MSc Enhancing Clinical Practice

The MSc Enhancing Clinical Practice is a postgraduate course, offered both part-time and full-time, to a range of healthcare professionals including those from different fields of nursing. It is anticipated that applicants will want to extend and advance the scope of their practice beyond that of initial professional registration, in order to understand the complexities of the modern-day health care environment. The award will focused on preparing a range of experienced healthcare professionals to manage the complex needs of service users in dynamic healthcare settings, whist also developing as either an educator in practice or a clinical or service manager.  

The course design is motivated by the need to develop and improve systems and practices of assessment, diagnosis and care planning across agencies in order to ensure that people’s individual needs are understood and met. Emphasis should be placed upon expanding generalist skills and new ways of working that enable staff to work at the top of their skill set and across professional boundaries, in line with the philosophy of prudent healthcare. To deliver this, the current and future workforce (including those in undergraduate and postgraduate specialist training) should be skilled in areas such as shared decision-making with service users and carers, team working, prevention and population health and wellbeing and formal quality improvement techniques. The proposed course explores these requirements and equips successful graduates with relevant skills.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

Full time

Research methods (40 credits)

  • To provide a comprehensive grounding in research design, methods and the research process.
  • To critically consider the relationship between the research context, research question, method and knowledge development. To equip the student with critical appraisal skills. These knowledge and skills will be transferable to other learning and practice settings.

Clinical assessment and diagnostics (40 Credits)

  • To enable the student to utilise critical, systematic and comprehensive approaches to clinical examination, patient assessment and diagnosis

Leading effective teams in Health and social Care (20 Credits)

  • To enable the student to critically examine the development of effective team relationships and the impact on service delivery within health and social care services.

Enhancing Clinical practice (40 Credits)

  • To critically analyse and apply ranges of systematic and methodical approaches to determine complex needs of patients, and to be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the pathophysiological processes related to fields of practice.

Professional Practice project (40 credits)

  • This module aims to enable the student to critically explore a key issue identified through their own experience and practice, developing on knowledge and skills acquired through concurrent modules, and making recommendations based on critical evaluation of literature and the student’s own experience.


Facilitating Learning and Teaching and Assessment in the Context of Practice (40 Credits)

  • To enable the participant to develop their knowledge, skills and competence to effectively facilitate and support learning and undertake the assessment of students and others within the context of the participants’ area of practice.

Successful completion of the module will also support NMC registered participants to fulfil the role of the professional regulatory body requirements of a Practice / Academic Assessor.


Part time 3 years

Year 1 

  • Research Methods (40 credits Core)
  • Enhancing Clinical Practice (40 credits core)

Year 2

  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics (40 credits core)
  • Leading effective teams in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Year 3

  • Professional Practice Project


  • Facilitating learning, teaching and assessment in the context of practice


This course will be delivered through a hybrid learning approach with a variety of face-to-face lectures and tutorials on-line learning packages, simulation and skills-based teaching, some sessions may also be pre-recorded and available on the virtual learning environment.

The clinical modules will include simulation within The Clinical Simulation Centre provide immersive learning opportunities to contextualise and apply theories to practical, authentic scenarios. The Clinical Simulation Centre provides a safe environment for students to rehearse key practice-based procedures and interventions procedures and gain experience to these where exposure is limited within the practice learning setting.

Modules will have 1 contact day per week.


Students on this award will be supported by both Award leader and module manager, with academic coaching available. Students will also have a named supervisor for all written assignments.


There will be a variety of both written assessments, OSCE examination and summative presentations within the award.


The University’s online learning environment, Unilearn, provides information about your course, including support materials and resources for each of your modules.

There is a dedicated Librarian for the Care Science School, who can help students with many different queries, including relevant journals and books, or even assist with literature searches. The library has an excellent range of online books and journals which can be utilised using the dedicated Find It system. 


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

All students MUST have professional registration with the relevant Professional regulatory body i.e. NMC and HCPC.

A Relevant degree at the level of 2:2 or higher, Or students without a first degree must have undertaken at least 100 Level 6 Credits and further appropriate evidence of experience (RPL) in the relevant area of practice.

 All students must be at least one year post-original professional registration.

Students must be able to demonstrate the application of the course to their clinical area of practice via an appropriate and detailed personal statement in their application.


International Entry Requirements

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £10250

  • Full-time International:  £16000 

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

We would envisage graduates of this award going onto:

  • Specialist nurse roles within their field of practice
  • Developing as practice development nurses
  • Clinical service manager

What kind of student would this course suit?

Health care professionals with a professional registration with the relevant Professional regulatory body i.e., NMC and HCPC.