Taught course

Professional Practice

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have an Honours degree and be a professionally qualified health or social care professional. For international students, IELTs 7.0 or equivalent.

MSc Professional Practice (Learning Disability) MSc Professional Practice (Mental Health) MSc Professional Practice (Midwifery) MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person) MSc Professional Practice (Research) MSc Professional Practice (Social Care Management)

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MSc Professional Practice offers a wide choice of career pathways to qualified health and social care professionals. Suitable for both experienced and inexperienced practitioners, this course intends to transform your practice and improve the quality of care for patients or service users.

The MSc Professional Practice programme offers a sound educational experience for health and social care practitioners within both home and international markets. Its flexible structure with a choice of modules enable the student to make educational choices to create an individual programme that supports their own professional practice.

The programme has recently been revalidated and is responding to the modernisation agenda of health and social care services. Module choice is designed to meet the needs of health and social care practitioners at Masters level.

The programme does not lead to registration on any professional register. However, for those international students who are qualified nurses with effective registration in their country of training and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 or above and a decision letter from the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) there is the option to complete the Overseas Nursing Programme as part of the programme. On successful completion of this programme students are able to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practice in the UK as a nurse (on condition of satisfying NMC criteria and eligibility to practice).

Module content and delivery is underpinned by the latest research evidence, which ensures that the programme meets the challenges of today's demanding and dynamic work environments.

What You Will Study

MSc Professional Practice

In consultation with the Programme Leader, you will devise an individual programme (180 credits) that meets your own needs. You will also have the flexibility to study at your own pace, finding a balance between work, education and everyday life. Research Methods is a compulsory core module (40 credits), as the ability to critically analyse and apply research to your practice is an essential skill. If you have previous accredited research methods knowledge, you may be able to APL or substitute this module by demonstrating that you have met its learning outcomes. You will also be required to complete a dissertation (60 credits). Students will select modules to suit their individual needs within the MSc Professional Practice programme and to some extent, the Faculty portfolio.

Examples of Optional Modules
Leading Effective Teams in Health and Social Care
Clinical conditions
Cancer Interventions

The following Pathway Awards are available for students who wish to specialise in a particular area of professional practice. To obtain a named pathway award you must study a minimum of 80 credits specific to the pathway title including the dissertation which will address an issue relating to the specialist pathway.

MSc Professional Practice (Learning Disability)

MSc Professional Practice (Mental Health)

MSc Professional Practice (Midwifery)

MSc Professional Practice (Research)

MSc Professional Practice (Vulnerable Person)

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 -84 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Enquiries & Admissions
08455 194 787
01443 654 050