This flexible Masters course allows you to study full-time over one year or part-time over a minimum of 2 years. It is aimed at qualified nurses who wish to develop advanced knowledge and critical awareness in relation to practice, education or research.
Designed to place the patient and patient care at the centre of study, the course allows you to develop the higher level skills that are relevant to your career pathway whilst helping to make a real difference to those in your care.
The course offers range of core and optional modules, with the chance to progress towards a general MSc Advanced Nursing award for those who wish to keep their career options open, or to take a more focused approach in education, practice or research.
MSc Advanced Nursing (Education)
This award allows you to concentrate on teaching and learning in practice, developing effective teaching, communication and facilitation skills in a wide variety of learning-in-practice settings.
MSc Advanced Nursing (Practice)
Developing advanced level skills will make a real difference to the care you give. This pathway allows you to build on your current skills, plan, implement and evaluate patient care within the context of your own workplace.
MSc Advanced Nursing (Research)
Using the evidence base to improve patient care lies at the heart of this pathway. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of research and have access to international expertise from our very own research centre.
Take a single module
If you're not sure that Masters level study is the option for you - you can take a single module with us to see how you get on.
Why study Advanced Nursing at Salford?
Not only do we have excellent facilities, you will also have access to some of the best expertise in the North West. The University is home to a robust research community in our Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Collaborative Research whose members work with local organisations to make a real difference to health care provision in the 21st Century. These include:
- Professor Tony Long: Tony is an internationally renowned researcher in child and family health whose group pursues research programmes in Early Years, Young People, Safeguarding Children, and Outcomes of Nursing and Health Interventions.
- Karen Holland: Karen has recently been appointed Subject Chair for Nursing/Health Professions on the newly established International Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB). She is also a Professorial Fellow in the School of Nursing & Midwifery and Editor of Nurse Education in Practice.
- Professor Martin Johnson: Martin has a track record of providing excellent support to research students. His main interests include the patient experience and research ethics and is working with Salford PCT, Manchester SHA and Manchester University to develop end of life care in Salford and Trafford.
Other input comes from lecturer-practitioners who are at the cutting-edge of health care today, such as Jill Windell from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Salford Royal Hospital Foundation Trust, and teaching experts such as Dr Elaine Ball.
We also have strong ties with local trusts, particularly clinical managers and educational leads, working closely with them to ensure that our delivery matches the needs of nurses in the North West.
You will get additional support through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which can be used via the internet. Not only will you have easy access to course materials such as handbooks, lecture handouts, and videos it will also give you the opportunity to participate in discussion boards and online exchanges with staff and fellow students.
What will I learn?
Depending on the number of credits you accrue, you can exit the course with a PgCert, PgDip or full Masters.
The course comprises a number of core and optional modules depending on the pathway you choose:
- Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing : This is the first module for all awards and gives you an overview of Masters study and then explores patient experience and therapeutic relationships.
- Developing Clinical Skills: Create and implement new approaches to care delivery that meet the needs of your client group and develop the advanced skills that make a difference.
- Education in Practice: This module explores the theoretical background of teaching and learning in healthcare and then gives you the opportunity to implement teaching in practice.
- Evidence Based Practice for Patient Care: Develop the knowledge and skills to understand and apply evidence to your current practice for the benefit of patient care.
- Independent Learning - Older People: The work based module allows you to explore an in depth issue related to ageing and older people that is relevant to your workplace.
- Project Management and Methods of Inquiry for Health Care Practice: Develop effective project management skills and learn how to justify your business case to bring about patient and service improvements.
- Research Methods: This module gives you the higher level skills and knowledge to begin a research career and prepares you to complete a dissertation/research project.
- Work Based Learning for Healthcare Practice: In this module you will be able use work based learning to bring about significant change in practice under the guidance of a mentor within your own Trust.
The dissertation is a 60 credit module that gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.
Which pathway you choose, will dictate the core modules you will need to undertake:
MSc Advanced Nursing: Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing; Research Methods; plus 2 optional modules and Dissertation.
MSc Advanced Nursing (Education): Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing; Research Methods OR Work Based Learning for Healthcare Practice; Education in Practice; plus 1 optional module and Dissertation.
MSc Advanced Nursing (Practice): Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing; Research Methods OR Evidence Based Practice for Patient Care; Developing Clinical Skills; plus 1 optional module and Dissertation.
MSc Advanced Nursing (Research): Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing; Research Methods; Evidence Based Practice for Patient Care; plus 1 optional module and Dissertation.
Research that makes a difference
There are many challenges in modern health care and nurses are at the forefront of care delivery. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to practice that is based on the best available evidence and a philosophy of lifelong learning.
At the University of Salford, we pride ourselves on encouraging lifelong learners who will have a real impact on the world of nursing care provision.
Because we believe that the evidence base should inform our practice, we are also host to a vibrant and enthusiastic team of researchers under the Salford Centre of Nursing, Midwifery and Collaborative Research.