Advanced Clinical Practice MSc – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2023

Part-time: 5 years (maximum course length)*

Why choose this course

  • Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum to take on more responsibility as a practitioner, enhance the capabilities of multidisciplinary healthcare teams and work towards the constant improvement of patient care
  • Access our Clinical Simulation Centre, including our Immersive Learning Environment and Critical Care Unit, to practise real scenarios on lifelike manikins and actors
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS
  • Get the academic requirements needed to meet the standards set by the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (HEE, NHSi, NHS England, 2017) and the Centre for Advancing Practice (HEE) to become eligible to join the National Directory of Advanced Clinical Practitioners
  • Opt in to get a V300 independent and supplementary prescriber qualification and register this with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to prescribe any medicine within national and local guidelines or study advanced medicines management to enhance your knowledge of pharmacology and optimising medication for service users.
An Introduction to Advanced Clinical Practice

Five reasons to choose Surrey for your postgraduate studies

What you will study

You’ll evolve your leadership skills and your knowledge of contemporary policy, healthcare, and the theoretical perspectives on clinical practice. You’ll also develop the ability to tackle complex issues and use your initiative, applying your judgement to important clinical decisions when complete data is absent. You’ll explore and analyse key leadership issues in health and social care, while challenging and debating contemporary theory and practice.

You can study our V300 independent and supplementary prescribing module to improve patients’ access to appropriate medication. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and appropriately within your area of practice, and in line with current non-medical independent and supplementary prescribing legislation.

You’ll consider and critically evaluate links between theory and practice, exploring strategies relevant to the facilitation and assessment of learning within the workplace.

Facilities

You’ll benefit from our multi-million-pound facilities, home to our Clinical Simulation Centre that includes two wards, a Critical Care Unit and a Community Flat. Our Immersive Learning Environment, lifelike manikins and actors will transport you to the centre of hospital wards, so you can practise your skills and get a taste of scenarios you may face in practice.

You’ll also get exclusive access to our Independent Clinical Learning Space, set up each week with the necessary equipment required to practise the techniques you’ll be learning.

Teaching staff

You’ll learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS. You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, including local doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers.

Research groups

You’ll be invited to join one of our research groups where you’ll participate in discussions about research topics, findings and publications, and benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world. We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work, and a collection of seminars and workshops, allowing you to network with like-minded individuals.

Teaching

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations, simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs) and written work.

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Professional recognition

MSc - Health Education England
This programme is accredited by the Centre of Advancing Practice.

Health Education England's Centre for Advancing Practice has been established to standardise post-registration education by accrediting advanced practice courses that achieve the standards outlined in the multi-professional Advanced Practice Framework.

Practitioners who have completed accredited education programmes will be eligible to be listed on the Centre's Advanced Practice Directory.

Programme accreditation from the Centre for Advancing Practice will bring a new level of consistency to the workforce and help showcase advanced practice within health and social care.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

We’ll prepare you to take the next step in your career, transforming you into an advanced practitioner with enhanced self-direction and excellent problem-solving abilities, preparing you for advanced practice roles in modern healthcare.

91 per cent of our health sciences postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (**Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA). Our alumni typically take on more senior roles within the NHS or in private healthcare.

Visit the NHS careers website for further information.

Academic year structure

This part-time course will enable you to flexibly complete modules, fitting these around your existing commitments.

Course length

*This course can take between 2-5 years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Unstructured (2-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Students must take all core modules, and make the following choices:

Transforming Services for Quality OR Strategic Leadership for Healthcare

V300 Non-Medical Prescribing OR Advanced Medicines Management and one optional modules

Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-modules.htm

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply. We'll also ask you to attend an interview.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Applications are screened for standard documentation and then referred to the programme lead for review and interview (telephone or face to face).

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

Fees

Start date: October 2023

Part-time - 5 years

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Additional costs

Travelling expenses such as those incurred for travelling between their clinical practice area and the University.

General programme related costs such as study materials. Potential costs involved in working/studying remotely e.g. internet connection etc.

The Independent and Supplementary prescribing module (V300) requires current DBS status check so this may incur costs.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our Charter, Statutes, Ordinances, Policies, Regulations and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/2023 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Graduate Entry Medicine degree, health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.

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