MSc Contemporary Nursing
Course Leader: Dr Aileen Wilson
Start date: Semester A or B
Mode of delivery: Blended learning - part time over 2-5 years,
School: Health & Social Work
About this course
This programme enables nurses to undertake a range of clinical and professional modules that reflect their current Continuing Professional Development needs. The MSc Contemporary Nursing will develop the students’ knowledge and skills in leadership, teaching, and/or management and promote the use of evidence and technology to improve nursing care in innovative ways.
If you have qualified as a nurse and wish to enhance your skills and knowledge in your specific area of nursing practice or study modules in management, in coaching or in education, this is the course for you.
It is possible to take this pathway as a Post Graduate Diploma or Post Graduate Certificate award.
MSc Contemporary Nursing should normally take 2-5 years to complete. PgDip Contemporary Nursing or PgCert Contemporary Nursing should normally take 1-3 years to complete.
To attain a Master’s award you need to complete 180 credits. There are also interim awards available:
- Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) (60 credits)
- Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) (120 credits)
Additionally, up to 30 relevant credits may be studied from amongst the UH delivered modules or short course provision or used as Accredited Prior Credited Learning (APCL) from another university. Students will select option modules in conjunction with their employers and the Programme Leader that reflect their personal and professional career aspirations and their area of practice. Students can study up to a maximum of 45 credits as standalone modules.
Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.
Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, posters, and practical examinations.
Normally a degree in a health-related discipline which includes a research focused module. Applicants with evidence of equivalent professional development or academic proficiency will be considered.
Applications from those who have no previous level 6 study will be considered on an individual basis but will first need to meet with the admissions tutor, Aileen Wilson, to discuss their application.
If you have non-UK academic qualifications you will need to supply evidence of comparability. The organisation ECCTIS will supply this for a reasonable fee https://www.enic.org.uk/Qualifications/SOC/Default.aspx.
You should also have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and be employed as a health care professional in an appropriate setting.
- Work Based Learning for Contemporary Nursing
The aim of this module is to take the lead in the development and implementation of practice-based initiatives that reflect currently perceived best practice and demonstrate through critical reflection, self-assessment and personal development planning, their understanding of their role as leaders, change agents and role models in the post-Francis Inquiry era.
This is a core module studied as part of the MSc Contemporary Nursing programme and cannot be studied as an individual module.
- Leading Innovation in Practice
The aims of the module are to:
- Develop a critical, in-depth and systematic understanding of effective leadership and management to encourage innovation in practice.
- Demonstrate creativity in the application of leadership and management skills appropriate to the practitioner’s role and context.
This level 7 module will equip practitioners the skills and knowledge required for service innovation within the context of a commissioning environment. Marketing strategies will be explored together with creative approaches to service planning and innovation to support the health and well-being of individuals.
- Leading Service Change
In these challenging times Health and Care services need to be developed to meet growing demands but with decreasing resources. This course explores models, theories and the evidence base to enable you to identify how to lead change within your service.
The course covers three main themes: the external context and health policy influencing change; service development and redesign; working with change and leadership. The course explores questions such as: How do you involve service users and other stakeholders in service development? How to identify what to change? How do you prepare for the future? How can you facilitate change through people and process, creating a sense of urgency and commitment? What is leadership and how do you lead? What types of leaders are required in challenging times? How can leadership styles influence team motivation and outcomes?
Dr Aileen Wilson
Semester A or B
Mode of delivery
Blended learning - part time over 2-5 years,
Health & Social Work