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Independent Study-Specialist Practice (15 credit module)

This module allows the student to develop and explore in considerable depth an area of advancing and/or advanced health and professional practice.  In negotiation with their manager or module leader, an area of new or continuing advanced study will be identified.  Building on prior achievements concerning the student’s knowledge and experience the student will take forward an area of advancing health and professional practice using the framework of an independent contracted learning. 

This is an independent study module and you will be required to negotiate individual tutorials with the relevant supervisor/s to discuss the learning outcomes of the module.  The content for this module will be influenced by your choice of topic to study.  You will be required to critically examine a topic independently.  It is anticipated that the module will provide the opportunity to critically examine an issue which is relevant to your current practice.  Critical analysis of professional practice is also encouraged using a national and international perspective.

The independent study modules next run in the next academic year (2021 & 2022) and next run for Autumn 2021 (Semester 1) and Spring 2022 (Semester 2). Dates are Wednesday afternoons from 1pm with 3 x 2 hour OR 3 x 4 hour sessions timetabled (depending on how many credits you chose to study).

Dates are yet to be confirmed but there will be x 3 sessions in October & November 2021  for the Autumn (Semester 1) (expected to be 6.10.21 / 20.10.21 / 8.12.21)  and x 3 sessions in January & February 2022 for the Spring (Semester 2) (expected to be 2.2.22 / 16.2.22 / 6.4.22).  

All other study is independent / there is no subject specific teaching. Choice of topic for the assessment is yours to decide. Format for the assessment may be negotiated. Tutorial support can be via e-mail / phone / SKYPE / Zoom / Microsoft Teams / Blackboard Collaborate. A learning contract will be required. Negotiation of what you wish to do as a topic can be considered.



De Montfort University

Entry Criteria

  • Effective registration with the NMC / HPC or other relevant professional body. ESSENTIAL
  • Undertaken successful level 4/5 academic study. ESSENTIAL
  • Currently be employed in practice and have the support of their manager in undertaking the module. ESSENTIAL

How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information

Key information

Module Category: PCPH
Module Code: 3028
Module Credits: 15
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Penny Harrison

T: (0116) 201 3854


Semester 1 and 2

Due to the Covid19 situation Semester 1 delivery will be delivered online. Please contact the module leader for online delivery timetable schedule.