M.Sc. Blended

Advanced Clinical Practice

18 months
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This programme is aimed at registered Nurses, Midwives and other healthcare practitioners, within the UK, who aspire to develop and work at an advanced level of clinical practice, particularly where there is a requirement for advanced clinical assessment and Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing skills.


We are committed to supporting the improvement of the quality of care delivered to the population. Our programme will prepare you for advanced-level clinical practice roles by increasing your critical understanding and complex decision-making skills across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice; management and leadership, education, research, and clinical practice. This will enable you to take on greater responsibilities when managing complex patient care.

At the heart of our innovative MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice are the core Independent and Supplementary Prescribing modules. Upon successful completion of these modules, you will qualify as an independent/ supplementary prescriber, allowing you to offer a more holistic level of advanced care to your patients. The other core module: Research Methods and Data Analysis in Healthcare will provide you with the opportunity to critically explore the evidence and research that underpins advanced clinical practice. Furthermore, an optional clinical assessment module presents an opportunity to develop your patient assessment and clinical skills, and either a clinical competency-based portfolio or a work-based project dissertation module, will showcase your clinical development.

Further your career beyond traditional professional boundaries and extend the scope of your clinical practice by studying the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

Successful completion of  and Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing results in a registerable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Distinctive features

Join a School that puts an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment. Here are some of the key features of why we think our MSc programme will make you the best advanced clinical practitioner you can be:

  • A programme built to suit your needs: A choice of optional clinical assessment modules within the first year will allow you to tailor your clinical skills based on service requirements and career pathway.
  • Become an independent/ supplementary prescriber: You can qualify as an independent/ supplementary prescriber by undertaking the independent/ supplementary prescribing modules furthering your personal development.
  • Programme mapped: to the Framework for Advanced Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Practice in Wales (NLIAH 2020) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Standards for Advanced Level Nursing (2018).  
  • Nurses who successfully compete the programme will potentially be eligible to apply for credentialing with the RCN:         

Credentialing | Professional Development | Royal College of Nursing (

The programme can also be mapped to the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine curriculum for Advanced Critical Care practitioners (2015), the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Practitioner curriculum (2017), and the Health Education England (HEE) (2020) multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice.

Programme Structure

For programme structure information, please visit our website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application deadline, end of July of each academic year. Your application may be considered after this, but it may be for a later intake.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

For entry requirements, please visit our website.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you’re a home-fee paying student, you can apply for a £3,000 Master’s Excellence Scholarship from Cardiff University to help cover the cost of this programme.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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