Advanced Clinical Practice MSc - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice
PGCert Clinical Practice

Professional recognition

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.

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Part-time PTA61115 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Health Studies

Other internal and / or external reference points

Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (HEE, NHSi, NHS England, 2017) RCN Credentialing for Advanced Level Nursing Practice (2017) East Midlands Advanced Clinical Practice Framework NHS HE East Midlands (2014) Supporting the development of Advanced Nursing Practice : a toolkit approach ( The Scottish Government, 2009)

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Health Sciences

Programme Leader

STOBBART Mark (Health Sci.)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Enable appropriately qualified health and social care professionals to develop higher level understanding of clinical practice. (PG Cert)
  • Provide a stimulating and conducive learning context in which to develop new knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary policy, practice and theoretical perspectives for clinical practice (PG Cert)
  • Facilitate practitioners to develop the knowledge and skills to deal with complex issues, making sound clinical decisions and judgements in the absence of complete data (PG Dip)
  • sound clinical decisions and judgements in the absence of complete data (PG Dip)
  • To develop self-direction and originality in problem solving, facilitating and assessing learning and act autonomously in planning, delivering and co-ordinating care (PG Dip)
  • Facilitate practitioners to develop the knowledge and skills to deal with complex issues, making sound clinical decisions and judgements in the absence of complete data (MSc)
  • To communicate their decisions both systematically and creatively (MSc)
  • To enable the practitioner to develop self-direction and originality in problem solving, facilitating and assessing learning and act autonomously in planning, delivering and co-ordinating care (MSc)
  • To empower and support advanced clinical practitioners to undertake research in order to generate new knowledge to influence advanced clinical practice, and transform services (MSc)

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Explore the theoretical models, theories and frameworks that underpin decision making in practice K PGCert
Consider strategies that will enhance the quality of clinical practice K PGCert
Analyse and evaluate strategies to enhance clinical practice C PGCert
Critically explore the effectiveness of approaches to clinical practice through the synthesis of innovative approaches C PGCert
Be cognisant of the complexities of clinical practice in healthcare C PGCert
Evaluate and utilise theories, models and frameworks of decision making to enhance clinical practice P PGCert
Appraise and apply theories of leadership and change management to enhance clinical practice P PGCert
Adopt a critical reflexive stance towards their own practice and its development T PGCert
Work collaboratively with colleagues, through effective team work, to ensure the delivery of high quality clinical care T PGCert
Become autonomous, utilising professionalism to all aspects of their role whilst effectively communicating and working in partnership with colleagues from a range of disciplines to explore issues in effective clinical practice T PGCert
Explore in depth the conceptual models, theories and frameworks that support the provision of advanced clinical practice K PGDip
Develop and be able to articulate a rational framework of values and beliefs, which underpin their practice K PGDip
Critically explore, assess and evaluate evidence, cases and situations in practice to allow a high level of decision making and clinical judgement C PGDip
Utilise critical thinking and problem solving skills in the demonstration of complex decision making C PGDip
Demonstrate high levels of autonomous practice in complex decision making in an extended scope of practice role P PGDip
Evaluate links between theory and practice to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and assessment of learning within the work place P PGDip
Critically evaluate their own and other¿s practice, in order to ensure that practice is of a high standard and evidence based T PGDip
Design and undertake an investigation of a systematically identified learning and teaching concept using appropriate theoretical and methodological frameworks K MSc
Critically explore and reflect on theories of learning, teaching, assessment and accountability relevant to practice C MSc
Initiate change and practice development, engaging with others to facilitate the professional advancement of self and others P MSc
Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge of research methodology in order to create and interpret knowledge in advanced clinical practice T MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two to five years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 6/7. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Parts of this programme may be studied outside of the standard University structure and may be subject to professional body requirements

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Unstructured (2-5 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Unstructured (2-5 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

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

Transforming Services for Quality OR Strategic Leadership for Healthcare

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (NMC/HCPC V300) OR Advanced Medicines Management and one optional modules

Information on CPD modules can be found at:

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Students undertake practice in their practice area
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.