Advanced Clinical Practice

Study options

Award

MSc

Key facts

Location:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
40 Months
Start date:
20 September 2021

Funding available

Funded by Health Education England working across the West Midlands

Standardised curriculum

Ensures course is recognised across West Midlands and beyond

Blended delivery

Course makes use of face-to-face and online learning

The Advanced Clinical Practice MSc is for nurses, midwives, paramedics, emergency care practitioners, pharmacists, community matrons and other allied healthcare workers who are advanced practitioners or will be expected to fulfil an advanced practice role.

The course will enable you to develop skills in health assessment, diagnosis, clinical decision making, non-medical prescribing (if appropriate) and the application of evidence-based practice.

By using a blended learning approach, we create a practice-focused, student-centred, flexible programme that develops your ability to:

  • Challenge advanced clinical practice
  • Engage in independent evidence-based decision making
  • Determine creative and innovative solutions to practice issues
  • Develop analytical and intellectual skills at Masters level

You’ll be linked with a clinical preceptor who is an expert in your clinical speciality. You’ll also receive support for personal and professional development from a senior clinical lead of the same profession who acts as your mentor throughout the award.

As the course follows a standardised curriculum which has been developed with involvement from HEIs, Community Care, Primary Care, Mental Health and acute NHS Trusts, it will carry clinical currency across the West Midlands region and potentially beyond.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Course content

The course progresses over three years (minimum).

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Health Assessment 45 credits
Clinical Reasoning And Decision Making 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Leadership Role In Quality, Innovation And Change 15 credits
Research Methodology And Methods 15 credits
Show 2 optional modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 2 optional modules

Entry requirements

You’ll normally need:

  • Current nursing registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • At least three years’ post-registration experience
  • To be employed in a relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level
  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK University, or equivalent.

If you don’t have an honours degree you may still be admitted if you have significant appropriate experience and can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the course successfully and benefit from it. You’ll also need recent evidence of study at Level 6 (within the last two years). A professional portfolio indicating achievements is an essential tool for this purpose.

You must also be able to demonstrate employer support for the following (even where you’re self-funding).

Employers

All organisations supporting staff to undertake an Advanced Clinical Practice course will need to ensure that as part of their workforce plans the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner is embedded within their organisation structures. Once the trainee is a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, there will need to be ongoing support from the Trust.

Facilities

Clinical Training Facilities

Our labs provide the environment for you to learn fundamental skills associated with emergency pre-hospital care. This includes: advanced patient assessment techniques, airway management, obtaining intramuscular, intravenous and intraosseous access, advanced life-support skills.

Careers

After completing the course, you’ll be equipped to work as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in a variety of settings.

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Independent learning

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group
  • Researching in the library
  • Preparing coursework
  • Getting ready for exams

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University.

Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits, in your second year of study. Following this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

Apply

Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Centre of Excellence Stafford MSc Part-time 20 September 2021 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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