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Advanced Clinical Practice: About the Programme

A three year, part time programme, the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice programme is made up of 180 credits, including 4 taught modules of 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).

Advanced Clinical Practitioners


In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, students are required to undertake the core module ‘Research skills: approaches, designs and methods’, plus 3 optional modules of their choice, from a defined menu of available modules (see below).

Students are required to complete 3,150 hours of associated practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated Advanced Practitioner.

Assessments used within the programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and clinical practice, and will include written work such as reflective narratives, Objective Structured Clinical Assessments (OSCA’s), situational analyses, case study analysis, oral/ teaching presentations, seminars, project work and completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolios. 

In addition to the group discussions provided, each student will have the opportunity for a minimum of one individual tutorial per module and five per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.

Core Modules:   

Available Modules:

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice

To support the development of practitioners aiming to work at advanced practitioner level within practice who already hold a Masters level qualification, the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio is available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate.

A two-year part-time programme, the Postgraduate Certificate is run in conjunction with the MSc, and you will be required to complete the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio as detailed above.

Employer Profile

The MSc. in Advanced Clinical Practice is a 3 year course that has been custom designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to take on the demanding role of Advanced Clinical Practice. Developed by experts in both critical care and emergency care in conjunction with Cardiff University, this course addresses the complexity of clinical practice in demanding acute care environments by providing the necessary tools and knowledge for senior health care professionals to expand their roles and practical skills with appropriate clinical supervision and competency assessments.

Mark Wise
Clinical Nurse Leader, Emergency Unit
Cardiff and Vale UHB

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