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Advanced Clinical Practice PgCert, PgDip, MSc

Advanced Clinical Practice PgCert, PgDip, MSc

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Study mode

Part time


36 months

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

The provision of healthcare today requires a team that works collaboratively and utilises the strengths of the team to provide optimal patient centred care depending on their specific needs at the time. All clinical roles within healthcare are evolving and expanding. Taking on an Advanced Clinical Practice role will require you as the healthcare professional to develop new skills and knowledge harmonious with the four pillars of advanced practice (clinical practice, facilitating learning, leadership and evidence and research development), and to develop high-level critical reasoning, judgement and decision making skills.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice will enable you to learn and develop the core foundation knowledge of advanced and advancing practice. From September 2019, students enrolling on the Postgraduate Diploma will complete two courses for the non-medical prescribing qualification (pending Regulator validation) along with an introduction to research and one optional course. In year 3 (2020) students will be able to complete the full MSc programme by choosing three optional courses and a 15-credit project course or a 60-credit dissertation.

We have designed a programme that delivers the range of expertise and skills that are now expected of an advanced practitioner whether they are working in the acute sector or health and social care integration services. The programme offers choice and there are options for a research or more applied approach if that was desired. This programme is delivered in partnership with our NHS colleagues by senior clinicians and clinical academics from medicine and staff from PA, nursing and the allied health professions.

The PgCert Advanced Clinical Practice is the first step towards the MSc, the completion of which will enable you to attain an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role within clinical practice. The knowledge and skills gained from this programme will enable you as an ACP to go on to consolidate your learning and in turn continue to evolve and develop the role of the ACP. Becoming an established ACP is to become an integral and essential member of the multi-disciplinary team that provides a professional consistency within the team. This will greatly enhance the patient experience and aim to give them timely optimal care. Career progression within healthcare for ACP roles include becoming Senior ACP and then Advanced Practice Consultants. Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.


This course is designed to prepare nurses, midwives and allied healthcare practitioners who seek to practice enhanced clinical assessment with enhanced autonomy with the additional comprehensive skills in History Taking and Physical Examination across major body systems. When combined with Fundamentals of clinical method and decision making (II), the skills are the foundation for Advanced Practitioner education for those undertaking roles such as Advanced Practitioner, Specialist Practitioner, Consultant Practitioner or Emergency Care Practitioner. They are also essential skills for anyone undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing.
Applied Pharmacology and Clinical Skills in Prescribing (ME5906) - Core
Prescribing in Practice (ME5905) - Core
Project (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For students starting from September 2020: £925; for students who started before September 2020: £795.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For students starting from September 2020: £925; for students who started before September 2020: £795.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applications are invited from those currently working in a clinical setting in the healthcare sector. Written evidence of being supported by their clinical manager to undertake this programme is also required.

University information

The University of Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK and the 3rd oldest university in Scotland. Founded in 1495, the University celebrated its 525th anniversary in 2020. Since founding, the university has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ and it still holds this purpose. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from all over the world, study either on campus or online and the university...more

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