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Nursing Studies MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLST167

Study options:

1 year full-time
Up to 5 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 5388 or +44 (0) 24 7765 5958


Overview

Designed to provide flexible continuing professional development to a widening group of UK and internationally-based nurses, this course aims to develop nurses’ contribution to the quality of care both nationally and internationally. You will consider the influence of the global public health agenda on the role of the nurse and examine the complex social and political nature of nursing, health and social care, while working towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MSc Nursing Studies.

Ranked in the UK’s top 15 for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2018, Coventry offers a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. Our nursing courses benefit from exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction – 100% overall for ‘subjects allied to medicine’ compared with a sector average of 86% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

The modules offered on the Nursing Studies course provide an opportunity to strengthen your CV in a number of ways. You might choose to examine approaches to managing individuals with long-term conditions or to enhance your knowledge of ethics and the law as these relate to nursing practice.

For international students, the course provides access to discussion of a broad range of approaches to health care and the opportunity to compare and apply new knowledge. Modules are designed to promote the opportunity to expand the intercultural community and to share best practice.

Your master’s degree culminates with an opportunity to propose, design, conduct and report on a research project of relevance and potential benefit to your field of nursing. This enables you to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy and principles of research, as well as your competence and ability to subsequently carry out research independently and to commission, manage and evaluate the research activities in the field. Past students have examined a diverse range of topic areas, such as the role of the nurse in supporting women suffering domestic violence, the impact of standardisation on nurses’ professional autonomy and the use of complementary therapies by nurses in palliative care.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Studies

    • Research methodology, Design and Methods
    • Contemporary Issues in Nursing
    • Health Assessment Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies

    • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Optional modules

    2 of the following: 

    • Independent Study
    •  Leadership, Service Improvement and Integrated Care
    • Ethics and the Law and Professional Practice
    • Contemporary Perspectives of Care for Individuals with Long Term Conditions
    • Public Health and Health Development
    • Public Health, Policy and Practice
    • Learning for Health and Social Care Professionals
    • Facilitating Learning and Assessing Practice in Health and Social Care Settings
  • MSc Nursing Studies

    • Master’s Dissertation
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

     

In more detail...

  • Flexible entry criteria for those with relevant experiential learning.
  • Option to enrol on one of the mandatory modules as an ‘Associate student’ and transfer to the MSc Nursing Studies on successful completion.
  • Multi-million pound state-of-the-art Science and Health Building provides facilities for teaching and research. Facilities include an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life nursing environments relevant to practice
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 95% for the quality of teaching in ‘subjects allied to medicine’ the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016, above the sector average of 85%.

Nursing at Coventry is ranked 11th best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018 and 22nd by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

Your main study themes are:

  • Research methodology, design and methods: Examines the different methodological approaches, designs and methods used in social work, health and social science research and related fields. Qualitative and quantitative approaches are explored. The importance of ethical, social, legal, political and economic aspects of research studies will be considered. 

  • Contemporary issues in nursing: Provides a critical understanding of the role of the nurse within socio-cultural, economic and political contexts. You will explore the development of the knowledge base in nursing and its application in evidence-based practice and analyse the contribution of nursing to public health in a range of settings. Research findings and your own experiences will be used to explore factors that influence practice including: organisation of health care; regulation and autonomy in health care; professional culture; inter professional working; user-involvement; and public health drivers. 

  • Health assessment practice: The aim of this module is to enable students to critically evaluate appropriate knowledge, principles, skills and techniques to undertake comprehensive holistic health assessment and diagnosis (where appropriate).

  • Evidence-based practice: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.

The course has been designed to present a range of opportunities to explore subject areas to suit personal and professional needs. The full-time route for the MSc is studied over one year and can take up to five years part-time. You can start in May or September.

The Postgraduate Diploma and the Postgraduate Certificate can be studied full time over nine and six months respectively; part-time study time will vary depending on the commencement date and option modules chosen. International students wishing to study either of these options must study full-time and are advised to discuss their application with the International Office.

The Course Team has extensive research and teaching experience which will inform the curriculum and benefit the students’ teaching and learning experience. Module leaders are experienced nurse and healthcare teachers with varied backgrounds in areas including: adult, mental health, public health nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

A broad range of teaching and learning strategies are incorporated on this programme. You will gain inter-professional knowledge and develop critical and evaluative skills through a structured series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshop, practical health assessment skill demonstrations, case reviews and independent learning activities.

Much of the work is done in small groups with supervisory guidance from a tutor and may involve computer generated exercises. Through structured problem-solving exercises, you will practise skills of data collection, synthesis, analysis, interpretation and scientific report writing. For example, you will learn the skills of head to toe assessment in a simulated clinical environment and to examine and respond to an area of concern identified in your area of practice.

Generic transferrable skills are embedded within teaching; independence and professional conduct is fostered progressively at each level through increasingly independent context and projects, which expand in both breadth and depth.

Course assessment includes written coursework such as a case study and reflective critique, poster presentations, portfolio, project development and health assessment.

On completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Current challenges and/or new insights in nursing.
  • Current research approaches and advanced scholarship in health and nursing practice.
  • Relevant data and the appropriate analysis of this data as applied to health and nursing care.
  • Health and Social care, professional body standards and guidelines for nursing and their implications for the delivery of nursing care.
  • The application of evidence to support professional practice. 


On completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret knowledge of health and nursing care and evidence to support professional practice. 
  • Critically appraise approaches, designs and methods used to study health and social services.
  • Evaluate the application of principles of public health and health development.  
  • Continue to advance your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills of critical evaluation to a high level.
  • Critically review existing literature as part of a research study in a health or nursing-related subject.
  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
  • Make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks.
  • Use information and communication technology competently to locate, access, retrieve and present data. 
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and a wider audience in a variety of media.
  • Design and execute a research study in a health or nursing-related subject area.

The teaching contact for each module is 30 hours. Normally this means attendance at the University for three hours per week; students who are studying full time will attend more than one module in each semester. Postgraduate students are expected to maintain an independent and self-directed approach to their study and to optimise their achievement through accessing the university resources in support of their development; these include the course and module leaders and the Centre for Academic Writing. 

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today.

Lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course, previously from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. The international focus of the course is enhanced through the experience of staff who have practiced in other parts of the world. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, from India and China, which provides additional insights to students into international issues.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Nursing, and should have completed a qualification leading to registration as a nurse. We will consider applicants with a Diploma in Nursing and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level.

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Nursing, and should have completed a qualification leading to registration as a nurse. We will consider applicants with a Diploma in Nursing and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Nursing, and should have completed a qualification leading to registration as a nurse. We will consider applicants with a Diploma in Nursing and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£11,846 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Nursing is increasingly a profession where higher qualifications are required for promotion and this master’s course is designed to facilitate a philosophy of care that is based on evidence.

It will better prepare you to develop and lead service provisions that meets the needs of a 21st century health and social care service. Access to roles such as nurse team manager and nurse consultant will provide you with an opportunity to make an even greater contribution to people’s health and wellbeing.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

A master’s qualification can improve your prospects of promotion to a more fulfilling role and a higher band of salary. Our recent graduates have gone on to realise roles in national institutions including the World Health Organisation and in the UK as Director of Quality. You might also wish to explore your options in research and academia or even complete further study at doctoral level.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.