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Advanced Clinical Practice (MSc/PgCert)

Course Description

The innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice at the School of Healthcare Sciences, developed in collaboration with healthcare 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 programme aims to advance practice through facilitating the individual’s capability to extend their competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).

Students are required to complete a maximum of 3,150 hours of associated practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated Advanced Practitioner.

Assessments used within the programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and clinical practice, and will include written work such as reflective narratives, Objective Structured Clinical Assessments (OSCA’s), situational analyses, case study analysis, oral/ teaching presentations, seminars, and completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolios.

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice

To support the development of practitioners aiming to work at advanced practitioner level within practice who already hold a Masters level qualification, the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio is available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate.

A two-year, part-time programme, the Postgraduate Certificate is run in conjunction with the MSc and consists of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio only.
Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please see course website for full entry requirements.

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