University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Advancing Practice

This programme offers students the opportunity to advance their practice through selection of a profile of modules that meet their personal development needs and aspirations. Modules are designed to facilitate the student's capability to undertake a range of roles, for example, specialist, extended scope or consultant roles. They also appeal to those involved in service development or role redesign. The programme has a clinical focus and offers flexible learning for allied health professionals and nurses. We have developed the programme further by including the opportunity to undertake clinical placements overseas, enabling us to meet the needs of international students. Opportunities are available for participants to evaluate their current practice and undertake learning experiences that advance their capability as a practitioner.

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme is on the basis that students normally have: current registration with the relevant professional/regulatory bodies appropriate to the location of the clinical placement component of the programme (to include professional indemnity). A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. The degree should normally be a 1st or upper 2nd class Honours degree. Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development. Additional criteria for clinical placement component in the UK: evidence of satisfactory current Criminal Record check; evidence of satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record. Students also need to submit the following documentation in support of their application: 2 academic/employer references in support of their application and professional and practical capabilities; transcripts of their degrees so far (certified and translated in to English if appropriate); evidence of their clinical placements and experiences to date; evidence of appropriate professional registration. International students: English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

Course modules

Core modules: developing evidence based practice; advancing practice through personal and professional development; evidence based clinical practice; research dissertation (MSc only). Optional modules: choose 3 from: advanced manipulative physiotherapy 1: lower quadrant; advanced manipulative physiotherapy 2: upper quadrant; current issues in health; work based continuous professional development; developing evidence based cardio-respiratory practice; developing evidence based neurological practice; developing evidence based neuro-musculoskeletal practice 2; from neurons to society; mixed methods research designs; project management and research governance; sports medicine (football) 1; sports medicine (football) 2.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that students take.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 13 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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0121 414 5488