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Advanced Clinical Practice (Pelvic Health) PgCert, PgDip and MSc

Course code

7GE3PACPPEHE

Start date

September

Subject area

Advanced Clinical Practice

Mode of study

3 years part-time

1 year (staged study) part-time

Fees

2024/25

UK £11,550

International £23,615

Entry requirements

Degree in a relevant health profession with at least one year of clinical work experience

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Overview

Are you a physiotherapist, midwife, nurse specialist or doctor working within pelvic health? If so, this advanced clinical practice pathway in pelvic health, is designed to provide you with the advancing skills in assessment, diagnosis and patient management to progress as an advanced clinician to provide conservative management of pelvic floor dysfunction.

You’ll explore links between research, theory, policy and practice, and how to apply them to optimise practice and service delivery. You'll become an effective leader and practitioner in the field of pelvic health.

At Brunel, we understand the challenges of fitting study around work and family life. For this reason, we have designed this course to be flexible, so that it can fit around your current commitments. The full master's course can be studied 3 years part-time starting in September.

If you don’t want to commit to part-time study of the entire master's, you can develop your educational portfolio over a longer period of time by undertaking staged study that leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) after one year of study, Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) after two years of study and full Masters (MSc) after three years of study.

Each stage can be studied 1 year part-time starting in September. You could even just take one or more CPPD modules for your professional development and return to complete your course at a later date.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You’ll benefit from a course designed to incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective, that’s mapped against the Advanced Clinical Practice framework and credentials for pelvic health as set out by NHS England.

You’ll study key modules in clinical leadership, teaching and learning and research. Alongside this, your specialist modules will cover assessment and diagnosis; conservative management of pelvic floor dysfunction and advanced practice with postpartum care, and pain.

You’ll learn practical skills to assess and manage urinary and faecal incontinence, emptying disorders of the bladder and bowel, sexual dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse and pain and postpartum acute and long term recovery.

You will learn how to critically evaluate research and will apply this to your own practice and use reflective learning to advance your skills in your clinical practice skills in line with national guidelines.

This course can be studied 3 years part-time or 1 year (staged study) part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Our exciting range of modules are currently under review and may be updated for 2024.

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Careers and your future

The advanced clinical practice and understanding of pelvic health learnt on this course will help you to improve the quality of care you deliver to your patients.

The course is ideal for physiotherapists, nurses, midwives specialising in postnatal care, and health practitioners who treat pelvic floor dysfunction in urogynaecology, colorectal and urology.

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UK entry requirements

All applicants must have a pre-registration degree in relevant allied health profession and the following of relevant experience as a minimum:

1. Students currently working in the UK - At least 1 year of post qualification clinical work experience in the specialism they have applied for. Typically this should be work experience from a ‘Band 6’ level role.
2. Students currently working outside of the UK – At least 2 years post qualification clinical work experience, ideally including at least 1 year in the specialism you have applied for.

You must have met the minimum work experience requirement at the point you apply for the programme. For example, if you submit your application in February 2023, you must have 2 years experience by February 2023 (depending on whether you are working in or outside the UK). This is to make sure that you will definitely have enough experience when you join the course. This does not include internships as they are supervised and therefore technically still part of your training. You should aim to provide documented evidence of your clinical work experience. All applicants should include a detailed CV as part of their application. Applicants who are working outside of the UK should could include letters of recommendations and/or confirmation of employment (we appreciate that what you can provide will vary from one person to another and be dependent on your specific background and employer, so please aim to provide as much documentary evidence when you apply).

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 98 (min 23 in all areas) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry

UK

£11,550 full-time

£5,775 part-time

International

£23,615 full-time

£12,000 part-time

UK Staged Master £3,850 per stage.

International Staged Master £7,870 per stage.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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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.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.