Taught course

Advancing Practice

Institution
Ulster University · School of Health Sciences
Qualifications
PGCertPGDipMSc

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

(a)(i) Have a second class Honours degree or better in an Allied Health Profession subject 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 has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

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

(iii) Where applicable be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

(iv) Where applicable have continued employment in an area relevant to the chosen modules.

(v) Have a minimum of one year's post-qualification experience (excluding course attendance).

(b) Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and for non-native English speakers, IELTS 7.0 (with no contributing band at less than 6.5) or, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b):

(c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The School of Health Sciences aims to provide quality advanced education for Allied Health Professionals to enhance their skills in client care.

The School of Health Sciences aims to provide quality education for both the current and future NHS workforce thereby improving the experience for people and their families who may now, and in the future, require help from Allied Health Professionals (AHPs).

We provide programmes of study and research opportunities by a diversity of means such as modules delivered in a short course and conference format and distance learning. This course offers Continual Professional Development (CPD) for AHPs thereby advancing allied health practice for the benefit of patients.

The School’s innovative and highly reputable CPD provision responds to the needs of all stages of the UK and Ireland’s AHP career frameworks. Our postgraduate programme enables AHPs to focus on their chosen specialism (diagnostic radiography, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy, therapeutic radiography).

The content of the course is directly relevant to AHPs working in an ever-developing workforce. The material is produced and delivered by teaching staff, national and international experts in the subject areas.

The masters programme has been produced with clearly identified, efficient, processes for applicants to engage with short courses, and to facilitate students to move on to award programmes, using flexible but clear module opportunities to build up to the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/Masters awards.

Structure

This course is designed to enable students to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc: a student initially registers for a Postgraduate Certificate and on completion of this may either exit with the award or progress to Diploma level. On completion of the Diploma they may choose to exit or transfer to the Masters level. Please also note that there are compulsory modules associated with the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters and that awards should normally be completed within 5 years.

Modules may also be taken as stand alone i.e. without registration for an award.

Compulsory modules and course

MSc

Project (60 points)

Postgraduate Diploma

Additional 60 credit points

To exit with Diploma:

One compulsory module (15 points each) - research evidence for health science

If progressing on to MSc level:

Must also take research project preparation (15 points) in addition to those above

Postgraduate Certificate

Free selection of modules from course list up to 60 credit points

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

part time
10-20 months

PGDip

part time
20-30 months

MSc

part time
20-40 months

Course contact details

Name
Julie Nesbitt
Email
jh.nesbitt@ulster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)28 9036 6029