Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

You study the core aspects of advanced practice relevant to your clinical speciality. You develop evidence-based approaches to advanced clinical skills.

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  • 3 years

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  • Daytime and evening
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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You also engage with a core set of modules to develop critical academic skills at master’s level. These culminate in a dissertation of your design. The course is interdisciplinary in approach and provides a choice of modules to study in your own area of practice, while developing core transferable skills relevant to advanced clinical practice.

This course has been developed in response to local, national and international agendas for the increased role of primary care and the development of practitioners with special interests. Practitioners are increasingly encouraged to develop advanced clinical skills and enhance their abilities as autonomous practitioners, for example physiotherapists, occupational therapists, diagnostic radiographers, podiatrists, dieticians and nurses.

This course enables you to undertake an academic journey of personal and professional development in a supportive, student-centred environment. Your previous experience will provide the platform on which you will develop as an independent practitioner who can work autonomously taking professional responsibility for your own standards of practice and those of others within a global context.

The course combines core modules with a selection of specialist clinical modules. Clinical modules are selected from a range of designated options available as part of our master's level course provision in the pathway handbook, where you can apply your advanced skills to your own area of practice. You will also have the opportunity to choose a master’s-level option from the Education and Training Opportunities CPD brochure. Your final year will provide you with the opportunity to carry out an independent research study.


Year 1 core module

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health and social care practitioner. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also apply the principles of change management to affect how you use research in health and social care. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, e-learning, formal lectures and seminars.

You are able to opt for a traditional taught approach or an open route that uses e-learning to deliver content – or a mix of both approaches according to your needs.

If you are an international student, you can discuss with the programme leader whether blended learning is appropriate.


and two pathway optional modules

You may consider a 40-credit pathway module rather than 2 20-credit ones.

Year 2 core module

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.


and one pathway optional module and one optional module

Year 3 core module


Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.


Designated modules refer to advanced clinical skills-based modules that form at least 60 credits for any given pathway in the course.

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, e-learning@tees, formal lectures and seminars. You can opt for a traditional taught approach, a distance-learning route or a mix of both. Clinical skills modules use a hands-on practical approach. You focus on an area of interest that you can develop in subsequent modules, such as advancing practice and/or the research dissertation.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment types within the programme to challenge strengths and develop your key transferable skills. Assessments can be either summative or formative.

  • Summative assessments are marked and count towards your final module mark. These are what you might traditionally expect at the end of your module.
  • Formative assessment is used to support and develop your learning. You are set an assignment that gets a mark or feedback but doesn’t count towards your final module mark. It’s a great way to check your progress and get feedback on how to develop your assignments.

Career opportunities

The programme develops core transferable skills relevant to advanced clinical practice across a range of nursing and allied health professions. It is suitable if you are already operating in an advanced clinical role and require skills development.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be registered healthcare professionals with an honours degree (2.2 classification or above). If applicants intend to study some clinical modules, it may be necessary to discuss more specific entry requirements with the programme/pathway leader.

Applications are encouraged from international students. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are expected to demonstrate English proficiency at IELTS score 6.0 or above.

Course information


  • 3 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime and evening
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

Contact details

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