Introduction

If you're a nurse, physiotherapist, paramedic or other health care practitioner looking to enhance your professional development then our course provides a flexible programme in which to develop your knowledge and clinical skills. The programme is framed on the four pillars of advanced practice - clinical practice, facilitating learning, leadership and evidence, research and development.

This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.

The provision of healthcare today requires a team that works collaboratively and utilises the strengths of the team to provide optimal patient centred care depending on their specific needs at the time. All clinical roles within healthcare are evolving and expanding. Taking on an Advanced Clinical Practice role will require you as the healthcare professional to develop new skills and knowledge harmonious with the four pillars of advanced practice (clinical practice, facilitating learning, leadership and evidence and research development), and to develop high-level critical reasoning, judgement and decision making skills.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice will enable you to learn and develop the core foundation knowledge of advanced and advancing practice. From September 2019, students enrolling on the Postgraduate Diploma will complete two courses for the non-medical prescribing qualification (pending Regulator validation) along with an introduction to research and one optional course. In year 3 (2020) students will be able to complete the full MSc programme by choosing three optional courses and a 15-credit project course or a 60-credit dissertation.

We have designed a programme that delivers the range of expertise and skills that are now expected of an advanced practitioner whether they are working in the acute sector or health and social care integration services. The programme offers choice and there are options for a research or more applied approach if that was desired. This programme is delivered in partnership with our NHS colleagues by senior clinicians and clinical academics from medicine and staff from PA, nursing and the allied health professions.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen

Study Options

Students complete four courses to be awarded the PgCert in Advanced Clinical Practice (60 credits). Completion of these four 15-credit courses provides the foundation knowledge to enable you to further develop your knowledge and clinical skills in becoming an advanced practitioner. The four courses are closely aligned to the National Core requirements for Advanced Practice.

Students primarily enrol for PgCert (1st year) then choose to continue through to PgDip (2nd year) and MSc (3rd year) subject to personal development goals. The PgDip (120 credits) and MSc (180 credits) will be available for entry in September 2019.

MSc 36 months Blended Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will be available from September 2020 and will include two options for students:-
- 15-credit small project course and three 15-credit optional courses, or
- One 60-credit project.

PgCert 12 months Blended Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Students complete four courses to be awarded the PgCert in Advanced Clinical Practice (60 credits).

Fundamentals of Clinical Method and Decision Making i (ME5009) - 15 Credit Points

This course is designed to prepare nurses, midwives and allied healthcare practitioners who seek to practice enhanced clinical assessment with enhanced autonomy with the additional comprehensive skills in History Taking and Physical Examination across major body systems. When combined with Fundamentals of clinical method and decision making (II), the skills are the foundation for Advanced Practitioner education for those undertaking roles such as Advanced Practitioner, Specialist Practitioner, Consultant Practitioner or Emergency Care Practitioner. They are also essential skills for anyone undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing.

The skills and knowledge gained through this course are also of value to many clinical community based and hospital staff who, as part of their current professional clinical role, are seeking to enhance the quality of the assessments that they undertake on patients in their care. The course is designed to enhance relevant knowledge of anatomy and physiology as they underpin clinical assessment.

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Leadership in Higher / Clinical Education (ME5028) - 15 Credit Points

This course will provide exposure to the wider social and political context of healthcare education and support students to contribute to curriculum development and informed educational debate and discussion. Students will attend face to face sessions. Assessment will be in the form of a reflective account and submission of a proposal for change/research project.

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Fundamentals of Clinical Method and Decision Making II (ME5514) - 15 Credit Points

This course builds on Fundamentals of Clinical Method and Decision Making I, and is designed to prepare nurses, midwives and allied healthcare practitioners who seek to practice enhanced clinical assessment with enhanced autonomy with the additional comprehensive skills in History Taking and Physical Examination across major body systems. When combined with Fundamentals of Clinical Method and Decision Making I, the skills are the foundation for Advanced Practitioner education for those undertaking roles such as Advanced Practitioner, Specialist Practitioner, Consultant Practitioner or Emergency Care Practitioner.

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Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Clinical Education (ME5503) - 15 Credit Points

This course explores delivery of teaching and facilitation of leaning in clinical education. Students’ will develop knowledge and skills of a systematic approach to teaching and how to maintain effective learning environment. Underpinning principles and innovations will be explored for a variety of teaching methods including small and large group and lecture based teaching, work based, bedside teaching and use of patients and simulation for clinical education. This course will also develop critical understanding of receiving and providing effective feedback for learning. Students’ will receive feedback and develop educational practice through the method of peer observation and self-reflection

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PgDip 24 months Blended Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Students who continue their studies will complete a further four 15-credit courses to be awarded a PgDip Advanced Clinical Practice (120 credits). Students will take three compulsory courses and one optional course.

Please note that the two courses for non-medical prescribing are pending validation from the regulators.

Compulsory Courses

Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5027) - 15 Credit Points

This course is an introduction to the skills and information needed to appraise and undertake health-related research. This course provides a foundation for further learning in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Within this course you will develop the skills necessary for the planning, conducting and dissemination stages of health-related research. Topics covered include: - Developing a Research Question, Research Design; Methods of Data Collection; Approaches to Analysing Data; Dissemination of Research findings and Writing a Research Proposal.

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Applied Pharmacology and Clinical Skills in Prescribing (ME5906) - 15 Credit Points

This course focuses on the clinical pharmacology and related science knowledge along with clinical skills that are required for safe and effective advanced practice in medicines management.

The SCQF level 11 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Programme comprises of two course of which this is one. Those who wish to register as Independent and/or supplementary prescribers will need to complete the 2nd module of the programme- Prescribing in Practice. On successful completion of the programme practitioners are eligible to register as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber in accordance with current professional standards and regulations.

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Prescribing in Practice (ME5905) - 15 Credit Points

This course focuses on prescribing governance and the professional aspects of prescribing practice along with the advanced clinical skills required to be a competent independent/ supplementary prescriber.

This course constitutes one part of the SCQF 11 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Programme. Those students who wish to register with their governing body as Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribers will have to successfully complete this course together with the course- Applied Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Clinical skills for Prescribing.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Hands on demonstration and clinical skills teaching will take place on the Foresterhill Health Campus site and in your own area of practice. With the blended learning approach, lectures and teaching resources will be available online via MyAberdeen.

Learning Methods

  • Clinical Learning
  • E-learning
  • Peer Learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

During the programme you will experience a variety of assessment methods including, written examinations and assignments, OSCEs, development of a portfolio including clinical practice assessments which will vary and be specific depending on the course requirements.

Why Study Advanced Clinical Practice?

  • The aim of this course is to provide practitioners with the required knowledge, skills and confidence to manage an episode of care for patients that may have very complex care needs.
  • The programme has been and will continue to be developed using the framework provided by the 4 pillars of Advanced Practice:- clinical practice, leadership, facilitating and learning and evidence, research and development.
  • This programme will enable the student to become a highly autonomous practitioner with ability to make clinical decisions and develop care plans that optimise patient care. 
  • The programme is undertaken through part-time study to accommodate the parallel duties of clinical and academic staff and student. 
  • Face to face teaching including simulation will be delivered at the Foresterhill Health Campus, which is one of the largest health campuses in Europe. 
  • The University of Aberdeen is a Top 30 UK University, Complete University Guide 2020
  • The University of Aberdeen is a World Top 170 University (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applications are invited from those currently working in a clinical setting in the healthcare sector. Written evidence of being supported by their clinical manager to undertake this programme is also required.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

MSc 36 months Blended Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £775
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Honorary staff of the University of Aberdeen will be offered a discount of 20% on the fee for each course.
Indicative Programme Fee £3,100
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per semester.
PgCert 12 months Blended Learning Part Time September

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact study@abdn.ac.uk.

PgDip 24 months Blended Learning Part Time September

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact study@abdn.ac.uk.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

The PgCert Advanced Clinical Practice is the first step towards the MSc, the completion of which will enable you to attain an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role within clinical practice. The knowledge and skills gained from this programme will enable you as an ACP to go on to consolidate your learning and in turn continue to evolve and develop the role of the ACP. Becoming an established ACP is to become an integral and essential member of the multi-disciplinary team that provides a professional consistency within the team. This will greatly enhance the patient experience and aim to give them timely optimal care. Career progression within healthcare for ACP roles include becoming Senior ACP and then Advanced Practice Consultants.

1st in Scotland for Medicine

The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition is ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for medicine (The Guardian league tables 2019)

Our Experts

The programme will be delivered by an experienced, multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned educators, researchers and NHS staff.

Other Experts
Professor Rona Patey
Dr Jonathon Whitfield , Medical Consultant , NHS Grampian
Karen Kindness , Nurse Consultant , NHS Grampian
Alison Moggach , Nurse Consultant , NHS Grampian
Programme Coordinator
Helen Gray

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

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Foresterhill Health Campus

Foresterhill Health Campus

The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX