Masters degrees in Clinical Practice Nursing train postgraduates in the skills needed to provide expert advice, treatment and care for specific conditions. These include diabetes, cancer, respiratory disease and sexual health problems.
Related subjects include Clinical Practice and Nursing Practice. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Medicine, Midwifery or Nursing.
Clinical Practice Nursing is ideal for students wishing to specialise in a certain field of healthcare, such as those mentioned above.
Courses usually take an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, such as evidence-based practice, whereby students will assess patients with different care needs, and learn to assess and monitor them accordingly.
Placements are normally a key component on these programmes. Often, you’ll be placed within a clinical healthcare setting, rotating between different kinds of patients. However, some courses offer the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of care.
Clinical Practice Nurses may work in settings as diverse as nursing homes, education facilities, community centres, and even prisons and rehabilitation centres.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care courses enable experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice.
Teaching and Employability:
Advanced Practice in Health Care has been offered at Swansea University since 1992. It is continually refined to ensure it remains at the forefront of contemporary practice.
Modules for the Advanced Practice in Health Care course are designed to enable the clinician to develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of an advanced practitioner i.e. enhanced assessment, diagnostic and disease management skills. Students may also undertake studies for non-medical prescribing.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care course enables students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills in relation to clinical practice to an advanced level. additionally, they are able to develop their knowledge and skills in their roles as researchers, educators, managers and leaders.
Modules on the Advanced Practice in Health Care may include:
The Advanced Practice in Health Care course is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. There are two student intakes per year, one in October and another in March. Students also have access to the extensive facilities at the Singleton Park campus in Swansea.
The course consists of two parts.
For students beginning the course in October, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between October and May for the first two years.
For students beginning the course in March, Part One modules are taught for one day a week between March and January for the first two years, however teaching days are in line with normal University holidays.
Part Two consists of the dissertation which has to be submitted by 30th September in the third year.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme comprises several compulsory modules with some optional modules available.
Students are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, presentations and objective structured clinical examinations. The assessment for each module must be successfully completed.
The Advanced Practice in Health Care is suitable for:
The Academic Lead for the Advanced Practice in Health Care team works on a national basis with the Welsh Government on advanced practice policy. Several members of the teaching team have published books and papers on the subject of Advanced Practice.
Practitioner teachers are employed within the local NHS.
Several members of the teaching team of the Advanced Practice in Health Care course work on committees with Hywel Dda Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Clinical mentors support students in practice.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.
This programme aims to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles, through facilitating your capability to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level.
This innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, developed in collaboration with health care professionals, is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles.
Modern healthcare practice has seen traditional professional boundaries change to reflect the demands of national healthcare policy, the scope of practice and patient needs. Increasingly, advanced practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions have to be prepared both academically and clinically to deliver complex care traditionally delivered by doctors.
This course aims to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).
The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a four-year, part-time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including five taught modules of up to 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).
In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, you are required to undertake the core Research and Study Skills modules plus three optional modules of your choice, from a defined menu.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of associated clinical practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated advanced practitioner.
In addition to the group discussions, each student will have the opportunity for five individual tutorials per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.
How will I be taught?
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Seminars and case presentations support learning alongside the situational analyses of advanced practice. The use of e-learning materials, self-directed study guides, indicative reading lists provided by both University staff and clinically-based medical consultants and professionals will support your development. The use of clinical simulation and clinical skills laboratories will enhance the development of your skills in a safe environment. Additional proformas will be utilised according to your speciality, to allow you to develop skills appropriate to your clinical area of practice.
How will I be supported?
The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.
This programme gives students the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing their own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables them to learn and benefit from the experiences of others. Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.
All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.
All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.
For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.
We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a 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.
It 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.
Testimonials include the following:
“After 15 years of Critical Care I still have the desire to progress in my career. Although I love education, I do not want to go down the formal lecturing pathway. The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice will allow me to meet the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner framework competencies, and therefore to work clinically at an advanced level, continuing to use my acquired skills and share them with others. Ultimately this benefits patients and other staff.”
"The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a 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."
This prestigious course is for qualified nurses would want to develop their knowledge and skills in order to advance their careers in the specialism of research, education, practice or international nursing.
The MSc Nursing will empower you to take forward your practice and patient care through critically exploring professional biography, the therapeutic relationship and embedding an evidence based and person centred approach to care.
By studying modules relevant to contemporary clinical practice, you take control of your personal, professional and academic development whilst engaging in critical debate about the issues at the forefront of nursing practice. You will gain skills in applying new knowledge to your practice and achieve mastery of nursing related to your chosen award. An innovative feature of the International pathway includes a bespoke module of observational clinical experience and simulated practice for international students.
We also offer our MSc Nursing programme as a one year course which is taught on a blended basis, meaning that whilst you study in Salford for semester 1, the remainder of the course is taught via distance learning. See the course page for details.
There are six pathway options open to you as part of this programme, and your choice might depend on where you see your Masters programme fitting into your career. The modules you select will vary depending on the pathway chosen (see details below).
For the PgCert, you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and one further optional module and for the PgDip you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and three further optional modules.
The pathways you can choose to follow are:
MSC NURSING: INTERNATIONAL
A new and innovative award that is open to both international and UK nurses, who will study together the global context of nursing. The pathway includes an opportunity for international students to undertake some bespoke observational placements in the UK healthcare system, supported by application of skills in a state-of-the-art high-fidelity clinical simulation suite.
MSC NURSING: EDUCATION
This pathway is led and taught by experts in the field. This award allows you to concentrate on teaching and learning in both clinical practice and academic contexts. You will work alongside expert teachers who will support you to develop as a teacher with a thorough understanding of a range of learning and teaching strategies.This option may particularly suit those in new clinical teaching roles, or those seeking a future academic teaching career.
MSC NURSING: RESEARCH
Using the evidence-base to improve patient care lies at the heart of this pathway. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of research and have access to international expertise from our research groups.
MSC NURSING: PRACTICE
This pathway is open to nurses practicing in the UK only. It allows you to build on your current skills, plan, implement and evaluate patient care at an advanced level within the context of your own workplace. There is an emphasis on combining practical skills with sound theoretical principles.
MSC NURSING: PRACTICE (NEUROSCIENCE)
This new pathway aims to equip the qualified nurse with the skills and knowledge to create and implement innovative approaches to neuroscience care delivery.
You can choose to focus on the general award in order to keep your career options open. The MSc Nursing will empower you to develop a mastery of your practice and take forward person centred care. You will have an opportunity to critically examine your practice and services and develop an evidence based approach to improve patient care.
A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. The MSc Nursing is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy.
Part-time students usually study one module per semester; full-time students will undertake two modules per semester. All students must complete 120 level 7 credits before progressing on to the dissertation.
For the two year part-time option, students will study over Semester 3 whereas for the three year option, you will study over Semesters 1 and 2.
A range of formative and summative assessments will cater for your individual learning style. These include:
On graduation nurses will have achieved mastery of their chosen field and will be better equipped to influence the future of nursing based on current evidence. You will have the underpinning theoretical knowledge to support your innovative clinical practice.
Completing the Masters course will enable you to exercise more choice in your career and to consider applying for senior posts within your organisation with greater confidence. You will be able to move into clinical nurse specialist positions, practice education facilitator roles, research posts and management positions.
Students who have successfully completed the course have implemented practice-based innovations, which include the pioneering of a person-centred ward round within a mental health setting, which is being rolled out across the entire Trust; and the review of pharmaceutical waste within an acute medical ward, in order to make financial savings and improve systems and processes.
If you are an experienced registered Nurse or Midwife looking to develop a higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice, then this course is for you. It will equip you with contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing healthcare agenda, and make a positive difference.
The five routes within this programme prepare for a range of people and situations to deliver safe, effective and person-centred care at a higher level of nursing. You will explore professional and clinical implications of working as an autonomous practitioner and develop the leadership skills to advance and lead new innovative healthcare services.
There five routes are: Clinical Practice, District Nursing, Health Visiting, Leadership (This is the only route available to International students) and School Nursing.
This will be the preferred route if you are working in acute care, out of hour’s services, hospital at night services and in medical and surgical support posts. This route is linked to the teaching, development and assessment of the nationally recognised benchmarks for advanced clinical practice (RCN 2012).
This is suitable if you wish to practice at an advanced level in a leadership role. It prepares you to lead and advance practice within the policy context of health and social care. There’s flexibility with elective modules and depending on your choice there may be no compulsory attendance at the University.
Suited to experienced Nurses looking to gain contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing primary care agenda. A critical, innovative and reflective approach to addressing the healthcare needs of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities.
You need to be sponsored/supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.
This route is for Nurses and Midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer learning to develop a higher level of knowledge and skills required of a Health Visitor.
You need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.
This route is for you if you’re a Nurse or Midwife and want to build on your experience and transfer your learning to develop a higher level of knowledge and skills required of a School Nurse.
You need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.
The programme is driven by a philosophy that is student-centered, progressive, and practice focused, and a blended approach to learning is adopted.
You will learn within a virtual environment (CampusMoodle) and apply theoretical learning to practice through a work based learning approach. You will therefore have an opportunity to apply learning to your specific area of practice within contemporary healthcare service.
Depending on the route selected and the choice of optional modules, there will be some compulsory attendance at the University - for the clinical examination module and the prescribing element.
School Nursing (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)
Self-study time is an important part of your success, including learning in practice settings. You will be considered adult learners who need strong organisation and self-direction skills.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE
The majority of the lecturers who teach on this course are qualified Nurses and Midwives with an NMC recordable teaching qualification, with a wide range of experience from varied healthcare settings. They also have educational and research experience.
Typically students are assessed each year:
Clinical Practice and Leadership routes are undertaken within your own place of work with the support of an identified Practice Facilitator. The criteria for this role are within the admission criteria. If you select to undertake the Non-Medical Prescribing module you will require supervision by a Designated Medical Practitioner.
Students are required to attend placements on the District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing routes; these are equivalent to 23 weeks full time over the period of the PgDip.
The programme recognises the accepted international benchmark for advanced practice and trains you to be highly experienced and educated member of care teams who can diagnose and treat healthcare needs or make a referral to an appropriate specialist.
This programme will prepare you for an advanced clinical role in a range of healthcare settings. You will develop the decision-making, research and leadership skills required to deal with complex clinical situations. The programme is designed to allow you to continue and develop your knowledge and skills within your own areas of practice, enabling you to accelerate your career progression.
It also allows you to continue to develop knowledge and skills within your own areas of practice to accelerate your career progression.
This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.
This programme will enable you to practice with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles that require you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations.
There are two pathways within this Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice: Advanced Practitioner and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This programme is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role that sits between your own profession and medicine. If you are looking for education as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner this pathway can also meet your needs. Please see below under the 'Modules' tab for further information.
If you are nurse then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathway will be suitable for you. Other healthcare practitioners will be awarded the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Practitioner).
Our nursing is ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2017.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner) pathways will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to healthcare methods and practices, preparing you for a clinical practitioner role at an advanced level. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis and non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced practitioner role within - your health care setting. This pathway is only open to practitioners working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.
In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been designed to meet the needs of the health professional whose desire is to develop their clinical career to a higher level as an advanced practitioner. The course philosophy is to acknowledge your prior experience and knowledge as a health professional and subsequently enable you to fulfil your potential as a postgraduate through the development of new understanding, critical insight and advanced level academic and clinical skills. This course is open to practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
This programme will develop the health professional’s knowledge and skills to work at an advanced level of clinical practice. The programme has been designed around the current Health Education England West Midlands (HEEWM) competency framework (2015). The Advanced Clinical Practice Framework for the West Midlands is multidisciplinary and applies to all non-medical healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals.
It is expected that on completion of this course you will be a recognised Advanced Clinical Practitioner (HEWM, 2015) with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices.
You will normally have an honours degree and have been working in clinical practice for a minimum of 3 years and have evidence of studying at level 6 prior to commencing the course.
The course has been developed in response to identified and anticipated demands for increasing the number of health professionals with advanced clinical skills and critical understanding. For the award of Postgraduate Diploma you will study six 20 credit modules. This can be followed by one 60 credit Independent Project module to achieve the award MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.
Typical modules include:
MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.
This master's has been designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing. This pathway aims to bring an advanced nurse practitioner level of practice to district nursing to encourage evolving service delivery models with emphasis on clinical leadership.
This programme is designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing. This pathway aims to bring an advanced nurse practitioner level of practice to district nursing to meet, and to encourage, evolving service delivery models with a strong emphasis on clinical leadership.
Components of leadership relevant to advanced practice in district nursing include the use of robust evaluation methodology so that practice is prescribed, delivered and audited, based on understanding of the search for, and use of, valid data. Leadership within district nursing also require the skills to manage and develop staff, and to work effectively with other agencies. The programme, mapped against the RCN competences for advanced nursing practice also provides practitioners with the opportunity to qualify as independent prescribers.
For experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing.
The majority of assessment is by coursework and includes assessment of practice; some modules are also assessed by one examination.
Graduates typically work with district nursing teams and manage district nursing provision.
The postgraduate forms a pathway towards the MSc Nursing.
This course will provide you with an opportunity to develop master’s level education in contemporary specialist nursing theory and practice in relation to your chosen area. It is suitable for experienced nurses who wish to advance their professional career and contribute to the delivery and future development of specialist clinical nursing care in order to enhance the quality of the service users and carers experience. This is achieved by maintaining high standards of knowledge, skills and proven abilities through the education of specialist clinical nurses.
You will develop valuable knowledge and skills in communication and clinical nursing leadership and the ability to articulate and advocate on behalf of the service user and carer which is central to the role of the specialist nurse in practice.
This course values strong clinical nursing leadership and encourages accountability for ensuring a high quality and patient-centred care experience for individuals and their families. Content is based on advancing theory, principles and role concepts of specialist clinical nursing and can facilitate your practice to an expert level as defined by Patricia Benner (1984) in From Novice to Expert; excellence and power in nursing practice. You will utilise a research and evidence based approach designed to inform your specialist nursing practice in the core central tenets that underpin specialist care.
This course aims to meet the requirements for the development of specialist clinical nurses as key professionals contributing to the provision of high quality nursing care. There will be opportunities for:
Our course teams have worked closely with employers and key stakeholders to develop a framework of core knowledge and skills and ensure a nationally consistent approach to specialist clinical nursing in the specified field. The need to put the patient at the forefront of all decision making is essential and the specialist nurse is in a uniquely privileged position to ensure that this is done.
This course, as well as preparing for and developing your specialist clinical nursing role and practice, can also be the first step to further academic qualifications. Further study is available to progress in your studies at level 7 and achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing and ultimately an MSc Nursing.
Participating in academic study at this level will encourage analysis and criticality; this will continue to improve the experience of the patient and may offer significant opportunities for promotion and career advancement.