Advanced Clinical Practice PgCert

University of Aberdeen

Key Information

Course duration: 12 Months

Mode of study: Distance with attendance

Qualification: Postgraduate Certificate

Subject Ranking

Business & Management Studies

  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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    3.02 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

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    0.55 / 1.00

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The Course


If you want to improve your clinical skills this course will appeal to health professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics and many other disciplines to improve your learning, evidence based leadership, research and development. The course focuses on providing optimum outcomes for patients within multidisciplinary teams and the understanding of working across boundaries and human factors involved in complex cases and their management. You learn the necessary advanced clinical skills to enable you to become an advanced and confident practitioner in a clinical setting. The courses are aligned to the National Core Requirements for Advanced Practice.

You gain confidence in dealing with specialist and complex cases and you can progress to PGDip and MSc. The programme is delivered in partnership with NHS Grampian. From 2019 you can progress from this course to PgDip and MSc in year 3. As an advanced practitioner you are able to deal with more complex cases. The programme is delivered via blended learning which is a mix of online learning and on campus learning.

Courses modules include; Fundamentals of Clinical Methods and Decision Making, Leadership in Higher / Clinical Education, Fundamentals of Clinical Method and Decision Making and Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Clinical Education

Online Learning at Aberdeen

When you study online your study and research needs are taken care of online. You have access to the Virtual Learning platform at Aberdeen. On this platform you can view lecturers, speak to lecturers and your tutor, communicate with your peers, enjoy group work where relevant, blogs and many other facilities to ensure your learning experience is like being on campus. You have access to the Sir Duncan Rice Library and its extensive e-resources to ensure you have the same quality of experience as you would on campus.

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by researchers and a department which won the Queens Anniversary Prize in recognition of achievements in developing new medical imaging techniques. Research at the university also led to the first MRI scanner
  • You learn adjacent to the teaching hospital and use the new £2m PET-CT scanner, new radiotherapy centre, linac treatment, 3T and 1.5T MRI scanners
  • You study online and at Foresterhill which is one of the largest medical campuses in Europe and research, teaching and clinical practise converge at ARI hospital. There are libraries and medical imaging facilities there plus the stunning Sir Duncan Rice glass library at Kings College with views over the city. Connections are by free shuttlebus.

Start Dates

  • September 2019 at Foresterhill Campus: The Institute of Medical Sciences

University of Aberdeen

University League Table Ranking: 28th

The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe,...

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Postal Address

School of Medical Sciences
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD

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