Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert

This programme is aimed at allied healthcare professionals, nurses and midwives. It 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 this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.

Exit awards available are:

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

 

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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.

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 multiprofessional 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

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 

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

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Fees and funding

Fees

2019/20

Home/EU 
MSc - £9250

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.

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.

Scholarships

Global Scholarships for Excellence

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of   Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year. The deadline for applications to the scholarship programme is the 1 May 2019. 

Overseas Research Scholarships

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about  scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the  Postgraduate Funding Database.

Entry 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 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.

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 1 July 2019 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 2019 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry in early October 2019.

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

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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.

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. 

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