Advancing Clinical Decision-Making

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Key facts

Course code


Start dates

May 2024 / September 2024

Application deadline

18 August for a September start

Academic level


Academic credits


More details

This module can be taken as a stand alone module or as part of the following Programme/s: 

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (MSC-ACP)

MSc Advanced Nursing Practice (MSC-ANP)

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Degree Apprenticeship (MSC-ACP-DA) 

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.


This module will seek to enable clinical practitioners to interrogate and understand the complex factors underpinning decision-making in the context of health and social care. The module will underpin themes running through the advanced clinical pathways in significantly more detail. The aim, to embed critical thinking in clinical decision-making and the adoption of a systematic and empowered approach. Targeted at experienced nurses, midwives and AHPs already working at or towards an advanced level of practice.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

  • Students must be a registered health care professional:
  • At least 3 years post qualification
  • Working at, or towards, an advanced level of practice

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Apply through our Moodle Portal.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) distance learning
£1,000 per single module if taken as a standalone module (PGASSO), or £1,100 per single module if taken as part of an award bearing course

Home (UK) distance learning

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) distance learning
£1,000 per single module if taken as a standalone module (PGASSO), or £1,100 per single module if taken as part of an award bearing course

2024 / 25
Home (UK) distance learning

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

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Learning and assessment

Through teaching and learning activities you will have the opportunity to study and interrogate decision-making and to develop understanding by considering how relevant concepts, theory and constituent factors are involved in a decision making process.

You will be assessed 100% through coursework.

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Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered using a mixture of asynchronous learning activities and discussions via the Moodle platform, and synchronous seminars delivered via Zoom. Students will be supported to build on their existing experience and develop the skills and knowledge required for achieving the learning outcomes. All activities will be facilitated by the module team, in conjunction with relevant specialist experts, while also providing the opportunity to learn both with and from peers. 

In weekly seminars, taught online on Thursday mornings and through class and self-directed work, students will study the following topic areas:

  • Process and reason
  • The role of data and Information for decision making 
  • Key concepts affecting decision making
  • Ethical, legal and professional accountability for decision making
  • Decisions in action: challenges and opportunities



Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment of the module is via a summative piece of written coursework in the form of a critical analytical essay of a decision in clinical practice. This should include a visual diagram of the options and constituent factors involved in the decision making process. The aim is to allow students to demonstrate their ability to interrogate a decision-making process and to develop their understanding of the decision by considering how relevant concepts and theory have been applied. A rubric will explicitly describe the required components in relation to the marking criteria.

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.