Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Start date
September
Duration
Part time, flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

2021/22: £9,500

More details on fees and funding

This course is also available as part of a Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship

Dr Cara Bailey - Postgraduate Lead, School of Nursing

This programme offers you the opportunity to advance your practice through selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice. Invaluable to your career progression, it will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.

 

Please note that the start date for the 2020 intake has been postponed from September 2020 to January 2021.

The decision has been taken in consultation with Health Education England (HEE) and partner NHS trusts.  The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced challenges in the delivery of healthcare services and postponing the start of the programme will support our partner trusts in re-establishing their workforce development priorities and ensuring that you have the required study leave and clinical supervision which are mandatory parts of the Masters programme.


Our aim at the University of Birmingham is to support registered allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to undertake advanced clinical roles across the healthcare sector.

Aligned to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Standard and the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, the programme has been developed to extend learner’s competence to advanced clinical practice level with the support of theoretical and experiential learning; with high quality, research informed person-centred care at its heart.

With specialty specific competencies integrated with the generic core capabilities for Advanced Clinical Practice, this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice. 

As a Russell Group University, our programmes bring together world-class research and cutting-edge facilities to produce exceptional results.

Exit awards available are:

  • Advanced Clinical Health Assessment and Decision Making - PGCert
  • Advancing Clinical Practice - PGDip
  • Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

COVID-19

Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

Why Study this Course?

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme facilitates the development of highly skilled registered allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to enable delivery of clinical practice to an advanced level within a variety of clinical specialities and practice areas. With a clear focus on the four pillars of advanced clinical practice (Clinical Practice, Education, Leadership and Research) this innovative course, designed in collaboration with healthcare professionals, aims to meet the challenges encountered by current healthcare services and providers by preparing dynamic and reflexive practitioners to ensure effective delivery of care for patients with increasingly complex needs. Drawing on theory, research, and clinical experiences the programme will enable learners to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.

Why study this course at Birmingham?

  • The programme is aligned to the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, with core modules exploring the four pillars of advanced clinical practice, and additional flexibility to undertake specialist learning in specific areas.
  • Opportunity to work collaboratively and network in a multi-professional learner environment with experienced practitioners from a wide range of clinical specialities and practice areas.
  • Flexible mode of delivery to suit both learner and employer needs through a blend of online and on-campus delivery.
  • Invaluable to a learner’s career progression, this programme enables individuals to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.
  • On-campus learning in year one is delivered across two-day blocks, every two weeks to a fixed schedule enabling work commitments to be balanced. Learning in year two permits a greater level of flexibility according to individual module selection, with modules including Independent Prescribing (subject to professional regulations) and a range of specialist clinical modules delivered within the School of Nursing and across the wider College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest updates and FAQs for future students and offer-holders

Visit our FAQs

Modules

Learners will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours through the selection of modules designed to enhance their ability to take on key clinical roles within organisations. The clinically focused course integrates generic modules, including Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making, and Independent Prescribing (subject to professional regulation), with specialty specific components to meet individual work-based requirements. The development of understanding in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and advanced health assessment skills, along with associated work-based learning experiences, facilitates effective clinical reasoning and evidence-based decision making within practice.

All learners will take four core modules plus a specialist negotiated clinical module from the School of Nursing or the wider College of Medicine and Dental Sciences level 7 stand-alone module portfolio.

Core modules

  • Advanced Physical Health Assessment* (20 credits)- NB: Students will need to undertake supervised clinical practice
  • Clinical Decision Making* (20 credits) 
  • The Reflective Advanced Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Research Project/Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Creating and Appling Evidence* (20 credits)

Route 1: Prescribing route:

Incorporates the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (for students eligible to undertake independent prescribing qualification). Students must complete and pass both to record their prescribing qualifications with their regulatory body.

Please note: Students will need to undertake 90 hours of supervised clinical practice relating to prescribing practice over the duration of these modules.

Route 2: Research or Clinical Route

Learners will choose a further two option modules from within the School of Nursing or the wider College of Medicine and Dental Sciences in line with their clinical specialist area of practice or role development requirements.

Options modules can include:

*These modules are available on a stand-alone basis. For more details click on the module title.

All students taking the MSc must complete the Dissertation module and carry out an independent research project.

Learners are required to complete supervised practice within their clinical area with the support of practice supervisors and assessors and maintain a clinical portfolio reflecting the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice.

During clinically focused hours, students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated practice supervisor or assessor to facilitate the completion of competency-based assessments and the development of a comprehensive evidence portfolio to demonstrate developing competence across the four pillars of practice. Learners are encouraged to engage with specialty specific competencies from their respective Royal Colleges or Specialty Societies to supplement their portfolio development during the duration of the course.

Read more about the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England

Fees

Home

MSc:

  • UK: £9,500 full-time

International

This programme is not available for international students. Please see our MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) programme which has been designed with international students in mind.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

 

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

How To Apply

International students requiring visas

Wednesday 1 July 2020 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2020 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2021, when applications re-open in September 2020

Before you make your application

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

Apply now

Our Standard Requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • The applicant must hold current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions i.e. NMC or HCPC or GPhC
  • The applicant must have at least 36 months clinical experience post qualification.
  • They should normally hold an honours degree in their clinical field of practice.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at Masters level.

All routes require current registration with relevant professional/regulatory organisations and a full support from their employing organisation to facilitate the requirements of the clinical supervision.

Please note: the ability to offer the independent prescribing route is subject to final approval by professional bodies. For this route, you will need to provide evidence of current professional registration and current DBS clearance.

International students:

This course is not available for International Students. The MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) programme is offered within the School of Nursing designed with international students in mind.

Please note: this programme does not offer a route to NMC registration/employment in the UK.

International Requirements



International Students

The MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) programme is designed with international students in mind.

Please note: this programme does not offer a route to NMC registration/employment in the UK.

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available.

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

As a Birmingham student, you will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your clinical peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself within your professional role, essential for advancing your clinical practice.

The modules within the programme are delivered differently. On-campus learning in year one is delivered across two-day blocks, every two weeks to a fixed schedule enabling work commitments to be balanced. Learning in year two permits a greater level of flexibility according to individual module selection, with modules including Independent Prescribing (subject to professional regulations) and a range of specialist clinical modules delivered within the School of Nursing and across the wider College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, eLectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

Lectures are delivered by subject specialists, NHS clinicians, service users and carers. Many of the lectures are from visiting experts who practice and/or research in their specific field. The course is academic in nature and you are expected to use the basic content as a springboard for further self-study. All programme presentations and materials are available on Canvas (the University’s on-line learning platform) for follow up after lectures.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Programme Administrator:
acp@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Programme Lead:
Louise Beesley
l.d.beesley@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 8375

Assessment Methods

The programme has a variety of assessment styles including essays, oral presentations, clinical Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and examinations. The dissertation is a substantial piece of research that will be linked to leading change in your field of practice. Your research project will be supervised by an academic within the department and supported by a series of online resources. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of evidence reflecting your developing competency in the four pillars of advanced clinical practice throughout the course. 

This programme is aimed at multi-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 be of interest to those wishing to work at advanced levels of practice or those who are currently working as specialist practitioners in bespoke clinical areas. 

Culture and collections

Schools, institutes and departments

Services and facilities