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MSc Clinical Practice

Course Description

Our MSc in Clinical Practice really helps health professionals do what they do best – care for patients.

More traditional health related masters programmes deal with important issues involved in the provision of healthcare by including modules on research methods, professional development planning and leadership. However, these subjects alone do not always equip health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to directly care for patients or take on senior clinical roles.

Our MSc Clinical Practice dispenses with these traditional modules replacing them with modules that are directly relevant to caring for patents. So if questions like “why is this patient’s haemoglobin raised?”, “how do I rule out a secondary cause to this patient’s hypertension?”, and “what am I meant to hear when I listen to the heart with a stethoscope?” are the type that cross your mind then this is the course for you. Built around clinical problems and patient journeys, as well as cases, this course takes a problem solving approach to clinical learning and helps you develop the skills you will need in practice.

What you will learn

Our highly experienced and passionate team offer a high level of support throughout the course, ensuring that your study is engaging, challenging and most importantly facilitates your transition to expert clinician.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching activities on this course, including clinical simulations and resource based learning, interactive lectures, demonstrations, tutorials and supervision, problem-based learning, e-learning, podcasts, seminars and self-directed study.

In particular, we make extensive use of case-based learning. By examining patient case studies you will gain new knowledge in a similar context to where you will eventually apply it. This helps you to immediately recognise the value of this knowledge and put it into practice. Cases are used to introduce anatomical and physiological structures, explain pathology and make sense of examination findings. They are also used in the development of skills and the practice of decision making skills. Cases will range from simple ones used for class discussion, to more complicated practical simulated clinical scenarios and presentations about cases that individuals have encountered in practice.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

Visit the MSc Clinical Practice page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship - 3 Awards

The Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship can be awarded to full-time UK, EU, and International Masters students, irrespective of their financial means.In order to receive this Scholarship, applicants must have completed and submitted an application form which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please note that this Scholarship is only available to students undertaking their first Masters course.For more information about this scholarship please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance or contact the Student Funding Advisor, Karen Bentley on 01204 903497

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have been awarded a First-Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU institution.
You must be studying a full-time taught masters at the University of Bolton campus in Bolton.
You must not be in receipt of any other offer, i.e. Alumni Discount or any other fee reduction.
You must not be in receipt of any other kind of sponsorship towards your tuition fees, for example from an employer.
The course of study must have commenced in September 2014 or later.

Application Procedure

In order to receive the scholarship towards fees students must have completed the Masters Excellence Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please return the form with photocopies of your certificates to:Masters Excellence Scholarship Scheme,
Student Centre,
Chancellor's Mall,
University of Bolton,
Deane Road, Bolton. BL3 5ABTel: +44 (0)1204 903497 / +44 (0)1204 903499
Email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should be a health professional with at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a subject relevant to health or social care practice, or recent evidence of relevant study at level HE6 or above. Individuals who do not meet these requirements but who have significant relevant experience, or who show significant promise to excel on the course and have a positive impact on clinical practice, will be considered on a case by case basis.You will be invited for an interview to ensure that you understand the requirements and level of this course.

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