Advanced Research Design (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you with the skills needed to find, appraise and utilise research, as well as plan and design a piece of research work. It will prepare you to define a suitable research question and to use this as a basis for identifying appropriate research methodologies for a small-scale research project or dissertation.
It will enable you to plan and outline a rationale for a piece of primary research, secondary analysis, literature review or audit. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for health and social care practice, and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in health and social care policies and working environments.
Advanced Health Promotion (20 credits)
This module will explore theoretical and practical aspects of health promotion, including how to develop action plans for health promotion. Students will be introduced to behavioural theory as it relates to changes in health behaviour and lifestyle, as well as looking at the larger social dimensions related to lifestyle.
The module will also provide tools for assessing community health needs, planning health promotion activities, considering the advantages and disadvantages of engaging communities in developing their own healthy lifestyles.
Evidence-based Practice (20 credits)
This module aims to explore and critique theories, models and strategies for evidence-based practice, with application to the health and social care setting. Examination of the purposes, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice, with consideration of political and economic dimensions.
Consideration of the concepts of decision-making from the practitioner, purchaser, provider and consumer perspectives. Exploration of some available tools for critical-appraisal and the transfer of evidence to professional knowledge. Sharing of the work of experts, researchers and the student group for discussion and critique.
Leadership in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
This module provides an opportunity for inter-professional learning on a topic fundamental to health and social care development and delivery. It is of value not just to people with an interest in management but also to practitioners, researchers and developers from a variety of backgrounds and areas of study. This module complements other modules on operational, financial and human resource management as the knowledge and skills developed here are of generic value in terms of working alongside and through other people.
Mastering Professional Nursing Practice (20 credits)
This module extends student's understanding of professional practice beyond that of competence to one of mastery. Through examining the nature of professional practice, including the concepts and theoretical perspectives of their own profession, students will be able to blend this knowledge with their own experiences to arrive at a new way of knowing and enacting their professional role, enabling postgraduate students who are registered health care professionals to analyse and debate key theories and issues in the advancement of their professional practice.
They will be supported through the use of strategies that include reflective practice and critical thinking, using student-centred learning approaches such as online action learning and online group discussion.
Profession specific materials and resources will be developed for each professional group accessing the module. This module is compulsory for the awards of PG Cert/PG Dip/MSc in Nursing Studies.
Dissertation (60 credits)
This module enables students to design and conduct a small research project relevant to their specific masters programme. It is permissible to collect primary data, or undertake secondary data analysis. Students are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and receive individual research supervision.
Compulsory module for MSc programme.
Communicable Diseases (20 credits)
This module will enable students to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the complexity of communicable Diseases in the context of Public Health. It is applicable for students working in all healthcare settings. This practice-focused module will examine the history, causes and epidemiology of communicable diseases from a broad public health perspective.
Associated morbidity and mortality, nationally, internationally and globally will be considered together with trends in established and emerging infections. Methods to prevent and control infection will be explored including outbreak management, using surveillance, screening and vaccination strategies. Practitioners will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of public health practice.
Planning and managing clinical trials (20 credits)
This module is aimed at healthcare professionals whose work directly involves them in clinical trials or those who wish to become involved in such work. This will include principal investigators, clinical research nurses, clinical trial managers and clinical trial administrators.
It will facilitate demonstration of training required by the European Directive 2001/20/EC and the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004. The module will offer students an opportunity to understand the principles of how to plan and manage clinical trials on human volunteers in accordance with current good clinical practice, how to explore and critically analyse applying the knowledge and skills in their own working environment.
The module will use a blended learning approach:
- workbook supported by electronic learning materials
- participative work within groups in an electronic discussion or bulletin board format
Independent study (20 credits)
If you choose this module, the aim is to enable you to build on your existing professional knowledge and experience and to study in-depth an aspect related to your chosen programme of study. You can choose your own area of interest, negotiate a study and assessment plan with an appointed supervisor. Most students work on their own project, though it may be possible to work on a group project depending on the nature of the topic and the availability and area of interest of other students.