Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Healthcare clinicians with a professionally and academically accredited BSc (Hons) (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised) or equivalent in a health profession* at a minimum award of 2.2 hons level or above.

*Health profession such as; Doctors, Nurses, Health and Social Care Professionals. Health and Social Care Professionals encompasses the list of professions regulated under the Health and Social Care Professions Act (2005) Ireland. These are clinical biochemist; dietician; medical scientist; occupational therapist; orthoptist; physiotherapist; podiatrist; psychologist; radiographer; social care worker; social worker; speech and language therapist. Other health professionals (e.g., paramedic, dentist) may be admitted on approval from the course director.

Months of entry


Course content

The PG Cert in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda. The programme will offer participants the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on their own practice and to implement mechanisms of change to enhance current practice.

This is a programme individually tailored to your professional needs. Rather than a prescribed course of study, you complete a core module on evidence-based practice or research methods, and we then work to identify other modules that suit you needs, ranging from project management, lean thinking and leadership to intercultural care and applied psychology, with many other options in between. The Independent Learning Module provides the option for you to put forward a specialist topic and receive one-to-one supervision to research that. The output you produce from this module can be tailored to your requirements: e.g. a clinical guideline, an evidence summary, a mini dissertation or a suite of resources, amongst other things. This programme can then lead into the Master of Science in Advanced Healthcare Practice, which follows the same practitioner-focused course design.

Tell us what you need to know, and we will help you become the expert in that area.

Objectives: Graduates will obtain in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice. They will reflect critically on their own and others’ learning styles and practice.

Programme Aims:

  • To discuss professional issues relating to the provision of healthcare services
  • To examine the different sectors of patients/clients, service providers and models of service, and their differing needs
  • To source, critically appraise and synthesise the most up-to-date research
  • To acquire an advanced level of clinical reasoning and critical thinking
  • To develop advanced level assessment and identification of service need in the student’s area of clinical practice
  • To integrate research knowledge with clinical expertise and patient preference to establish the means of providing cost-effective, high quality clinical services​

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Cert Administrator
+ 353 61 234301