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Advanced Clinical Practice PgCert, PgDip and MSc

Course code

3B64PADCLPR

Start date

September

Subject area

Advanced Clinical Practice

Mode of study

1 year full-time

1 year (staged study) part-time

3 years part-time

Fees

2021/22

UK £8,485

International £19,855

Entry requirements

Degree in a relevant health profession with at least one year of clinical work experience

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

Are you an experienced healthcare professional? Are you looking for the right qualifications to further your career? Perhaps you're a practising occupational therapist, physiotherapist or nurse, for example, and would like to develop your medical career into a leadership role? This course has been designed with this in mind. 

There are an increasing number of people who are living with complex and long-term health conditions and healthcare practitioners are needing to develop new skills in order to better meet their needs. This course helps to bridge that gap by developing your advanced patient assessment skills, complex decision-making skills and professional expertise to develop you into an autonomous practitioner.

You’ll gain the practical knowledge alongside a theoretical understanding of advance practice in order to take on advanced clinical roles within a range of healthcare settings, sectors and specialities. You’ll learn how to improve the capabilities of an interdisciplinary medical team and, through research-informed decisions, enhance service delivery in order to improve your patients quality of care.

Whether you’re based within hospital or community settings, this course will build on your current skills and experience so that you’ll be able to lead and support the development and delivery of advanced clinical practice. On successful completion, you’ll have gained the necessary skills and knowledge to take on expanded roles and scope of practice, caring for patients within your clinical area.

At Brunel, we understand the challenges of fitting study around work and family life. For this reason, we have designed this course to be flexible, so that it can fit around your current commitments. You can study full-time, part-time or even just take one or more CPPD modules for your professional development and return to complete your course at a later date.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You’ll benefit from a course designed to incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective, necessary for leading in today’s global health care systems. You’ll learn a holistic approach to patient care alongside clinical leadership skills and how to use evidence-based practice and research to make informed decisions that grow your knowledge and expertise.

You’ll study key modules in advanced clinical practice, clinical leadership, evidence-based practice and research and, in addition to the option module listed below, you'll also be able to select from a range of optional modules from our Advanced Clinical Practice named specialist pathways in Cardiovascular HealthCritical CareMusculoskeletal RehabilitationNeurological RehabilitationOccupational Therapy and Pelvic Health. This will give you the opportunity to advance your practice.

If you don’t want to commit to full or part-time study of the entire MSc, you can develop your educational portfolio over a longer period of time by undertaking staged study that leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and MSc in separate stages.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 1 year (staged study) part-time or 3 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Following successful completion of this course, you’ll be fully prepared for a leadership role as an advanced practitioner in your relevant clinical profession (e.g. nursing, occupational therapy or physiotherapy) or can move into a variety of senior positions within a range of healthcare settings.

There are an increasing number of advance clinical practice roles and this masters will give you the relevant knowledge and skills to step into these positions. Potential roles you could assume include Advance Clinical Practitioner or Case Manager.

This programme is ideal for senior clinicians, clinical leads, managers and research academics who are looking to develop and improve the care and experience of patients and their families, along with service provision.

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UK entry requirements

Must have a pre-registration degree in a relevant allied health profession with at least one year of specialist clinical work experience.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 100 (min 20 in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry

UK

£8,485 full-time

£4,240 part-time

International

£19,855 full-time

£9,925 part-time

UK Staged Master £2,825 per stage.

International Staged Master £6,615 per stage.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants- For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll benefit from the expertise of academics across our well established clinical sciences department, giving you a truly interdisciplinary perspective on important topics. Many of our academics currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings, so they will be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and patient-assessment skills.

Our lecturers are active in research and often contribute to the development of professional guidelines, so you know you’re being taught by practising healthcare professionals with a high profile in the sector. You’ll also be able to benefit from studying alongside other healthcare professionals in similar fields, giving you the opportunity to network and share ideas.

Our teaching approaches are diverse and you’ll benefit from lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

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Assessment and feedback

The course uses a range of flexible and engaging approaches to assessment. You'll be assessed through exams, critical essays, portfolios, oral presentations and your dissertation.

The choice of the specific type of assessment will be appropriate to the intended learning outcomes of the taught modules. The assessment strategies will balance the need to demonstrate knowledge and competencies with more in-depth and critical approaches to learning. Such assessment approaches will include examinations, presentations of relevant clinical case scenarios, and coursework, which will take the form of critical assessment of literature and research, critical essays, and the development of the selected portfolio of learning.

Finally, the dissertation provides demonstration of an ability to synthesise and critically evaluate current research underpinning clinical practice, and to develop and undertake relevant research as well as its dissemination.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.