Taught course

Developing Practice in Healthcare

Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained

(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard;


(ii) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;

(b) have successfully completed an undergraduate research module (or equivalent learning);

(c) Applicants should normally satisfy the following:

Hold an appropriate professional qualification (i.e):

A degree in Nursing, Health or Social Care, or equivalent standard in a PG Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or approved alternative qualification OR Exceptionally, provide evidence of achievement of graduate qualities through APL (see Regulations for detail).

Be employed within health and social care organisations with whom a Memorandum of Understanding has been reached.

Months of entry


Course content

The ethos behind this programme is the development of person-centred cultures, using a professional practice-based learning model that embraces practitioner inquiry and practitioner research, thereby contributing to the development of knowledgeable and dynamic person-centred practitioners who are sensitive to the needs of people who use healthcare services. The programme values knowledge gained through critical reflection on practice experience used in conjunction with the range of knowledge sources. The delivery of person-centred practice (McCormack and McCance 2010) requires practitioners to know and understand self in the context of their practice. Critical reflection is one means to achieve this. Consequently, within the DPHC the focus is on the practitioner learning from practice, understanding the theory underpinning their professional practice-based learning through critical reflection and applying this learning to practice. Many of the modules require students to provide evidence of their learning and development in practice through an academic portfolio mapped to learning outcomes.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band score less than 6.5.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Donna Brown
+44 (0) 28 9036 8512