Skip to main content

Advanced Healthcare Practice (MSc)

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

Course options See other modes of study
Start date
calendar

Open day

Find out more about studying here as a postgraduate at our next Open Day.

Why study this course

Our MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice programme aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of the four pillars of advanced level practice.

Our programme is suitable for those progressing towards a level of autonomous advanced practice as well as experienced registered health care professionals, already working as advanced practitioners. It offers you the opportunity to apply learning to advance your leadership and management, facilitation of learning and teaching, and clinical practice skills, all of which are underpinned by evidence, research and service improvement. 

Aimed at both home and international students, our unique programme has an optional choice of modules, allowing you to tailor your learning to suit your varying clinical and professional needs and to complement workforce requirements. You will become actively involved in practice development and leadership and the compulsory research and leadership and management components of the programme will equip you with the tools to analyse, evaluate and monitor ever evolving healthcare scenarios and apply learning to your work. 

We promote interdisciplinary learning for the benefit of our students. Our postgraduate course will enable you to work alongside other home and international students from a range of healthcare professions. You will gain wider perspectives, share knowledge and develop approaches and systems to improve healthcare practice. 

Distinctive features

Join a School that puts an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment. Here are some of the key features of why we think our MSc programme will make you the best advanced practitioner you can be:

  • A programme built to suit your needs: You can tailor your module choices in a way that best fits your professional development and career prospects.
  • Programme mapped: to standards for Framework for Advanced Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Practice in Wales (NLIAH 2010), Standards for Advanced Level Nursing (RCN 2018) and multi-professional framework for Advanced Healthcare Practice (HEE 2018). The programme is also mapped against the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Standards for Advanced Level Nursing (2018). Nurses who successfully compete the programme will potentially be eligible to apply for credentialing with the RCN: https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/professional-services/credentialing
  • You will become actively involved in practice development: which will influence the quality of care delivered.  It is recognised that leadership in health and quality improvement are central to the delivery of a high standard of patient care and you will develop these skills across the course of the programme.
  • Make a difference to your education: We offer you the opportunity to become a student representative and shape future educational provision and advise on key elements of your learning. 
  • Wales Centre for Evidence-Based Care: You’ll learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre; improving the quality and outcomes of healthcare globally.

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.

  • icon-chatGet in touch
  • Telephone+44(0) 29 2068 7538
  • MarkerUniversity Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Admissions criteria

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.

Course structure

The Part Time MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice programme is 3 years in length.

In the Autumn semester of the first year, you must complete the core Research Methods and Data Analysis in Healthcare module (30 credits) and then in the Spring semester of the first year the second core module Transforming Care, Systems and Services through Leadership (30 credits).

In the second year you must complete one optional module in the Autumn semester and then 1 optional module in the Spring semester (60 credits in total).

On achieving a total of 120 credits from the taught component of the course, you can then commence a 60-credit dissertation module of your choice at the start of year 3.

 The MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice is 180 credits in total.

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

In Year One you will complete two core modules equating to 60 credits.

Year two

In Year Two you will complete two optional modules equating to 60 credits.

Year three

Dissertation – choice of 1 (60 credits).

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

How will I be taught?

The programme will be delivered using blended learning strategies.

Blended learning is a teaching approach that includes a combination of in person and on-line learning activities. The different methods that we will use as part of the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice programme range from tutorials to seminars led by you as students, dialogue, discussion and debate, modules based on problem- based learning, appreciative enquiry, workshops and drop-in sessions to resolve module specific concerns, self-directed study, and expert led lectures. As our programme will draw on a wide range of professions, the differing methods will enable the facilitation of inter-professional learning and the sharing of differing professional perspectives and expertise.

As students, you will enter the programme from a wide varied range of professions, and with a wide range of skills; some of you may hold senior positions as healthcare professionals. These experiences will be used to enhance the learning process in terms of independent and shared learning.

The notion of adult learning will inform the learning and teaching process, as postgraduate degree level study involves you as students taking responsibility for your own learning which will be encouraged throughout the programme.

How will I be assessed?

Each module offers you an opportunity to demonstrate application to practice within your clinical speciality/ profession. The modules offer an opportunity to measure professional and academic development.

The different methods of assessment across all modules include research proposal development, critical reflections and reflective case studies, critically focused assignments, development and evaluation of (practice based) interventions, oral presentations, teaching/facilitated learning sessions, production of a report of a systematic review, implementation and/ or evaluation of a (quality improvement) work-based project, and completion of a portfolio of evidence of advanced level practice.

How will I be supported?

  • We will support you: You will have academic support and be assigned a designated personal tutor throughout your studies.
  • All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars. Normally, lectures are recorded via a variety of electronic platforms, and are available for you to view throughout your programme.
  • The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support you. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, day care facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
  • Our student app allows you to access Cardiff University services and personalised information in one place in a simple and convenient way from a smartphone via the app store. 

Features include:

  • Campus maps
  • Student library renewals, payments and available items.
  • Student timetable.
  • Find an available PC.
  • Access to help and student support.
  • Student news.
  • Receive important notifications.
  • Links to launch other University apps such as Outlook (for email) and Blackboard (for Learning Central).
  • Links to recommended apps such as next bike to help make the most of your student experience.

What skills will I practise and develop?

On successful completion of the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice Programme, you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • Critically appraise and evaluate evidence and practice-based literature and theory, applying new knowledge and skills to your specialist areas of practice.
  • Critically appraise and apply advanced and extended practice theory to the development of leadership, education, health policy, patient safety and risk assessment, service improvements and developments relating to your specific area of practice.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Demonstrate a critical and systematic approach to search for current evidence, research, and service/ quality improvement developments.
  • Develop and demonstrate a critical, analytical and focused questioning approach based on the current evidence and apply this to professional and autonomous decision making to develop a coherent and sustained argument.
  • Articulate a critical understanding of the complex problems associated with advanced and extended practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to problem solve and develop solutions based on evidence and sound professional and clinical judgement, enabling service development and improvement within the field.
  • Demonstrate a critical and independent reflective approach to your own and other individual’s and teams’ practice, analysing situations to develop innovative approaches to advanced and extended practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

  • Identify contextualised solutions to problems, enabling development of safe and effective, high quality patient focused care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise communication strategies used to convey and disseminate knowledge to the patient, client groups, families, and inter-professional team.
  • Critically appraise current practice to advance personal and professional development in line with professional, statutory and regulatory body requirements (where applicable).

Transferable/Key Skills:

  • Critically appraise advanced and extended practice sources of evidence.
  • Apply and synthesise advanced and extended theory to professional practice.
  • Demonstrate problem solving on an individual level and/ or influence decision making as part of a team.
  • Respect other views, taking responsibility and accountability for your own personal and professional learning and development, and recognise the developmental needs of your team.
  • Demonstrate effective time management.
  • Work independently and within and across teams.
  • Meet programme assessment deadlines.
  • Convey and disseminate information clearly and in an articulate manner.
  • Display competence in digital literacy.

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

Students from the UK

Fees for entry 2022/23 are not yet available.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year.

Additional costs

Living costs

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

Careers and placements

As registered health care professionals you can utilise the expertise and skills developed on the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice to enhance the evidence-based care, leadership, teaching and support that you deliver.  The knowledge, understanding and intellectual, practical and transferable skills you will develop, will enable you to diversify, expand and enhance your performance. This will offer you opportunities to develop your practice in your current role and offer you a sound position to apply for promotion or new roles and challenges with enhanced confidence and expertise.

Alumni of the previous MSc Advanced Practice programme have reported that the programme has helped them apply for new challenges and roles, and to develop existing roles. 

Alumni of the current programme have gone on to:

  • Become a Bevan Commission fellow
  • Publish systematic reviews
  • Secure lecturing roles in Higher Education
  • Secure senior management roles within NHS Services
  • Become a Nursing Officer, Welsh Government
  • Become an Associate Lecturer
  • Become a Research Associate.

Placements

Funding

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

icon-academic

Open Day visits

Register for information about our 2021 dates.
icon-chat

Make an enquiry

Contact us for more information about this course.
icon-international

International

Learn more about our truly global university.
icon-pen

Discover more


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.