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MSc Trauma Sciences

This unique programme, in partnership with the level one major trauma centre in Southampton, is the first MSc in the UK to collaborate with a hospital. Take the opportunity to study the revolution in trauma care nationally and internationally and cover modules such as Major Trauma Systems, Fundamental Science in Major Trauma and Human Factors and Decision Making, Paediatric Trauma and Trauma in the Older Person. Be part of this unique experience and witness firsthand how a level one trauma centre works whilst on your practicum by following the patient journey from pre-hospital care to acute rehabilitation. The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has been significantly involved in improving the standard of trauma care and influencing patient outcomes, become part of this team and study the MSc Trauma Sciences with us.

 

Introducing your course

We have designed an innovative MSc Trauma Sciences in partnership with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. This programme has been developed by a multi-disciplinary team of expert clinicians and academics to improve patient outcomes across the life span, from initial trauma injury through rehabilitation to health restoration, and further prevention. This programme of education will enable you to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of a patient journey following trauma and to develop independent, critical thinking skills. We will help you develop your professional expertise in managing trauma; equipping you to return to your clinical environment to contribute more effectively as part of a major trauma team and to apply contemporary research in the area of trauma sciences.

MSc Trauma Sciences at the University of Southampton

Overview

Level: 7

Duration: Full time up to 2 years for programme completion if required. Part time from 2 to 5 years

Uniquely, this programme offers you the opportunity for direct observation and reflection on the practice of major trauma care in both the Major Trauma Centre and the wider major trauma system. The programme is patient-focused, exploring the physical and psychosocial changes that occur for both the patient and their wider family. You will study the revolution in trauma care nationally and internationally, including trauma team management of seriously injured individuals, changes in care delivery systems and clinical governance.

Each of the programme’s specialist modules are led by expert clinicians with academic support from a leading research intensive University. Modules you will study include: Major Trauma Systems – Evidence Base and Delivery, Fundamental Science in Major Trauma, Human Factors and Decision Making, a Major Trauma Practicum, Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice, the choice of two other modules (either Paediatric Trauma or Major Trauma in the Older Person) and a dissertation. These modules will enable you to critically analyse events and clinical decisions made following major trauma.

After completing this programme you will have significant clinical and evidence-based knowledge of major trauma care. Our ultimate aim is for you to further improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for patients who sustain major trauma and their families.

The aims of the programme are to:

• Equip you with the knowledge and understanding to provide the highest standard of trauma care from preventative strategies and acute trauma management to rehabilitation.

• Promote the development of collaborative working, decision making, independent practice, IT skills, communication, teamwork and leadership.

• Foster the development and refinement of critical analytical skills and their transfer to clinical practice.

• Provide a thriving learning environment where you will explore current clinical and organisational practice, locally and within the wider health and social care policy context.

• Foster originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research paradigms and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in trauma care practice.

• Enable you to develop an understanding of the psychosocial effects of the patient journey and the holistic approach to family and patient-centred care.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

For enquiries please email PGapply.FHS@southampton.ac.uk or call 023 8059 8305

For further information please contact Ursula Rolfe Lecturer and Programme Lead Email: U.I.Rolfe@Southampton.ac.uk

Applications are welcome from Home EU and International students.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Trauma Sciences will be delivered in a modular structure. Part-time students will access the modules over a period of up to five years. Each module will normally involve a period of 5 days taught time, which would be augmented by independent study time. To enable students from outside the locality and overseas to access the programme the module will be taught in blocks of up to five consecutive days and is supported by on line learning materials using the University’s on-line learning system, Blackboard.

The practicum will be delivered over a longer period, supported via on line materials and via facilitator/buddy support in clinical areas. All students will have the opportunity to study in depth, the trauma patient’s journey by means of a clinical practicum, from pre-hospital care to acute rehabilitation. You will follow the patient’s pathway though observation within relevant clinical areas, critically exploring the application of evidence and new knowledge to patient care.

The following modules are core to the Master’s degree programme:

  • Major Trauma Systems: Evidence Base and Delivery
  • Fundamental Science in Major Trauma
  • Human Factors and Decision making in Major Trauma Care
  • Major Trauma Practicum

Students will also need to complete:

  • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
  • Dissertation

ONE of the following optional modules:

  • Paediatric Trauma module
  • Trauma in the Older Person

You may be able to exit the award with the award of Post Graduate Diploma Trauma Sciences or Post Graduate Certificate Trauma Sciences.

For a Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Sciences, you must successfully complete:

  • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
  • Major Trauma Systems: Evidence Base and Delivery
  • Fundamental Science in Major Trauma
  • Human Factors and Decision making in Major Trauma Care
  • Major Trauma Practicum
  • Paediatric Trauma module OR Trauma in the Older Person

For a Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma Sciences, you must successfully complete:

  • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
  • 2 other modules as identified above*

*this does not include the practicum

 

 

Key Facts

This multi-professional programme of learning is designed for clinicians practising where major trauma care is provided from pre-hospital care, through acute hospital care to acute rehabilitation. It is also aimed that those who are seeking to prevent injury. Although it will be based in a UK Trauma Centre setting, clinical application can be made, both nationally and internationally; across a spectrum of clinical settings where care for the seriously injured is provided.

Special Features of the programme

This programme is unique as it offers you the opportunity to access clinical practice as an observer within a collaborative inter-professional learning community where you will be supported and facilitated by clinical experts.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy applies equally to all programmes of study. The following are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. An equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University will also be acceptable.

 

Postgraduate programmes

Qualification Grade/GPA Subjects requirements Specific requirements
Bachelor’s degree 2:2 or above None Registered health professional working with a trauma setting.

Mature applicants

Applications from mature applicants who meet the criteria for admission are welcomed

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The University has a Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

 

English Language Proficiency

The University English Language Proficiency can be accessed at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions-language and include the relevant box below. For this particular programme we propose an English language level not described in the policy as detailed in the table below using IELTS scores.

 

Overall Reading Writing Speaking Listening
6.5 6 6 6 6

 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The MSc Trauma Sciences will be delivered in a modular structure. Each 10 ECTs module will normally involve a period of 5 days, taught time, which would be augmented by independent study time. To enable students from outside the locality and overseas to access the programme the module will be taught in blocks of up to five consecutive days and is supported by on line learning materials using the University’s on-line learning system, Blackboard.

The practicum will be delivered over a longer period, supported via on line materials and via facilitator/buddy support in clinical areas. We will be delivering high level simulation trauma training during the programme and we will be able to tailor this to meet the needs of students from differing clinical professions. We will work with you to ensure you have a range of learning experiences to meet your own personal and professional needs, so that you will get the maximum benefit from the practicum experience. All students will undertake supervised observational block visits to a variety of clinical areas, depending on their clinical interests and professional focus.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
EquipmentStandard equipment and materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. In the practicum equipment other than standard i.e. stethoscope, fob watch, and torch - students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
ClothingYou will be expected to wear suitable clinical uniform (scrubs) and adhere to UHSFT uniform policy.
TravelYou will be expected to fund personal travel to and from UHSFT and to other supporting services i.e. paramedic service.
Conference expenses You will be expected to self-fund any conferences you might wish to attend while on the programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

All our postgraduate courses are designed to match the requirements of employers and professional bodies in the global market. As a result by undertaking this programme you will benefit from a global outlook, which will help you foster the broadest appreciation of Trauma Science, whilst also providing you with the opportunity to engage in developing the transferable knowledge and skills needed to undertake senior clinical roles and/or postgraduate research.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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