Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

This part-time programme is ideal for you if you are a healthcare practitioner employed in a health and social care practice and you would like to develop advanced clinical skills in this field.

Course information


  • 3 years

More part-time details

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

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Normally a minimum of two years post-registration clinical practice is expected. The curriculum has been designed within the context of developing autonomous practitioners with advanced clinical reasoning skills, with the ability to critically synthesise information from evidence. The programme produces graduates who can apply research and critical perspectives relevant to their healthcare profession and practice. This could be from practical and/or theoretical perspectives. This is driven by our understanding of the drivers for change within the NHS, such as the NHS mandate and Five Year Forward View. Depending on the modules you choose, you may study at the University, through distance learning or through a blended approach. The clinically orientated modules use practical and technology-enhanced activities to facilitate learning. Many of the clinical core modules require your attendance to ensure you achieve advanced clinical skills. Your transition to master's level is managed in the introductory core module Evidence Based Practice. A group tutor supports you, providing feedback to help you grow in confidence as you progress to master’s level. Your programme leader acts as a personal tutor and facilitates tutorials allowing you to discuss your progress.

The course combines core modules with a selection of specialist clinical modules. You choose your clinical modules from a pathway handbook, applying advanced skills to your practice area.

You can also choose a master’s-level option from the Education and Training Opportunities CPD brochure. In your final year you carry out an independent research study.


Year 1 core module

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health care. 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 learn how to apply the principles of change management to implement evidence in practice. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including e-learning, formal lectures, seminars and practical activities.


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, lectures and seminars. You can opt for a traditional taught approach, a distance-learning route or a combination of both. Clinical skills modules use a hands-on practical approach. You focus on an area of interest that you can develop in subsequent study, such as within the Advancing Practice module and/or your dissertation.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment types challenge your strengths and develop your key transferable skills. Assessments are either summative or formative.

  • Summative assessments are marked and count towards your final module mark. This traditionally takes place at the end of a module.
  • Formative assessment is used to support and develop your learning. You are set an assignment and given a mark or feedback. This 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 your core transferable skills in 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

You should be a registered healthcare professional with an honours degree at 2.2 or above. More specific entry requirements may be required for some of the individual clinical modules within the programme. Currently we are only accepting applications from individuals who hold a significant number of relevant Master level credits which may be used towards achievement of the full MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (generic) award. Please contact the programme leader to discuss if you would like further information:

Kathy Jackson, senior lecturer in physiotherapy
T: 01642 384120

Applications are encouraged from international students. If English is not your first language you must 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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