MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
Full time 1 year
Part time 3 years
|Location||Exeter (St Luke‘s)|
The September 2020 intake will not be affected by COVID-19 as all modules will be delivered online if necessary
Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is for practitioners from a range of backgrounds including (but not limited to) 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 as part of the advanced practice agenda outlined by the Health Education England multi professional framework or advanced clinical practice.
The foundation of our programme is the four pillars of advanced clinical practice:
1. Clinical Practice,
2. Leadership and Management
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.
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.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is 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.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice requires you to be clinically engaged in order to fulfil the learning criteria. However, an alternate MSc Advanced Practice variant is available for students who are unable to meet the clinical requirements or who wish to study on a full time basis.
Modules and delivery
To qualify for the PG Certificate you must complete 60 credits consisting of one compulsory module; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice, and a further optional module/s of 15 credits (or more) to achieve 60 credits in total.
To qualify for the PG Diploma you must complete 120 credits consisting oftwo compulsory modules (Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making) and a further optional modules to achieve 120 credits in total.
To qualify for the Masters you must complete three compulsory modules; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and 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.
Compulsory modules - Advanced Clinical Practice
|HPDM128||Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice||30|
|HPDM133||Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making||30|
|HPDM131||Research Project - Literature||30|
Compulsory modules - Advanced Practice
|HPDM128||Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice||30|
|HPDM131||Research for Advanced Clinical Practice (Literature)||30|
Our optional modules have been selected from a range within our current CMH postgraduate taught programmes. 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 HEE England multi professional framework for advanced clinical practice.
For a breakdown of the optional modules available, please see the ‘Four Pillars’ tab.
The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice has received professional accreditation from the Society and College of Radiographers and the General Pharmaceutical Council for specific modules. We are currently in the process of gaining HCPC and NMC accreditation for our independent prescribing module in order to open this up to a wider array of nursing and allied health professions
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.
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
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 further information, please see some examples of case studies in our careers section.
|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|
|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
|HPDM059||Leading change in Health Services||15|
|HPDM081||Management in Healthcare||15|
|HPDM080||Leadership in Healthcare||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|
|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|
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
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.
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 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: £4,400pa part-time 2 years, £2,950pa part-time 3 years
- International: £9,000pa part-time 2 years, £6,000pa part-time 3 years
Pro Rata Module fees
- UK/EU: £800 per 15-credit module
- International: £1,500 per 15-credit module
MSc Advanced Practice
- UK/EU: £8800 full-time 1 year
- International: £21,100 full-time 1 year
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 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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