Taught course

Advanced Practice (Clinical)

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Applied Health and Professional Development

Entry requirements

You must: have a first degree, or prior learning at the equivalent, appropriate level; have three years' post-registration experience in clinical practice; be employed in a suitable clinical role in the UK for the achievement of clinical learning outcomes, have evidence of current professional registration with the NMC or the HPC in the UK; have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within your area of practice; have explicit written support from your line manager. You must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level with an IELTS overall score of 7.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The course aims to prepare, support and develop effective clinical leaders in health and social care who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education and research responsibilities.

Your final award will depend on the number of modules you successfully complete. There is the option to study one module (20 level 7 credits) or two modules (40 level 7 credits) at any one time, working towards the completion of study at any of the three offered academic award levels:

  • PGCert (3 modules worth 60 level 7 credits)
  • PGDip (6 modules worth 120 level 7 credits)
  • MSc (9 modules worth 180 level 7 credits).

Advancing Professional Practice (compulsory for all award levels)

This module enables students to analyse and debate key issues in the advancement of professional health and social care practice. You will examine developments within your professional field, and in relation to your own role.

Advanced History Taking and Assessment (compulsory for all award levels)

This practice-based module aims to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to take a comprehensive patient history and a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. This module will significantly enhance your assessment skills and ability to accurately describe the patient/client's history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team.

Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice (compulsory for all award levels)

This module enables you to critically appraise knowledge and evidence related to the physiology underpinning diagnostic tools and interventions used within practice. The development of this knowledge will enable you to provide a theoretical base from which to make efficient and effective decisions in relation to patients'/clients' health care needs, and their management.

Portfolio (compulsory for PGCert)

The module requires you to develop a portfolio of evidence of achievement of the module learning outcomes. Group work in workshops on portfolio development and tutorial time with academic advisers are provided to support you in producing your portfolio of evidence.

Portfolio (compulsory for PGDip and MSc)

The module requires students to develop a portfolio of evidence of achievement of the module learning outcomes. Group work in workshops on portfolio development and tutorial time with academic advisors are provided to support students in producing their portfolio of evidence.

Advanced Research Design (compulsory for PGDip and MSc)

This module is designed to help you develop greater independence in your ability to engage in investigative work. It aims to develop decision-making skills related to research design.

Dissertation (compulsory for MSc) - 10 hours of negotiated supervisor-student contact

This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of investigative research which allows students to demonstrate the development of skills in scholarship and an ability to focus on a specific research question(s).

For PG Diploma and MSc awards you will be required to complete two further modules from a list of options which could include non-medical prescribing, evidence-based practice, independent study, leadership in health and social care and tackling cancer.

Information for international students

Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course. Take our University English course to help you to meet the English language requirements of your master's course.

Visit our information for more information about these courses.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


part time
24-48 months


part time
18-24 months

Course contact details

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