This course gave me important tools for my professional development and the possible next steps to my professional life. I feel the course provides the basic knowledge to deliver satisfactory simulation teaching which will benefit the working environment.

Former Healthcare Practice (Simulation Pathway) student

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    This course will develop your professional practice, both as an educator and, in deeper understanding of the practical applications of your learning translated into the workplace, to provide high quality care and professional development to enhance the experience and outcomes of service users.

    Based within the Institute of Medical Sciences, a centre of excellence for postgraduate medical education and research, you will have access to cutting-edge simulation facilities to aid your learning and development.

    The generic and comprehensive design of the course supports all students from a wide variety of professions and roles to apply learning to their individual circumstances and develop advanced multi-professional practice. The delivery keeps both the learner and the service-user at the heart of the process, including engagement with contributions from service-users via an innovative collaborative Impact Forum.

    Why study MSc Healthcare Practice?

    The MSc Healthcare Practice (Simulation Pathway) is designed to be a flexible and responsive course, meeting the learning and development needs of all healthcare professionals. It is open to both experienced and newly registered healthcare practitioners working in a range of roles and service contexts.

    Choosing between a 40 Credit (12,000-word) and 60 Credit (18,000-word) Dissertation you can decide whether to study 4 or 3 Simulation Modules together with the core MSc Healthcare Practice content.

      All about the course

      The course starts with the Healthcare Practice module which provides an orientation to postgraduate study and to the healthcare agenda and challenges for the next 10 years.

      The certificate includes the Foundations of Simulation Module which provides a confident theoretical understanding and basic competence to apply to any simulation at a faculty entry level.

      To view the simulation pathway modules visit the Healthcare Practice course page.

      The diploma includes 2 modules that together encompass developments in simulation: The Future of Simulation and The Application of Simulation to Human Factors. The Future of Simulation Module is an experiential, purely theoretical module projecting simulation concepts into the future. A third, quite practical module addresses the Conduct of Simulation, as an alternative to the Enhancing Care Through Research (ECTR) module, which must be studied before commencing the Dissertation.

      You can choose to write a 60 Credit (18,000 Word) Dissertation, taking ECTR in Year 2, or study Conduct of Simulation in Year 2 and take ECTR in Year 3 before commencing a 40 Credit (12,000 Word) Dissertation. For busy practitioners, appreciating that gathering and critiquing evidence is actual work towards the formally assessed Dissertation and not “merely” developmental, adds stimulus, motivation, reflection and evaluation of simulation practice giving value as it contributes towards the dissertation content.

      Whilst each module has resonance with all the others, all are distinct and free-standing, assessment methods are designed to offer a relevant, engaging variety.

      You can initially work towards a Postgraduate Certificate then a Postgraduate Diploma, before completing your Masters qualification. If you do not wish to complete the full Masters, you can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, depending on the module credits you accrue.

      Post Graduate Certificate: 60 credits 

      The focus of the certificate level is upon self and practice.

      Post Graduate Diploma: 120 credits

      The focus of the diploma is upon others and leadership and further skills evidence-based practice.

      MSc Healthcare Practice: 180 credits.

      The MSc includes the module Enhancing Care Through Research and a Dissertation module.

      Entry requirements

      You should normally possess either a relevant degree at 2.2 or above (normally a degree in a health or social science subject), and/or a professional registration to practise in health and/or social care.

      Please see the module guide for module pre-requisites and co-requisites.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Honours Degree

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      Learning and teaching strategies will involve you as an active participant; you will be encouraged to use self-evaluation and reflection on your own experience to deepen and consolidate your understanding as well as plan for your future learning. This programme recognises that you are the experts in your field of health and care practice but will facilitate you to enhance your learning to seek innovative solutions for your own practice and as a leader to transform health and care delivery. Your own emotional wellbeing and connection to Health and Care Progressive Practice will be nurtured. Modules are organised using a range of teaching and learning methods to facilitate your academic and professional development. These methods include a blend of classroom based, online and work-based learning activities. Teaching and learning methods are supported by technologies e.g. our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A strong emphasis on building of transformational networks for learning communities and wider local and national networks is advocated.

      Within some of the optional modules you may be taught in a group with students studying on the BSc. Where this occurs, you will be facilitated to explore the content of the module at a Masters level and discuss assessment requirements through specified provision of tutorials and/or online learning opportunities which will differentiate your learning needs and outcomes. Specific Masters Level learning resources (via VLE) and delivery in the classroom will be made available.

      A virtual Impact Forum will be utilised with students expected to engage in formative reflection on the impact of their learning from each module on the impact of their learning on healthcare practice and provision. This will involve service-users and a collaborative approach to sharing and learning and will foster a community of best practice and integration. Learning with and from each other is also enhanced through the provision of a yearly conference where posters and research outcomes are available and presented by students completing the core research modules.

      How you’ll be assessed

      Throughout the course your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment. Formative assessment (during the module but not part of the final assessment) opportunities will be offered within each module as a part of your on-going learning.

      Modules are worth 20 credits, except the research dissertation which is either worth 40 or 60 credits depending upon which option you choose to study. For each 20 credit module, the assessments are weighted at 4000 words or equivalent. Assessments include written essays/reports, critical reflections, case studies, and oral presentations.

      The final stage research modules are assessed through the production of a research plan or proposal followed by a substantive dissertation/project in which the proposed research is carried out. All assessments focus on your ability to progress and integrate theory and practice enabling you to demonstrate the fulfilment of the module learning outcomes and are based on the postgraduate criteria for assessment.

      Your future career

      Enhancing your knowledge and understanding will contribute to your career progression and evidence that you are advancing practice according with professional skills frameworks. In addition, the skills you gain will enable you to write for professional journals and/or present at conferences, sharing best practice and raising your professional profile. Your postgraduate qualification could also help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive employment market, supporting you to consider senior, specialist or advanced roles within the health and social care arena, the independent and voluntary sector or education.

      The Simulation Pathway is an interesting journey of learning and development of skills which will be extremely useful in my career.

      Former Healthcare Practice (Simulation Pathway) student


      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time N/A N/A
      Part-time £915 per 20 credit module £1,610 per 20 credit module

      Please note that the Advanced Assessment module in Year 1 fee is £1420.

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      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.


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