You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours through the selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on key clinical roles within organisations. The clinically focused course integrates core modules, including Advanced Physical Health Assessment, Advanced Clinical Decision Making, and The Reflective Advanced Practitioner, with the opportunity to undertake the independent prescribing route in year two or alternatively, a clinical/research route. Within both routes, there is the opportunity to choose a specialty specific module to meet your individual work-based requirements. The development of understanding in anatomy and physiology (enhanced through the use of our prosectorium), 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.
- Advanced Physical Health Assessment* (20 credits)- NB: Students will need to undertake supervised clinical practice
- Advanced Clinical Decision Making* (20 credits)
- The Reflective Advanced Practitioner (20 credits)
- Research Project (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.
- Prescribing: scientific principles and safe practice (20 credits)
- Prescribing: safe effective practice (20 credits)
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
You will choose a further two option modules from within the School of Nursing and Midwifery or the wider College of Medicine and Dental Sciences in line with your clinical specialist area of practice or role development requirements.
Options modules can include:
- First Contact* (20 credits)
- Supportive and End of Life Care* (20 credits)
- Current Issues in Health (20 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods* (20 credits)
- Quantitative Methods in Healthcare* (20 credits)
- Mixed Methods Research Designs* (20 credits)
- Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)
- Principles of Paediatric Palliative Care for Children and Young People* (20 credits)
*These modules are available on a stand-alone basis.
All students taking the MSc must complete the dissertation module and carry out an independent research project.
You are required to complete supervised practice within your 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, you will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by your allocated practice supervisor or assessor to facilitate the completion of competency-based assessments and the development of a comprehensive evidence based portfolio. This will demonstrate developing competence across the four pillars of practice throughout the three years of the programme. You are encouraged to engage with specialty specific competencies from your respective Royal Colleges or Specialty Societies to supplement your portfolio development during the duration of the course.
Read more about the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England