MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September

Overview

Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is for practitioners from a range of backgrounds including radiography, nursing, pharmacy, paramedics, occupational therapy, and midwifery.

It will enable you to develop the skills and expertise required to respond to the challenges facing our modern day health service, and gives you the opportunity to develop in your existing professional role and gain an appreciation of the core requirements of advanced clinical practice.

We will provide a strong academic underpinning to the role of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner and encourage you to expand your scope of practice in response to clinical need.

The foundation of our programme is the four pillars of clinical practice:

1. Clinical Practice,
2. Facilitating Learning,
3. Leadership
4. Evidence, Research and Development.

Our teaching is supported by problem-based learning groups where you can explore cases, develop peer support networks and share clinical experiences. Blended learning will be used to support the face to face education and a range of online resources will be shared with you to support your learning.

If you choose to, you are able to specialise in Skeletal Reporting or Image Interpretation. This specialism will be reflected in your award title provided you have taken the appropriate modules and completed an independent research project in the relevant field.

This programme will prepare you to:

• Critically analyse literature, documents and policies associated with advanced practitioner status.
• Understand the professional, legal and ethical issues within which you work as clinical professionals undertaking advanced practice.
• Appreciate multidisciplinary practice by involving clinicians and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to understand the wider clinical context of health care service needs.
• Engage with research by the completion of a dissertation that demonstrates a critical understanding of research methods and applies them appropriately and effectively.

For students undertaking the reporting or image interpretation options, the specific reporting/interpretation modules will provide you with the skills to evaluate and interpret radiographic images from a variety of referral sources. You will demonstrate consistently high sensitivity, specificity and accuracy rates in your interpretation and communication of the findings. Radiographers on the reporting pathway will be required to develop their competence in within a clinical setting in additional to the academic environment.

Programme structure

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme can be taken as a full time or part time programme of study, as appropriate. It is delivered at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

You can choose to specialise in Skeletal Reporting or Image Interpretation. This specialism will be reflected in your award title provided you have taken the appropriate modules and completed an independent research project in the relevant field. See the Specialisms tab for more information.

Modules and delivery

To qualify for the PG Certificate you must complete 90 credits consisting of one compulsory module (Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice) and a further five optional modules of 15 credits (or modules 75 credits in total).

To qualify for the PG Diploma you must complete 120 credits consisting the two compulsory modules (Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and Applied Research Methods) and a further five optional modules of 15 credits (or modules 75 credits in total).

To qualify for the Masters you must complete the two compulsory (Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and Applied Research Methods), five optional modules of 15 credits (or modules 75 credits in total), and complete Research Project/Dissertation.

Compulsory modules

CodeTitleCredits
PAMM109 Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice 15
PAMM104 Applied Research Methods 30
PAMM105 Research Project/Dissertation 60

 Optional modules

CodeTitleCredits
PAMM101 Musculoskeletal Pathology 15
PAMM102 Appendicular Skeletal Reporting 30
PAMM108 Upper Limb Image Interpretation 15
PAMM107 Lower Limb Image Interpretation 15
PAMM103 Axial Skeletal Reporting 15

PAMM106

Axial skeleton Image Interpretation 15
HPDM059 Leading Change in Health Services 15
HPDM080 Leadership in Healthcare 15
HPDM081 Management in Healthcare 15
HPDM105 Education Essentials  15
HPDM106 Principles of Supervision and Mentoring  15
HPDM069 Clinical Pharmacy Independent Prescribing (Registered Pharmacists only) 45

Our postgraduate programmes are designed as standalone courses but we aim to provide flexibility where possible. We recognise that you may sometimes wish to take a module from other programmes to fit in with your specific research or professional interests.

A taught Master’s degree is made up of 180 credits, usually 120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of dissertation. Normally at least 90 credits of taught modules (but an absolute minimum of 60 credits), plus the dissertation, will need be taken from within the named award in order to graduate with that award. That means that 30 credits could be made up from one or more appropriate modules from another Masters level programme(s) in place of your scheduled ones, depending on the module prerequisites, the contact days of the modules, and your funding source.

There may be an additional fee associated with certain postgraduate modules.

It is also important to note that the timing of your new module’s contact days and assessments might conflict with your existing programme of studies. If after considering these factors you would like to explore this option further, please discuss this with the MSc’s Programme Director.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Specialisms

You are able to specialise in a particular area of clinical practice. This specialism will be reflected in your award title provided you have taken the appropriate modules specified below, and completed an independent research project in the relevant field.

Depending on the specific modules taken, students may receive one of the following named awards:

• MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Skeletal Reporting)
• MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Image Interpretation)

Your eligibility for the particular award will be confirmed by the final Assessment Progression and Awarding Committee (APAC) on the basis of the modules that have been completed. In order to graduate with a particular named award in parentheses, you will need to notify the programme support team accordingly. Otherwise the award name will be MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

Skeletal Reporting (part-time only)

The award comprises compulsory programme modules, one or more of the Skeletal Reporting specialist modules listed below, a research project in the relevant field, plus optional modules for the remainder of the programme credits.

Code

TitleCredits
PAMM101 Musculoskeletal Pathology 15
PAMM102 Appendicular Skeletal Reporting 30
PAMM103 Axial Skeletal Reporting 15

Image Interpretation

The award comprises compulsory programme modules, one or more of the Image Interpretation specialist modules listed below, a research project in the relevant field, plus optional modules for the remainder of the programme credits.

CodeTitleCredits
PAMM101 Musculoskeletal Pathology  15
PAMM108 Upper Limb Image Interpretation 15
PAMM107 Lower Limb Image Interpretation  15 
PAMM106 Axial skeleton Image Interpretation  15 

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods, including plenary lectures from clinical specialists and academics across a range of professional backgrounds teaching in their areas of research and expertise. The plenary lectures will be supported by problem-based learning groups where you can explore cases, develop peer support networks and share clinical experiences. Blended learning will be used to support the face-to-face education and a range of online resources will be shared with you to support your learning.

You can undertake the programme part-time, and this would certainly be the case for the Skeletal Reporting specialism. However, there is an opportunity to undertake this as a full-time programme of study for appropriate applicants, such as intercalaters or international students.

We recognise that circumstances may change mid-programme and as such, this particular programme has unique step-off and re-entry points within an extended time period to enable you to grow with your needs and those of the services you work in.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will remain with you throughout the programme, where possible. Personal tutors are able to provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance, guidance in generic academic skills and pastoral support. They are also able to refer you to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University.

A range of experienced academics will be involved in delivering the programme, including clinicians, advanced practitioners and researchers, in addition to lectures from guest lecturers to enhance the sessions where appropriate.

Careers

Facilities

The facilities at the University of Exeter have been specifically designed for delivering high quality teaching in this area, with bespoke lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

For students following the reporting or image interpretation pathway, there is a suite of PACS monitors allowing for very high resolution viewing of images, as well as low-intensity lighting to optimise viewing conditions.  Find out more about our Medical Imaging Suites

Entry requirements

You should hold a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or for older qualifications a Professional Diploma) in a related discipline. Relevant clinical experience or previous postgraduate qualifications will also be considered as part of the admissions process.

To undertake the specialism pathways you should either be a HCPC registered radiographer or be familiar with plain radiographic images. It is expected that candidates will have a current contract of employment with a healthcare provider and will normally have at least 2 years’ experience of professional practice.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

For 2019/20, fees will be charged pro rata per 30-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

  • UK/EU: £8,600 full-time; Pro-rata part-time (3 years); £725 per 15-credit module
  • International: £18,100 full-time; Pro-rata part-time (3 years); £1,750 per 15-credit module

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

For 2020/21, fees will be charged pro rata per 15-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

  • UK/EU: £8,800 full-time 1 year, £2,950 part-time
  • International: £18,000 full-time 1 year, £6,000 part-time

Pro Rata Module fees

  • UK/EU: £800 per 15-credit module
  • International: £1,500 per 15-credit module

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding and scholarships

There are various funding opportunities available including the Medical School's Global excellence scholarships. 

For more information visit our Masters funding page.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes enrolling in 2019.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500 

Email:  medicalimaging@exeter.ac.uk

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