietetics - candidates should be registered Dietitians with the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Speech and Language Therapy - candidates should be registered Speech and Language Therapists with the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Not running for 2017/18 - Sports and Exercise Nutrition – candidates should have a first degree in Dietetics, Nutrition or Sports and Exercise Science.

Selection Procedure:
Candidates will be considered by the course director and at least one other member of the course team and may be invited to interview.  At this stage there will be discussion about the potential areas that the candidate wishes to study as well as consideration of developmental needs.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
Three years part-time for full MSc award or 18 months full time for international students studying audiology.  Students can access the modules on an individual basis for their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) (Fees may vary).   Attendance is flexible depending on module choices. Most modules are offered on a block and distance-learning basis.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Fei Zhao:
Email: fzhao@cardiffmet.ac.uk  
Tel: 092 2041 7290

For pathway specific enquiries, please contact the Pathway Leaders:

Audiology:
Dr Fei Zhao:            
Email: fzhao@cardiffmet.ac.uk  
Tel: 092 2041 7290

Dietetics:
Katherine Gallimore: 
Email: kgallimore@cardiffmet.ac.uk  
Tel: 029 2020 5675

Housing:
Jane Mudd. 
Email: jmudd@cardiffmet.ac.uk   
Tel: 029 2041 6823

Musculoskeletal Studies:
Dr Ian Mathieson. 
Email imathieson@cardiffmet.ac.uk  
Tel: 029 2041 6864

Public Health Emergencies:
Dr Peter Sykes. 
Email: psykes@cardiffmet.ac.uk 
Tel: 029 2041 6831

Speech and Language Therapy:          
Francesca Cooper. 
Email: fcooper@cardiffmet.ac.uk  
Tel: 029 2020 1546

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Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms