University Calendar 2013/14
Section XII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Health Sciences

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Academic Unit Health Sciences
Final Award Master of Science
Programme(s) Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care
Last modified July 2013

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
The normal requirement for entry to the course will be a relevant first degree or professional qualification at an equivalent level in an appropriate discipline. Acceptance will be at the discretion of the Head of Faculty. Candidates whose first language is not English are required to reach a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English, or otherwise demonstrate to the Director of the Language Centre of the University that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English language to follow the course.

The minimum classification normally expected for a degree entrant is 2:1. Other classifications or appropriate qualifications might include, for example, a diploma in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, nursing, speech and language therapy, medicine or psychology. Candidates without a good first degree are expected to demonstrate evidence of advanced studies, a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level, plus a minimum of 12 months relevant post-qualifying professional experience.

All candidates must satisfy the Programme Lead that they are competent to pursue the programme. The right to refuse permission shall be reserved to the relevant Programme Lead.

Equality Statement
The University of Southampton confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities in employment and for students. Individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee, prospective student or student, should receive less favourable treatment on any grounds which are not relevant to good employment practice for staff or to academic ability and attainment for students. The University is committed to a programme of action to make the policy fully effective.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
APEL/APCL will be considered on a case by case basis and in accordance with the University regulations for APL.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
The programme consists of three core specialty modules, a research methods module, a module of your choice from the University provision and a dissertation. Each module is a discrete unit of learning, designed around a particular theme:

Specialty core modules:
  • Specialist Practice in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care (15 ECTs)
  • Policy and Service Design in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care (15 ECTs)
  • International and Contemporary Perspectives of Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care (15 ECTs)
Optional Modules: minimum credit rating required = 7.5 ETCS or equivalent

Research Module:
  • e-Research Methods (10 ECTs)
  • Dissertation Module (30 ECTs)
The programme may be of full-time or part-time study.

Normal Periods of Study
Normal periods of study for the MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care is 12 months for full-time study or two to five years for part-time study. The maximum period of study shall not exceed five years.

The programme may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, course work, contract learning and projects as specified for individual modules. Candidates will select their modules in consultation with, and with the approval of, the Programme Lead.

Candidates for the MSc will be required to undertake a dissertation that will be between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length on a topic to be agreed with the Programme Lead and submitted within the timeframe specified by the Faculty.

Academic staff within the Faculty of Health Sciences, and other staff approved for this purpose, will supervise MSc students' research projects. The Programme Lead will manage the appointment of supervisors.

3. Progression
Progression Regulations are as described in the University Calendar, Section IV: General Regulations; Progression, Determination and Classification of Results.

4. Assessment
Each module will be assessed according to the module profile. Assessments may include written assignments, examinations, practical work and a dissertation. In addition, candidates for the MSc may be required to attend a viva voce examination.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
Candidates who have satisfied the examiners and who have accumulated the requisite number of credits shall be awarded the qualification for which they have registered in accordance with the University Regulations for Progression, Determination and Classification of Results.

Exit Awards
Candidates who fail to achieve a pass mark in the dissertation (even after any permitted re-assessment) may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Candidates who register on the MSc but who elect to exit the programme after achieving the core specialist modules (optional modules may not substitute) may normally be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care.

Candidates who register on the MSc but elect to exit the programme having achieved the core specialist modules and e-Research Methods and one optional module may normally be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Not applicable.

7. Other
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.

Compensation is not permitted on this programme.

Fitness to Practice
Students are advised to acquaint themselves with the University Fitness to Practise Policy which is used within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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