Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The course is open to applicants who hold state registered qualification as a nurse, paramedic or allied health professional.

Students will normally have studied to BSc or equivalent, and must have a minimum of 5 years' experience of which 2 years' full-time - or equivalent - experience is in the speciality they wish to have as the scope and focus for their study.

Students will normally have studied a 'health assessment module' or are required to pass a health assessment exam organised by the course leaders. Students must have the written support of their line manager and access to a suitably qualified senior clinical mentor for the duration of their studies.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.

This degree is aimed at healthcare practitioners who want to make real a difference and improve standards of practice throughout all aspects of healthcare provision. This exciting programme has been developed to meet the needs of health care practitioners who wish to expand their practice, to be recognised as 'Advanced Practitioners'. The course will support development of the ability to:

  • enhance the quality and standard of patient care;
  • influence the strategic direction of patient care within your own field of practice;
  • develop into an enquiring and reflective clinician.

The Advanced Clinical Practice MSc is approved and supported through Health Education England, working across the West Midlands, and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

Why choose this course?

  • Because it will actively support the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that underpin advanced practice. It will promote and stimulate the ability to confidently:
  • enhance the quality and standard of patient/child clinical care within the practice setting;
  • develop into an enquiring, reflective clinician;
  • expand the professional boundaries of clinical practice as a result of increased theoretical knowledge, interprofessional working and supervised practice;
  • implement service developments and clinical practice via teaching, supervision, clinical audit and research and business/project management across all care groups/across the life span;
  • adopt a pro-active approach to continuing professional development;
  • develop enhanced healthcare practitioners patient/child, family and carer relationships;
  • respond to the changing demands of health care practice;
  • influence the strategic direction of patient care within own field of practice/across the life span at local and national level.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment tools are used including traditional essays, but also seminars, presentations, poster production and assessment of clinical skills via OSCEs and assessments in practice. The intention is to use assessment tasks to develop practical skills useful to support advanced practice roles undertaken.

Fees and funding

UK students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Unit
+44 (0) 24 7765 5388 or +44 (0) 24 7765 5958