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Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

If you’re a hands-on health professional with a passion for patient care, our progressive MSc course in Clinical Practice could give you the opportunity to build on your skills with an entirely clinically-focused curriculum.

Course Details

At the University of Bolton, we take a distinctively different approach to clinical practice, focusing wholly on patient care and dispensing with traditional modules in less relevant areas such as professional development and leadership. Our MSc Clinical Practice programme is built around solution-focused problem solving and patient journeys, challenging students to become exceptional thinkers, safe decision-makers and skilled clinicians. You’ll have the opportunity to build your theoretical knowledge and then put your skills into practice safely within our supervised on-site setting.

We’ll cover modules within the areas of human anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, as well as exploring the biological basis and mechanisms of disease. Working with advanced resources such as the Anatomage anatomy table, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of clinical practice and learn to work in ways that aim to improve quality and productivity. Within the Clinical Simulation Suite, meanwhile, you can experience the dynamics of a clinical setting and test your abilities on high-tech, computerised manikins - as well as your classmates!

Career Opportunities

This course is aimed at professionals from a variety of clinical settings who want to develop their research and leadership skills and clinical expertise at Masters level. This programme will support those wishing to work at advanced levels of practice or those who are currently working as specialist practitioners in specific clinical areas. The course will give you the opportunity to develop a range of transferable employability skills, including critical appraisal, decision making, problem solving, diagnostics and clinical management abilities.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

Successful completion of the Clinical Practice MSc will prepare you to seek an Advanced Clinical Practitioner post and will also provide you with the necessary skillset to take on a more strategic leadership role within a secondary or primary healthcare setting. Our graduates have progressed to a varied range of clinical positions, including nurse clinicians, nurse practitioners - both in hospital and community settings, ward managers, advanced paramedics, community matrons, critical care outreach teams and nurse specialists.


This module will take a practitioner who can take a history and undertake clinical examination skills and develop how to select the appropriate care for that patient. At the end of this module you will be able to take an undifferentiated patient and form at least a differential diagnosis for common complaints and be aware of some of the rarer conditions that may need to remain in a differential diagnosis. This will be covered for all body systems, enabling generalists to perform their roles, and specialists to be able to recognise common presentations outside their usual scope of practice, thus rendering an improvement in patient safety. Investigations in common usage will be explored along with both normal and abnormal findings. The development of the ability to interpret abnormal findings in the formation of a diagnosis is a key element of this module. Such investigations may include a range of diagnostic tests such as interpretation of common blood analyses, electrocardiograms, commonly used plain X-Rays and other tests in common usage.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

The full time tuition fees for 2022/23 entry is £12,950 per year. It’s a guide for part time students

Entry requirements

You should be a health professional with at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree (2.2) in a subject relevant to health or social care practice, or recent evidence of relevant study at level HE6 or above.

University information

The University of Bolton has a long history of providing high-quality education in the northwest of England. Founded in 1825, today it offers students a contemporary campus just a short distance from the town centre. Home to 11,000 students, the University of Bolton is ranked number one in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021). Postgraduate study is a challenging, exhilarating and rewarding advancement,...more