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Wound Healing and Tissue Repair - Module / MSc

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This newly designed innovative course, which can be studied as both standalone modules or a full MSc, has been developed to meet the needs of interdisciplinary healthcare practitioners working in partnership with people in relation to wound healing and tissue repair....

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Distance Learning
  • Location Online Learning
  • Award Module / MSc
  • Start date October 2024, January 2025
  • Fees View course fees
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

This course is:

Open to International Students

Overview

This newly designed innovative course, which can be studied as both standalone modules or a full MSc, has been developed to meet the needs of interdisciplinary healthcare practitioners working in partnership with people in relation to wound healing and tissue repair. This course aims to address the very significant challenges associated with wound healing and tissue repair, providing a global perspective, whilst drawing upon existing expert knowledge and experience of working with international partners. The course team are dedicated and committed staff who are experts in the speciality.

The principal aim of the course is to support and enable you to critically explore and analyse existing and developing theories and concepts that underpin wound healing and tissue repair. This will equip you to embrace a strategic leadership role in the development and delivery of efficient, innovative, evidence based wound care services.

The course will build upon your previous educational and clinical experience, supporting you as a life-long learner. This innovative programme is designed to help you gain a greater understanding of the complexities of a range of wounds and how best to support and enable effective individualised management.

It is suitable for healthcare professionals including nurses, allied health professionals and doctors registered with their relevant professional councils or within their country of practice for international partners.

You will develop a wide range of skills, learn about new and emerging evidence and gain critical understanding in wound healing and tissue repair. You will acquire knowledge to develop and improve clinical practice in the care of people with wounds across the age span. You will critically explore the evidence base towards your provision and delivery of individualised wound healing and tissue repair.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

This programme has been designed in collaboration with clinical colleagues and blends erudite, evidence based theoretical approaches with practicalities of service development, effective communication strategies, leadership, development of evaluation skills and person-centred care approaches.

The international dimension of wound healing and repair in different environments and resources underpins this programme. You will identify ways in which you can improve your practice and develop your service delivery whilst enhancing care delivery in order to pioneer new interdisciplinary service developments at the cutting edge of wound healing and tissue repair.

The programme will enable practitioners working in various aspects of care who want to advance their skills, knowledge and practice, with people either with skin integrity issues or wounds. You will develop critical analytical skills through interactive online learning opportunities, so that you are able to critically examine practices within the context of the legislative and professional frameworks of your own country.

There will be a strong focus on relevance to practice, practice development, leadership, transformation and strategic planning. An important focus will be your development of higher levels of understanding. Decision-making, critical analysis and appraisal of evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines are a strong theme throughout the course.

Wound healing and tissue repair including a range of aetiologies of wounds will be considered from a strategic global perspective with a focus on education, policy and care delivery, thus facilitating your professional and personal growth.

This course specifically addresses the need to pursue excellence, to be practice-led, and knowledge applied through a flexible provision that encourages you to develop you research and innovation ideas, enabling you to satisfy your individual learning needs, whilst contributing to the area of study.

The following modules can be studied as standalone modules:

  • Quality Improvement in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
  • Wound Healing and Tissue Repair

This bespoke course is for those with a passion for further knowledge in wound healing who also want to add to and drive change in this field. The course tutors are supportive, engaging and innovative with their teaching methods and encouraging to those who are starting out in the field of wound care.

There is huge flexibility offered. As the sessions are virtual, it enables you to access sessions as needed when undertaking this course alongside job and family life. As a student, you feel enabled to share expert knowledge in your workplace and are given the tools needed to drive change.

Jessica Griffiths

In my role as a lead Tissue Viability Nurse, I found that the content was perfect to help improve my clinical practice and offered practical guidance on utilising Quality Improvement methodology to its full advantage.

Monique Maries

Why Choose Us?

  • This innovative course has been developed to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners working in the field of wound care field.
  • This course is completely online to enable access by healthcare professionals across the globe.
  • Our multi professional team comprises medical, nursing, podiatry and other allied healthcare professionals together with colleagues from within the faculty and clinical practice to provide an exciting, interactive course.
  • BCU has a specialist Wound Healing Development Unit which helps develop the education provision to meet the needs of patients, carers and staff.
  • You can apply for standalone modules or a full Master’s course, meaning you can fit the course to your needs.
  • The course is delivered by experts from our Wound Healing Practice Development Unit, who are active practitioners in the field.

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Entry Requirements

Essential requirements

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for experienced and employed healthcare professionals who hold current professional registration with a UK regulatory body (NMC, HCPC, GMC) provided that you have:  

A minimum of three years in your area of clinical practice with a first degree or evidence of recent professionally related study at diploma or degree level  

OR

Accredited degree level study within the last five years. 

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact us.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • TBC
  • £820 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • TBC
  • £820 per 20 credit module

Award: MSc

Starting: Oct 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 3 years
  • £820 per 20 credit module

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • TBC
  • £820 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • TBC
  • £820 per 20 credit module

Award: MSc

Starting: Oct 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 3 years
  • TBC

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.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

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.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Specialist equipment (mandatory)

You may want to purchase your own stethoscope for use in clinical environments. They cost approximately £80-100.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

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.

Personal statement

You’ll need to submit a personal statement as part of your application for this course. This will need to highlight your passion for postgraduate study – and your chosen course – as well as your personal skills and experience, academic success, and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Not sure what to include? We’re here to help – take a look at our top tips for writing personal statements and download our free postgraduate personal statement guide for further advice and examples from real students.

Course in Depth

Level 7 - Core Modules

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 or 140 credits): 

Level 7 - Optional Modules

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 or 60 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules: 

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Teaching Approaches

During the course you will experience a range of learning and teaching approaches delivered online in both a synchronous and an asynchronous manner. You will attend online lectures, discussion forums, small group discussions, simulations and chat facilities with your peers and members of the teaching team. These approaches recognise that students have different learning styles with some reacting best to the voice while others prefer the written word, therefore a range is offered to suit all needs. You will access the learning materials via our Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle, Microsoft Teams and other means subject to the modules undertaken.

In addition to the scheduled teaching, you will be given directed learning activities pre and/or post classroom activities and you will be expected to undertake any reading required e.g., access to policy documents or guidelines. You will also be expected to spend time on your own independent study to give you the opportunity to read around subjects in more depth in preparation for assessment activity. It is expected that you fully engage with all of the resources available to you to maximise your learning opportunities.

The library will play a key role in your learning journey and you will receive both written and verbal guidance regarding accessing library resources.

Guidance

In addition, to the course leader, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your journey, an important resource and the person to go to if you have concerns, issues or anything that may impact on your successful completion of the course.

Each of the modules is led by a module tutor/convenor and you can discuss any specific issues regarding the module with them as required. They will brief you on the assessment/s associated with each module to ensure you are very clear of the expectations for successful completion. You will be exposed to a range of assessment tasks including presentations, course work, a quality improvement project to name but some – each module has its own assessment and discussion will take place with you to consider your modular choices, to ensure you select the most appropriate offering to balance the associated workload.

The course leader, module tutor/convenor and personal tutor are all available via e-mail, teams or by telephone. Please remember that there is very little that is insurmountable but to help we need to know what is wrong, so do talk to us so we can provide you with the necessary support.

Employability

Employability 

The programme will enable practitioners working in various aspects of care who want to advance their skills, knowledge and practice, in working with people with skin integrity issues or wounds. You will develop critical analysis skills through interactive online learning opportunities, so that you are able to critically examine practices within the context of the legislative and professional frameworks of your own country. 

There will be a strong focus on relevance to practice, practice development, leadership, transformation and strategic planning. An important focus will be your development of higher levels of understanding. Decision-making, critical analysis, appraisal of evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines are strong themes throughout the course. 

You will consider wound healing and tissue repair including a range of aetiologies of wounds from a strategic global perspective with a focus on education, policy and care delivery, thus facilitating your professional and personal growth.  

This course specifically addresses the need to pursue excellence. It is practice-led, and knowledge-applied through a flexible provision that encourages you to develop your research and innovation ideas, enabling you to satisfy your individual learning needs, while contributing to the area of study. 

International

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities & Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

David Gray

Professor of Wound Study

David Gray graduated as Registered Nurse in 1989 from Foresterhill College, Aberdeen (now Robert Gordon University) and with a Postgraduate Diploma in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair from Cardiff University, in 2010. His interest in tissue viability began in 1986 when, as a first ward student nurse, he developed blisters on both heels. These took...

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Jackie Stephen-Haynes

Professor

Jackie Stephen-Haynes completed her RGN in 1984, specialising in orthopaedics and then, more specifically, rheumatology. Working in a rheumatology specialist unit, her interest in tissue viability began with an audit of wounds and a focus on pressure ulcer prevention. The increasing emphasis on primary care led to Jackie being appointed as the...

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Paul Chadwick

Visiting Professor in Tissue Viability

Paul Chadwick is the Clinical Director at the College of Podiatry, Principal Podiatrist at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Managing Director at Curativo Woundcare Consultancy.

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Joanna Swan

Senior lecturer in Tissue Viability

Jo is qualified as an RGN in 1994 from the Queen Elizabeth College of Nursing in Birmingham and gained a job on a liver unit where her interest in tissue viability (TV) began. Jo became a TV link nurse, a role she carried on into her job as an intensive care nurse. BSc (Hons) in Nursing was completed at BCU, during this time Jo started a critical...

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Michael Clark

Professor

Michael Clark is a zoologist by training graduating from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc (Hons) in 1980. He then worked on his PhD at the Scottish Farm Buildings Investigation Unit in Aberdeen being awarded his doctorate in 1983. This work introduced him to soft tissue injury caused by excessive mechanical loading on skin and its underlying...

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Professor Steven Jeffery

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

With 40 years service in the British Army, Lt Col Jeffery is very experienced in the diagnosis and management of all aspects of wounding.

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