MSc/ PGDip Advanced Practice in Health Care

Course Overview

The Advanced Practice in Healthcare courses enable experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice.

Key Features

Performance:

  • access to over 20 years accumulating extensive knowledge and experience in Advanced Practice

Teaching and Employability:

  • mapped against the prospective Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • complies with the competencies provided by the Royal College of Nursing, 2012 (RCN) and its high standards of course delivery
  • students are taught by a team of active practitioners consisting of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Medical Doctor

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHHM11Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 2
SHHM13Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership
Optional Modules
Optional modules 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHCM00Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Scientists
SHDM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Introduction to Research in Professional Practice
SHDM11Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Planning Research in Professional Practice
SHGM00Academic Year30Advanced Practice for Upper and/or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopist
SHGM07Academic Year30Developing Autonomous Practice
SHGM08Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
SHGM09Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
SHGM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice
SHGM101Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
SHGM12Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice
SHGM14Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM15Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Enhancing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM16Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Professional Practice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
SHGM17Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology
SHGM18Academic Year15Foundations in Research
SHGM19Academic Year30Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health
SHGM35Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
SHGM37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice
SHGM38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
SHGM40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology
SHGM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations in Health Promotion
SHGM52Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Developing Programmes and Evaluation
SHGM54Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public Health Practice
SHGM66Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
SHGM89Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Protection
SHGM900
SHGM900
SHGM900
SHGM92Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Policy Influences on Your Practice
SHGM930
SHGM930
SHGM930
SHGM940
SHGM95Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30How Can I Make a Change in Practice?
SHGM950
SHGM950
SHGM960
SHHM04Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Understanding Health and Social Care
SHHM05Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Ethics
SHHM06Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHHM08Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Infection Control Strategy, Policy and Practice
SHHM12Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Advanced Practice and Education
SHHM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
SHHM26Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Practice in Minor Injury and Minor Illnesses
SHHM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Innovating Cancer Rehabilitation Practice
SHHM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Causes and management of critical illness
SHHM320
SHHM33Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30APeL Work Based Learning 2
SHHM36Academic Year15Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 1
SHHM37Academic Year15Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 2
SHHM38Academic Year15Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
SHHM39Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Managing Primary Care Practice
SHHM40Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Leadership & Partnership Working in Primary Health Care
SHM123Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Health in Childbearing
SHPM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Introduction to Law and Medicine
SHPM48Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine
SHQM00Academic Year15Psychology of Healthcare Management
SHQM27Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Politics and Policies
SHQM29Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Quality Improvement
SHQM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Comparing Health Care Systems
SHQM33Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Economic Evaluation in Health Care
SHQM37Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organising Health Care
SHQM39Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Evidence and Research for Health Care Management
SHQM40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health
SHQM43Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
SHVM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
SHVM08Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Clinical Decision Making
SHVM42Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM46Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Chronic Pain Management
SHVM51Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MSc Advanced Practice in HC 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 60 credits from the following options

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHGM21Academic Year60Non-Medical Prescribing
SHGM960
SHHM320
SHTM31Academic Year60Dissertation
SHTM39Academic Year60Advanced Practice Portfolio Dissertation

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MSc Advanced Practice Y3 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select ONE of the following modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHTM31Academic Year60Dissertation
SHTM39Academic Year60Advanced Practice Portfolio Dissertation

PGDip 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHHM11Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 2
SHHM13Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership
Optional Modules
Optional level 7 modules 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHCM00Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Scientists
SHDM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Introduction to Research in Professional Practice
SHDM11Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Planning Research in Professional Practice
SHGM00Academic Year30Advanced Practice for Upper and/or Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopist
SHGM07Academic Year30Developing Autonomous Practice
SHGM08Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Health Care Practice
SHGM09Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working in Community and Primary Mental Health Care Practice
SHGM10Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Working with Individuals, Families & Communities in Primary Health Care Practice
SHGM101Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions
SHGM12Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Physical Health Issues in Adult Mental Health Practice
SHGM14Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM15Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Enhancing Your Neonatal Clinical Skills
SHGM16Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Professional Practice in Sexual and Reproductive Health
SHGM17Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology
SHGM18Academic Year15Foundations in Research
SHGM19Academic Year30Contemporary Issues in Forensic Mental Health
SHGM35Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
SHGM37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice
SHGM38Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Foundations in Research
SHGM40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology
SHGM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations in Health Promotion
SHGM52Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Developing Programmes and Evaluation
SHGM54Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public Health Practice
SHGM66Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Chronic Condition Management: Diabetes
SHGM89Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Protection
SHGM90Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Starting Your Professional Development
SHGM92Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Policy Influences on Your Practice
SHGM930
SHGM940
SHGM95Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30How Can I Make a Change in Practice?
SHGM960
SHHM05Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Public Health Ethics
SHHM06Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHHM23Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Advancing Practice in End of Life Care
SHHM26Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Practice in Minor Injury and Minor Illnesses
SHHM28Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Innovating Cancer Rehabilitation Practice
SHHM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Causes and management of critical illness
SHHM320
SHHM36Academic Year15Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 1
SHHM37Academic Year15Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 2
SHHM38Academic Year15Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
SHHM39Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Managing Primary Care Practice
SHHM40Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Leadership & Partnership Working in Primary Health Care
SHPM45Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Introduction to Law and Medicine
SHPM48Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine
SHQM00Academic Year15Psychology of Healthcare Management
SHQM27Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Politics and Policies
SHQM29Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Quality Improvement
SHQM31Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Comparing Health Care Systems
SHQM33Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Economic Evaluation in Health Care
SHQM37Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organising Health Care
SHQM39Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Evidence and Research for Health Care Management
SHQM40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health
SHQM43Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
SHVM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management
SHVM42Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM46Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Chronic Pain Management
SHVM51Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Theory and Practice of Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management

Description

Advanced Practice in Health Care has been offered at Swansea University since 1992. It is continually refined to ensure it remains at the forefront of contemporary practice.

Modules are designed to enable the clinician to develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of an advanced practitioner i.e. enhanced assessment, diagnostic and disease management skills. Students may also undertake studies for non-medical prescribing.

This course enables students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills in relation to clinical practice to an advanced level.  additionally, they are able to develop their knowledge and skills in their roles as researchers, educators, managers and leaders.

Entry Requirements

  • students should be qualified for a minimum of three years
  • completion of a UK 2.2 degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject
  • students may be able to enrol without an initial degree and /or may be required to undertake pre-requisite studies at level 6.

This prerequisite study ensures that students have adequate academic skills for Master’s level study and could be used towards getting a first level degree

  • all applicants will be profiled to consider any equivalent prior learning. 

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

MSc/PGDip Advanced Practice in Health Care is not available for international applicants

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £1,750
PGDip Part-time £1,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

The course is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. There are two student intakes per year, one in October and another in March.

Students also have access to the extensive facilities at the Singleton Park campus in Swansea.

The course consists of two parts.

For students beginning the course in October, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between October and May for the first two years.

For students beginning the course in March, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between March and January for the first two years, however teaching days are in line with normal University holidays.

Part Two consists of the dissertation which has to be submitted by 30th September in the third year.

The programme comprises several compulsory modules with some optional modules available.

 

Assessment 

Students are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, presentations and objective structured clinical examinations.

The assessment for each module must be successfully completed.

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • experienced registered nurses
  • other healthcare practitioners 

Staff Expertise

The Academic Lead for the Advanced Practice in Health Care team works on a national basis with the Welsh Government on advanced practice policy.

Several members of the teaching team have published books and papers on the subject of Advanced Practice. 

 

Links with practice

Practitioner teachers are employed within the local NHS

Several members of the teaching team work on committees with Hywel Dda Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Clinical mentors support students in practice.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.