Advanced Clinical Practice

Advanced Clinical Practice

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Practice

If you’re an experienced registered healthcare practitioner looking to further your career in an advanced clinical role, this course gives you a unique opportunity to develop your skills.


The course aims to help you become a practitioner with advanced clinical, leadership and research skills. You will learn how to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations by using initiative and taking personal responsibility – ideal preparation for a more advanced, challenging role. You will have the opportunity to undertake an optional professional qualification in Independent/Supplementary prescribing that will be recorded with the appropriate professional body. By the end of the course, you will be eligible to study at Doctorate level.

Key Facts

  • The course prepares practitioners for advanced clinical roles in a range of areas of healthcare practice by enabling them to develop skills in clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment, clinical judgment and decision-making and research
  • You have the option to undertake Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Pharmacists (V300) or Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals at Level 6 or 7, successful completion of which will allow you to record that qualification with your regulatory body
  • If you already hold a prescribing qualification you may be able to gain credit for your prior learning
  • If your career development does not require you to complete a full Masters programme, you may exit with the clinically focused Postgraduate Certificate or the broader clinical leadership focus of the Postgraduate Diploma

Course Content

The overall aim of the Masters award is to enable experienced professionals:

  • To develop a systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of their specialist field of practice
  • to develop a critical awareness of current problems, gaining new insights at the forefront of their area of advanced or palliative care practice that enable further strategic development of practice and practice knowledge
  • To enable practitioners to inform, enhance and develop their competency within their field of practice
  • To demonstrate advanced scholarship in their subject area through the planning and execution of Level 7 enquiry

The programme structure is based upon a 50% theory and 50% practice divide in programme hours. This is on the understanding that the student will spend 600 hours over Part 1 of the programme learning in their work setting during the clinical modules in year one, and Leading Advanced Care Management in year two. Leading Advanced Care Management is delivered over three semesters to enable practitioners to maximise opportunities for critical reflection and work-based learning.


Core programme modules include:

  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Holistic Care Management
  • Leading Advanced Care Management
  • Research Methods in Health and Social Care
  • Dissertation

Up to 60 credits may be selected from option modules:

  • Palliative Care: Symptom Management (20 credits)
  • Clinical Diagnostics
  • Principles of Public Health
  • Learning and teaching in Practice
  • Contemporary issues in end of life care
  • Transforming Health Service Delivery through effective leadership
  • Chronic disease management in Community Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Negotiated Module at level 6 or 7 (20 credits)
  • Independent or Supplementary Prescribing (40 credits)
  • Psychosocial Support in Palliative Care (20 credits)
  • Ethics of Decision-Making in Palliative Care (20 credits)
  • Mentorship in Practice (20 credits)
  • Narratives: Theory and Method (20 credits)

Career Opportunities

Successfully complete the course and you’ll be able to apply for advanced clinical posts in a range of areas of practice. You’ll also be able to improve your performance in the role in which you are already working. 

Employability & Assessment


Each module is assessed using a variety of assessment methods. Assessment of practice is based within specific modules and will include a practice portfolio consisting of reflective accounts and care studies/clinical management plans. Unseen examinations test your knowledge base in subjects such as clinical diagnostics and pharmacology.

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations(OCSEs) test psychomotor skills and decision-making skills and a poster presents your leadership skills. You’ll also be tested through written theory assignments. These will underpin your knowledge, as will the clinical research/practice development project with evaluation. The course will support your develop your progress towards excellence in the Four Pillars of Advanced Practice presented by Welsh Government in 2011.

Meet the Team

Eleri Mills

Yo Evans

Nikki Lloyd Jones

Gary Stevenson

Tracy Ross

Joanne Pike

Course Duration & Fees

Course duration


MSc: 3-5 years

Postgraduate Diploma: 2-3 years

Postgraduate Certificate: 1 year

Location: Wrexham

Start month: September

Before you are offered a place on this course you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB), and pay the appropriate fee, so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults. For more information click here.


Full information can be found on our fees and finance pages.

Entry Requirements & Applying

To be accepted onto this programme you must:

  • Hold current registration with a professional, statutory regulatory body relating to your area of advanced practice
  • Hold a degree, of 2:2 classification or above, in a discipline related to your professional qualification or hold a non-graduate qualification which the University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission. Candidates without a full honours degree at 2:2 or above will be asked to complete a 1500 word essay to facilitate entry on to the programme.
  • Have a minimum of three years full-time (or equivalent pro rata) post-registration clinical experience and be employed in a clinical role with a high level of autonomy or have employer support to secure a placement with protected time equivalent to the above for a minimum of two days per week
  • For the Clinical Assessment and Prescribing modules you must have a Designated Supervisory Medical Practitioner (DSMP)/ Medical Supervisor and clinical mentorship support from your employing organisation
    • NB to undertake V300 prescribing at M level you must hold a degree level qualification
  • Following completion of an application form you will be invited to attend an interview with the admissions team.

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