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Innovations in Professional Practice 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

** This course is aimed at qualified health and social care professionals who have a passion for a particular area of practice and who wish to develop innovative approaches to their work.**

In negotiation with your line manager and tutor, you will have the opportunity to identify a workplace related issue for investigation, for which you will carry out a small scale research project that will have a positive impact upon policy and/or practice within your work environment.

You will critically analyse and synthesise current knowledge, legislation and policy that is relevant to your chosen project and write up the results of your work in a draft for publication, targeting a specific journal.

There will also be a structured programme of teaching and learning opportunities exploring ethics, relevant research methodology, evaluation tools, and how to judge impact.

The innovative practice designed and evaluated during your course will directly benefit the service users within the organisation you works for.

Start date:
08 / 01 / 18


8 taught days across 2 semesters

30 Master's level credits


Entry requirements


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Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This short course will assist you to meet the specialist skills and post-registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.

Your career progression maybe enhanced through being directly involved in developing innovative practice.

Professional links and accreditations

The course is mapped to the Health Care Professionals Council standards, as well as to the Chief Social Workers Knowledge and Sills Statements for Adult and Children and Families Social Workers.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Your studies will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.

Assessment will include a written draft for publication and presentation. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results

How much will it cost me?

Information on course fees can be obtained from the Student FinanceOffice.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time courses application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note the closing date is 27 November 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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