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Advanced Practice (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

18 months (full-time) / 4 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for MSc in Advanced Practice is by the end of July 2016. Your application will be reviewed after but it may be for a later intake.

graduation day for Advanced Practice
Graduates of the Advanced Practice programme

The Advanced Practice programme offers both generic and specialist pathways, providing students with the opportunity to explore their specialist areas of practice and obtain a relevant named degree within the MSc in Advanced Practice programme.

Students are able to study the Generic pathway, or one of the following specialist pathways:

The information provided below relates to the Generic pathway through the Advanced Practice MSc.

Course Aims

The Generic pathway through the Advanced Practice MSc programme is designed to offer a flexible, innovative and individualised educational opportunity to meet the requirements of health, social care and other relevant professionals within a developing evolving health care climate. The programme aims to enable practising professionals from across the primary and secondary and tertiary care spectrum to demonstrate an increased level of competence through the development of advanced professional and clinical decision making and leadership skills which will enable the delivery of evidence based care that meets the health and social care needs of individuals, families and society.

Special Features

Course Description

The programme is divided into modules that are credit rated. Each taught module offers 30 credits, and students may exit after 120 credits with the award of PgDip. Students can choose an optional dissertation module to move to Masters level.

Students must complete four modules in the taught component of the programme; one of these is a compulsory research module and the remaining three modules are of the students' choice.

Students may exit the programme with the award of PgCert, after successfully completing 60 credits of the taught programme.

Course Structure

Compulsory module (Generic pathway)

Optional modules (students choose three)

Most of our modules are available on a stand alone basis. Some modules from both Allied Healthcare Practioners (AHP) and Nursing and Midwifery are shared across professions. Please contact the relevant module leader for more details.

Dissertation modules

Choose one module from the following list:

For further information on the module choices for this MSc programme, please see the School website.

Programme Commencement

Induction Day: Monday 12th September 2016

Entry Requirements

In order to register with the University and undertake this programme, applicants must:

* These programmes are normally open to registered practitioners who possess an initial or higher degree of an approved institution. Where applicants do not hold a first degree, applications will be considered on an individual basis. For such applicants, evidence of relevant experience and continued professional development will be requested

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

The optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for Advanced Practice is the end of July 2016. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time PgCert: £2,000
MSc: £6,000
PgCert: £6,083
MSc: £18,250

PgCert: £2,000
30 credit module: £1,000
60 credit module: £2,000
60 credit dissertation: £2,000

30 credit modules in Mammography (HCT254, HCT119, HCT053):
£1,500 each

PgCert: £6,083
60 credit module: £6,083

30 credit modules in Mammography (HCT254, HCT119, HCT053):
£4,500 each

Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Healthcare Sciences Admissions Team (contact for admissions related enquiries)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538 



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School Contact

Name: MSc Advanced Practice & Advanced Clinical Practice Team (contact for course related enquiries)  




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