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Advanced Clinical Practice, MSc

Learn essential strategies and prepare for leadership roles in advanced clinical practice with this engaging Master’s in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Develop your skills and deepen your knowledge of advanced health clinical practice with this tailored Master's course. Our MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed for current practitioners who are registered with a professional body and who would like to become advanced clinical practitioners.

Your studies are based around four pillars: clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research. This will help you develop specialist knowledge and work autonomously to make decisions in complex situations.

Duration

3 years part-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • You will learn essential strategies and skills for collaborative practice and leadership roles
  • We have reviewed this course in line with the multiprofessional framework for advanced clinical practice (Health Education England 2017). These revisions will be delivered from September 2019.

What you will study

Year 1 

  • Assessment and Decision Making Skills for Advanced Clinical Practice (20 Credits; Level 7); plus
  • Leading and Managing Complexity Practice (20 Credits; Level 7); plus
  • Work Based Learning One: Developing Advanced Clinical Skills through Work Based Learning (20 Credits; Level 7).

Year 2 

  • Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP)Practice (40 Credits; Level 7); OR  
  • Advanced Leadership and Management (40 Credits; Level 7); OR
  • Advanced Clinical Practice through Work Based Learning (40 Credits; Level 7);

Year 3

  • Advancing Practice Clinical Project / Dissertation module (40 credits at level 7). Within this module, students will draw upon the skills and knowledge developed in the previous courses and make a contribution to service development by choosing one of five possible options:
    • Empirical research
    • Modified Systematic Review
    • Audit or service evaluation
    • Critical review of literature
    • Clinical Project
  • The Dynamics of Dissemination: Publishing, Promoting and Performing your studies  (20 Credits; Level 7).
  • OR for those on the Apprenticeship route Consolidating Advanced Practice End Point Assessment Course (20 Credits;Level 7)

About the course team

Welcome to our MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. Over 80 per cent of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants must have the required experience and qualifications according to the nature of their scope and context of their practice, role and profession.

You are expected to have successfully completed a Level 6 programme of study and have the required experience within a specified scope of practice:

  • A first degree (normally 2:2 or above) or equivalent study
  • Current registration with the NMC or HCPC or other relevant PSRB
  • Evidence of substantial experience of working in the health and social care sector currently fulfilling a senior specialist role, typically with five years of experience in professional practice or longer
  • Currently working within an appropriate role with relevant experience
  • Working at least 20 hours in practice per week
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language must demonstrate an IELTS score of at least 7 (non-EU students only).

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

We will consider claims for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognised Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). Applications for the latter require a portfolio to show how you have met the learning outcomes of the modules against which the credits are being claimed.

How you will learn

Teaching

A range of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, collaborative work, case studies, and work-based learning.

Class sizes

The average intake is 45 students per year.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including the Midwifery and Mental Health societies. You can also attend the postgraduate research seminars.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

Our assessment strategy provides a range of methods, including presentations, essays, examinations, and group work. These is designed for you to demonstrate your continuing professional development towards advanced clinical practitioner status in your field.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year).
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs.
  • Field trips: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course (estimate, £300).
  • Photocopying and printing
  • Non-medical prescribing students: there will be travel costs as this module is delivered at our Medway Campus. A university bus service between the campuses is available, and you can buy tickets for this. Parking on campus costs £3 a day.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will be required to be working in clinical practice for a minimum of 20 hours a week. Part of this should constitute your work-based learning which will be in your area of practice organised by you and your employer.

How long is my placement?

You will need to demonstrate work-based learning throughout the three years of the programme.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this course will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to provide clinical leadership. You'll be adaptable and flexible in your approach to your role, and able to provide support, education and supervision to less-experienced colleagues. You will also have opportunities for career progression through promotion and/or service recognition schemes. 

While there is no universally recognised definition, the NHS Career Framework equates advanced practice to Agenda for Change Level 7. We also aim for this to be offered as an apprenticeship (MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Degree Apprenticeship) in September 2019.

Are internships available?

You have an option to undertake the apprenticeship route, which must be approved by your employer. At the end of the course, you would have a Master's qualification and an apprenticeship certificate.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Support will be provided in the first instance through your personal tutor and the programme leader. Where necessary, you can use the support services offered by the university and you will be directed to these by the personal tutor or programme leader. 

You will also have support from your module leaders and dissertation supervisor during the research methods and project modules. Whilst in clinical practice, you will receive support from your practice supervisors.

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