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MSc Professional Clinical Practice

Course Description

This MSc in Professional Clinical Practice has been designed to enable graduate nurses and health and social care practitioners to choose an academic pathway suited to their individual employability and practice. The programme is an ideal foundation for potential practice development roles, academic teaching, management, leadership, a career in research of further study at PhD level. With only two core elements, which prepare you for and immerse you in research, there is extensive scope to devise a programme tailored to your individual needs and other commitments.


The programme consists of 80 credits of core modules and 100 credits of option modules. The core modules introduce you to the research process and allow you to develop a research proposal and complete a dissertation.

The flexible nature of the programme allows you to choose from a variety of potential subject areas for your option modules. For example, you will have the opportunity to explore themes such as leadership, mental health, clinical supervision, public health, health promotion or learning disabilities.


This MSc is delivered through lectures, workshops, seminars, group work and critical debates. The aim is to provide a framework to underpin the development of critical thinking and sharing in the learning process. The approach varies between modules and will often incorporate blended learning, where face-to-face sessions are supported by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).


Edge Hill University enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching quality. The teaching team comprises staff from the Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Evidence Based Practice Research Centre. You will be taught by experts in professional clinical practice who publish in international journals and present at national and international conferences.


Assessment methods vary according to the demands of the module but can be through assignments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, portfolios, seminar presentations and work-based learning projects. All of your assessed work can be focused on your own specific areas of interest.


On successful completion of the programme you will become proficient, creative and innovative in analysing and evaluating perspectives in health and social care practice.

You will have the knowledge and expertise to function at an advanced level within the contemporary political, social and economic environment, able to develop strategies for quality enhancement in both role and service development.

Visit the MSc Professional Clinical Practice page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a lower second class honours degree in a health or social care subject. Since the focus for the programme is to link theory to practice, you are expected to have access to a suitable working environment. All applicants will be offered an academic interview.

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