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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 course 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 40 CATS points against optional modules on the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. 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):

PG Diploma (120 CATS points): The PG Certificate modules above plus:

MSc (180 CATS points): The PG Certificate and Diploma modules above plus:

Most modules can also be taken as a standalone Postgraduate Award.

Optional modules

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.

English language requirements: Band A with specific component scores of 6.5 in reading and writing.

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 and a poster presentation.


Key Facts


Cheryl Grantham/Eva Mussio /Claire Runaghan

Tel: 024 765 73958/74263

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

Case studies

Read interviews with our course director and one of our Advanced Clinical Practice students to find out more about the course

Upcoming date(s) for MD982:

Cohort A01
Day 1 – 20th March '19
Day 2 – 21st March '19
Day 3 – 10th April '19
Day 4 – 11th April '19
Day 5 – 8th May '19
Day 6 – 9th May '19
Day 7 – 15th May '19
Day 8 – 16th May '19
Day 9 – 22nd May '19
Day 10 – 23rd May '19
Day 11 – 5th June '19
Day 12 – 6th June '19
CBE – 4th July '19

Upcoming date(s) for MD981:

Cohort A01

8th - 9th April '19,

29th April - 1st May '19

7th June 2019 (CBE)

How to apply