The overall aim of this programme is to provide registered nurses and midwives with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, evidence based practice/research, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in preparation for professional role enhancement within nursing/midwifery. Successful completion of the MSc. Nursing/Midwifery programme will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to enhance their professional role in the healthcare environment. The programme will provide opportunities to explore research in order to further develop evidence based nursing and midwifery practice.
On completion of the programme the student will be able to:
Critically evaluate evidence underpinning and informing nursing/midwifery practice.
Demonstrate the knowledge required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.
Critically examine the knowledge and skills of; reflection, critical thinking and analysis fundamental to the development and advancement of nursing/midwifery practice.
Critically review current innovations and developments in promoting quality and safety in healthcare.
Apply critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
Critically evaluate leadership and management strategies for collaborative working in care provision.
Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities in supporting personal and professional development.
Demonstrate the ability of self-evaluation and appraisal.
The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing/Midwifery consists of six modules in Year One (Graduate Diploma Level, 60 credits) and a research project/dissertation in Year 2 (Masters Level 30 credits). In year one students undertake three theory modules in semester one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in both the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to attend for one introductory day in the Autumn semester and complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be assigned an academic supervisor who will guide and support them during year 2.