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Health Sciences

MSc Nursing Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or SCPHN)

As a University of Southampton student when you complete your PGDip you have the option to return to ‘top-up’ the diploma to MSc. The Master of Science Top-up Award aims to enhance your knowledge base and skills to be a critically aware practitioner able to appraise and, if necessary, challenge practice. You will be enabled to use effectively a philosophy of care that is based on evidence, to develop and lead service provision that meets the needs of a 21st century health and social care service. This is a part time programme which commences each September. You need to commence the programme within three years of completing your Postgraduate Diploma.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MSc Nursing Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or SCPHN) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Nursing Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or SCPHN) and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Nursing Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or SCPHN).

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Overview

There are two top up programmes:

MSc Nursing Studies (programme code 4032). This programme is only open to those students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (pre-registration) adult, child or mental health pathways.

MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Studies (programme code 5470). This programme is only open to those students who have completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing [SCPHN] (all pathways) September 2012 and on.

View the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Studies programme specification document for this course

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

The cost of the programme for 2015/2016 is £1499. Prices generally rise by about 5% each academic year. The application deadline for 2015 is mid July. You can self-fund, request full funding from your employer or fund through combining monies from you, your employer and/or other grant.

You should apply using the module application form. This application form (CPD application form) is available via the Health Sciences web site; select ‘professional development’ and then ‘how to apply’. Please state clearly on the form that you are applying for an MSc top up programme and state the programme code (see above). This will ensure that you are registered correctly and invited to the induction days. As a previous student with us you do not need to attend an interview.

Programme leader: Lyn Wilson
Email:
L.M.Wilson@southampton.ac.uk

Programme Structure

As you have achieved your Post Graduate Diploma the programme consists simply of two ‘induction’ days and the dissertation module.

Induction days

These will run on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2015. In these two days you will cover the following content:

  • Introduction to the dissertation module
  • What is nursing research?
  • The evidence-based practice approach
  • Empirical research
  • Practice inquiry research
  • Research ethics
  • Q and A opportunities

It is possible to study remotely; the module resources will be available via Blackboard and you can email or skype your supervisor. Do take in to account other responsibilities that you may have/may take on in the next 2 years as these can impact on your ability to study.

Key Facts

The MSc Top-Up is an effective way to achieve an MSc. It will demonstrate your ability to study independently and undertake a critical exploration of a topic, analysing it from multiple dimensions, using evidence from a wide range of sources, and drawing conclusions from the project to disseminate to practice.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

You will have completed a University of Southampton Postgraduate Diploma (see programme overview).

Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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

Modules

Typical course content

Induction Days

These will run on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2015.

Dissertation Module

You must also successfully complete the compulsory 30 ECTS dissertation module: HLTH 6059. The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake an independent research project relevant to your own field of practice. You can select any topic which is important to you and your practice. You can undertake an empirical study OR a practice inquiry study OR an evidence based study. The study will include; formulating an appropriate question, planning and undertaking a project, analysing data or critiquing evidence and submitting a paper in a format suitable for publication in a peer reviewed academic journal.

To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences/cpd/courses.page

Module dates:

15th October – on-line material becomes available

26 November 2015 (half day), 17 December 2015, 4 February 2016 and 23 June 2016 (full days)

Year 1

Core
HLTH6059
Dissertation (MSc)

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.

Explore funding opportunities

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.
Printing and copyingIt may be possible to submit coursework online. However, where it is not possible to submit online students will be asked to provide a printed copy.

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.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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