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Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc/PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / MSc: 4 years (part-time); PgCert: 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

doctors and nurses

Course Aims

This innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, developed in collaboration with health care professionals, is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles.

Modern healthcare practice has seen traditional professional boundaries change to reflect the demands of national healthcare policy, the scope of practice and patient needs. Increasingly, advanced practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions have to be prepared both academically and clinically to deliver complex care traditionally delivered by doctors.

This programme aims to advance practice through facilitating the individual’s capability to extend their competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).

Course Description

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a three year, part time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including 4 taught modules of 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).

In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, students are required to undertake the core Research plus 3 optional modules of their choice, from a defined menu of available modules (see below).

Students are required to complete 1200 hours of associated practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated Advanced Practitioner.

Assessments used within the programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and clinical practice, and will include written work such as reflective narratives, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s) , situational analyses, case study analysis, oral/ teaching presentations, seminars, project work and completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolios (competencies).

In addition to the group discussions provided, each student will have the opportunity for five individual tutorials per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice

To support the development of practitioners aiming to work at advanced practitioner level within practice who already hold a Masters level qualification, the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio is available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate.

A two-year, part-time programme, the Postgraduate Certificate is run in conjunction with the MSc and consists of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio only.

Available Modules

Compulsory module

Optional modules

Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio

Skills Acquired

The programme is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake an advanced practice role within their area of expertise.

Employer Profile

"The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a 3 year course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice. Developed by experts in both critical care and emergency care in conjunction with Cardiff University, this course addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments."

- Mark Wise
  Clinical Nurse Leader, Emergency Unit
  Cardiff and Vale UHB

Entry Requirements

MSc: NRT176

Successful candidates will also require the support of their line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) in order to access the programme, as the student will need to accrue clinical hours working alongside their DSMP.

PgCert: HCT176

In addition to the above, those who are applying for the PgCert only must have already achieved an MSc in Advanced Practice or equivalent, to be judged on an individual basis against set criteria including:

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the University by attainment of a minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5.

This programme is available to Home students only.

How To Apply

1. Applicants must secure the agreement of their line manager and DSMP prior to making a formal application.

2. Complete an online application form and complete the programme specific Supplementary Application Form and email it to

Completed applications should be received by the end of June each year.

3. The admissions committee will review all completed application forms, and successful applicants will usually receive an offer of a place by early August of each academic year.

4. Applicants must reply to Registry confirming acceptance of their place by the end of August.

Next intake: September each year

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Name: Neil Thomas  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538  



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Name: Kaye Greenough  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538 



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