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Professional Practice

MSc Professional Practice (Nursing)

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021 and February 2022

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With this course you will be able to develop a deeper understanding of your role and further your skills and expertise in your chosen area.
It will help enhance the development of your professional judgement, accountability and autonomy within the scope of the role, including an ethos of life-long learning and creative enquiry, to confront, challenge and shape the future of your professional practice.
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There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

This course is designed for experienced healthcare professionals from a variety of settings, looking to enhance their clinical knowledge and leadership skills at Level 7.

Normally a first degree will be required, however, if you are an experienced healthcare professional with evidence of recent successful study at Level 6 you may also be considered. You must have a background in healthcare and currently be working in clinical practice.

You must also need to be registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This is a flexible programme of study which will suit experienced practitioners as well as those who registered more recently, and a number of students will have previous appropriate qualifications from Buckinghamshire New University.

This course offers you:

  • flexible study relevant to your current area of practice
  • range of optional Level 7 theoretical and
  • clinical modules
  • opportunities to develop practice based projects
  • skills in leadership and management in clinical practice settings.

A range of teaching strategies will be employed throughout the course, and you will be assessed on each module.

What will I study?

The modules within this course focus on the following topics:

  • research
  • leadership
  • innovative clinical practice from a contemporary perspective
  • speciality clinical modules.

This will enable you to innovatively lead, direct and enhance clinical practice, whilst expanding the evidence base for your own area of practice. In order for you to deliver appropriate interventions aimed at the management of patients, the course structure will focus on the evidence for a range of assessment skills and therapeutic management strategies.

You will also be able to synthesise contemporary initiatives in relation to current practice and service delivery to creatively provide a safe and effective service.

    During the course you will be required to complete:

    • three optional modules (90 credit total)
    • core research module (30 credit total)
    • dissertation (60 credits).
    Related documents

    MSc Professional Practice Programme Specification.pdf

    What are the course entry requirements?

    Normally a first degree will be required. However, experienced healthcare professionals with evidence of recent successful study at Level  6 will be considered. Students will have a healthcare background and currently be in clinical practice.

    You must also need to be registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

    For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

    This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

    Year 1 Modules

    Leadership, Management and Professional Issues (optional)

    Advanced Medical Assessment (optional)

    Anaesthetic Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

    Aeromedical Repatriation and Retrieval (optional)

    Cancer Care (optional)

    Cardiac Care (optional)

    Diabetes Management (optional)

    Delivering and Sustaining Improvement in Healthcare Settings (optional)

    Dementia Management and Care (optional)

    Emergency and Unscheduled Care (optional)

    End of Life Care and Symptom Management (optional)

    Enhancing Practice through Work Related Learning (optional)

    Essentials of Spinal Care (optional)

    Introduction to Clinical Innovation in Healthcare Practice (optional)

    Intensive Care (optional)

    Mentoring in the Practice Setting (optional)

    Minor Injury Management (optional)

    Minor Illness Management (optional)

    Neonatal High Dependency and Intensive Care (optional)

    Neonatal Special Care (optional)

    Physical Assessment of the Adult (optional)

    Principles and Practice of Infection Prevention and Control (optional)

    Principles of Practice Education (optional)

    Recovery Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

    Respiratory Care (optional)

    Stroke Management and Care (optional)

    Surgical Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

    The Renal Care Practitioner (optional)

    The Theoretical Concepts in Renal Care (optional)

    Wound Care Management (optional)

    Enhancing Skills for Preceptors (optional)

    Advanced Therapeutic, Mental & Physical Health Skills for Mental Health Practitioners (optional)

    Leadership and interpersonal communications (optional)

    Haemato-oncology (optional)

    Student Supervision and Assessment in Healthcare (optional)

    Frailty: An Integrated Approach (optional)

    Year 2 Modules

    Dissertation

    Applied Research for Healthcare Practice

    Applied Research Skills

    Data Analysis and Interpretation

    How much does it cost

    Home and EU

    Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

    £9,100 per year

    International

    International, Academic Year 2021-2022

    £14,300 per year

    Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

    You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

    Questions about fees?

    Contact our Enquiries Team:

    0330 123 2023

    advice@bucks.ac.uk

    What are my career prospects?

    This programme provide a flexible framework for post-graduate study to promote the progression of professional knowledge, skills and expertise across a variety of disciplines, leading to mastery of the chosen area.

    It will enhance the development of your professional judgement, accountability and autonomy within the scope of the role, including an ethos of life-long learning and creative enquiry, to confront, challenge and shape the future of your professional practice.

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