Advancing Nursing Practice Degree PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Advancing Nursing Practice

1. Overview

This programme is aimed at registered nurses and midwives, with experience in acute or primary care settings, who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice.

Students will be prepared to function at master's level through the programme and will have the unique opportunity to develop practice at a higher level.  In the past 'advanced practitioner' posts have tended to be characterised principally by clinical competence; however, this programme accepts that advanced practice is a 'level' of practice rather than a particular role. This programme takes into account the four pillars of practice: clinical practice; leadership; facilitation of learning; and evidence research and development. Therefore, some practitioners will focus on leading and managing services; others will focus on clinical practice and be able to diagnose and treat healthcare needs; and others will have advanced roles within public health.

There are five routes within the programme:

  • Clinical Practice
  • District Nursing
  • Health Visiting
  • Leadership
  • School Nursing

There are exit points within this award to allow you to complete with a postgraduate certificate, diploma or an MSc. The professional qualification of district nurse, health visitor or school nurse will be recorded on completion of stage 1 but you may choose to continue to complete the whole MSc.

2. What you will study

This programme is designed to develop nurses to work at an advanced level of complex practice. It provides the knowledge and skills to: develop a robust theoretical and practical knowledge base;  explore the professional and clinical implications of working as an autonomous practitioner; gain in-depth knowledge and skills required to practice at an advanced level in a modern health service; examine and develop the necessary leadership skills; and devise and develop a relevant evidence based project.

Programme Routes:

Clinical Practice: is directly linked to the teaching, development and assessment of the nationally recognised benchmarks for advanced clinical practice (RCN 2010). This will be the preferred route for practitioners working in acute care, out of hours services, hospital at night services and in medical and surgical support posts.

District Nursing: is aimed at experienced nurses who wish to gain contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing primary care agenda. It will enable a critical, innovative and reflective approach to address the healthcare needs of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

Health Visiting: is aimed at nurses and midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required of a health visitor. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment

Leadership: is open to those who will be working at an advanced level in leadership roles who are required to lead and advance practice within the policy context of health and social care. It has some flexibility with option modules and, depending on your choice of option modules, attendance at University may not be compulsory.

School Nursing: is aimed at nurses and midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required of a school nurse. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

See our study route diagram for further information:

Advancing Nursing Practice (PDF 755KB)

3. How you will learn

This programme is driven by a philosophy that is student centered, progressive, process oriented and practice focused, and a blended approach to learning is adopted. Students will learn within a virtual environment (CampusMoodle) and apply the theoretical learning to their practice through a work based learning approach. Students will therefore have an opportunity to apply learning to their specific area of practice within contemporary healthcare service.

Depending on the route selected and the choice of optional modules, there will be some compulsory attendance at the University - for the clinical examination module and the prescribing element.

Programme Length:

  • Clinical Practice (3 years part-time)
  • District Nursing (3 years part-time)
  • Health Visiting (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)
  • Leadership (3 years part-time)
  • School Nursing (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)

4. Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this programme will normally be an honours degree or its equivalent. In addition, because of the work based nature of the programme, all students must be working in clinical practice or sponsored by a Health Board and have access to a practice teacher/ practice facilitator.

Clinical Practice and Leadership routes: You must be a registered nurse or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, or the equivalent for international students. Students electing to undertake the module NUM015 Non Medical Prescribing module have additional entry criteria to meet (NMC 2006).

District Nursing route: requires you to be a registered adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on part 1 of the register, and have had the opportunity to consolidate your pre-registration nurse education. Acceptance is based on receiving an acceptable references from one source and satisfactory clearance from Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

Health Visiting and School Nursing routes: You must be a registered nurse or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on part 1 or 2 of the register. Acceptance is based on receiving an acceptable references from one source and satisfactory clearance from Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

English Language Requirements

Clinical Practice and Leadership Routes: The English language requirement for these routes is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

5. Placements and accreditations

Three of the routes are approved by the NMC to meet the requirements of being recorded as a district nurse (NMC 2001), or registered as a health visitor or school nurse on the NMC (2004) register. All five routes are accredited by the RCN.

Clinical Practice and Leadership routes are undertaken within your own place of work with the support of an identified practice facilitator. The criteria for this role are within the admission criteria. If you select to undertake the Non Medical Prescribing module you will require supervision by a designated medical practitioner.

Cognisance has been taken of the recent national work undertaken by NHS Education Scotland which has informed the curriculum of the district nursing, health visiting and school nursing routes.

Students are required to attend placements on the District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing routes ; these are equivalent to 23 weeks full time over the period of the PgDip.

Royal College of Nursing accreditation will be awarded on completion of the full MSc

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

  • £2,135 Stage 1
  • £2,135 Stage 2
  • £1,430 MSc dissertation stage

International Students

  • £3,660 Stage 1
  • £3,660 Stage 2
  • £2,440 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

  • £2,060 Stage 1
  • £2,060 Stage 2
  • £1,380 MSc dissertation stage

International Students

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,360 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

  • £2,065 Stage 1
  • £2,065 Stage 2
  • £1,370 MSc dissertation stage

International Students

  • £3,490 Stage 1
  • £3,490 Stage 2
  • £2,320 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £1,985 Stage 1
  • £1,985 Stage 2
  • £1,325 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £1,913 Stage 1
  • £1,913 Stage 2
  • £1,274 MSc dissertation stage

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £2,175 Stage 1
  • £2,175 Stage 2
  • £1,450 MSc dissertation stage

Disclaimer

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

You should apply directly to the University for all Postgraduate courses and programmes. You can Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.

For further information on this programme contact: nursingcpd@rgu.ac.uk.

8. Prospects

This programme develops greater understanding and the skills of the advanced practitioner in relation to leadership and clinical practice.

As healthcare is an ever changing environment, it will provide aspiring healthcare professionals with a comprehensive programme of preparation that develops an advanced level of practice.

It recognises the accepted international benchmark for advanced practice and develops highly experienced and educated members of the care team who are able to diagnose and treat healthcare needs or make a referral to an appropriate specialist..

This programme allows students to continue and develop their knowledge and skills within their own areas of practice, enabling them to accelerate their career progression.

9. Meet your course leader

Heather Bain is the Programme Leader for the MSc Advancing Nursing Practice.

Heather Bain's staff profile

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Award

PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Start date

September

Course length

18 months - 3 years (See 'How you will learn' section for details).

Mode of Attendance

Full-time or Part-time Blended Learning

Academic school
School of Nursing and Midwifery
More information:
Nursing CPD
Accredited by
Royal College of Nursing Nursing and Midwifery Council

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781