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Advanced Clinical Practice PgCert, PgDip and MSc

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Mode of study

1 year full-time

3 years part-time


£8,000 full-time

£18,720 full-time

Staged master
£2,670 per stage

Entry requirements

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

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Are you an experienced healthcare practitioner? Are you looking for the right qualifications to further your career? Perhaps you're a practising occupational therapist, physiotherapist or nurse, for example, and would like to develop your medical career into a leadership role. This course has been designed with this in mind. The programme gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of our five pathways. These are:

Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)
You’ll develop advanced assessment and reasoning skills for the treatment and rehabilitation of the critically ill patient from the intensive care unit through to the community setting.

Advanced Clinical Practice (Prevention and Rehabilitation in Long Term and Chronic Conditions)
You’ll develop advanced assessment, reasoning and research skills to deliver effective preventative and rehabilitative strategies for people living with, or at risk of, long-term and chronic conditions.

Advanced Clinical Practice (Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation)
You’ll develop advanced assessment, reasoning and research skills for the treatment and rehabilitation of MSK patients presenting within inpatient, outpatient and primary care settings.

Advanced Clinical Practice (Neurological Rehabilitation)
You’ll develop advanced assessment, reasoning and research skills for the care and rehabilitation of people living with neurological disorders.

Advanced Clinical Practice (Occupational Therapy)
You’ll develop advanced assessment, reasoning and research skills for the care and rehabilitation of people in healthcare and community settings.

At Brunel, we understand the challenges of fitting study around work and family life. This is why we have made our courses so flexible. You can study full-time, part-time or even just take one or more CPPD modules for your professional development and return to complete your course at a later date.

Following successful completion of this programme, you’ll 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.

If you are a manager in the healthcare sector and you’re interested in Brunel’s Advanced Clinical Practice modules as professional development for your staff please contact Sophie.Hunter@brunel.ac.uk

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, necessary for leading in today’s global health care systems. You’ll learn a holistic approach to patient care alongside clinical leadership skills and how to use evidence-based practice and research to make informed decisions that grow your knowledge and expertise.

Through a combination of key modules in advanced clinical practice, clinical leadership, evidence-based practice and research, you’ll be able to select modules to define your specialist pathway; Critical Care; Prevention and Rehabilitation in Long Term and Chronic Conditions; Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation; Neurological Rehabilitation; Occupational Therapy; and Pelvic Health (subject to approval). You’ll complete a combination of modules specific to the pathway you choose in addition to compulsory research and leadership modules and a choice of generic optional modules.

If you don’t want to commit to full or part-time study of the entire MSc, 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); Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and MSc in discrete stages.

You can also take one or more specific modules within these pathways as part of Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) and work towards a full programme award at a later date

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

Following successful completion of this course, you’ll be fully prepared for a leadership role as an advanced practitioner in your relevant clinical profession (e.g. nursing, occupational therapy or physiotherapy) or can move into a variety of senior positions within a range of healthcare settings.

This programme is ideal for senior clinicians, clinical leads, managers and research academics who are looking to develop and improve the care and experience of service users, along with service provision.

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UK entry requirements

Must have a pre-registration degree in a relevant allied health profession with at least one year of specialist clinical work experience.

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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 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 100 (min 20 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



£8,240 full-time

£4,120 part-time


£19,280 full-time

£9,640 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

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

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll benefit from the expertise of academics across our well established clinical sciences department, giving you a truly interdisciplinary perspective on important topics. Many of our academics currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings, so they will be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and patient-assessment skills.

Our lecturers are active in research and often contribute to the development of professional guidelines, so you know you’re being taught by practicing healthcare professionals with a high profile in the sector. You’ll also be able to benefit from studying alongside other healthcare professionals in similar fields, giving you the opportunity to network and share ideas.

Our teaching approaches are diverse and you’ll benefit from lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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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.