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Advanced Practice MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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Advanced Practice is a part-time programme for experienced healthcare practitioners in hospital and community settings. The programme builds on your existing skills and experience to enable you to lead and support the development and delivery of evidence-based practice. Module outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework so NHS employees can identify learning to support career progression.


Key benefits

  • No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 3rd in the world (2017 QS World University Rankings)
  • Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.

  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

  • A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Typically students take one year to complete a certificate, two years for a diploma and three years for an MSc. Maximum of six years PT.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 10-15

Course leaders Dr Geraldine Lee, gerry.lee@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Before you apply: Use our Enquiry Form

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

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Course detail

Description

This programme is  suitable for practitioners, educators and managers from many healthcare disciplines who are developing autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership. Practitioners may choose to follow a generic pathway or choose from a number of clinical specialities. Applicants are generally expected to be working within the chosen specialist field.

The programme is relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the following areas or roles: Cancer Nursing, Cardiac Care, Child Healthcare, Critical Care, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, District Nursing, Leadership, Midwifery, Palliative Care, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Community Matron/Case Manager, Women's Health Care.

Modules will only run if there are sufficient numbers of students enrolled and the minimum number is 12.

Please see our frequently asked questions here.

Course purpose

This programme is intended for experienced healthcare practitioners who are seeking to advance their practice, enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare, and develop their roles.

Further literature

Faculty Post qualifcation Programmes brochure.

Course format and assessment

This programme is part-time with taught sessions comprising a mixture of one day per week attendance and study blocks. Students select from modules rated at 15 or 30 credits. Students may elect to undertake one or more practice portfolios where practice accounts are used to demonstrate specialist or advanced practice.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. This can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations. In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam, such as an unseen written examination or a computer-based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical-based competency assessment as part of the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Practice pathway. This assessment is a clinical hurdle with 0 credits and is undertaken in the student’s workplace with an assessor.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules
There are two core modules:
Optional Modules

Students can select optional courses from a wide range of available options, including:

Prior learning:

Students who have already studied clinically-focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's may be able to incorporate this study into the programme, subject to certain limits, provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim).

Year 2

Required Modules

Students wishing to undertake an empirical study as part of the dissertation module will need to have taken and passed an additional module entitled Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research. This module is available in term 3 only.

Please note that the dissertation can only be undertaken when students have completed 120 credits and achieved 55% or above in their modules.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Employment/work experience requirements:

You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. Applicants should be working in an appropriate care setting and/or post for the duration of the programme and have a minimum two years’ clinical experience as a qualified practitioner.

Academic Requirements:

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). 

Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered: if you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research. 

Application procedure

Apply using the College application form available online. In addition, please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.

Personal statement and supporting information

Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.

Application closing date

Applications on the MSc Advanced Practice (generic pathway) may be submitted throughout the year for either a September or January start. The deadline to submit an application for a September start is normally the second week of July; and for a January start the second week of November.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: n/a
  • Full time overseas fees: n/a
  • Part time UK fees: £3,150 p.a. (PGCert, PGDip, MSc, 2016/17)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £6,140 p.a. (PGCert, PGDip, MSc, 2016/17)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Possible options after taking this programme include advanced practice roles such as nurse consultant, specialist practice roles, education, research and audit.

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Next steps

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