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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    October, March

  • Course Duration

    MSc 3 years part-time; PGDip 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Advanced Practice in Health Care course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    03 June 2019

Our Master’s degree in Advanced Practice in Health Care is designed for experienced healthcare practitioners who want to consolidate their skills and develop to an advanced level.

You will develop enhanced assessment, diagnostic and disease management skills and have the opportunity to carry out studies for non-medical prescribing.

Throughout your studies in Advanced Practice in Health Care, you will refine critical research and analytical skills in relation to clinical practice and develop professional reflective practice techniques.

Why Advanced Practice in Health Care at Swansea?

The Advanced Practice in Health Care course is delivered through our College of Human and Health Sciences, giving you the benefit of our extensive cross-disciplinary teaching and research expertise. According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014-2021, over 75% of research carried out at the college was of international or world-leading quality.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care course consists of core modules which are mapped against the four pillars of advanced practice which are set out within Welsh advanced practice framework. This equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop your practice. 

We offer two intakes per year, one in October and one in March.

As practitioners working in clinical practice we constantly review the course to reflect the current needs of the health care community.  Our academic team is made up of professionals who are active in their specialities including advanced practitioners and a medical practitioner. We work in partnership with local health boards and the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust in the selection of all applicants for this programme. 

We have strong links with professional practice and academic research networks in Europe and around the world, so your learning is informed by the latest policy and practice developments.

Your Advanced Practice in Health Care experience

You will be based at our St David’s Park campus in Carmarthen, with plenty of access to our state-of-the-art facilities at Singleton Park.

Our academic staff are active in a wide range of research fields, including public health, psychology, sociology, midwifery, and child nursing, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and current policy and practice expertise.

As a student on the Advanced Practice in Health Care course, you will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Advanced Practice in Healthcare careers

Your postgraduate qualification in Advanced Practice in Health Care opens up a range of career development opportunities in your chosen discipline, including research, education, and management roles.

Advanced Practice in Health Care modules

Modules on the Advanced Practice in Health Care course may include:

  • Foundations in Research
  • Clinical Assessment Skills
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 2
  • Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership
  • Therapeutics and clinical dilemmas in practice
  • Advancing Practice in Primary Care
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Practice Portfolio Dissertation
  • Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing (HCPC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice (HCPC)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (GPhC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice
  • Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing (NMC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice (NMC)
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
  • Advancing your own practice in Blood Component Transfusion

How you're taught on the Advanced Practice in Health Care course

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.

You will also have access to the extensive facilities at the Singleton Park campus in Swansea.

October intake

Part one modules are taught for one day a week between October and May for the first two years.

March intake

Part one modules are taught for one day a week between March and January for the first two years, 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.

We assess your learning using a variety of methods including essays, presentations and objective structured clinical examinations. The assessment for each module must be successfully completed.

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Visit the Advanced Practice in Health Care MSc/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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