General Practice Nursing - MSc
Aimed at Senior and established General Practice Nurses, this MSc course offers General Practice Nurses opportunity to advance their careers through choosing from a variety of general practice focused modules to complete a PG Certificate/ PG Diploma or full MSc qualification....
Studying with us in 2021/22
It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.
Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.
- Level Postgraduate Taught
- Study mode Part Time
- Location Online Learning
- Award MSc
- Start date January 2022
- School School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
Aimed at Senior and established General Practice Nurses, this MSc course offers General Practice Nurses opportunity to advance their careers through choosing from a variety of general practice focused modules to complete a PG Certificate/ PG Diploma or full MSc qualification.
This course is unique in providing General Practice Nurses with options for a variety of career pathways in the primary care setting. Our General Practice Nursing pathway will enable you to be responsive to developments in primary care and to take on leadership roles in this arena.
What's covered in this course?
The course enables students to choose from a variety of modules to pursue areas of interest or specific career pathways.
Core modules in year 1 include:
- Challenges to Health and the Impact of Inequalities: A General Practice Population Assessment
- Quality, Strategy and Policy: Issues in General Practice
Core modules in year 2 include:
- Research: Methods of Enquiry
- Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
A wide range of optional modules are available including Caring for People with Long Term Conditions in the General Practice Setting; Non-Medical Prescribing and a range of other subjects including mental health, wound care, safeguarding.
Why Choose Us?
- We have extensive academic and clinical experience of offering a programme of primary care general practice focused modules. We have extensive links with local and regional primary care services.
- You will learn with the post-registration educator of the year 2017 (Student Nursing Times Awards).
- We have developed a comprehensive General Practice Nursing pathway which is responsive to the needs of General Practice Nurses wanting to develop their careers and meet the needs of the populations they care for.
- You will have access to an extensive library of books, journals and support staff who will assist you in developing your knowledge and skills.
- You will be offered personal tutor support and additional personal development services from a professional and committed team of staff.
- You will have the opportunity to become a member of a community of practice with other students completing the pathway. This will enable you to share your experiences, share good practice, and reflexively examine your learning.
Registered Nurse (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability or
Employed in General Practice (all students must be working in an appropriate environment in order to fully engage with the chosen modules).
For entry into the Post Graduate Certificate students must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or a 60 credit Level 6 award in an appropriate subject area. Applicants with evidence of successfully completed Level 6 study within the preceding 2 years and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the pathway speciality will also be considered.
In addition, students undertaking clinical subject pathway modules will normally have a minimum of six months post-registration experience for that speciality.
Fees & How to Apply
- UK students
- International students
Starting: Jan 2022
- Part Time
- 3 years
Sorry, this course is not available to International students.
Access to computer equipment
You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.
You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.
All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.
Access to Microsoft Office 365
Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.
You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.
Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.
Free access to Rosetta Stone
All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.
Excess printing (optional)
Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.
All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.
You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.
You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.
Accommodation and living costs
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Your passion and motivations
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Why this course?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Relevant academic or work experience
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Course in Depth
Year 1 - PG Cert
Caring for People with Long Term Conditions in the General Practice Setting 20 credits
Challenges to Health and the Impact of Inequalities: A General Practice Population Assessment 20 credits
Quality, Strategy and Policy: Issues in General Practice 20 credits
Year 2 - PG Dip
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare 20 credits
Research: Methods of Enquiry 20 credits
Year 3 - MSc
Research Dissertation 40 or 60 credits
You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments
Pathway awards in General Practice Nursing can lead to:
- Module only Professional Practice (General Practice Nursing) Level 7
- PG Cert Professional Practice (General Practice Nursing)
- PG Dip Professional Practice (General Practice Nursing)
- MSc Professional Practice (General Practice Nursing)
How you will be taught
The pathway will be taught half a day a week across the academic year. A range of online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning activities will be facilitated by academic and clinical colleagues with extensive experience in primary care.
Online seminars, group activities, formative presentations, moodle and self-directed work will be adopted to facilitate your learning. Personal tutor support will be provided by a member of the module teams.
Additionally, academic support can be accessed from our Personal Development Department and Centre for Academic Success on a self-referral basis, and from our experienced library colleagues.
Graduates of the course will be able to contribute to the growing responsibilities of primary care services and will develop skills in:
- Technology-enhanced learning
- Generalist skills and the ability to respond to local population needs
- Leadership to open opportunities to take up leadership roles within primary care multi-disciplinary teams
- Research capabilities to open up opportunities to develop clinical academic careers
Facilities and Staff
Course leader Sue Shortland has over 20 years’ experience working in general practice as a General Practice Nurse and Advanced Practitioner. She is the RCGP Midlands Faculty Nurse representative and a member of the Regional General Practice Nurse Network.More about Sue
Dr Chris Inman
Chris is a registered nurse with about 15 years' post-qualifying experience prior to employment in education at the University of Hull and then as Head of Nursing Development at the Open University in Milton Keynes. At Birmingham City University she has many years of experience directing the MSc Advanced Practice/MSc Health Care programmes and supervise student research at Master’s and PhD level.More about Chris