MSc APP Clinical Sciences
MSc APP (Clinical Sciences) Part time programme for healthcare professionals
This is a generic programme suitable for all healthcare professionals. The main learning environment is the student's own professional practice and attendance requirements are consequently minimal.
This is a specialised pathway of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.
- You attend CPD courses and seminars but you could also use these towards your MSc.
- Learn the skills necessary to be an evidence-based practitioner using our extensive library facilities and electronic journal resources.
- If you have any post-qualifying qualifications, or extensive professional experience, you may be able to use these to gain exemption from some parts of the course, making your study time shorter and less expensive!
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Please take a look at the programme specification which is the official document setting out the aims and learning outcomes of the programme. The programme specification you will see from this link is the one which currently applies to students enrolled on a programme leading to an award of Bournemouth University. We are in the process of approving all our existing programmes as awards of this institution. The format of the programme specification will change when the programme is approved as an award of this institution, but the aims, learning outcomes and programme content will not. As soon as the new programme specification is approved it will be made available from this webpage
The deadline for applications for 2017/18 entry is August 31st 2017.
Further useful information
The Student Agreement contains the rules and regulations that would apply to you as a student on this programme from September 2017. This document is an agreement between this intuition and our new students as to the rights, roles and responsibilities of both parties, and therefore it is important that you read this agreement before applying to the programme, accepting an offer or enrolling with us. The student agreement also includes important information to take into account when choosing your programme, including any additional costs which may apply. Additional costs are mandatory or optional costs which students will need to meet in order to fully participate in and complete their programme. You will need to budget for these costs separately as they are not included in the overall Tuition Fee you are charged. This agreement is reviewed annually.
Please contact us (email@example.com) if you are unable to access any of the links to documents or if there is anything in them that you are unsure about and want to discuss further before you accept our offer or enrol as a student
Annual fees for 201718
if paid in full
by 31st October
UK/EU students who currently do not hold any Masters or other level 7 (M) degree (PgCert/PgDip) or higher
UK/EU students who hold any Masters or other level 7 (M) degree (PgCert/PgDip) or higher
EEA (non-EU) or Swiss nationals
All other applicants
Recent grads (2012 – 2017) from any institution on the Advanced Professional Practice courses will get the 50% off tuition fee for Y1 and if AECC Alumni, they will receive 10% Alumni discount in subsequent years.
Course fees may be subject to changes and annual increases. Fees are paid annually irrespective of the number of units completed. The course organisers reserve the right to make alterations to course fees and arrangements and dates for teaching and learning sessions, including the decision to run any or all parts of the course in the light of demand.
Postgraduate Loans: If you are under 60, a UK resident and plan to start a postgraduate course for the first time from 1 September 2017 you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with your study costs. For further information and to see if you are eligible please see the postgraduate loan information on the GOV.UK website.
Fees advertised by the AECC are for the first year of the programme. Fees for subsequent years will be decided by the Board of Governors and published on the AECC Current Student website (VLE) from January for the following academic year. You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study. Please also refer to the document Important Information when choosing your programme, which includes further information about additional costs which may apply.
Fees for formal CPD seminars on which to base the Structured Learning Event units are not included in the tuition fee however students attending AECC CPD seminars will pay the reduced student rate if available.
Programme Units for the MSc App (Clinical Science)
A downloadable version can be found in the course brochure tab.
Professional Clinical Practice (20 credits)
This unit underpins the programme and develops self-direction through an understanding of experiential learning and reflective practice in a professional context. This unit is taught in conjunction with the Induction Seminar in one weekend seminar. Assessment is through a critical reflective account, supported by evidence of the student’s review and evaluation of advanced clinical, professional and/or academic practice -2500 word equivalent (50%) and through a case study (that may detail and critically evaluate the management plan initiated with a patient(s))- 2500 word equivalent (50%).
Evidence-based Practice (20 credits)
In today’s healthcare environment, practitioners must not only keep abreast of current research evidence, but also incorporate it where appropriate into clinical practice. In this unit, skills will be developed in the search and retrieval for research evidence, critical appraisal of research evidence, and how research findings can be applied to an individual patient. This is an attendance-based unit. Assessment is through a 2500 word Evidence-based Case Report (50%) and a 2500 word Critical Appraisal of a given published research paper (50%).
Structured Learning Event (1) (20 credits)
A feature of continuing professional development is the ability to identify professional learning needs, attend relevant formal learning events, and then apply the acquired learning experiences and outcomes in the workplace setting. This unit develops skills in reflection and critical evaluation of oneself as a learner in the formalised setting, application of new knowledge and skills in the complex and unpredictable professional setting, and reflection-on-action in evaluating change in one’s own performance. Students will be required to attend an approved (by the Pathway Leader) seminar, and base their assignment on their learning experiences and learning outcomes in practice. Payment or attendance at this seminar is NOT included in the course fee. Students wishing to attend seminars at the AECC will be charged at the student rate. Assessment is through a 5000 word critical review of learning outcomes achieved through formal and informal learning events and their application in changing professional practice (100%).
PgDip Stage (Year Two)
These are optional units - students must choose optional units to total 60 M Level Credits:
Structured Learning Event (2) (20 credits)
In this unit, students are required to attend a second approved seminar, and base their assignment on their learning experiences and learning outcomes in practice. Payment for attendance at this seminar is NOT included in the course fee. Students wishing to attend seminars at the AECC will be charged at the student rate. Assessment is through a 5000 word critical review of learning outcomes achieved through formal and informal learning events and their application in changing professional practice (100%).
Structured Learning Event (3) (20 credits)
In this unit, students are required to attend a third approved seminar, and base their assignment on their learning experiences and learning outcomes in practice. Payment for attendance at this seminar is NOT included in the course fee. Students wishing to attend seminars at the AECC will be charged at the student rate. Assessment is through a 5000 word critical review of learning outcomes achieved through formal and informal learning events and their application in changing professional practice (100%).
Current Advances in Practice (20 credits)
The professional knowledge base moves at an alarming rate, and it is incumbent on practitioners to keep abreast of developments in all aspects of professional practice. This unit develops skills in finding and retrieving relevant information, and in the synthesis of complex and conflicting information to create useful and relevant knowledge. In this unit, individuals will identify an area of particular need or interest, and disseminate information at the forefront of knowledge in that topic area.Assessment is through a 5000 word critical review of the literature (100%).
Clinical Placement (40 credits)
This unit aims to develop expertise in a defined area of clinical practice through clinical practice and experience. Students will learn in the clinical placement setting and through relevant self-directed learning. Each student will arrange, in negotiation with the Unit Leader, a supervisor to support and direct the student in developing his/her portfolio. Students will be expected to adopt a self-directed approach to access relevant material and achieve the learning outcomes. The clinical placement should ideally be in an area of specialist interest in which you could pursue a research dissertation in stage 3 of the programme. The student must submit a completed logbook to the unit leader. A minimum of 25 hours must be spent in the clinical placement – each relevant entry in the logbook should be evidenced by a signature from your Clinical Supervisor. A minimum of 50 hours total must be spent on learning relating to the defined area of clinical practice (hours spent in the clinical placement and hours of self-directed learning in total). Each entry in the logbook should summarise what learning was undertaken and the number of hours spent either learning in the placement or undertaking self-directed study as is relevant.Students will demonstrate their expertise in an area of clinical practice through providing evidence of critical reflection and changes and development in their professional practice.
The 3 assignments will consist of one critical reflective report on the placement (3000 words - 40%) and two evidence-based case studies (2250 words - 30% each). Students must also produce a logbook (Pass/Fail). Each entry in the logbook should summarise what learning was undertaken and the number of hours spent either learning in the placement or undertaking self-directed study as is relevant. Evidence of a total of 50 hours of documented learning with at least 25 hours of these in the clinical placement.
Orthopaedic Practice (20 credits)
This unit will enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and management of orthopaedic conditions. Students will be expected to reflect on the diagnostic accuracy of relevant investigations and evidence of efficacy of management options. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of orthopaedic conditions and also develop a critical awareness of particular issues in orthopaedic practice that are specific to geriatric and paediatric populations. Payment for attendance at this seminar is NOT included in the course fee. Students enrolled on the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Orthopaedics) will be charged the student rate.
Assessment is through two written assignments each of 2,500 words. These assignments will be a critical account of the use of a problem solving approach and the assessment and management of orthopaedics conditions within clinical practice (100%).
Research Methods (20 credits)
To fully appreciate and implement evidence-based practice, practitioners must understand different types of clinical research designs, and the best designs to answer particular types of clinical questions. This unit not only develops skills in clinical research designs, data collection and data analysis, but prepares the individual to identify potential areas for research inquiry and systematically plan a research investigation. This is an attendance-based unit. Assessment is through a reflective research Protocol (approximately 5000 words) (100%).
Dissertation (40 credits)
At Masters level, practitioners must have completed a research investigation in an area applicable to professional practice. In many cases, the investigation will be carried out in the professional practice setting, collecting and analysing real-time clinical data. Facilities are also available at the institution for those wishing to conduct experimental investigations. The individual will be supported throughout his/her dissertation work by expert research supervision and with access to institutional research facilities and ethics approval boards. Assessment is through a Research Dissertation (approximately 10000 words) (100%).
Audit Methods (20 credits)
To fully appreciate and implement evidence-based practice, practitioners must understand clinical audit and the role in clinical governance. This unit develops skills in data collection and data analysis based on audit findings, and ways to improve clinical practice. This is an attendance-based unit. Assessment is through a reflective audit protocol, approximately 5000 words).
Clinical Audit (40 credits)
For many healthcare professionals a clinical audit is very relevant to professional practice, allowing recommendations to be made to improve professional practice. Assessment is through a Clinical Audit (approximately 10000 words) (100%).
Feedback from a current student of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Sciences)
"I have found the course to be extremely rewarding and very well put together. As a Masters level course,
naturally the emphasis is on the student to drive the direction of their study. For example, the
assignments are structured such that the student decides on the exact direction of the paper – I recently
attended a seminar by Stuart McGill, and I chose to write a paper on one aspect of his seminar, namely
rotational/torsional stability of the lumbar spine. This style of learning suits me, as I don’t want to be told
what to learn, I would rather direct my own learning.
The support from the college is excellent both in terms of clinical support and administrative support. Of
course, if you don’t ask for help, you won’t get it! The course in the early stages forces you to reflect on
how you practice and whether you are actually an evidence-based practitioner; this is done is a very
pragmatic way, accepting that there will always be aspects of clinical practice that fall to judgment. The
course enables you to decide how to apply the evidence properly, as well as understanding what makes
a good piece of research in the first place (I would particularly recommend the Research Methods and
Evidence Based Practice modules). I feel that often we, as clinicians, think we understand research well,
but the course really showed me that I had a lot more to learn about research in general.
In terms of practice life, I have been able to take the knowledge gained from the course and adapt
various aspects of practice, including setting up a more detailed method of patient assessment (such as a
treadmill, video camera, etc). I have learnt a great deal by seeing how those guys practice. As I said,
what you get from the course will ultimately depend on you, but I can’t recommend it enough. I may even
do another one… who knows!"