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Would you like the opportunity to further explore nursing practice and healthcare, whilst developing skills and knowledge in research methods and service improvement?

The MSc Nursing course will allow you to examine contemporary nursing issues from a clinical perspective. Available to nurses who hold a registration in the UK or another country, this course offers an exciting mix of theory and practical application through the use of enquiry-based learning and workshops where a range of table top exercises and simulation will be utilised to develop your practical  and management skills and knowledge.

This 20-month course commences in January, with a break between June and August. This allows you the time to seek your own placement, living and study abroad opportunities during this time should you wish.

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to our leading facilities and dedicated Clinical Skills Centre. 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
20 months full-time, January

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject.

Registration as a nurse (or a license to practice as a nurse) with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board / health department.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,350

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



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ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your studies you may wish to participate in optional shadowing, this will require students to purchase a DBS check, this will be approximately £55.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0191 -

Academic Language Skills in Health PG (Nursing) (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

IM0722 -

Global Health in the 21st Century (Core,30 Credits)

This module introduces you to notions of globalisation and the impact upon health, policy development, professional practice and service delivery. It will encourage you to consider the nature of health care and the challenges it faces within a contemporary global community. Consideration of global, national and local priorities and demands will feature and you are expected to develop a comprehensive critical awareness of globalisation and responses to health care demands. You will also be expected to provide some commentary on the impact of nursing care and patient experience.

The main content of the module includes:

Existing and emerging global health issues such as: Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, mental health, cancers, women’s health, maternal and child health, care of the elderly, infectious diseases and outbreaks – malaria, HIV and AIDS, Ebola, H1N1, STI’s and sexual health. RTA’s Health inequalities. Tobacco, drugs and alcohol.

Globalisation: Global politics, poverty, global burden of disease, war and conflict, displacement and migration: including refugees. Health systems and health policy development. Social justice, human rights and ethics. Cultural dimensions.

Structures supporting global health: WHO, international health movements. The State, NGO’s and voluntary organisations. Universal health care and access. Nursing development and nursing heroes. The westernisation of nursing. Global and local workforce issues.

Through exploring these topics you will develop a deeper appreciation of critical analysis to understand how globalisation impacts upon health.

More information

IM0723 -

Policy and Theory in Practice Development (Core,30 Credits)

This module starts with a practical research workshop that will ensure that you have the required research knowledge and skills to inform your learning on this module and to support subsequent modules on this programme.
You will learn about theories, concepts and policy in health care and how they may be applied to an area of professional practice that is of relevance to you. Areas to be explored will include models of health, changing global priorities in healthcare, an appreciation of economic drivers, and the impact of ethics, gender and diversity on health and healthcare. You will also look at theories of change, as well as models of practice development, and the use of research evidence in practice. You will consider how these might influence and enable you to critically review and change or improve practice in an area selected by you. By working to review an area of practice with which you are familiar, and considering practical plans for change or improvement, you will enhance your critical analytical skills and creativity, potentially enhancing your employability. You will develop and build on your understanding of research methods and develop the knowledge and skills needed to review, lead and evaluate changes in practice. Developing practice needs to be understood in the context of the intended outcomes of change. Planning for evaluation will enable you to further demonstrate critical analysis and project management skills.

More information

IM0724 -

Nursing Knowledge and Safe Practice (Core,30 Credits)

In this module you will learn about theories and concepts of knowledge, regarding the skills and behaviours required to ensure safe and effective nursing practice. You will consider how knowledge affects and influences professional judgement, clinical reasoning and decision making. You will explore a number of contemporary issues affecting safe clinical practice which include: international healthcare challenges regarding patient safety, recognition of the deteriorating patient, and the various means of addressing these within clinical practice.

You will be introduced to educational simulation and topics discussed during theoretical sessions will be explored further using a simulation technology enhanced learning approach. Your personal strengths and areas for development regarding your professional knowledge base and clinical decision making skills will be explored, whilst considering influencing factors.

You will engage in collaborative learning and working, and will be encouraged to think critically and participate in peer discussion. You will develop skills by working with others, and this will enable you to learn about yourself as a nurse, but also about the context of your own daily practice and different members of the professional team. Clinical simulation will facilitate further development of collaborative working skills.

Your professional development will be enhanced by having raised awareness of global and contemporary health issues and through the critical appraisal of evidence based knowledge, particularly the use of researcher evidence to underpin practice. You are encouraged to consider your own area of professional nursing practice throughout the module and for your summative assessment particularly you need to identify where there are gaps in the current knowledge base on the subject you have chosen. You will therefore further develop skills with literature searching, retrieving information and with critical appraisal, as well as developing critical analysis and writing skills in relation to your professional field.

More information

IM0726 -

Research Methods for Nursing Practice (Core,30 Credits)

This module will start with a full day research workshop that will enable those who have had minimal research tuition to have a broad understanding of the basic research principles upon which to build upon for the remainder of the module. For those with previous research instruction, the workshop will serve as a reminder (scaffolding) about the basic research tenants. Students with research experience will be encouraged to support those with less research awareness within a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

On this interactive module you will appreciate the knowledge and skills needed to undertake research. You will learn about research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing healthcare practices and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise research quality. You will gain specific skills in research proposal writing.

Specifically on this module you will learn about:
*Qualitative and Quantitative research
*Research methods, including experimental design, surveys, observational methods, mixed methodological approaches, Narrative approaches, interviews, focus groups.
*Data collection and data analysis
*Research Governance
*Research ethics

By the end of the module you will be able to prepare a research proposal on a topic of interest to yourself and of value to your professional practice.

More information

IM0720 -

Dissertation: Systematic Appraisal of Published Nursing Research (Core,60 Credits)

This research rich module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. You will be invited to identify a topic with which you are familiar, and in which you believe there may be scope for development or change. Through technology enriched learning you will learn about your role as a researcher and how you can make effective and systematic use of published research to inform your nursing practice and / or policy.

Through the process of a systematic appraisal (a small scale systematic review) of evidence based published research you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills, including skills of analysis and synthesis. Your systematic appraisal will address research questions which arise from your specific nursing practice/field of expertise. For example these questions might address:

• Effectiveness of single/definable interventions in order to state and recommend best nursing practice/provide evidence based guidelines for nursing practice.
• Evaluation of appropriateness/acceptability/process/outcomes of complex human services in order to improve/develop/inform nursing practice.
• The service user experience of nursing practice.
• Relationships between nurses and service users.
• Theoretical and ideological issues of relevance to nursing practice and / or policy.

The published work you include in the systematic appraisal may be either entirely quantitative, entirely qualitative or mixed method. You will critically examine the philosophical perspective of both the research question and the systematic appraisal methodology. You will work within the appropriate research governance and ethical guidelines for your professional discipline.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0191 -

Academic Language Skills in Health PG (Nursing) (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

IM0722 -

Global Health in the 21st Century (Core,30 Credits)

This module introduces you to notions of globalisation and the impact upon health, policy development, professional practice and service delivery. It will encourage you to consider the nature of health care and the challenges it faces within a contemporary global community. Consideration of global, national and local priorities and demands will feature and you are expected to develop a comprehensive critical awareness of globalisation and responses to health care demands. You will also be expected to provide some commentary on the impact of nursing care and patient experience.

The main content of the module includes:

Existing and emerging global health issues such as: Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, mental health, cancers, women’s health, maternal and child health, care of the elderly, infectious diseases and outbreaks – malaria, HIV and AIDS, Ebola, H1N1, STI’s and sexual health. RTA’s Health inequalities. Tobacco, drugs and alcohol.

Globalisation: Global politics, poverty, global burden of disease, war and conflict, displacement and migration: including refugees. Health systems and health policy development. Social justice, human rights and ethics. Cultural dimensions.

Structures supporting global health: WHO, international health movements. The State, NGO’s and voluntary organisations. Universal health care and access. Nursing development and nursing heroes. The westernisation of nursing. Global and local workforce issues.

Through exploring these topics you will develop a deeper appreciation of critical analysis to understand how globalisation impacts upon health.

More information

IM0723 -

Policy and Theory in Practice Development (Core,30 Credits)

This module starts with a practical research workshop that will ensure that you have the required research knowledge and skills to inform your learning on this module and to support subsequent modules on this programme.
You will learn about theories, concepts and policy in health care and how they may be applied to an area of professional practice that is of relevance to you. Areas to be explored will include models of health, changing global priorities in healthcare, an appreciation of economic drivers, and the impact of ethics, gender and diversity on health and healthcare. You will also look at theories of change, as well as models of practice development, and the use of research evidence in practice. You will consider how these might influence and enable you to critically review and change or improve practice in an area selected by you. By working to review an area of practice with which you are familiar, and considering practical plans for change or improvement, you will enhance your critical analytical skills and creativity, potentially enhancing your employability. You will develop and build on your understanding of research methods and develop the knowledge and skills needed to review, lead and evaluate changes in practice. Developing practice needs to be understood in the context of the intended outcomes of change. Planning for evaluation will enable you to further demonstrate critical analysis and project management skills.

More information

IM0724 -

Nursing Knowledge and Safe Practice (Core,30 Credits)

In this module you will learn about theories and concepts of knowledge, regarding the skills and behaviours required to ensure safe and effective nursing practice. You will consider how knowledge affects and influences professional judgement, clinical reasoning and decision making. You will explore a number of contemporary issues affecting safe clinical practice which include: international healthcare challenges regarding patient safety, recognition of the deteriorating patient, and the various means of addressing these within clinical practice.

You will be introduced to educational simulation and topics discussed during theoretical sessions will be explored further using a simulation technology enhanced learning approach. Your personal strengths and areas for development regarding your professional knowledge base and clinical decision making skills will be explored, whilst considering influencing factors.

You will engage in collaborative learning and working, and will be encouraged to think critically and participate in peer discussion. You will develop skills by working with others, and this will enable you to learn about yourself as a nurse, but also about the context of your own daily practice and different members of the professional team. Clinical simulation will facilitate further development of collaborative working skills.

Your professional development will be enhanced by having raised awareness of global and contemporary health issues and through the critical appraisal of evidence based knowledge, particularly the use of researcher evidence to underpin practice. You are encouraged to consider your own area of professional nursing practice throughout the module and for your summative assessment particularly you need to identify where there are gaps in the current knowledge base on the subject you have chosen. You will therefore further develop skills with literature searching, retrieving information and with critical appraisal, as well as developing critical analysis and writing skills in relation to your professional field.

More information

IM0726 -

Research Methods for Nursing Practice (Core,30 Credits)

This module will start with a full day research workshop that will enable those who have had minimal research tuition to have a broad understanding of the basic research principles upon which to build upon for the remainder of the module. For those with previous research instruction, the workshop will serve as a reminder (scaffolding) about the basic research tenants. Students with research experience will be encouraged to support those with less research awareness within a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

On this interactive module you will appreciate the knowledge and skills needed to undertake research. You will learn about research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing healthcare practices and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise research quality. You will gain specific skills in research proposal writing.

Specifically on this module you will learn about:
*Qualitative and Quantitative research
*Research methods, including experimental design, surveys, observational methods, mixed methodological approaches, Narrative approaches, interviews, focus groups.
*Data collection and data analysis
*Research Governance
*Research ethics

By the end of the module you will be able to prepare a research proposal on a topic of interest to yourself and of value to your professional practice.

More information

IM0720 -

Dissertation: Systematic Appraisal of Published Nursing Research (Core,60 Credits)

This research rich module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. You will be invited to identify a topic with which you are familiar, and in which you believe there may be scope for development or change. Through technology enriched learning you will learn about your role as a researcher and how you can make effective and systematic use of published research to inform your nursing practice and / or policy.

Through the process of a systematic appraisal (a small scale systematic review) of evidence based published research you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills, including skills of analysis and synthesis. Your systematic appraisal will address research questions which arise from your specific nursing practice/field of expertise. For example these questions might address:

• Effectiveness of single/definable interventions in order to state and recommend best nursing practice/provide evidence based guidelines for nursing practice.
• Evaluation of appropriateness/acceptability/process/outcomes of complex human services in order to improve/develop/inform nursing practice.
• The service user experience of nursing practice.
• Relationships between nurses and service users.
• Theoretical and ideological issues of relevance to nursing practice and / or policy.

The published work you include in the systematic appraisal may be either entirely quantitative, entirely qualitative or mixed method. You will critically examine the philosophical perspective of both the research question and the systematic appraisal methodology. You will work within the appropriate research governance and ethical guidelines for your professional discipline.

More information

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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