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Advanced Clinical Practice


This course is designed to increase your employability across a range of healthcare settings.

Providing the theoretical underpinning and practice base to enable health care professionals to deliver safe and effective autonomous care, this course will prepare you to work at a senior clinical decision making level.

Consistent with national guidance, this structured professional development will enable non-medical clinicians to undertake a full systems examination (child and adult) and to develop the knowledge and skills to clinically and critically interpret results of tests and investigations.

A flexible, modular structure allows you to study over a three year period starting with the PG Certificate, then progressing to the PG Diploma and then going on to the full MSc.

Taught by senior practising clinicians and health care professionals, this is an interactive programme where you will learn through seminars, group work and individual study.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people from a range of professional backgrounds including nursing, physiotherapy, paramedic practitioners and other health professionals working in primary care, community care, emergency and urgent care settings and in large assessment areas including Urgent Care Centres.

Applicants who have successfully completed a non-medical prescribing course at another UK HEI and have registered this qualification with their professional body will automatically be granted Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) of 20 CATS points against one optional module on the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. The normal 5 year period for APCL will apply. Applicants will be required to provide original evidence of their qualification and professional registration of this qualification.

Course content:

The course is modular and organised in blocks of study lasting between four and six days at a time, which can be consecutive days within the same week or spread out over several weeks.

PG Certificate (60 CATS points): MD982 Clinical Examination Skills for Health Care Professionals (40 CATS) and MD981 Clinical Investigations and Diagnostics for Health Care Professionals (20 CATS)

PG Diploma (120 CATS points): The PG Certifcate modules above plus three further modules: MH923/MD915 Understanding Research Critical Appraisal in Health Care (20 CATS), MH928 Introduction to Management in Health Care Organisations (20 CATS points) and one optional core module chosen from the module list below.

MSc (180 CATS points): The PG Diploma modules above plus a Professional Project (40 CATS) and one optional core module chosen from the module list below).

Most modules can also be taken as a stand-alone Postgraduate Awards.


PG Certificate - Year 1

Core modules:

PG Diploma - Year 2

Core modules:

Optional core modules:

Choice of one optional core module to the value of 20 CATS points from the list below:

MSc - Year 3

Core module:

Optional core modules:

Choice of one optional core module to the value of 20 CATS points from the list below:

Entry requirements:

First degree (2:2) or equivalent and current registration as a healthcare professional alongside four years post-registration experience. Applicants will need to be currently employed or have access to clinical placements that will support development of clinical skills during the course of the modules. Applicants will need to have access to clinical and educational mentorship support.
Applicants without a degree may be admitted to a Postgraduate Award, and could potentially progress to an MSc upon successful completion of the Award.

Teaching methods:

This is an interactive programme. You will learn through lectures and seminars, practical group work and guided reading. You will benefit from guided discussions and have the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt during the sessions.


Assessment for each module can be seen by looking at the relevant module page but typically consists of written essays of 3000-4000 words, a portfolio and/or a case based examination. The Professional Project is assessed by 4,000 word project report, an oral presentation and poster presentation.

Key Facts


Cheryl Grantham/ Eva Mussio / Claire Runaghan

Tel: 024 76573958

024 76572958

Course Director

Sam Brace-McDonnell

MSc: 3 years part time
PG Dip: 2 years part time
PG Cert: 1 year part time

Location of Study: University of Warwick

Upcoming date(s) for MD982:

Cohort A
Day 1 – 25th September
Day 2 – 26th September
Day 3 – 27th September
Day 4 – 28th September
Day 5 – 4th October
Day 6 – 5th October
Day 7 – 11th October
Day 8 – 12th October
Day 9 – 18th October
Day 10 – 19th October
Day 11 – 14th November
Day 12 – 15th November
CBE – 18th December

Cohort A01
Day 1 – 21st March
Day 2 – 22nd March
Day 3 – 11th April
Day 4 – 12th April
Day 5 – 25th April
Day 6 – 26th April
Day 7 – 9th May
Day 8 – 10th May
Day 9 – 23rd May
Day 10 – 24th May
Day 11 – 6th June
Day 12 – 7th June
CBE – 6th July

Upcoming date(s) for MD981:

Cohort A

6-8 November , 4-5 December 2017 11 January 2018 (CBE)

Cohort A01

9-10 April, 30 April - 2nd May

8th June 2018 (CBE)

How to apply