Advanced Professional Practice MSc
This MSc offers a taught programme of study that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professional practitioners. It is delivered through five specialist pathways which correspond with the key areas of expertise within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
The specialist pathways are:
- MSc (Acute and Critical Care)
- MSc (Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care)
- MSc (Leadership and Management)
- MSc (Maternal and Child Health)
- MSc (Mental Health and the Older Adult)
Applicants must have a professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health and Social Care Services. They shall normally hold a relevant 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Applicants with a 3rd Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they can demonstrate appropriate experience with in-service training, acceptable to the School.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for advice.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school.
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Advanced Professional Practice Specialist Pathways:
We recognise that students at this level are interested in career advancement. Therefore, we have developed a wide range of modules; students must choose six modules from these, some of which are specialist modules and require the student to be working in a relevant area of practice. All students must complete one of the compulsory modules and a dissertation.
Pathway 1: Leadership and Management
Students completing this pathway will consider leadership and strategic issues in the global delivery of healthcare. Graduates of the programme are able to demonstrate advanced practice in the context of emerging issues and clinical circumstances.
Pathway 2: Maternal and Child Health
Students completing this pathway will often come from a Midwifery or Children's Nursing background. Modules offered consider issues such as family-centred health and social care, or developments in childbirth.
Some of these modules are only available to registered midwives.
Pathway 3: Acute and Critical Care
Our Acute and Critical Care pathway incorporates issues such as health assessment, as well as the treatment of cardiac patients or patients in other acute settings. Taught by professionals who are leaders in their fields, examples are drawn from practice, using current issues to develop new ideas.
Pathway 4: Mental Health and the Older Adult
Taught by regional specialists in Dementia Care, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Care of the Older Person, this suite of modules addresses current best practice in the care and treatment of patients with dementia and other mental health conditions.
Pathway 5: Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care
Students following this pathway will explore the latest evidence for the care and treatment of cancer patients, including palliative care.
Research Modules and Dissertation
All students must undertake at least one of these modules:
- Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Nursing; OR
- Qualitative Research Methods
All students must also undertake a 15,000-word dissertation, which must be based on a study that contains evidence of critical thinking along with rational and cogent arguments and debate. The study will be based on current thinking and provide evidence of research, knowledge and skills at Masters level.
Specialist Optional Modules
Students will combine modules from the specialist pathways above with a selection of general modules, some of which are listed below.
- Law for Healthcare Professionals
- Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice Based Research
- Pharmacotherapeutics for Practice
- Independent Study Module
- Northern Ireland (NI) - £6,450
- Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £6,450
- England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £7,250
- EU Other - £17,700
- International - £17,700
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