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Postgraduate taught

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

UCAS code 1234
Duration 2 years part time
3 years part time
Entry year September 2021
Contact

Programme Director: Lucy Banfield and Joe Francis
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Phone:   
+44 (0)1392 725500

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree (or a Professional Diploma) in a related discipline.

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine

Overview

Due to COVID-19, we are continually reviewing the delivery of our courses. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all our students and staff, and we are currently planning for flexibility and resilience in our approach so that whatever the year brings we will still be delivering the high level of teaching that we always have. You can stay updated on our website as the situation progresses.

  • Designed for practitioners from a range of backgrounds including (but not limited to) radiography, nursing, pharmacy, paramedics, occupational therapy and midwifery
  • You’ll develop the skills and expertise required to respond to challenges facing our modern day health service
  • We will provide a strong academic underpinning to the role of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner and encourage you to expand your scope of practice as part of the advanced practice agenda outlined by the Health Education England multi professional framework or advanced clinical practice.
  • 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.

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

  1. Clinical Practice
  2. Leadership and Management
  3. Education
  4. Research

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83% of research in Clinical Medicine classified as world-leading or internationally excellent

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Vibrant and active research student community supported by excellent pastoral and academic staff 

Entry requirements

You should hold a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or for older qualifications a Professional Diploma) in a healthcare related discipline. Relevant clinical experience or previous postgraduate qualifications will also be considered as part of the admissions process. In addition, you should be registered with the appropriate statutory regulatory body for your profession (such as the HCPC or NMC).

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements:

• IELTS: Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

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

• Pearson: 58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.

Additional Entry Requirements

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.

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

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

This programme will prepare you to:

• Develop your clinical practice, enabling you to work autonomously and flexibly in order to make complex decisions about how people should be cared for and treated.

• Ensure that you understand the professional, legal and ethical issues within which you work as clinical professionals undertaking advanced practice.

• Promote multidisciplinary practice by involving clinicians and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to understand the wider clinical context of health care service needs.

• Provide you with a sound educational grounding that will encourage critical analysis of literature, documents and policies associated with advanced practice.

• Prepare you to undertake research, audit and evaluative activities that develop your personal knowledge and expertise and can be disseminated in a community of practice, improving evidence-based patient care across systems.

Programme Structure

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme can be taken as a part time programme of study, which can be taken over 2 or 3 years, 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.

To gain a Masters qualification (which equates to 180 credits at level 7), you will need to complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice requires you to be clinically engaged in order to fulfil the learning criteria. However, an alternate MSc Advanced Practice full time variant is available for students who are unable to meet the clinical requirements or who wish to study on a full time basis.

Contact Days

View the draft timetable of contact days for 2020/21 (please note: this timetable is draft and subject to change)

All compulsory modules during Term 1 will be delivered online with face-to-face contact sessions in term 2 (Covid restrictions permitting). We will be providing students with a range of online activities throughout the modules and there will be opportunity for discussion and virtual seminars.

Modules

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.

To qualify for the Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice

you must complete three compulsory modules; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice, Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making and Research Project - literature, plus optional modules to a total of 180 credits.

To qualify for the Masters in Advanced Practice (1 year, full-time)

you must complete two compulsory modules; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and Research Project – literature plus 120 credits of optional modules to a total of 180 credits. 

To qualify for the PG Diploma

You must complete 120 credits consisting of  two compulsory modules; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making and further optional modules to achieve 120 credits in total.

To qualify for the PG Certificate

You must complete 60 credits consisting of one compulsory module; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice, and further optional module/s of 15 credits (or more) lto achieve 60 credits in total.

Four Pillars

Alongside the compulsory modules you are required to study, you will have the opportunity to select from a number of optional modules within our postgraduate taught programmes portfolio. Each module has been chosen for its specific alignment with one of the four pillars of advanced clinical practice and students are encouraged to ensure they select appropriate modules that span each of these pillars in order to align with the Health Education England multi professional framework for advanced clinical practice.

1. Clinical Practice
2. Leadership and Management
3. Education
4. Research

These modules provide you with the opportunity to clinically specialise in your chosen profession. For example, you may wish to develop as a musculoskeletal (MSK) first contact practitioner, the advanced skill development module will allow you to attend to the MSK core capabilities framework. In addition, there is the opportunity to undertake axial and appendicular radiographer reporting or complete an independent prescribing module to support your clinical practice (subject to accreditation). 

For module descriptions please see the Course Content section

Clinical Practice

CodeTitleCredits
HPDM064 Acute Presentations in practice 15
HPDM062 Long Term Conditions Care 1 15
HPDM066 Long Term Conditions Care 2 15
HPDM063 Skills for Patient-centred Care 15
HPDM130 Appendicular Skeletal Reporting 30

HPDM129

Axial Skeletal Reporting 30
HPDM065 Care of the Older Adult 15
HPDM102 Human Factors - Situational Awareness 15
HPDM068 Independent Prescribing (GPhC-accredited only) 45
HPDM132 Advanced Skill Development 45
HPDM127 Principles of primary care 15
HPDM111 Health challenges in sport and exercise medicine 15
HPDM112 Orthopaedic challenges in sport and exercise medicine 15

Leadership and Management

CodeTitleCredits
HPDM059 Leading change in Health Services 15
HPDM081 Management in Healthcare 15
HPDM080 Leadership in Healthcare 15

Education

CodeTitleCredits
HPDM105 Education Essentials 15
HPDM103 Teaching Practitioner 15
HPDM067 Population and Public Health 15
HPDM060 Evidence for Clinical Education 15
HPDM106 Principles of Supervision and Mentoring 15
HPDM110 Teaching in a Digital World 15

Research

CodeTitleCredits
HPDM092 Fundamentals of Research Design 15
HPDM079 From Theory to Practice to Quality 15
HPDM055 Qualitative Methods and Process Evaluations 15
HPDM054 Statistics As Applied To Health 15
HPDM083
HPDM031
Project Design 15

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Fees

2021/22 entry

Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year

UK fees per year: 

• MSc  £4,550pa part-time 2 years, £3,050pa part-time 3 years
• PgDip  £6,100 full time, £3,050pa part time
• PgCert  £3,050

Standalone module fees: UK: £850 per 15-credit module

International fees per year:

• MSc  £9,300pa part-time 2 years, £6,200pa part-time 3 years
• PgDip 
£12,400 full-time, £6,200pa part-time
• PgCert 
£6,200

Standalone module fees: International: £1,550 per 15-credit module

MSc Advanced Practice 

  • UK: £8800 full-time 1 year 
  • International: £21,100 full-time 1 year 

Funding

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  

There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships.

For more information visit our  Masters funding page.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The College of Medicine and Health is delighted to offer the  Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes enrolling in 2020. Please check your eligibility before applying.

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 two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes enrolling in 2020.

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 2020.

Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

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Teaching and research

In the College of Medicine and Health, our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.

Teaching methods 

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. 

Mode of study 

You can undertake the programme part-time. However, there is an opportunity to undertake this as a full-time programme of study for  applicants who prefer to study this way, such as international students. 

We recognise that your circumstances may change mid-programme and as such, the part time 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 health services you may work within. 

Support  

You will be allocated an academic tutor who will remain with you throughout the programme, where possible. Academic 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.  

Teaching staff 

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. 

Facilities 

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

There is also 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.

This programme is delivered at our St Luke’s Campus, which is home to the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health.

The St Luke's Campus is a short walk from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offers a range of research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research.

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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.

This programme is delivered at our St Luke’s Campus, which is home to the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health.
The St Luke's Campus is a short walk from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offers a range of research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research.

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Careers

Careers

Demand for healthcare services, intensifying workforce pressures and a growing consensus of the vastly untapped potential of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions has led to the continued growth of the advanced practice agenda within the NHS.

Studying towards advanced clinical practice aims to enable clinicians to practice to their full potential, meeting the healthcare needs of the population through innovative, collaborative and autonomous working. There are a multitude of career opportunities within the advanced clinical practice sphere and these continue to grow on a yearly basis. The following case studies aim to highlight just a small number of such opportunities and how, through the Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, a student can develop and specialise to meet these goals.