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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. Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.

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; Prepare you to become an autonomous practitioner, to work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability; Develop you as a practitioner who will innovate, promote evidence informed practice and improve service user outcomes; Develop you as a leader with skills and confidence, to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of colleagues and the work of your organisation; Develop you as a critically reflective, competent leader who will manage service development towards effective, sustainable, inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision.

Careers: The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops. 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



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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students will need to pay £528 per 10 credits; £1,055 per 20 credits; £1,584 per 30 credits; Dissertation Module (if applicable) £2,285

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Contact University and ask about this fee

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.