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Duration

One year full-time, three years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2021

You are able to complete a ‘personalised award’ (PDF) in which you self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice, including the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice.

This qualification is awarded by St George’s, University of London and delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s.

For more information about the course, watch the Healthcare Practice Course Talk 2020

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

Highlights

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • Taught in partnership with Kingston University – you will benefit from a large, multifaculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s.

  • Access to postgraduate learning centre.

Fees and funding

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Funding your study

We have a range of funding opportunities available for students. You may be eligible for the following.

Tuition fees

A modular, pay-as-you-go fee structure is available.

You can find out the cost of each healthcare module, including the dissertation module, on the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education website

2021 tuition fees UK
  • Full-time MSc: £8,040

  • Part-time MSc (2 years): £4,020 / year

  • Part-time MSc (3 years): £2,680 / year

  • Full-time Postgraduate diploma: £5,500

  • Part-time Postgraduate diploma (2 years): £2,850 per annum

  • Part-time Postgraduate diploma (3 years): £1,900 per annum

  • Full-time Postgraduate certificate: £2,940 

2021 tuition fees EU and International
  • Full-time MSc (1 year): £14,360

  • Full-time Postgraduate diploma: £9,720

  • Full-time Postgraduate certificate: £4,965 

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis for each year of entry.

There are opportunities to apply for funding offered by the Florence Nightingale Foundation. This includes scholarships for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

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Description

Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

RPL application charge

 

Please see below.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students on the PgCert/PgDip/MSc Heathcare Practice programmes can apply to bring in credit from other providers. This has to be in increments of 15, 30, 45 and 60. The maximum credits you are allowed to bring depends on the awards you are enrolled in.

Credits must have been completed within 5 years of when you are applying for RPL.

An administrative fee is charged per module. Each module RPL charge is £200. This fee is applied regardless of whether the claim is successful or not.

Learn more about the RPL fee.

Find out more 

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To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria
  • write a personal statement
  • provide two suitable references, one of which must be an academic reference. The second should be a reference from your current employer dated within the last year (from date of application).
  • provide a Study Leave Confirmation (if your tuition fees are being paid by your employer)
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Standard programme entry requirements

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:


• Hold a recognised healthcare / health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
• Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific requirements and entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.
• Hold an Honours degree (2:ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a (2:ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalent status of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).

Non-standard applicants:


Applicants will normally hold a recognised healthcare / health-related professional qualification and current professional registration;

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

relevant healthcare / healthcare-related Post-graduate Certificate or Post-graduate Diploma from a UK orRepublic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland.

OR

healthcare / health-related DipH.E. from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland and one of the following completed within the last five years:

successful completion of a healthcare / health-related standalone module at level M or
a minimum of 30 credits from healthcare / health-related standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).


The professional portfolio, interview and/or entrance test may be used as evidence of aptitude for M level study in borderline cases.

Module-specific requirements will apply to some modules. For more information, please contact our Work Force Development team on wfdadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

We may invite you to interview if are unable to make a decision directly from your application.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at study@sgul.ac.uk

 

English language requirements

For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 1 course.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement. This must be completed on the subject-specific personal statement form located on the ‘Apply’ tab. Please upload this when completing your application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.

At St George’s we offer a broad range of learning environments like traditional lecture-tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.

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Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including:

  • lectures

  • e-learning

  • role-play

  • case studies and small group work

  • discussion groups

  • work-based learning.

The course director and pathway leaders oversee all aspects of student learning and assessment and provide individualised guidance with study planning. You will also have a personal tutor (normally the module leader) who oversees your progress through the course.

You are also allocated a research supervisor to support you through the research methods module and dissertation and there is a learning support lecturer who can provide one-to-one help with academic writing skills.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed using:

  • oral presentations

  • reports

  • written examinations

  • scope of practice portfolio

  • practice based assessments

  • case logs.

We operate a modular system for this course. This means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation – a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

The course offers a varied and flexible programme of practical and academic study. You complete an award in which you self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice, like the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice. Students are expected to complete 60 credits a year so an MSc should take 3 years, Postgraduate Diploma should take 2 years and Postgraduate Certificate should take 1 year.

Ream more about the personalised award (PDF).

There is provision for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), depending upon your choice of study route, and a flexible framework offering interim awards (Postgraduate Certificates and diplomas) as well as a full MSc. All routes include compulsory research modules.

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Compulsory core modules

  • Research Methods (15 credits)

  • Dissertation: Research Project or Work-Based Project or Systematic Review (60 credits)

You may choose to complete a traditional research project, work-based project or a systematic review for your dissertation. This offers flexibility and allows you to undertake a dissertation which will have meaning and relevance to your particular professional circumstances.

Specialist/option modules

All named pathways include at least one specialist compulsory module. Most also include self-selected option modules:

Most modules are available on a free-standing basis. You may choose further option modules from the full range of postgraduate courses offered by Kingston University and St George’s. This allows you to build a personalised programme of study to meet your specific development needs.

Read the full list of module descriptions.

Postgraduate Certificate in prescribing

  • Registrants with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing.

  • Registrants with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (V300).

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Healthcare Practice MSc/PgDip/PgCert programme.

The programme consists of core compulsory research modules, specialist clinically focused compulsory modules and option modules. These will remain the same for 2020/21. The Psychosocial Interventions pathway will not be offered for 2020/21 entry and the Advanced Practice pathway has ceased and has been replaced by (ACP) which addresses the new Health Education England ACP framework.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver the core modules of the programme and the option modules and specialist sub-pathway modules as planned.

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Module changes

Module/component 

Academic year to which the change will apply 

Description of change 

Psychosocial intervention pathway and its specialist modules 

2019/20; 2020/21 

The pathway is no longer offered. 

Advanced Practice module HP7005X and Advanced Practice pathway 

2021/22 

The Advanced Practice pathway has been replaced by Advanced Clinical Practice and the last intake of the Advanced Practice module in 2020/21. 

HP7022X 12 Lead ECG Interpretation 

2020/21 

Usual assessment: Unseen examination 

Temporary assessment change: This module will be assessed via clinical logs with evidence-based review. This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment.  

HP7002Y Acutely Unwell Adult  

2019/20; 2020/21 

Usual assessment: Unseen examination and competency document 

Temporary assessment change: This module will be assessed via online essay questions and a competency document. This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment.  

HP7021X Trauma Care: Initial Assessment and Management 

2020/21 

Usual assessment: Essay and Moulage 

Temporary assessment change: This module will be assessed via essay with case study. This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment. 

AHP 701 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment: Lifespan Perspectives 

2019/20; 2020/21 

Usual assessment: Essay and OSCE with Viva 

Temporary assessment change: This module will be assessed via essay and clinical logs. This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment. 

HP7073X Cardiac Arrhythmias: interpretation and management 

2019/20; 2020/21 

Usual assessment: Unseen exam 

Temporary assessment change: This module will be assessed via online essay questions. This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment. 

HP7015Y Intensive Care Patient Assessment 

2019/20; 2020/21 

Usual assessment: Unseen exam and competency assessment document 

Temporary assessment change: This module will be assessed via online essay questions and a competency assessment document. This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment.  

 EDU 701 Advancing Clinical Education and Supervision 

2020/21 

Usual assessment : Poster presentation 

Temporary assessment change: The presentation of posters and question and answer session will be conducted via an online platform (e.g. BBB or Teams). This will apply from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment. 

Cardio-neuro care in prehospital care 

2020/21 

Usual assessment: Unseen MCQ examination  

Temporary assessment change: This module has a modified assessment in place: case series that are assessed via an online viva voce. This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment. 

Transition to Specialist Practice : Prehospital Critical Care 

2020/21 

Usual assessment: Summative OSCE  

Temporary assessment change: This module will have a single assessment building on the Practice Portfolio (4,500 words). This will apply starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment.  

Supporting vulnerable students 

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK. 

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.) 

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language. 

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk

How the course will be delivered 

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

In the autumn term most modules will be delivered online. This may continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year, until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching. Modules that have skills / clinical components will be delivered by blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching). For example, Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment: Lifespan Perspectives combines online learning with face-to-face, on-site teaching of physical assessment skills. These skills are further developed and practised in the student’s own place of employment. 

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses we will delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on site due to a health reason, you must let us know by start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress from one year of the programme to the next and to graduate without delay.

Although some assessments (mainly exams) are designed to be taken on site, we have developed an alternative strategy to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus.

The programme does include practical/skills elements that are delivered in practical/cubicle teaching rooms. These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we may need to change the mode of delivery of practical components of the programme to protect the safety of students.

Some modules (e.g. Minor Injuries; Minor Illness; Independent and Supplementary Prescribing; Prehospital Critical Care) require students to undertake a negotiated placement or practice experience in order to achieve the clinical competencies. In the event that students are unable to negotiate the required practice experience/placement due to Covid-19 pressures, extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments which might include essays, reflective essays, reports, oral presentations, dissertations and poster presentations.

Modules with formal written examinations or practical examinations (e.g. OSCE) were temporarily replaced by alternative assessments in 2019/20, to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus. For example, formal examinations were replaced by written essay style answers and OSCEs replaced by clinical logs. We anticipate this approach will continue during the early part of 2020/21 academic year, possibly longer, until government advice on social distancing changes.

Award

The MSc/PgDip/PgCert is not an accredited programme and we are not implementing any changes that will impact on the qualification awarded.

The modules Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives (NMC approved) and Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (HCPC approved) will be delivered online. This will not affect their professional accreditation.

Location of study

In the autumn term, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, most modules will be delivered online. This may continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year, until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching. Modules that have skills/clinical components will be delivered by blended learning (online and face-to-face teaching).

Face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

One year full-time, three years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

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