Masters (MSc) in Advanced Clinical Practice

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The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice presents a unique opportunity in delivering expertise to physicians and dentists from all specialties and sub-specialties including NCHDs in clinical medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, pathology, paediatrics,  anaesthesiology, radiology, ophthalmology, dentistry and emergency medicine. The overall aim of the programme is to help junior physicians in training to prepare for the professional challenges that will arise as they train and develop their own practice.

With physicians spending an increasing amount of time undertaking administrative duties, opportunities to train and increase their clinical experience are becoming more limited. This programme has been developed to supplement the clinical experience with structured clinical teaching and training.

This programme can be completed either over one year on a full-time basis or two years part-time. Programme modules are designed to equip you with a versatile skill set that will help to better meet the demands which are an essential part of the professional life of the modern practicing clinician.

Please email macp@rcsi.com with any queries.


Entry requirements

The MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is available to all physicians and dentists (including anaesthesiology, radiology, ophthalmology, and emergency medicine) who are interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities in the wider context of the healthcare and medical community.

To be considered eligible for the programme, you must:

  • Hold the degree of MB/BAO/BCh, dental degree or equivalent.
  • Be registered and in goodstanding with your professional registration body
  • Possess good undergraduate and postgraduate records and references.
  • Not be in full-time employment.

Fees and funding

2021/22 fees: €5,950

NCHDs working in the HSE full-time may be able to combine Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS) funding and Training Supports Scheme (TSS) funding to cover up to €2250 of the cost of this programme.

You can check if you are eligible for this funding by emailing cpdss@rcsi.com.

Please note

  • There is a non-refundable online application fee of €100.
  • All students also need to pay an annual NUI fee of €45.
  • Fees are subject to annual review.

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This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the best evidence underpinning professional skills and techniques needed to provide leadership, management, teaching and research in clinical practice.
  • Integrate knowledge from a number of sources to manage complexity and formulate evidence-based ethical clinical decisions.
  • Lead-out on quality improvement and lean initiatives within your department.
  • Illustrate development of a professional identity as a clinical educator.
  • Illustrate an ability to self-evaluate and reflect in order to develop continuously by identifying gaps in competence and take responsibility for continuing academic and professional growth.
  • Construct a comprehensive research strategy and produce a thesis inclusive of an original piece of research relating to an area of current advanced clinical practice.
  • Think independently, explore and critically analyse innovations in your own area of practice.
  • Distinguish between leadership styles, lead by example by demonstrating exemplary skills in ethical clinical practice, research and teaching.
  • Act professionally and communicate effectively with peers, colleagues, patients, carers and society.

Modules

There are four core taught modules which are mandatory, and three optional modules of which two must be completed to make the 60 credits + Research Dissertation (30 credits).

Core modules

Research Methods Protocol Development, Design and Analysis This module will equip you with the tools to prepare, manage, and design a substantial research project.
Healthcare Ethics and Law This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to gain a deeper and more systematic understanding of ethical and legal issues both in principle and in practical aspects of healthcare and clinical research.
Professionalism and Advanced Communication This module aims to support the development of the core skills below through exploring the concept of professionalism and the principles and practice of advanced communication.
Lean QI and Healthcare This module aims to develop an understanding of the evolution and guiding principles of lean healthcare and the link between 'lean', your patients and patient value.
Research Dissertation In order to successfully achieve the qualification of an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, you must complete a research report to the standard of a high-quality research article.

Optional modules

Clinicians as Educators – Effective Teaching This module aims to support and promote the development of your role as a teacher and assessor in clinical practice.
Leading Your Service and Organisation The aims of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the nature of service and the factors that contribute to excellence in leading service in healthcare through lectures, guest speakers, seminars, readings and assignments.
Medical Technology and Innovation The aim of this module is to provide you with hands-on experience in the industry of medical invention, from identifying un-met needs to developing clinical and market strategies. The module will also seek to build your awareness of the various roles of clinical professionals in the design and development of medical devices.
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