7 January 2019
2 years full-time
Places available (subject to change)
About the course
The course provides the opportunity for those who have studied an undergraduate degree in a health related subject, to undertake a two year full-time Master’s course and upon successful completion receive eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) within adult nursing.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to learn how to communicate effectively and develop your critical and analytical skills, preparing you to become a competent, caring, compassionate, courageous, confident and committed registered nurse.
You will undertake compulsory clinical placements throughout the course in a variety of primary and secondary care settings. These will be field specific, predominantly related to nursing adults aged 18 years and above, with a wide range of physical, psychological and social needs.
You will also have the opportunity to practise your skills in our lifelike simulated nursing wards with our patient simulator, Sim Man, before you go out on to placements and treat real patients. The course is currently regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Foundations of Nursing
This module introduces you to the foundations of nursing. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the purpose and function of the professional body for nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and consider the current legal, ethical and moral frameworks which underpin nursing. You will also explore the psychological and sociological influences which impact on care and critically consider the ways in which safe, effective person centred care can be delivered through effective partnership working. Assessment will involve two pieces of coursework, where you will deliver an oral presentation based on a patient/client from practice and produce a written case study.
Nursing Practice 1
This module is composed of practice and theory elements. For the theoretical element you will have the opportunity to develop your professional knowledge and skills relevant to your specific field of nursing. Assessment involves undertaking an anatomy, physiology and applied pathophysiology exam. Within the practice element you will have the opportunity to undertake placements and apply what you have learnt in theory to your experiential learning. You will be assessed through a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and Ongoing Achievement and Record of Skills Log (OARSL). The module will be linked to the relevant skills clusters (NMC, 2010).
Effective Communication and Care Delivery (Adult)
This module helps you to develop knowledge and skills in relation to communicating and caring for people within the field of adult nursing. You will have the opportunity to specifically develop the nursing qualities and skills associated with NHS strategies to deliver care in a caring, compassionate, competent, committed, communicative and courageous manner (6 C’s; Department of Health, 2012). You will also consider specific communication models along with the evidence-base to promote person centred, culturally sensitive approaches to care that are respectful and dignified. Assessment will involve undertaking a professional simulated exam and a piece of coursework, where you will reflect on the simulated exam.
Nursing Practice 2
This module is composed of practice and theory elements. For the theoretical element you will have the opportunity to develop your professional knowledge and skills relevant to your specific field of nursing. Within the practice element you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in theory through experiential learning within a placement and you will be assessed through a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and Ongoing Achievement and Record of Skills Log (OARSL). The module will be linked to the relevant skills clusters (NMC, 2010).
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills required to design an ethical and feasible research project, specific to your field of nursing. You will explore the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods and methodologies, and have the chance to develop your skills of critical appraisal through an appraisal of published nursing literature specific to your field of nursing. You will also consider the differences between research, audit, local service evaluation and the ethical and governance approvals required if studies are to be carried out in the NHS or other public sector organisations. Assessment will involve producing one piece of coursework, in the form of a research proposal.
Nursing Leadership and Management
Effective leadership and management skills are essential attributes of a registered nurse. This module helps you to develop your leadership and management skills through the exploration of a range of subjects which you can apply to your specific field of nursing. You will examine various organisational problems, through which you can develop your skills in problem solving and change management. In addition, you will also consider the current legal and political context of healthcare and the impact on your professional role. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework specific to your field of nursing, involving a poster presentation which presents an organisational problem from a practice setting and a report based on your proposal to improve the problem through change management.
Nursing Practice 3
This module comprises practice and theory elements. The theoretical element provides you with the opportunity to further develop your professional knowledge and skills relevant to your field of nursing through lectures and simulated practice. You’ll be assessed through an exam and an in-class test. The practice element provides the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in theory to your experiential learning on placement and will be assessed through a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and Ongoing Achievement and Record of Skills Log (OARSL). This module will be linked to the relevant skills clusters (NMC, 2010).
Research and Innovation in Nursing Practice
In this module you will undertake a research based project where you will develop in detail, a topic of interest related to your field of nursing. Building on previous evidence-based enquiries you will be supported to implement your project proposal whilst engaging in critical reflection throughout. This will lead to the generation of original knowledge centring around contemporary nursing practice. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework; firstly an oral presentation, where you will critically defend your project methodology. You will then produce a dissertation, where you will demonstrate the detailed application and reported findings of your project.
You will be taught by a team who really understand what it is like be an adult nurse and are able to demonstrate the latest techniques and procedures, whilst supporting you as you put these skills and qualities into practice.
A range of teaching and learning strategies are used to suit different learning styles. Our virtual learning environment and state-of-the-art simulation equipment aims to provide you with everything you need to be successful in theory and practice.
Throughout the course there are various opportunities for you to engage with interprofessional learning and multidisciplinary working. You will have the opportunity to attend research conferences, which involve other health professional students. You will also be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, simulation, role play, computer based learning and lectures.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
You must have the following:
- An Honours degree (2:1) or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed. On occasions we may accept a Honours degree (2:2) with substantial relevant experience.
- GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme (no equivalents are accepted).
- Applicants are required to successfully demonstrate that they have completed 550 hours of theory through studying/reading and 325 hours of practice before they start the course using Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) (Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] requirement). A broad range of experience can be used for this including observations and reading. Your experience and learning may have occurred outside a typical ‘practice’ area but is still applicable, for example you may have cared for a family member or a friend and as a result observed different aspects of nursing/care on an informal basis. If you are successful at interview support will be provided on how to complete this document face-to-face, by phone or on-line.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 7.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
If you hold any other qualifications which are not listed, please contact us before applying for this course.
Offers will be subject to an interview, an Occupational Health assessment and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.
You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), occupational health clearances and APL (NMC) evidence prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.
Please note: there are a limited number of places on the course and the demand is generally high, therefore we may not interview all applicants who meet the required entry criteria due to this competitive process.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
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