MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
This course is subject to validation
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) supports registered healthcare practitioners in their continued professional development to Masters Level. At the beginning of the course, students will identify their own learning needs in collaboration with their clinical supervisor, manager and academic advisor to create an individualised route through the programme that builds on their existing knowledge, skills and experience, whilst enabling achievement of competence and capability at the level of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).
Additionally, students can choose to develop more specialist competencies (e.g. College of Emergency Medicine ACP competencies) through the Negotiated Learning Module; or can apply to transfer existing Level 7 credits from modules in their clinical specialism, through the Recognition of Prior Learning (APL) route in place of the Negotiated Learning module. Students completing this course will be able to lead and support advanced clinical practice.
Tailored to you
We tailor the programme to suit your professional goals and aspirations. We also support you to gain additional qualifications alongside your study.
Top-Up Existing Knowledge
Transfer existing Level 7 credits from modules in your current specialism.
Learn alongside work
This course is built to allow you to work alongside your study.
What we're researching
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
What you'll study
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
- Exploring and Challenging Advanced Clinical Practice (Core)
- Health and Holistic Social Needs Assessment in Advanced Clinical Practice (Core)
- Social Prescribing, Coaching and Guidance in Advanced Clinical Practice (Core)
- Complex Decision Making in Advanced Clinical Practice (Core)
- Research Methods (Core)
- Negotiated Learning 1 (Leadership and Management) (Optional)
- Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (Optional)
- Negotiated Learning 2 (Clinical specialties) (Optional)
- Research Analysis for Advanced Clinical Practice (Optional)
- Professional Advocate (Optional)
- Dissertation in Advanced Clinical Practice (Core)
- Advanced Clinical Practice Capability (clinical practice) (Core)
- Advanced Clinical practice in Learning Disability (Optional)
- Advanced Clinical Practice in Midwifery (Optional)
- Advanced Clinical Practice in Physiotherapy (Optional)
- Advanced Clinical Practice in Urgent and Unscheduled care (Optional)
- Advanced Clinical Practice in Care of Older Adults (Optional)
How you'll be assessed
Assessments for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will be broken down as follows:
50% Coursework, 50% Exam for year 1*
50% Coursework, 50% Practical for year 2*
100% Coursework for year 3*
How you'll learn
All students will be required to be in clinical practice in an area that supports the development of the role. They will also have to identify an appropriate ACP or Medical Supervisor to oversee the acquisition of new clinical skills and for this supervisor to manage the clinical elements of the programme. All students will enrol on the Advanced Clinical Practice capability module and will not be able to complete the award unless this module has been satisfactorily signed off by the clinical supervisor. If students are unable to complete this module an award of Healthcare Studies will be made.
We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go. Lab, rehearsal and practical on campus sessions are scheduled in blocks with online options.
We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students.
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.
Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).
Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor led sessions, individual learning, practical activities. The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.
Who teaches on this course
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
What you'll learn
As a university we place great emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment as an advanced clinical practitioner. The ACP course blends a mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support as well as supporting your clinical learning by supervising a learning contract with your employer.
All students will be required to be in clinical practice in an area that supports the development of the role. They will also have to identify an appropriate ACP or Medical Supervisor to oversee the acquisition of new clinical skills and for this supervisor to manage the clinical elements of the programme.
Students will be able to develop their advanced skills covering advanced multi-system diagnostic skills, advanced research methods commensurate with the advanced nature of the role students will move into. The independent and supplementary prescribing modules will enable learners to be NMC/HCPC independent and supplementary prescribers which will enhance practice in the clinical setting.
Your future career
Postgraduate study will provide students with enhanced knowledge in their chosen clinical subject area, as well as highlighting ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory - all skills which are sought after by employers.
This programme is developed in partnership with local employers and as such is closely mapped to both the needs of the student and the needs of the employer. This ensures that students will complete the course with specific, focused skills that are desirable to local employers and the wider health and social care community in East London.
All students will join the programme from practice, develop their skills and understanding through the programme and return to practice with these developed qualities and attributes tailor made to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner role and role trajectory and specifically to roles that have been designed for them by their employer
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal