MSc Advanced Professional Practice Clinical Sciences
Keep it in the comfort of your own clinic with an MSc APP in Clinical Sciences.
If you’re interested in continuing your professional development across a range of subject areas, then an MSc APP in Clinical Sciences is the answer for you. Learn research methods, evidence-based practice and analytical skills without having to leave your clinic. Develop self-direction, experiential learning and reflective practice while you work, and use what you learn every day to make a difference to both your career and your practice.
You’ll learn in the main by self-study and will be assessed through reflective and critical writing essays. We know how busy your lives can be so we’ve kept necessary attendance at the AECC University College campus as low as we can. When you do need to join us on campus, we’ve scheduled lectures in handy blocks towards the end of the week and at the weekends.
Though this course is part-time and you won’t need to come to campus regularly, you won’t be alone. You’ll be able to speak with your unit tutors who will give you the support that you need to get you through the course. Talk to them through email, phone calls, or even scheduled one-to-one sessions at the AECC University College campus.
If you want to join us on the 2017 - 2018 MSc APP in Clinical Sciences course, make sure you get your applications to us by the deadline of 2 August 2017.
- Course title:
- MSc APP Clinical Sciences
- MSc APP
- 4 years
BSc, DC, MSc, PD, FRCC (Orth), FEAC (Ortho), FHEA, DChiro - Principal Lecturer (Clinical Management)
Peter Miller graduated from the AECC University College in 1992 and was in private practice for 11 years. During this time, he completed a Masters in clinical chiropractic through the University of Portsmouth.
All of our MSc APP courses are split into three stages, and you have the chance to get a qualification even if you can’t commit to the entire MSc course of three or four years of study. At the end of stage one you’ll qualify for a PgCert (60 M credits), at stage two you’ll qualify for a PgDip (120 M credits), and finally an MSc at the end of stage three (180 M credits).
- Professional Clinical Practice (worth 20 credits)
- This first unit lays the foundation of the course and aims to help you develop self-direction through experiential learning and reflective practice. This is taught alongside our Induction Seminar.
- Assessment: Critical reflective account, approximately 2,500 words, worth 50% and Case study, approximately 2,500 words, worth 50%.
- Evidence-based Practice (worth 20 credits)
- Healthcare is always changing and developing, so it’s important to keep up to date with current research evidence, and know when and where to include this in your clinical practice. You’ll develop skills in searching, finding, critically appraising, and applying research evidence to your patients.
- Assessment: Evidence-based case report, approximately 2,500 words, worth 50% and Critical Appraisal of a given research paper, approximately 2,500 words, worth 50%.
- Structured Learning Event 1 (worth 10 credits)
- Identifying your learning needs as a professional, going to learning events, and applying what you’ve learnt in your everyday practice is all part of your continuing professional development. This unit will help you develop skills in reflection and critical evaluation, application of new knowledge and skills, and reflection in evaluating changes in your own performance. You’ll attend a seminar (that has been approved by your Pathway leader) and your assignment will be based on your learning experiences and outcomes in practice. If you attend an AECC seminar then you’ll only have to pay the student rate.
- Assessment: Critical review of learning outcomes, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
In this stage you’ll have the chance to select the units that suit you. All units have M Level Credits assigned to them. You’ll need to pick units that total 60 M Level Credits for the PgDip.
- Structured Learning Event 2 (worth 20 credits)
- In this unit you’ll be given the chance to attend another seminar (that has been approved by your Pathway leader) and your assignment will be based on your learning experiences and outcomes in practice. If you attend an AECC seminar then you’ll only have to pay the student rate.
- Assessment: Critical review of learning outcomes, approximately 5,000 words.
- Structured Learning Event 3 (worth 20 credits)
- Attend a third seminar (that has been approved by your Pathway leader) and complete an assignment based on your learning experiences and outcomes in practice. If you attend an AECC seminar then you’ll only have to pay the student rate.
- Assessment: Critical review of learning outcomes, approximately 5,000 words.
- Current Advances in Practice (worth 20 credits)
- New research and information is constantly being shared, and it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. This unit aims to help you develop skills in searching and finding information, and understanding what to do with conflicting information and how to apply this to your patients and practice. You’ll have the chance to select your own topic depending on your needs and interests.
- Assessment: Critical review of the literature, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
- Clinical Placement (worth 40 credits)
- Develop expertise in clinical practice, learning in your clinic placement and through self-directed learning. You’ll arrange - in negotiation with your Unit Leader - a supervisor to support and direct you in developing your portfolio. Taking a self-directed approach to find material and reach your learning outcomes is important in this unit. The placement should, ideally, be in a specialism that interests you, and where you could complete a research dissertation during the Masters stage of the course. You’ll need to complete a logbook, too, summarising what you learned and the number of hours you spent in the placement or as self-directed study. You’ll spend a minimum of 25 hours in your placement, and your Clinical Supervisor should sign each entry in your logbook. A minimum of 50 hours in total will be spent on overall learning, a mixture of time at the placement and self-directed study.
- Assessment: Critical reflective report on the placement, approximately 3,000 words, worth 40%, and two evidence-based case studies, approximately 2,250 words, each worth 30%. You’ll also need to produce your logbook.
- Orthopaedic Practice (worth 20 credits)
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and management of orthopaedic conditions. You’ll reflect on the diagnostic accuracy of relevant investigations and evidence of efficacy of management options, while you develop the knowledge and understanding of an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and management. This unit will also aim to help you develop a critical awareness of particular issues in orthopaedic practice, specific to those in geriatric and paediatric groups.
- Assessment: Two critical accounts of the use of a problem solving approach and the assessment and management of orthopaedics conditions within clinical practice, approximately 2,500 words, worth a total of 100%.
For your final stage in MSc APP Clinical Sciences, you can pick between two unit groups.
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Understanding different types of clinical research designs and which designs are best to answer particular questions are important in evidence-based practice. You’ll not only develop skills in clinical research designs, data collection, and data analysis, but this unit prepares you to identify potential areas for research and plan an investigation.
- Assessment: Reflective Research Protocol, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- You’ll complete a research investigation in an area that applies to your professional practice. You’re likely to carry out the investigation in your workplace, collecting and analysing real-time clinical data, but facilities at the AECC may also be available. You’ll be supported by expert research supervision, institutional research facilities, and ethics approval boards.
- Assessment: Research Dissertation, approximately 10,000 words, worth 100%.
- Audit Methods (20 credits)
- This unit will develop your skills in data collection and data analysis based on audit findings, and ways to improve clinical practice.
- Assessment: Reflective audit protocol, approximately 5,000 words, worth 100%.
- Clinical Audit (40 credits)
- A clinical audit is very relevant to professional practice, as it allows recommendations to be made to improve both your practice and how you approach your work. You’ll complete a Clinical Audit as part of your Masters.
- Assessment: Clinical Audit, approximately 10,000 words, worth 100%.
Our course is designed for health practitioners in professional practice, so if you’re working and have an undergraduate degree in medicine, chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy, exercise science, sport science, nursing, or another health related degree, then you’re almost ready to go. You’ll need a recognised first qualification in line with the admissions regulations, and if English is not your first language, we’d be looking for the following:
- IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each section
- TOEFL overall score of 79 with minimum scores of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking
- Grade B minimum in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
If you’ve already successfully completed the PgCert Professional Development (Chiropractic) then you don’t have to complete the Professional Clinical Practice unit in stage 1. Talk to your Pathway Leader about any prior learning as this could count towards your credits.
If you have an undergraduate degree that’s not listed, it may still be considered - it all depends on the level of human biological science completed in the course. Talk to Admissions by email or calling us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
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There are a lot of things to consider when applying for a degree, including course fees. Take a look at the current course fees for the MSc APP in Clinical Sciences (2017/2018) entry.
- If you don’t hold any Masters or other level 7 or higher (M) degree (PgCert/PgDip): £2,414 per annum
- If you do hold any Masters or other level 7 or higher (M) degree (PgCert/PgDip): £3,201 per annum
- EEA (non-EU) or Swiss Nationals: £3,201 per annum
- All other applicants: £4,198 per annum
The prices listed are if the fees are paid in full by 31st October.
Potential discounts for APP applicants.
1. AECC University College Alumni receive 10%
2. Recent graduates (2012 - 2017) receive 50%
Take a look at our Fees and Funding page to find out more.
Starting a postgraduate course for the first time? If you are under 60 and live in the UK, you might qualify for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with your study costs. This is being offered to people starting a postgraduate course from 1st September 2017. Find out more about postgraduate loans and if you qualify on the gov.uk website.
We’d like to let you know that your course fees are due annually, and may be subject to change. Decisions about changes to course fees, arrangements, and dates for teaching sessions are the right of the course organisers - they’ll let you know if anything is due to change. Bear in mind that the fees currently advertised by the AECC UC are for the first year of the programme only. We advise to budget for an increase of up to 5% for each following year. All increased fees will be posted to the AECC UC student website, so don’t worry if you forget.