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Professional Healthcare Practice MSc / PGDip / PGCert

Professional Healthcare Practice MSc / PGDip / PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Nursing

Course type


Course Summary


The Professional Healthcare Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.

It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

The programme is intended to:

  • Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs, as well as the organisational needs of employers
  • Provide opportunities for inter-professional teaching and learning to share the knowledge, skills and experience common to a range of different health and social care disciplines
  • Provide a framework within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies such as the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and recognised National benchmarks
  • Stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
  • Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice
  • Further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis, complex problem solving and risk assessment

Additionally if you wish to undertake a Master's dissertation:

  • Develop your understanding of the theoretical constructs underpinning research or project management
  • Demonstrate how the findings can influence practice and policy

Learning and assessment

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.

Career prospects

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



To develop critical thinking and evaluate knowledge and skills in order to effectively appraise the assessment and management of critically ill patients. To develop and implement evidence based interventions supporting the physical and psycho-social well-being of critically ill patients. Synthesise evidence, theory and knowledge in order to inform and influence clinical practice and role development to influence change and develop evidence based best practice.
Pursuing a Systematic Review (60 Credits) - Core
Pursuing Primary Research (60 Credits) - Core
Pursuing a Work based Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core
Management Project (60 Credits) - Core
Leadership for Advanced Practitioners (30 Credits) - Core
Preparing a Systematic Review - Core
Preparing Primary Research - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees are dependent upon the number of credits required: 10 credits - £554; 20 credits - £1,108; 30 credits - £1,663; 40 credits - £2,216; Dissertation Module (if applicable) - £2,399.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fees are dependent upon the number of credits required: 10 credits - £554; 20 credits - £1,108; 30 credits - £1,663; 40 credits - £2,216; Dissertation Module (if applicable) - £2,399.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have: a first degree in a relevant subject area, NVQ level 6 or equivalent or a relevant postgraduate qualification. A registered qualification with a UK professional regulatory organisation may be a requirement to undertake some optional modules. An identified mentor in practice.

University information

The University of Bradford uses technology to benefit society through its teaching and research. There are world-class facilities on site, and students enjoy a high-tech learning environment at this city centre university. The University employs industry-leading academics for its courses and has been conducting ground-breaking research for over 50 years. The campus is one of the most sustainable in the UK. Buildings are made using hemp, and...more