University of Brighton

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Clinical Practice (Taught)

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Course summary

Our Advanced Clinical Practice MSc offers an exciting opportunity to become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) . This course is open to experienced registered healthcare professionals wishing to advance their career at masters level. This course supports health professionals, who are taking on the role of ACP, from multi-professional backgrounds such as physiotherapy, podiatry, occupational therapy, paramedic science, midwifery and nursing in both primary and secondary settings. Advanced clinical practice is an evolving level of practice enabling experienced senior staff working in the NHS and other healthcare organisations to develop their role or innovate their practice. The course is aligned to Health Education England’s Multi-professional Framework (MPF) for England covering the four pillars of advanced practice. You will conduct a research project including data collection or developing an implementation plan for a change in practice. This invaluable experience will enable ACPs to function at the highest level within the health care system. The course team is multi-professional and provides specialist and advanced knowledge to students, while supporting them closely through partnerships with employers and mentors in practice.

Course details


In Year 1 all students take three core modules: Managing Complexity in Advanced Clinical Practice (ePortfolio),and one from: Advanced Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology and Clinical Decision-making (Adult/Child); Child Advanced Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology and Clinical Decision-making. One research module from: Research Theory and Application for Health Professionals; Qualitative research; Mixed Methods Research; Quantitative Research Methods. In years 2 and 3, you choose between two routes: ACP research advancement and ACP service improvement.

Entry requirements

Applicants should: be registered with an appropriate professional healthcare body in the UK (for example, HCPC, NMC, RCOT) and should normally have a minimum of three years post-registration experience; be working for a minimum of 15 hours a week in a trainee ACP or ACP role with the backing of your employer or manager. Applicants are normally required to attend an interview; normally hold a first degree. Applicants who have 60 or more level-6 credits or a non-honours degree meet the requirements if all 60 credits have been awarded in the last five years, otherwise they would normally be expected to demonstrate their ability to study at this level by completing a level-7 module before enrolment. Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL/RPEL) is available to all students enrolled on educational programmes within the School of Health Sciences.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7866 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7866 Year 1
Scotland £7866 Year 1
Wales £7866 Year 1
International £13842 Year 1

Additional fee information

You may have to pay additional costs during your studies. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Mandatory requirements for your course are covered by the tuition fees. These include things such as health or criminal record checks, specialist materials and mandatory field trips. Optional field trips, accommodation and course materials are not included in the tuition fees and you will need to pay for these yourself. Please contact the school that delivers your course about possible extra costs before you apply. The tuition fees for part-time postgraduate courses depend on how many modules you take in the year. For example, if you study half of the modules that a full-time student would study, you will pay 50% of the full-time fee. Once you decide how many modules you want to take, we can help you to calculate the fees.
Advanced Clinical Practice at University of Brighton - UCAS