Taught course

Advanced Practice

Cardiff University · School of Healthcare Science

Entry requirements

Please check the following page for information on entry requirements: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/1020.html

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Course Aims:
This programme is designed to offer a flexible, innovative and individualised educational opportunity to meet the requirements of health, social care and relevant professionals within a developing evolving health care climate. The programme will enable practising professionals from across the primary and secondary and tertiary care spectrum to demonstrate an increased level of competence through the development of advanced professional and clinical decision making and leadership skills which will enable the delivery of evidence based care that meets the health and social care needs of individuals, families and society.

Course Description:
The programme offers generic and specialist pathways providing students with the opportunity to explore their specialist areas of practice and obtain a relevant named degree within the MSc in Advanced Practice programme e.g. MSc in Advanced Practice (Colposcopy).

The specialist pathways through this programme are:
- Non-Medical Prescribing
- Education for Health Professionals
- Safeguarding Children
- Community Health Studies
- Colposcopy
- Generic

The programme is divided into modules that are credit rated. Each taught module offers 30 credits, with an optional dissertation for those who wish to move to Master's level. Students must complete four modules in the taught component of the programme; one of these is a compulsory research module and the remaining three modules are of the students' choice dependant on the pathway chosen.

Compulsory module:
- Research Skills: Approaches, Designs & Methods (NRT081)

Optional modules (students choose three):
- Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning in Screening (NRT110)
- Advancing Assessment and Decision Making (NRT153)
- Advances in Colposcopy (NRT115)
- Cardio-Respiratory Physiology and Pathophysiology (HCT045)
- Collaborative Working in Eating Disorders (NRT140)
- Complexities of Care Management (NRT149)
- Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (NRT136)
- Exploring Advanced Practice (NRT071)
- Evidencing Learning in Professional Practice (NRT148)
- Foundations in Colposcopy (NRT116)
- Health Policy and Funding (NRT074)
- The Neuroscience of Human Movement and Dysfunction (HCT240)
- Non-Medical Prescribing 1 (NRT082)
- Non-Medical Prescribing 2 (NRT083)
- Partnership Working in Safeguarding Children & Young People (NRT105)
- Patient Safety and Clinical Risk (NRT073)
- PGCE - Assessment and Evaluation (NRT139)
- PGCE - Facilitating Learning and Teaching (NRT138)
- Population Screening - 30 credits (NRT109)
- Therapeutic Practice in Safeguarding Children and Young People (NRT112)
- Transforming Care, Systems and Services through Leadership (NRT150)

Dissertation Modules:
Choose one module from the following menu:
- Dissertation Module: Empirical Research (NRT078)
- Dissertation Module: Work-Based Project (NRT079)
- Dissertation Module: Systematic Review of the Literature (NRT080)

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required

Fees and funding

UK & EU students with a first class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) can now apply for a £3,000 scholarship. You need to have applied for this course by 5 July and then complete a separate application for the scholarship by 2 August. More details on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Mrs Sandra Arthur
+44 (0)29 2091 7752
+44 (0)29 2091 7744