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Professional Doctorate in MSc Advancing Practice

Course Description

The health and social needs of the population are changing globally. An ageing population coupled with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health and social care services have strongly influenced the development of this Advancing Practice Programme. Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, it is designed for any health professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role who is keen to challenge their thinking, gain new skills and make a difference to their practice.

We offer two pathways: 

Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) pathway is designed for health professionals in the UK whose work is primarily clinically focused, are working towards an advanced practice role or require advanced skills to meet the demands of their current role.

Advancing Practice pathway is designed for any health professional (locally, nationally or internationally) who is keen to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence within their role.

Key information

  • Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Study methods: Part time, full time. Stand-alone modules. Mixture of online and classroom delivery
  • Duration: Part time, 2 or 3 years / Full time, 1 year
  • Start date: September or January
  • Course Director: Dr Susanne Cruickshank and Dr Julie Cowie

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Develop and embed knowledge, skills and confidence to inform the organisation and delivery of care and advanced decision making.
  • Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the central themes of advanced practice, namely, leadership, facilitation of learning, research/development and advanced professional practice, and the underpinning principles.
  • Apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support evidence-based practice as part of health and social care delivery.
  • Evaluate theoretical models as a basis for informing advanced practice developments and innovation.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport brings together the collective expertise of multidisciplinary academics. We have a commitment to making a difference to world needs in health, wellbeing and society through teaching, research and public involvement.

We develop global citizens through our excellence in learning and teaching, focusing on employability to foster those who can make a difference.

Our portfolio of research-led Health Sciences courses advances knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals to promote patient-centred care.

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are at the heart of Scottish and UK sport, committed to excellence in all aspects of University sporting life.

Other admission requirements

If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Visit the MSc Advancing Practice page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Joe Garzia

3557.jpg [[What attracted you to Stirling?]]
My BSc supervisor encouraged me to take advance practice to another level and Stirling University was one of the few universities that could offer this subject in a professional level. Stirling carries quite a reputable record in the academic world and it is one of the top universities in Europe. It encourages students to learn innovatively. The fact that they acknowledged my accumulated knowledge and experience was important for me as well. I am very happy that I chose Stirling for this venture.

[[What did you enjoy most about your time at Stirling University?]]
Though a distance learning student I was always made to feel as a resident one, and lecturers and course co-ordinators were extremely helpful and available at all times. I was always given all due attention and support. Interaction through podcasts and Skype with fellow students and lecturers was always something to look forward to. Access to the virtual library and its many resources facilitated my study.

[[Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?]]
The fact that I could work around my study, family and work schedule easily was probably the biggest advantage, however, I also appreciated the opportunity I had of studying modules inline with my specialisation. I was encouraged to expand my knowledge within my field, to open up and bring out the clinical experience while developing the subject further through discussions and research. This was what I wished for before I started and this was what I was learning.

[[Do you think the degree has made you more employable, or better prepared for further study? If yes, what are the key skills? What contacts/networks have you made in your time at Stirling?]]
A post graduate degree, particularly in a specialty like mine, is another strong consolidating factor in a c.v. It’s an added asset when one is seeking a new job opportunity or a higher post. It helped me become the first Practice Nurse in Gastroenterology in my country and that has been more than just a promotion for me.

[[What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?]]
Go for it! Do it to expand your repertoire of knowledge and to be able to master your profession. Learning should be an enjoyable venture, and the guidance at Stirling will surely make it a pleasant one. Stirling will open doors for you which others would probably shut.

(Student Profile)

Debbie O’Reilly

3558.jpg [[Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?]]
I was keen to enhance my knowledge and skills as an advanced practitioner and I was keen to explore workplace learning given that I work in a specialised field (mental health and deafness) and keen to use my experience of working in this area.

[[What attracted you to Stirling?]]
The course and the content was what I was looking for with specific modules that linked into mental health.

[[What did you enjoy most about your time at Stirling University?]]
Staff were very friendly and welcoming and always willing to support in any way that they can. Also emphasis on using your clinical experience and knowledge through the entire course allowing you to develop as an advanced practitioner.

[[Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?]]
Varied teaching approaches no matter where you are in the world you can access the materials that you need as well as attending study days. Being able to fit the course around other professional/personal commitments and working with a verity of other students in varied areas of practice.

[[Do you think the degree has made you more employable, or better prepared for further study? If yes, what are the key skills? What contacts/networks have you made in your time at Stirling?]]
The course has enhanced my study and academic skills, for example, my ability to critique academic material along with using quality improvement methods to improve practice.

[[What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?]]
Stirling campus itself is stunning and a great place to study. However, the course is accessible remotely. The course has a variety of different modules which are embedded in current practice and research.

[[How would you summarise your time at Stirling?]]
I have expanded my knowledge and skills which has had a huge impact on practice. At times, it has been hard work and stressful but very worthwhile.

[[If you have now graduated, what are you doing now? If not, what do you hope to do?]]
I'm due to finish the course in 2016. As I am currently working as an advance nurse practitioner gaining my masters is an essential qualification for my practice.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Current professional registration as nurse or health/social care practitioner is required. See course description for further admission details.

Course Fees

Please see University of Stirling website for details

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