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.
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:
- Advanced Practice (Community Health Studies); please note, we also offer an MSc/PgDip in Community Health Studies (SPQ)
- Advanced Practice (Education for Health Professionals)
- Advanced Practice (Non-Medical Prescribing)
The information provided below relates to the Generic pathway through the Advanced Practice MSc.
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 will 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.
- The opportunity to explore and analyse the changing needs of professional and clinical practice and develop the skills to deliver specialist areas of care
- The opportunity to undertake an innovative programme that offers a range of shared learning opportunities
- The opportunity to undertake a programme in which there is an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment, enabling students to access the latest evidence base on professional practice
- The opportunity to undertake an innovative and creative programme delivered by experienced educational and clinical staff who have developed a considerable local, national and international reputation
- The opportunity to learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre
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.
Compulsory module (Generic pathway)
Optional modules (students choose three)
- Adult Chest & Abdomen Image Appreciation (HCT104)
- Adult Chest & Abdomen Reporting (HCT108)
- Appendicular Image Reporting (HCT106)
- Axial Image Reporting (HCT107)
- Foundation in Advanced Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Professionals (HCT181)
- Advancing Assessment and Decision Making (NRT153)
- Analysing and Interpreting Advanced Practice (NRT174)
- Appendicular Image Appreciation (HCT102)
- Assessment and Evaluation (HCT130)
- Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries (HCT022)
- Axial Image Appreciation (HCT103)
- Cardio-Respiratory Physiology & Pathophysiology (HCT145)
- Clinical Competence in Mammography (HCT053)
- Clinical Kinaesiology and Tissue Pathology (HCT226)
- Clinical Photography Theory and Practice (HCT211)
- Complexities of Care Management (NRT149)
- Ethics in Health and Social Care (HCT132)
- Evidencing Learning in Specialist Professional Practice (HCT199)
- Facilitating Learning and Teaching (HCT120)
- Global Public Health (NRT058)
- Health & Safety and Radiation Protection (HCT147)
- Health Policy and Economics (NRT177)
- Image Guided Interventional Procedures of the Breast - Mammography (HCT254)
- Image interpretation and reporting in mammography (HCT119)
- Introduction to Image Appreciation and Evaluation (HCT101)
- Managing Care in Anaesthetic Practice Development (HCT094)
- Managing Care in Day Surgery Practice Development (HCT097)
- Musculoskeletal Diagnosis & Treatment (HCT139)
- Neurorehabilitation - A Theoretical Basis (HCT142)
- Non-medical Prescribing (NRT082)
- Non-medical Prescribing 2 (NRT083)
- Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Theory and Application (HCT236)
- Patient Safety and Clinical Risk (NRT073)
- Practice Teacher (NRT175)
- Rehabilitation - Advanced Clinical Practice (HCT331)
- Research Methods & Critical Inquiry (HCT109)
- Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care (HCT118)
- Science of Performance and Injury in Sport (HCT021)
- Sport and Exercise Participation (HCT023)
- The Science of Human Movement and Dysfunction (HCT340)
- Transforming Care, Systems and Services through Leadership (NRT150)
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.
Choose one module from the following list:
- Dissertation Module: Empirical Research (HCT117)
- Dissertation Module: Systematic Review of the Literature (NRT080)
- Dissertation module: Work-Based Project (NRT079)
For further information on the module choices for this MSc programme, please see the School website.
Induction Day: Monday 12th September 2016
In order to register with the University and undertake this programme, applicants must:
- Possess an initial or higher degree of an approved institution
- Possess a non-graduate qualification equivalent to graduation
- Hold a first degree*
- Have secured funding
- Have employer support (where appropriate)
- Please note: A prospective candidate who already holds the Doctor of Philosophy shall show that the Master’s Degree scheme to be pursued is in a different field of study from that for which the degree of PhD was awarded
- Students will normally be health, social care or other professionals with relevant qualifications and registrations
- Individual modules within the programme may have additional entry criteria due to the aims and learning outcomes of the module and/or due to NMC regulations
* 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|
30 credit module: £1,000
60 credit module: £2,000
60 credit dissertation: £2,000
60 credit module: £6,083
|Deposit||n/a||Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.|
Next intake: September each year
Name: Healthcare Sciences Admissions Team (contact for admissions related enquiries)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538
Name: MSc Advanced Practice & Advanced Clinical Practice Team (contact for course related enquiries)