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Year of Entry 2020/21
MSc

Specialist Practice District Nursing

Plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to specialist district nursing professional practice.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,240 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • explore your chosen topic in-depth
  • learn how to critically and creatively apply research methods 
  • develop your understanding of ethical and scientific practices
  • present your findings to your professional community

This dissertation course is a self-directed piece of work specific to your professional interests. Your findings will be used in the community to help improve district nursing practice. 

On completion of the course, you’ll be prepared to shape and improve services for patients as part of a successful career in district nursing.


How you learn

You will manage most of your own workload, but will also be supported by a supervisor. You’ll set mutually agreed deadlines, arrange meetings and share your work with your supervisor to get the most out of your learning.  You’ll be encouraged to create and set your own research goals, helping you to develop your knowledge of your subject area. 

At the start of the course you submit a proposal outlining what you have chosen to  study. Masters dissertation projects can be very diverse and can include  

  • research projects
  • evaluation projects
  • service development projects
  • advanced professional practice projects
  • theoretical or literature based projects

 You learn through

  • self-directed study
  • supervised learning

 

Course leaders and tutors

Abigail White
Abigail White
Senior Lecturer

I am Module Leader for Practice Learning on the Community Specialist Practice, Primary Care Nursing-District Nursing course, and contribute to other CSP modules, suc … Read more

Accreditation

Successfully completing the course allows you to be on the NMC register as a
• specialist practitioner – district nursing
• community practitioner – nurse prescriber

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Entry requirements

All students

To complete the course you typically need

• at least 120 credits at level 6 (or pending results prior to the course starting)
• current registration on part one (nursing) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council-s (NMC) register
• normally at least one year's post-registration experience
• to be working as a community staff nurse working in a community team
• self-declaration of good health and character as required by the NMC
• to have successfully applied for a student district nurse NHS training post
• to have a sponsoring health care organisation and be employed by the NHS for the duration of the course

If you are shortlisted you attend a joint NHS and Sheffield Hallam Interview. You must bring original copies of your qualifications, certificates, NMC registration, course application form and references with you. This interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the personal, NHS values based and intellectual qualities to complete the course and meet the required standards to become a district nurse.

You must show how you strive to improve health and wellbeing and peoples experience of the NHS.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by your employer.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements - from when you apply to the end of your course - you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advancing District Nursing Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidence Based Approaches To Long Term Conditions Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of District Nursing Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Nurse Prescribing (V100) Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Researching For Practice (Taught) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Enhanced Critically Thinking Leader Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advancing District Nursing Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidence Based Approaches To Long Term Conditions Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of District Nursing Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Nurse Prescribing (V100) Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Researching For Practice (Taught) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Enhanced Critically Thinking Leader Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £8,240 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£2,750 for 60 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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