Peninsula Medical School

MSc Clinical Sciences

This programme provides you with the opportunity to investigate an area of clinical and professional interest, whilst contributing to service development and improvement with the ultimate aim of enhancing patient care.

The programme is structured as two modules, the first (Project Development) preparing you in the development of a project proposal and the second (Clinical Specialism Project) carrying out the chosen project in your area of clinical specialism. You will be supported by experienced clinical and academic supervisors in developing transferable skills within the clinical environment for lifelong learning in a clinical career.

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Optional start dates

  • February 2019
  • September 2019

Key features

  • You will work with experienced academic and clinical supervisors providing high quality academic support and regular formative feedback via a dedicated online platform.
  • Explore the changing nature of modern healthcare and the requirement for continued evaluation and improvement of current clinical practice in your chosen specialism.
  • Undertake a Clinical Specialism Project in your workplace with extensive support of an academic supervisor and clinical supervisor.
  • Build on the evidence based practice knowledge and skills developed earlier in your studies.
  • Develop critical evaluation and synthesis skills in relation to your particular clinical specialism.
  • Access an extensive range of tailored online resources through our web-based ‘Moodle’ Digital Learning Environment (DLE).
  • Complete the programme with a named pathway that reflects your area of clinical specialism.

Course details

  • Course details
  • The programme will be delivered using a mix of work based and resource based learning with online student/staff discussion forum and individual project work with both academic and clinical supervisory support.

    Throughout the programme, learning will be supported by online systems, which will be accessible anywhere with internet access. The Medical School has dedicated information technology and e-learning teams to source and produce online resources, including access to the latest journals. The web-based ‘Moodle’ Digital Learning Environment (DLE) plays a vital role in supporting students' teaching and learning and is the central hub for all online resources for the programme. 

    Students will be allocated a 'Learning Set' in their first module and will be required to engage in online discussions and reflections throughout the programme to encourage learning from and with colleagues from a variety of clinical backgrounds.

    All students will enrol on the generic programme (MSc Clinical Studies) but will exit with a named pathway that reflects the area of clinical specialism reflected in their postgraduate diploma pathway. For example, a student who has completed a Postgraduate Diploma Cardiology would register on the MSc Clinical Studies, but would exit with an MSc Clinical Studies (Cardiology).

    Project Development
    This module introduces students to the changing nature of modern healthcare and the requirement for continued evaluation and improvement of current clinical practice. The application of contemporary evidence to elicit innovation and improvement is explored. The module examines project design and development and the process involved in developing a coherent project proposal.

    Clinical Specialism Project
    This module enables students to undertake a clinical project aimed at evaluation and improvement of an aspect of current clinical practice within their area of clinical specialism. Students will design and undertake the project and evaluate and disseminate their findings through the production of a final project report.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Clinical Sciences Programme Specification

Entry requirements

The MSc Clinical Sciences programme is a Stage 3 progression route for students who have successfully completed any one of the following postgraduate diploma programmes from Rila Institute of Health Sciences:

  • Postgraduate Diploma Acute Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma Cardiology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Dermatology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Diabetes
  • Postgraduate Diploma ENT 
  • Postgraduate Diploma Family Medicine 
  • Postgraduate Diploma Geriatric Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma Minor Surgery
  • Postgraduate Diploma Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma Ophthalmology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Urology

The MSc Clinical Sciences programme is also open to applications from students who have successfully completed 120 M-level credits from a relevant Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Studies (or similar) from another external institution via the traditional APCL/APEL route.
Students are required to produce evidence of English language ability. If English is not the first language, an English Language qualification such as IELTS of 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in any band will be required. Equivalent qualifications can be accepted. Equivalencies are detailed on our international students English language requirements page.

Students having a UK degree or having lived in the UK for some years may still be required to take IELTS to demonstrate achievement of the required standard. In addition, in order to ensure an ability to meet the academic requirements of the programme, students may be asked to complete a piece of academic writing as part of the admissions process.

Applicants who have a successful Postgraduate Diploma from our partner 'Rila Institute of Health Sciences', do not require specific evidence for their English language abilities. Diploma certificates from RILA will be used as evidence in such applications. In the application form, applicants who have obtained a RILA diploma need to select 'No' for the 'Is English your first language' question and then select 'other'. In the adjoining text box type 'RILA' and attach your RILA diploma certificate.

Fees, costs and funding

New student 2018 2019
Home/EU £6,500 £6,500
International £6,500 £6,500

Fees shown are for 60 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:
  • Evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in this course and outlining the nature of previous and current teaching experience. You can write this into the online application form, or send it as a separate attachment.
  • Two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course 
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this course

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

For more information contact the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

University of Plymouth

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park

Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
Fax: +44 (0)1752 517842

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.