Advancing Practice in Health Framework

A multidisciplinary course framework housed in the Division of Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR).


In 2019 we launched our exciting educationally and practice relevant postgraduate Advancing Practice in Health Framework. The framework will be attractive to individuals who want to make a  difference to the lives of others locally, nationally and globally. It will be of interest to any individual working in a health-related field such as allied health professionals, nurses, nutritionists, other professionals such as medical practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, and those working in areas such as public health, the community and the voluntary sector. We also welcome enquiries from other interested individuals including international applicants.

The framework aims to foster and develop QMU’s mission of cultivating intellectual capital with both a theoretical and practical focus. Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against the background of current and evolving political and social landscape for health and wellbeing.

The framework is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research). There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advancing practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as a number of more specific modules. The framework also draws on expertise across the University on subjects such as leadership, social science and education.

At QMU we recognise that career opportunities transform over time. In response to this we can facilitate a personalised learning pathway that can lead to PgCert/ PgDip/ MSc Advancing Practice in Health awards. This may be of particular interest to those who already hold a master’s award or wish to study modules in a particular area or pillar of practice. As part of the framework we also offer a
number of named PgDip/MSc awards:

  • MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert Advancing Practice in Community Health and Wellbeing
  • MSc/PgDip Advancing Practice in Medical Imaging
  • MSc/PgDip Advancing Practice in Physiotherapy
  • MSc/PgDip Advancing Practice in Podiatry
  • MSc/PgDip Advancing Practice in Radiotherapy
  • MSc/PgDipAdvancing Practice in Dietetics
  • MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy

Individual modules can also be taken for the purposes of continuous professional development (CPD).

This framework complements the University's wider range of post-registration healthcare courses which encompass:

Person-Centred Practice and Post Nursing Registration 

Why QMU?

We offer a collaborative multi-professional online learning environment. Learning and assessment are underpinned by current research and the evolving landscape of health and wellbeing. 

Our approach to teaching and learning

The framework offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (part-time, full-time, workplace) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning. All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance. Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master’s level study. Teaching hours and attendance No on-campus attendance is required at QMU and course material is delivered entirely online. Each 20-credit module will equate with approximately 200 hours of study, which will include regular online contact and independent  experiential learning.

Career prospects

All modules will provide learners with enhanced career progression opportunities in leadership roles or within their specialist field of practice. Framework modules The following list of modules are all
available in the framework. If opting to study for a single module, you will be able to select any module from this list. If you chose to follow one of the named awards, you will complete the modules
specific to that route.

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Framework modules

Advanced Competencies I & II (20/40 credits): These modules enable you to attain pre agreed work place competencies and to critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning the selected area of work.

Assessment for learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those who have an educational role within their workplace to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessment and feedback methods.

Community Health and Wellbeing Theory (20 credits): This module will enable learners to advance their own practice by gaining a critical understanding of theory related to community health and wellbeing policy and practice.

Diagnostic Investigations for the Lower Limb (20 credits): This module will provide you with theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of diagnostic and laboratory investigations in the lower limb.

Dissertation (60 credits): This module enables learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work which contributes to a subject, field or profession.

Demonstrating Impact in Practice (20 credits): This module will enable learners to advance their practice by demonstrating sustainable impact in practice at a service, project or community level.

Enquiry-based Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with an understanding of research principles, methodologies and analysis.

Facilitation of Learning (20 credits): This module is designed to enable those with an educational role within their workplace to formally develop their knowledge and understanding of how to facilitate learning of others.

Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding of advanced practice.

Leadership for Transformation and Innovation (20 credits): This module will provide you with a broad critical knowledge and understanding of the principles of leadership and business management in the public and private sector.

MRI/CT in Practice (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners working with MRI or CT to develop a critical understanding of protocol selection and development as well as facilitating the evolution of skills and techniques regarding MRI or CT.

Medical Imaging of the Foot and Ankle (20 credits)*: This module will provide learners with a critical understanding of diagnostic modalities to develop evaluative and interpretative skills of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic modalities (NB This module is not available in 2021).

Non-medical Prescribing for Allied Health Profession (40 credits)*: This module will prepare learners to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role as non-medical prescribers.

Principles of MRI/CT (20 credits)*: This module will allow learners working with MRI or CT to develop a more in depth understanding of the theoretical applications of MRI or CT.

Realistic Lifestyle Medicine (20 credits)*: This module will enable learners to advance their practice by critically evaluating, designing, delivering and reflecting on interventions at the individual level to improve health outcomes related to lifestyle behaviours.

Tissue Viability (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical understanding of the evidence base for factors contributing to cutaneous ulceration, viable assessment techniques and the effectiveness of current management practices.

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2019) but are subject to availability. Please check back here for any updates.

These modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary).



Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline

International: English language: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area and/or access to an appropriate workplace setting (paid or voluntary) and require support of a line manager and workplace mentor.

Single module study

You can register as an associate student to study up to two single modules from the Framework modules listed above.

Professional registration

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.


1 year full-time OR 5 years part-time

Exit awards

MSc (180credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Start date

September and January

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