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Nursing: Research, Practice, Practice (Neuroscience), Education, International

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Subject area - Nursing

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

MSc (one year full-time or over two or three years part-time)

PgDip (nine months full-time or 18 months part-time)

PgCert (six months full-time or one year part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,380

International - £13,500

In Brief:

  • The MSc Nursing will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary nursing knowledge and practice
  • It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based, person centred culture
  • You will enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence to influence nursing
  • Part-time study option
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This prestigious course is for qualified nurses would want to develop their knowledge and skills in order to advance their careers in the specialism of research, education, practice or international nursing.

The MSc Nursing will empower you to take forward your practice and patient care through critically exploring professional biography, the therapeutic relationship and embedding an evidence based and person centred approach to care. 

By studying modules relevant to contemporary clinical practice, you take control of your personal, professional and academic development whilst engaging in critical debate about the issues at the forefront of nursing practice. You will gain skills in applying new knowledge to your practice and achieve mastery of nursing related to your chosen award. An innovative feature of the International pathway includes a bespoke module of observational clinical experience and simulated practice for international students.

We also offer our MSc Nursing programme as a one year course which is taught on a blended basis, meaning that whilst you study in Salford for semester 1, the remainder of the course is taught via distance learning. See the course page for details.

Course Details

There are six pathway options open to you as part of this programme, and your choice might depend on where you see your Masters programme fitting into your career. The modules you select will vary depending on the pathway chosen (see details below).

For the PgCert, you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and one further optional module and for the PgDip you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and three further optional modules.

The pathways you can choose to follow are:

MSc Nursing: International  

A new and innovative award that is open to both international and UK nurses, who will study together the global context of nursing. The pathway includes an opportunity for international students to undertake some bespoke observational placements in the UK healthcare system, supported by application  of  skills  in  a state-of-the-art high-fidelity clinical simulation suite. Please note: there is an increased course fee for international students choosing to study this pathway. Please see the 'Fees and Funding' tab for further details.

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. 

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                          
This module offers you will the opportunity to observe clinical practice and to stimulate bespoke clinical experiences in a supported experiential environment.                    
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                

MSc Nursing: Education  

This pathway is led and taught by experts in the field. This award allows you to concentrate on teaching and learning in both clinical practice and academic contexts. You will work alongside expert teachers who will support you to develop as a teacher with a thorough understanding of a range of learning and teaching strategies.This option may particularly suit those in new clinical teaching roles, or those seeking a future academic teaching career.  

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.  

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
To explore the evidence base for education in practice. Students will consider the theoretical underpinning to practice based learning and will then apply that learning in practice where they will be teaching with support and supervision from an experienced educator. Students will attend a range of theory sessions followed by four clinical teaching sessions.                                      
Students will consider teaching and learning in an academic context. Students will have supported practice alongside an experienced lecturer.                                      
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                      

MSc Nursing: Research  

Using the evidence-base to improve patient care lies at the heart of this pathway. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of research and have access to international expertise from our research groups.  

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.  

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                      
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care.                                      
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                      

MSc Nursing: Practice  

This pathway is open to nurses practicing in the UK only. It allows you to build on your current skills, plan, implement and evaluate patient care at an advanced level within the context of your own workplace. There is an emphasis on combining practical skills with sound theoretical principles.  

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.  

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                      
This module enables you to develop advanced skills relevant to your role.                                      
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                      

MSc Nursing: Practice (Neuroscience)          

This new pathway aims to equip the qualified nurse with the skills and knowledge to create and implement innovative approaches to neuroscience care delivery.          

Please see below the modules that you will study for this pathway.          

Core Modules                      
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                              
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                              
This module is delivered in collaboration with the clinicians who are experts within the field and from one of the largest neuroscience centres in the UK.                                              
This module enables you to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpin excellence in care delivery within the neuroscience speciality.                                              
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.        

MSc Nursing

You can choose to focus on the general award in order to keep your career options open. The MSc Nursing will empower you to develop a mastery of your practice and take forward person centred care. You will have an opportunity to critically examine your practice and services and develop an evidence based  approach to improve patient care. 

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete two optional modules for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.

Core Modules            
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                    
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                    
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                    
Optional Modules                      
The module is designed to help you to understand the concepts of palliative and end of life care across all fields of practice and disease boundaries as well looking at this area from a broad perspective whilst trying to provide an innovative approach to teaching and learning.

Optional Modules

This module will encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the nurse-patient relationship. 
This module offers you will the opportunity to observe clinical practice and to stimulate bespoke clinical experiences in a supported experiential environment.
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care.
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.
This module enables you to develop advanced skills relevant to your role.
This module focuses on teaching and learning in a clinical context. You will have the opportunity to undertake clinical skills teaching alongside an experienced teacher.
This module focuses on teaching and learning in an academic context. You will have the opportunity to engage in supported teaching practice with an experienced module team, in a variety of nurse education programmes.
This module is delivered in collaboration with the clinicians who are experts within the field and from one of the largest neuroscience centres in the UK.
This module enables you to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpin excellence in care delivery within the neuroscience speciality
This module is not suitable for international students. These two 15 credit level 7 modules will enable you to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent prescriber.
The module encourages students to develop a project using recognised project methodology within an evidence based context.
To prepare qualified practitioner to undertake the role of mentor according to the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.
To prepare qualified practitioner to undertake the role of mentor according to the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.
Students develop their own area of interest within Nursing and Midwifery.
To enable critical examination of the self and professional practice, through the development of a professional biography. To use the professional biographyas a baseline for further personal and professional development and career planning.
To provide the student with a framework by which to bring about a significant change in practice.
This module aims to enable students to develop an enhanced level of knowledge, through synthesis and integration of relevant theory and research to support skills and attitudes in order to meet the end of life care needs of individuals and those close to them throughout the lifespan and across all diseaseboundaries.
To critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpins excellence in care delivery within the speciality of tissue viability. To develop a comprehensive understanding underpinning the practitioners knowledge and skill to enable a critical overview of tissue viability practiceand equip them to critically evaluate issues related to tissue viability. To enable the practitioner to critically apply theory and practice in the management and care of patients in tissue viability.
To develop a flexible and pro-active practitioner who is able to integrate evidence based theory and research practice in order to meet the immediate and on-going care needs of children and young people requiring high dependency nursing care.
To critically review and develop knowledge of dementia, examine evidence based developments to enhance the experience of living well with dementia and critically discuss the opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia.

Entry Requirements

You must be a qualified nurse with a Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK University or an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6.

For admission onto the MSc Nursing: Practice (Neuroscience) pathway, applicants will need a professional qualification and be registered with a relevant professional body. Applicants need relevant prior or current experience of neuroscience care provision.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate at https://www.academic-technology-approval.service.gov.uk/

Suitable For

This course is suitable for qualified nurses from any field of practice who are looking to enhance their personal, professional and academic development in order to underpin existing practice; and to push the boundaries to influence future nursing practice, education, research and international nursing for the benefit of patient care.

Applicant profile

  • Qualified nurses from any field of practice who wish to develop advanced knowledge, mastery and critical awareness in relation to practice, education or research
  • International qualified nurses seeking a unique opportunity to study nursing at Masters level in the UK
  • Qualified nurses with a desire to expand to prepare for progression into senior roles within their organisation or to diversify within their career
  • Qualified nurses seeking a relevant specific pathway
  • Aspirational individuals, who are qualified nurses, looking to gain the confidence to use an evidence base from which to challenge and influence practice.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,380
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500

Please note, the two year part-time option is eligible for the postgraduate loan funding.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

NHS funding
Funding for this course may be available for eligible staff within the NHS. To find out more please see the NHS CPD Apply system.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.

Teaching

A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. The MSc Nursing is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy.

Part-time students usually study one module per semester; full-time students will undertake two modules per semester. All students must complete 120 level 7 credits before progressing on to the dissertation.

For the two year part-time option, students will study over Semester 3 whereas for the three year option, you will study over Semesters 1 and 2.

Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessments will cater for your individual learning style. These include:

  • Oral assessments
  • Dragons Den style viva
  • Written theoretical assignments
  • Papers prepared for dissertation and publication
  • Practice based assessments

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Michelle Howarth is the programme lead for MSc Nursing. Michelle is a senior lecturer with a particular research interest in person centred care and partnership working. Her recent publications have explored how person centred care is delivered and experienced by the individual. Michelle is the Chair of the College Ethical Approval Panel for taught programmes and also leads the project management and methods of enquiry module.

Lyn Rosen is the module leader for the core module ‘Critically Exploring professional Practice’ and is experienced in the organisation and delivery of multi-method teaching and learning approaches. Lyn is an expert in work based learning and the use of multi-media blended learning approaches.

The MSc Nursing staff research links with the CARe research centre and supports the development of student research.

"I have been a nurse in China for ten years. About a year ago I began to feel that my insufficient knowledge about nursing research was preventing me from providing the best quality nursing care for patients, so I decided to return to university. Fortunately, a chance was offered by the government to study MSc in Nursing at that time, and I was sponsored by the government to study here last year.

At the beginning, I worried that the language barrier, cultural differences, and teaching style differences would hinder me in getting accustomed to the life here. Fortunately, the university has arranged many useful activities and workshops for these problems. My independent learning and critical thinking skills are greatly improved, and these skills will be very beneficial for my career development, as they will inspire me to think and to be creative. In conclusion, the university has encouraged me to have a new dream and have the courage to chase it."

Jinyan Wu, MSc Nursing, 2016

Employability

On graduation nurses will have achieved mastery of their chosen field and will be better equipped to influence the future of nursing based on current evidence. You will have the underpinning theoretical knowledge to support your innovative clinical practice.

Completing the Masters course will enable you to exercise more choice in your career and to consider applying for senior posts within your organisation with greater confidence. You will be able to move into clinical nurse specialist positions, practice education facilitator roles, research posts and management positions.

Students who have successfully completed the course have implemented practice-based innovations, which include the pioneering of a person-centred ward round within a mental health setting, which is being rolled out across the entire Trust; and the review of pharmaceutical waste within an acute medical ward, in order to make financial savings and improve systems and processes.

Alumni Profile

"My place in nursing education has been cemented because I chose Salford. I presented some of my research at one of the most prestigious research conferences in Uganda and currently working on publishing my very first paper! I was recently nominated by Ministry of Education (Uganda) to undertake a PhD study in the UK and Salford was my first choice."

Miriam Nantmadu, MSc Nursing: Education, 2015

Links with Industry

This course is suitable for any health care industry and encourages students to enhance their practice through critical exploration of their practice, organisation, and patient care delivery.

Further Study

The MSc Nursing provides an opportunity for students to work alongside experienced lecturers and develop their research and evidence based skills.On completion of the MSc Nursing there the opportunity to progress on to Doctoral courses, Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, and traditional PhD routes.

"My MSc Nursing qualification enhanced my promotion to senior clinical instructor. It also changed my approach to engaging my students to be more democratic and participatory than the common approach. Having the MSc Nursing also heightens my status among my equals."

Mangai Joseph Mafuyai, graduated 2015

Facilities

There are a variety of clinical ward areas in which healthcare students learn and practice essential clinical skills such as CPR, wound care, physiological observations and hand-washing.    

Opened in March 2016, the brand new simulation suite has been designed to replicate a real hospital environment. This facility includes the following: An adult and children’s ward, treatment room, nurse’s station, bathroom, day room, two side rooms, a midwifery home area and labour room.  All  of    the  bed spaces are equipped with oxygen delivery ports, suction points, nurse call button, emergency buzzer and bed lights, all of which mimic a real hospital environment.

Simulation

There are a vast range of human patient simulators (HPS) including two fully portable wireless adults, a newborn, an infant, a child and a birthing mum.

Simulation

Nursing

The HPS can simulate breathing, blinking, bleeding and sweating and also have chest, heart and bowel sounds. Many different clinical procedures and scenarios can be practised using the simulators and experienced staff strive to ensure that health and social care students learn in a safe and supportive  environment.  Examples    of  simulated scenarios include cardiac arrest, psychosis, fitting, pulmonary embolism, post-partum haemorrhage, asthma and fractured femur.  

Simulation

There are also sound proof control rooms where specialist technicians operate the reactions and voice of the HPS and coordinate the audio-visual requirements for the scenarios. In order to enhance the students learning there is a dedicated room for debriefing and streaming the scenarios into, which  enable  peer    observation,  learning and feedback.

Simulation

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