Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You should be a registered healthcare professional with an honours degree at 2.2 or above. More specific entry requirements may be required for some of the individual clinical modules within the programme. Currently we are only accepting applications from individuals who hold a significant number of relevant Master level credits (at least 60) which may be used towards achievement of the full MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (generic) award. Applications will be considered on an individual basis and you should contact the course leader below if you would like further information:

Kathy Jackson, senior lecturer in physiotherapy
E: k.jackson@tees.ac.uk
T: 01642 384120

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time course is ideal for you if you are a healthcare practitioner employed in a health and social care practice and you would like to develop advanced clinical skills in this field.

Course Details

Normally a minimum of two years post-registration clinical practice is expected. The curriculum has been designed within the context of developing autonomous practitioners with advanced clinical reasoning skills, with the ability to critically synthesise information from evidence. The programme produces graduates who can apply research and critical perspectives relevant to their healthcare profession and practice. This could be from practical and/or theoretical perspectives. This is driven by our understanding of the drivers for change within the NHS, such as the NHS mandate and Five Year Forward View. Depending on the modules you choose, you may study at the University, through distance learning or through a blended approach. The clinically orientated modules use practical and technology-enhanced activities to facilitate learning. Many of the clinical core modules require your attendance to ensure you achieve advanced clinical skills. Your transition to master's level is managed in the introductory core module Evidence Based Practice. A group tutor supports you, providing feedback to help you grow in confidence as you progress to master’s level. Your programme leader acts as a personal tutor and facilitates tutorials allowing you to discuss your progress.

What you study

The course combines core modules with a selection of specialist clinical modules. You choose your clinical modules from a pathway handbook, applying advanced skills to your practice area.

You can also choose a master’s-level option from the Education and Training Opportunities CPD brochure. In your final year you carry out an independent research study.

Course Structure

Year 1

Core module - Evidence Based Practice

2 Pathway optional modules - You may consider a 40 credit pathway module rather than 2 20 credit ones.

Year 2

Core module - Designing Research Projects

1 Pathway optional module and one optional module

Year 3

Core Module - Dissertation

How you learn

We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, e-learning@tees, lectures and seminars. You can opt for a traditional taught approach, a distance-learning route or a combination of both. Clinical skills modules use a hands-on practical approach. You focus on an area of interest that you can develop in subsequent study, such as within the Advancing Practice module and/or your dissertation.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment types challenge your strengths and develop your key transferable skills. Assessments are either summative or formative.

  • Summative assessments are marked and count towards your final module mark. This traditionally takes place at the end of a module.
  • Formative assessment is used to support and develop your learning. You are set an assignment and given a mark or feedback. This doesn’t count towards your final module mark. It’s a great way to check your progress and get feedback on how to develop your assignments.

Career opportunities

The course develops your core transferable skills in advanced clinical practice across a range of nursing and allied health professions. It is suitable if you are already operating in an advanced clinical role and require skills development.

Information for international students

Applications are encouraged from international students. If English is not your first language you must demonstrate English proficiency at IELTS score 6.0 or above.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance office on +44 (0)1642 342171 or email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384110