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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PGDip

Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary


The challenges faced by the NHS include an ageing workforce, rise in chronic conditions and complex comorbidities, recruitment difficulties, financial pressures, all combined with a rise in patient expectations. These challenges require new models of healthcare provision and a flexible workforce. As well as building capacity in the workforce, this includes the development of new and advanced roles and innovative attitudes toward the mix of skills in teams. Increasingly nurses and other registered practitioners take on roles that have traditionally been the domain of doctors.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been specially created for such practitioners and provides the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence to autonomously manage complex cases within specific areas of practice.

Focusing on high-quality teaching with plenty of opportunity to develop clinical skills in a practical setting, the course provides an educational structure that links to relevant competency frameworks and supports the NHS Career Framework.

One of the key benefits of the course is that you will work alongside students from a variety of backgrounds and specialist fields, giving you the chance to share experiences and best practice.


Typically applicants are experienced clinical staff – you may already have the title 'practitioner' or be in a developmental position. Either way this course is a real investment in your career, giving you the opportunity to advance your practice and widen your career opportunities.

You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

Students can also exit with PGDip award.

Different course options

Part time | Queen's Medical Centre | 2 years | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



History Taking Clinical Examination and Decision Making 1 (40 Credits)
History Taking Clinical Examination and Decision Making 2 (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Part-time and part-course students will pay a proportion of the Full time fee for each year of the course depending on the amount of study they are undertaking.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc/PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice will usually hold a bachelor's degree (2:2 or above). All applicants must be qualified health care professionals, typically with five years of experience in professional practice or longer; MSc and PGDip applicants join the course with the written agreement of their employer; in negotiation with the course director, applicants must identify an appropriately qualified clinical supervisor before commencing the course.