Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 1

Key information

Course Leader: Louise Smith

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Distance Learning

Learner Hours: Independent 150 hours

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 20


  • 02/10/2023
  • 29/01/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

You should be a qualified health care professional currently working in an appropriate area of practice.    


This module forms part of a broader CPD framework which can lead to a postgraduate award, or it can be taken as a standalone module for CPD.

Course Overview

This module is designed for AHP health professionals who want to gain an in depth understanding of a particular subject area in which they have a specific interest and that is not provided through taught modules. There are no specific days when you are required to attend the University. Communication is with your supervisor and arranged to suit your needs.  


You must submit the topic of choice form in the downloads section on this page with your application 


The modules can be studied with any module within the framework and particularly complement the following courses to provide a bespoke area of study:  


1. Evidencing Professional Practice 1 or 2  

2. Developing Professional Practice: Work based skills 1 and 3  



If you are not sure which is the most suitable option, we will be happy to advise you. The flow chart below will help in informing your selection.  


Which independent study module do I need?  A decision-making algorithm 


The algorithm below may help in determining which of the independent study modules is the most appropriate for you.  You can select all of these modules to study in succession or just select one that is of particular interest.  There is no predetermined set order, however if you intend to study all then the DPPIS is often a useful starting point.

Learning outcomes


The aims of these modules are to enable you to undertake an area of study of your own choice, which will inform and be of benefit to developing your professional practice. 


Students will typically:  


1. Independently explore and critically appraise the literature pertaining to the identified topic of professional practice. 

2. Undertake an independent study of their choice which will inform and enhance their professional practice.  

3. Demonstrate enhanced investigative, analytical, critical and reflective skills.  

4. Evaluate the impact of their learning upon their professional practice and discuss adaptations to their practice, as appropriate. 


The nature of the assessment and the number of elements is dependent upon the topic under study and the learning outcomes identified for the proposed study. You will be expected to negotiate the assessment of the module in conjunction with your supervisor. 


Independent Module Topic Choice Form