Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

To gain a place on the MSc, you will need:

  • Current registration with the relevant professional/regulatory body.
  • An undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience within the specialised area of clinical practice, demonstrating abilities in clinical, research, leadership and management fields which would normally be achieved through at least five years post-registration clinical practice.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Enhanced up-to-date DBS disclosure.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, developed in collaboration with health care professionals, is designed to prepare clinicians from a variety of professions to undertake advanced practice roles.

Modern healthcare practice has seen traditional professional boundaries change to reflect the demands of national healthcare policy, the scope of practice and patient needs. Increasingly, advanced practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions have to be prepared both academically and clinically to deliver complex care traditionally delivered by doctors.

This course aims to extend your competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a four-year, part-time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including five taught modules of up to 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).

In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, you are required to undertake the core Research and Study Skills modules plus three optional modules of your choice, from a defined menu.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of associated clinical practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated advanced practitioner.

In addition to the group discussions, each student will have the opportunity for five individual tutorials per Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio module with their academic supervisor. The DSMP will support the completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio.

Distinctive features

  • The portfolio offers an innovative alternative to a dissertation, created to take into account the nature of the advanced practitioner role.
  • Our state of the art clinical simulation and clinical skills laboratories enable the development of skills in a safe environment that mirrors the clinical environment.
  • This is a clinically focused course that integrates the anatomy and physiology, altered physiology and advanced practice competencies required to underpin the treatments and decisions made in clinical practice.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)29 2068 7538