Taught course

Professional Clinical Practice

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

  • All students must have an effective registration with an appropriate Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) in health care in the UK. This programme is not open to international students
  • Nursing students must have level 1 registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Non-Nursing students must have an effective registration with an appropriate UK Professional statutory regulatory body (PSRB) in health care
  • Students should usually have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
  • Students should possess BSc (Hons) 2:2 degree award minimum (or equivalent)
  • Where appropriate, recognition of prior learning (RPL) and experience can be accredited.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall is essential.

Months of entry

February, May, October

Course content

This programme is designed for post registration health care practitioners to help to develop high-level decision making and leadership skills in complex clinical situations in order to positively impact patient care.

As noted below, one of the key features of this MSc programme is that students are able to ‘step on’ and ‘step off’ the programme at a variety of award stages to take a break before completion of the full MSc over a total of 6 years. Students can study relevant clinical modules and can achieve an exit award relevant to their clinical speciality.

Students on this programme can exit at the following award stages:

  • Students can take just one module on the programme (either 15 or 30 credits) as part of their CPD and exit with a single module called an Institutional Credit Award.
  • Students can undertake 60 credits of modules and exit with a PgCert Professional Clinical Practice award.
  • Students can undertake 120 credits of modules (including x2 core modules) and exit with a PG Dip Professional Clinical Practice award.
  • Students can undertake a total of 180 credits (including x2 core modules) for the full MSc Professional Clinical Practice award.

Key features

  • Flexible exit routes and awards.
  • Explore your clinical speciality in depth.
  • Designed in partnership with local hospital trusts, health care providers and clinical practitioners, ensuring course content remains relevant and in line with current practice.
  • A post registration postgraduate academic qualification will enhance employability and support career progression by providing high-quality health care education.

If a student is unsure which exit award they wish to aim for they should enrol on the full MSc and discuss their module choice or progression at one of the MSc Professional Clinical Practice student open surgeries, held monthly with Programme Leader Deborah Dowsett. Email ddowsett@dmu.ac.uk to book your place.

Fees and funding

Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding through Workforce Development Funding with their employer

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

One to six years studied part-time only

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
0116 250 6070