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Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc)

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Part time blended learning

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Start date

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Why study this course

This programme is aimed at registered Nurses, Midwives and other healthcare practitioners, within the UK, who aspire to develop and work at an advanced level of clinical practice, particularly where there is a requirement for advanced clinical assessment and Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing skills.

We're committed to delivering programmes that are innovative and relevant, providing the best learning outcomes and career prospects for our students. In light of this, we're currently reviewing some elements of this programme. As such, the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. You can still apply now. We'll update this page and contact all offer holders when the review is complete to confirm any changes.

Where you'll study

School of Healthcare Sciences

Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to embark on a professional healthcare career.

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Admissions criteria

Academic requirements:

Typically, applicants to this programme must:

  • Be a qualified health care practitioner and normally in possession of a degree/diploma in health care.
  • Have a minimum of two years' post registration experience and work in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact.
  • Be registered with the appropriate statutory regulatory body (PSRB) for their profession (such as the HCPC or NMC). You will also need to secure relevant clinical placements for specific modules.
  • Submit one employer’s reference.
  • Submit a supplementary application form in order to undertake Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) related modules.


A personal statement will need to be submitted with your application.

The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a decision is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied.

You must address the following points in your personal statement. This list is not exhaustive:

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about this programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.


You may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) at level 6 or level 7 of up to 60 credits, of which ONLY 30 credits can be at level 6.

RPL is considered through mapping of learning outcomes of comparable modules. You will only be able to RPL a level 6 module if it maps to module NR3177b. Please contact the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Programme Manager to discuss RPL queries.

If you intend to apply for recognition for prior learning, this will need to be submitted with your application.

For further information regarding RPL, please see the RPL policy


English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 and at least 5.5 in all subskills. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Please note that applicants with an IELTS score of overall 6.0 may be eligible for an offer based upon attendance on pre-sessional English language course offered by Cardiff University. Please be advised that places on these courses are limited so please apply early. Further information can be accessed via the following link:


Application deadline:

End of July of each academic year. Your application may be considered after this, but it may be for a later intake.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

Criminal convictions

A DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) certificate is required to undertake the following modules:

  • HCT 356 Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (core)
  • HCT 357 Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (core)
  • HCT 353 Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (optional)

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

Year two

Year three

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

Students from the UK

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Additional costs

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Career prospects


Master's Excellence Scholarships

An award open to students with a home fee status intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding to support your study at Cardiff University.

Next steps


Open Day visits

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.