Flexible:36-72 months | or with prior learning typically 9-12 months
Start date: September 2020
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, Practice Certificate 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.
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.
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)
Applicants may be interviewed prior to admission.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants can apply for the MSc via different routes (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 admission tutor on email@example.com for further information.
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.
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, and you can 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.