MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
Year of entry
3 YRS (PT)
of practice learning with a focus on the four pillars of advanced practice.
from a medical or clinical mentor throughout the programme.
100% of graduates
are in paid work or study 15 months after graduating*
Why choose? this course?
Extend your knowledge and skills to advanced levels within your specialist area of practice, through a selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice.
The programme aims to enable experienced professionals to:
- Develop a systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of their specialist field of practice.
- Develop a critical awareness of current problems, gaining new insights at the forefront of their area of advanced practice that enables further strategic development of practice and practice knowledge.
- Enable practitioners to inform, enhance and develop their competency within their field of practice.
- Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their subject area through the planning and execution of Level 7 enquiry.
- Study a course where 100% of graduates are in paid work or study 15 months after graduating* * Wrexham University analysis of unpublished data.
Key course features
- The course features a programme structure based on a 50% theory and 50% practice divide in programme hours.
- Assessment of practice learning through a portfolio of evidence allows the student to demonstrate their progression in practice.
- 600 practice hours, focusing on the four pillars of advanced practice.
- Students are supported by a medical or clinical mentor over the two taught years, a feature that is not available in a traditional master’s course.
- Students develop a practice portfolio over the taught elements of the programme to demonstrate their capacity to function at an autonomous level in practice, and illustrate the ability to consider the complex needs of their patients/clients.
- The programme produces practitioners who are able to think at a high level in practice, but who also underpin their practice with a high level of scholarship.
- The programme team work in partnership with the University Health Board and Wales Ambulance Service Trust to select candidates appropriate for this course.
- 100% of graduates of this course are in paid work or study* *graduates surveyed 15 months graduating, Wrexham University analysis of unpublished data.
What you will study
- Clinical Assessment, Diagnostics and Reasoning in Advanced Practice: Part 1
- Minor Injuries Assessment and Management (optional)
- Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses (V300) (optional)
- Minor Illnesses Assessment and Management (optional)
- Principles of Wound Care (optional)
- Negotiated module (optional)
Having studied 60 credits in year one, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate.
- Complexities of Healthcare in Advanced Practice
- Advancing Leadership and Evidence Based Practice
- Clinical Assessment, Diagnostics and Reasoning in Advanced Practice: Part 2
Having studied 120 credits in years 1 & 2, students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
To be accepted onto the programme, candidates must:
- Hold current registration with a professional statutory body pertaining to their area of advanced practice.
- Hold a degree in a discipline cognate to their professional qualification, or hold a non-graduate qualification which the university has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission. Candidates without a full honours degree at 2:2 and above will be required to submit a 1,500 word essay on a topic chosen by the admissions team as part of the induction process. This will be assessed using the Level 6 academic criteria (Appendix I) and must demonstrate achievement at 50% or above for successful admission to the programme. Alternatively, recent successful completion of an appropriate Level 6 module such as Research Methods, Non-Medical Prescribing at Level 6 or Preparing for Master’s Level Study will allow admission to the programme, subject to programme team agreement.
- Have a minimum of two years full-time equivalent post-registration clinical experience.
- Be employed in a clinical role with a high level of autonomy, or be able to secure a placement to the above for a minimum of two days per week, or be in a Trainee Advanced Practitioner role.
- Have a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) (for those students undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing and Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice modules) and have mentorship support during their practice placement from their employing organisation.
N.B. If undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing, further admissions criteria apply which will supersede those above (contact the programme lead for further information). If undertaking Mentorship in Practice or Learning and Teaching in Practice, students must satisfy the pre-requisites for these modules (contact the programme lead for further information). Students without a first degree who are accepted to the programme will be able to take the Non-Medical Prescribing module (where eligible), but may only take this at Level 6 (in accordance with Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) requirements).
Teaching & Assessment
Advanced Clinical Practice students will be assessed in a variety of ways. The balance between the different forms of assessment is determined by the different aims and learning outcomes of the modules.
Assessment methods include academic assignments, case studies, poster presentations and examinations. As the programme is concerned with learning in practice, all students have a clinical portfolio which is completed as they progress through the modules. All students are required to have a DSMP and a mentor in order to support learning and assessment in practice.
Teaching and Learning
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.
Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
On successful completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice/Advanced Clinical Practice (Therapies) course, students will be eligible to apply for advanced practice roles in a variety of settings.
In Wales, students will be eligible to use the title ‘Advanced’ on completion of the MSc.
As it is validated by the relevant PSRBs, on completion of the Non-Medical Prescribing module students will be able to record this qualification with their professional body (NMC, HCPC, GPhC).
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (part-time) are £2,432 per year (billed annually for three years).
Please contact Advancedclinicalpractice@glyndwr.ac.uk to discuss the possibility of accessing Welsh Government Funding for this programme.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding page.
You can see the full programme specification here.