Flexible:36-72 months | or with prior learning typically 9-12 months
Start date: January
Enhance your knowledge and skills as a healthcare professional with our MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice.
Practising healthcare professionals can apply to study this flexible, taught, workplace-based master's degree, which combines a range of optional and compulsory modules to suit their learning needs. If you already have postgraduate academic credits from other healthcare-based courses — such as PGCert/Dip in Pharmacy Practice, PGDip in Physician Associate Studies, PGCert in Independent Prescribing, or another healthcare-related subject — you will be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to join the programme partway through.
MSc top-up programme
For those joining the programme for the MSc final modules, a top-up research skills module and subsequent workplace-based project will allow students to advance their learning further and gain a master's degree in 9-12 months.
You will complete a 20-credit taught module in research skills at the University, before undertaking a 40-credit research project in your place of work. This project can be fully supervised by an academic from Reading, or co-supervised by a senior colleague from your workplace.
Students will be required to maintain a mini professional practice portfolio throughout their studies. Where relevant, this can be mapped to a Professional Competency Framework and used for submission for Professional Recognition Credentialing, for example, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Upcoming cohort enrolment options:
This cohort is for MSc top-up modules only
Applications for this cohort are now open
Deadline for applications: 9 December 2019, 17:00.
The enrolment process will take place during the week of 6 January 2020 and the programme will start on 13 January 2020.
Required documents to be submitted with your application are found in the 'Entry requirements' section below, along with information about how to apply online.
Full MSc programme
If you are interested in studying the flexible MSc, information on module options can be found in the 'What will you study?' section below. The module options you choose will determine when you will be able to apply for the programme.
You are required to have:
an undergraduate honours degree in the first- or second-class range, or international equivalent, in a relevant healthcare subject
a current role working in, or sufficiently linked to, healthcare in the United Kingdom
evidence of being able to study at level 7 (master's level)
the ability to meet the specific entry requirements of each module linked to accreditation (e.g. Independent Prescribing). You will need to meet these requirements to be eligible to study these modules
a minimum of one year of relevant work experience, or sufficient evidence of how you will be supported if you do not have this existing workplace-based experience. This does not apply for modules that are designed to be studied in the first year of qualified practice
a discussion with the admissions tutor prior to submitting an application if you wish to have previous academic credits recognised (see Recognition of Prior Learning section below).
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants can apply for the MSc via different routes of entry (PDF, 213KB). A limited number of academic credits at level 6 may be accepted in the RPL process, but the majority of subsequent credits must be demonstrated at level 7. For students who will be counting level 6 academic credits towards their qualification, evidence of being able to study at level 7 must be provided. For students who wish to study at level 6, routes to a Graduate Certificate/Diploma may be available and the admissions tutors should be contacted for available options.
Experienced healthcare practitioners who are not able to apply for RPL may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) to recognise prior learning experiences.
If you wish to apply for RPL or RPEL, please contact the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice admissions tutor on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Before you apply
1. Email the admissions tutor via email@example.com to discuss the modular structure you will be following and your project proposal (this only needs to be an idea at this stage). The project idea could be an audit, service evaluation, quality improvement, quantitative research or qualitative research in design.
How to apply
Once the admissions tutor has recommended you are ready to apply, you should complete the following:
All communication from the application system is via automated email. Some National Health Service (NHS) email servers flag these email addresses as spam, so we recommend using a personal email address to ensure you receive all communications at this stage.
Once you have started an application, the system will email you to remind you to start, and/or complete, your application at regular intervals. If your account is flagged as dormant for three or more weeks, your application may be automatically removed.
5. Once you have created an account, select your programme choice from the drop-down menu:
MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice
6. Complete all the required fields (marked with an asterix *) and upload all of the documents stated above (step 2 and 3).
Make sure you upload your statement of purpose to the 'statement of purpose' field in the application portal.
Upload your degree certificates and transcripts.
The application portal cannot accept multiple uploads therefore, you may need to scan the documents from step 3 into one document.
Once you have submitted an application, an automatic email will be sent to your referees (if you have provided an email address for them). It is your responsibility to make sure that your referee supplies a reference. We would therefore advise that you contact them in advance of submitting an application so that they have time to prepare a reference. Please also note that emails from the application system may be sent to their 'spam' folder, which they should check if they have not received the email when expected.
You should provide the email address of one academic and one non-academic referee; a suitable non-academic referee is typically a past or current employer, or a workplace-based supervisor.
8.Attending an interview
As part of the application process, students may be asked to attend an interview. This enables us to determine your suitability for the programme against the entry criteria and find out further information about your experience. Interviews will take place at the University of Reading but if you are unable to attend in person, it may be possible to arrange a telephone/Skype call instead.
9.The outcome of your application
Applications are reviewed throughout the year. However, the greater the number of applications we receive, the longer it may take to inform you of the outcome.
What will you study?
Please note that all modules are subject to change and this list is updated regularly. For the latest list, with enrolment times and costs, please contact the programme administrator via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflective practice for prescribers (level 7) (20 credits)
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £2,130 (for top-up research skills modules) per year
New international students: £ per year
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition for the MSc top-up only. For the cost of other modules contact email@example.com for more information.
What career can you have?
Our programmes are focused on developing your professional competence and confidence. Network with other healthcare professionals from a range of employers and sectors to help identify future career options.
We can offer advice to help you meet your professional regulator revalidation requirements and/or leadership credentialing processes, and support you in building a personal learning plan to enhance your career prospects.