Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

MSc: 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 CRB disclosure Successful candidates will also require the support of their line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) in order to access the programme, as the student will need to accrue clinical hours working alongside their DSMP. PgCert: In addition to the above, those who are applying for the PgCert only must have already achieved an MSc in Advanced Practice or equivalent, to be judged on an individual basis against set criteria including: Whether the MSc degree held remains relevant to current specialist area practice Whether the MSc degree held included a comparable research component, and clinically focused modules

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 programme aims to advance practice through facilitating the individual’s capability to extend their competence to advanced practitioner level through education, clinical experience and support from a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP).

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is a three year, part time programme, and is made up of 180 credits, including 4 taught modules of 30 credits each, plus the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (60 credits).

In addition to the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio, students are required to undertake the core module ‘Approaches, designs and methods for research and health improvement’, plus 3 optional modules of their choice, from a defined menu of available modules (see below).

Students are required to complete 3,150 hours of associated practice. During the clinically focused hours students will be under direct and/or indirect supervision by their allocated DSMP or a designated Advanced Practitioner.

Assessments used within the programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and clinical practice, and will include written work such as reflective narratives, Objective Structured Clinical Assessments (OSCA’s), situational analyses, case study analysis, oral/ teaching presentations, seminars, project work and completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolios.

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

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice

To support the development of practitioners aiming to work at advanced practitioner level within practice who already hold a Masters level qualification, the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio is available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate.

A two-year, part-time programme, the Postgraduate Certificate is run in conjunction with the MSc and consists of the Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio only.

Further information, including details of available modules, can be found on our website: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p329.html

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Sue Williams
+44 (0)29 2068 7538