University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Community Practice

This course is designed to allow students to study at Master's level while also preparing them to work within the primary and public health care arena. The course has been developed in collaboration between the University of Northampton and practice colleagues, this has resulted in a course that is part time and flexible. This meets the needs of both students and practice areas and allows students to achieve at their own pace. The course provides a learning environment which enables students to share previous knowledge and experience to further develop the body of knowledge within their profession and/or field of health studies. There are learning opportunities for students from a range of healthcare disciplines to study together and thus enhance their understanding of their own role and the roles of others within the healthcare sector. Students are enabled to apply knowledge gained from their studies, to individual areas of professional practice. To be eligible for the award of MSc Community Practice, the student must successfully complete all compulsory modules and up to 20 credits of designated modules. This will take 3 years. To be eligible for the award of postgraduate diploma community practice, the student must successfully complete all compulsory modules, and up to 20 credits of designated modules. Students would not complete HLSM063 or HLSM064 when undertaking this award.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally have a 1st Class or upper 2nd Class (2.1) Honours degree in a relevant discipline. Where the applicants 1st language is not English evidence of IELTS at 6.5 is required. The following restriction applies: applicants must be registered with the nursing and midwifery council (NMC) as either a nurse or midwife; applicants should be in a community practice setting when undertaking HLSM079 (advancing community practice), and have an identified practice teacher from the same pathway. Accreditation of prior experience of learning (APEL): Applicants may apply for exemption from modules in accordance with the university regulations in force at the time. This process is dependent on the student providing the quality and quantity of evidence necessary so that an informed decision can be made about any claim. This evidence is reviewed against the learning outcomes of the particular module(s) in question. Learners must APEL against a whole module as APEL against a part module is not permitted.

Course modules

Modules available include: advanced practice in managing long term conditions and chronic diseases; advancing community practice; effective delivery of mental health care; evidence based healthcare research; evidence based research project; innovation and creativity; leadership: the people challenge; leading public health practice; pharmacology for healthcare; therapeutic communication interventions.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed individually using a range of methods. The advancing community practice module is assessed using a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of modified specialist practice competencies (NMC, 2001) alongside a viva voce and a written reflective account. A range of teaching and learning strategies are used, including lectures, seminars and practice based learning.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 700 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years
MSc Part-time £ 700 per Credit module (EU fees) 3 years
Part-time £ 700 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
Part-time £ 700 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

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