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Advanced Clinical Practice PGCert, PGDip and MSc

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NEW for September 2018.

Five specialist pathways are available within this programme: Critical Care - Prevention and Rehabilitation in Long Term and Chronic Conditions - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Neurological Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy. Please click here for more information.

Please note this programme offers staged awards. You must successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip). Successful completion of PGDip allows admission to the full Master’s (MSc) qualification. You can also take one or more ‘Taster Modules’ to work towards a full programme award at a later date.

Webinar: Find out more about this exciting course by viewing our recent Advanced Clinical Practice Online Webinar and Q&A delivered by Dr Alexander Nowicky, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy.  

About the course

This flexible post graduate programme has been designed for experienced health and care professionals who aim to develop their academic and clinical practice to an advanced level.

Through a combination of key modules in advanced clinical practice, clinical leadership, evidence based practice and research, a suitable selection of options can be used to define one of several specialist pathways including: Critical Care, Prevention and Rehabilitation in Long Term and Chronic Conditions, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, and Occupational Therapy.

You’ll benefit from a course designed to incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective necessary for leading in today’s global health care systems. The course can be undertaken in either full time (one year) or staged, part time study over three to five years.


To support the professional development of senior clinicians, clinical leaders, managers and academics. The course will provide post-registration academic pathways for the development of clinicians, and academics working in a variety of health care settings.

Following successful completion of the programme, you will be prepared for a leadership role in developing and improving the care and experience of service users, along with improving service provision across the range of health and care settings.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

Five specialist pathways are available within this programme:

  • Critical Care
  • Prevention and Rehabilitation in Long Term and Chronic Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy.

Please click here for more information on these specialist pathways.

To make the pathways accessible to working clinicians as well as full-time students, each pathway can be undertaken full time or in discrete stages:

  1. Completion of one or more ‘Taster Modules’. These can be used at a later date towards a full programme award
  2. Advanced Clinical Practice (Specialist Pathway) Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
  3. Advanced Clinical Practice (Specialist Pathway) Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
  4.  Advanced Clinical Practice (Specialist Pathway) MSc.

For each pathway students will complete a combination of modules specific to the pathway speciality in addition to compulsory research and leadership modules and a choice of optional modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Clinical Leadership
  • Quantitative Methods and Design for Health Science Research
  • Qualitative Methods for Health and Social Care.

Optional modules:

Students may select modules from other specialist pathways or a selection of the following generic modules:

  • Health Economics
  • Information Management for Health Care
  • Facilitating Learning and Teaching in Clinical Practice.

Additional details on the range of named specialist pathways and their associated modules can be found here.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


The course will prepare you for leadership roles as an advanced practitioner in your relevant clinical profession (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, or physiotherapy).

Advanced clinical practitioners can move into a variety of senior positions within the healthcare setting.


Senior positions as advanced clinical practitioners in the health professions in a variety of health care settings.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2018/19

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

Teaching and learning

The course uses a range of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops that cover broad subjects, providing an interdisciplinary perspective on important topics, as well as specialist lectures to enhance the advanced clinical practitioner’s development of academic and clinical expertise.

Assessment and feedback

The course uses a range of flexible and engaging approaches to assessment. You'll be assessed through exams, critical essays, portfolios, oral presentations and your dissertation.

The choice of the specific type of assessment will be appropriate to the intended learning outcomes of the taught modules. The assessment strategies will balance the need to demonstrate knowledge and competencies with more in-depth and critical approaches to learning. Such assessment approaches will include examinations, presentations of relevant clinical case scenarios, and coursework, which will take the form of critical assessment of literature and research, critical essays, and the development of the selected portfolio of learning.

Finally, the dissertation provides demonstration of an ability to synthesise and critically evaluate current research underpinning clinical practice, and to develop and undertake relevant research as well as its dissemination.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

Additional course related costs

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.