Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Specialist Practice

This flexible course aims to develop and enhance the skills of healthcare professionals working with patients with an acute illness or those experiencing an acute episode of an existing long term condition; it is designed for those wishing to enhance and develop their skills within a specific area of their practice; the aims of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) in career development and progression are embedded within the structure of the course, enhancing specific competencies of the practitioner in the workplace; students are encouraged and supported to increase their level of autonomy through critical reflection on and development of practice in line with current professional standards.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject. Non-graduates with alternative qualifications and experiences will be considered on an individual basis and will be required to attend an interview and to complete pre-course work.

Course modules

Compulsory module: Contemporary specialist practice. Optional modules with four different pathways (nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, or radiography).

Sponsorship information

The SHA (South West Strategic Health Authority, formerly known as WDC) may fund courses for employees of NHS Trusts and some independent organisations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 1,680 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
PgDip Part-time £ 1,680 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
MSc Part-time £ 1,680 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Glenside Bristol BS16 1DD South West

Key information

Admissions and International Development
Telephone number: 
0117 328 3333