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Advanced Practice (Clinical)

Course Description

The MSc in Advanced Practice (Clinical) aims to prepare, support and develop effective clinical leaders in health and social care who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education and research responsibilities.

Continuing developments in health and social care have resulted in the need for some professionals to have greater responsibility and accountability for developing service provision. This course offers opportunities for a wide range of health and social care professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals, to engage in continuing professional and postgraduate academic development.

The course will extend your skills, knowledge and practice, and challenge your attitudes to health and social care.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/advanced-practice-clinical/

Why choose this course?

- We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

The course has a flexible modular structure. Learning activities include seminars, group discussion and action-learning circles. There is an emphasis on analysing real situations from practice as a basis for examining underlying theoretical issues. All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging each individual to attain their full potential as lifelong learners. In a lively, challenging and supportive atmosphere you will be encouraged to share your learning with peers and colleagues, and to consider how you can contribute to the development of others. The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and interprofessional collaboration.

Some modules are designed in a distance learning mode using IT resources, including the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises). Most are delivered in a ‘blended learning’ framework combining attended taught sessions with online learning and resources.

Approach to assessment

Assessment strategies are varied although largely based on coursework. You will have opportunities to negotiate the specific content and nature of most module assessments with your tutors to ensure that your work combines academic study with challenges in current practice. Assessed work and additional evidence are assembled in a portfolio to demonstrate your progression and achievement in relation to a set of advanced practice outcomes.


Students on the course are employed in senior clinical roles in healthcare; the majority are promoted to consultant or senior clinical management positions as a direct result of completing the course.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

We are very pleased with the results received in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance in the assessment of research, and of this, 10% was rated as world-leading.

We have a number of both promising and senior, experienced researchers working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Visit the Advanced Practice (Clinical) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must: have a first degree, or prior learning at the equivalent, appropriate level; have a minimum of three years' post-registration experience in clinical practice; be employed in a suitable clinical role in the UK for the achievement of clinical learning outcomes; have evidence of current professional registration with the NMC or the HCPC in the UK; have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within your area of practice; have explicit written support from your line manager.

Course Fees

Home / EU: £980 per single module; International: £1,400 per single module

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