Healthcare (Professional Practice)

Part Time
September 2018, January 2019, April 2019
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

The professional practice programme is a flexible, practice led programme that aims to meet your professional development needs in which ever healthcare area you are working in and your current academic level. It aims to facilitate the development of knowledgeable and proactive solution focused professionals, who are able to apply theory to practice in order to provide and promote best quality care/outcomes in their practice.

What's covered in the course?

The programme offers a range of standalone modules and specialist awards from acute care to tissue viability (see below for a list of routes) to suit your needs. You can study a single module that is relevant to your practice or several to make up a full named award.

A varied range of learning and teaching approaches are used throughout the modules and programme to cater for the wide variety of students who access the programme from across the country. The underlying principle to the learning, teaching and assessment strategies for the Professional Practice Programme is the relationship between theory and practice and making the links to relevant, evidence based and current practice as you progress with your professional development. The programme team are from a range of health care backgrounds and specialists in their own right with continued close links to practice.

Teaching will be both online and face to face, with the face to face teaching at the city South campus.

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focused content
  • An opportunity to examine your practice critically
  • A strong focus on current issues and an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge
  • Flexible study options – chose to study over one or more academic years
  • Each module has a bespoke "Moodle" based website which contains all module documentation, handouts, links to key documents and supplementary articles of interest
  • Ongoing support from staff both academically whilst in university to facilitate your development as a learner
  • Excellence in delivering high quality standards of flexible and bespoke academic provision for post qualifying practitioners
  • Links with healthcare providers
  • State-of-the-art facilities.

New £10,609 postgraduate loans

If you are completing the MSc Professional Practice, you may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,609 available for postgraduate study.

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This course is open to International students

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2018 PT
£656 per module
Jan 2019 PT
£656 per module
Apr 2019 PT
£656 per module

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2018 PT
£656 per module
Jan 2019 PT
£656 per module
Apr 2019 PT
£656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments

Pathway awards in Healthcare can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes

Degree (Level 6)

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module.

Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice. 
  • Implement strategies for accessing and retrieving sources of relevant evidence.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate frameworks.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Optional Module x 4
20 credits
Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic.
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic.
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Optional Module x 4
20 credits
Leadership Skills and Project Management in Health and Healthcare
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Research Dissertation
60 credits

For those undertaking MSc only. The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553) 
Optional Module
Optional Module
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Healthcare)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Healthcare)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Optional Module
Optional Module
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Healthcare)

Level 7 - Year 2
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Healthcare)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Healthcare)
SNTA winner
Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching and learning methods, both in the classroom and online, are used in line with the flexible design of the programme. There is also a range of assessments used depending on your module choice. However the programme aims to ensure that both the teaching and assessments are clearly related to practice assessments.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Alison Simons

Senior Lecturer

Alison was a cancer nurse for 18 years looking after patients with a variety of cancer and receiving a variety of treatments. She was the junior sister of a mixed oncology ward within a large teaching hospital.

Alison then went on to become a professional development sister responsible for the educational needs of 200 oncology and haematology nurses.

She joined BCU in 2009 as a senior lecturer and pathway leader for cancer and haematology within the dimensions of health care framework (now professional practice), for post registered nurses. She has since gone on to gain her master’s in education.

Samantha Toland

Senior Lecturer in Haematology

Sam has been a cancer / haemato-oncology nurse for 18 years, having worked initially in Haemato-oncology and stem cell transplant, she then went on to become a Chemotherapy nurse trainer, responsible for the chemotherapy training and education of all nursing staff in a large teaching hospital trust. 

Victoria Skerrett

Senior Lecturer

Victoria has worked in mental health nursing and nurse education since 1998, with her time in practice being spent in Forensic Mental Health settings and as a Community Mental Health Nurse. She entered mental health work after studying Theology at the University of St Andrews and the University of Birmingham to further her interest in the way in which people make sense of their life experiences. 

In addition to academic studies in Theology and Nursing she took an MA in the Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health at the University of Warwick, focusing on the function which extraordinary experiences, such as voice-hearing and delusional beliefs, might have in the life of the person experiencing them. Her dissertation focused on psychotic phenomena and religious experience. Victoria has since been a member of the advisory panel for the psychosis project. 

During her time at BCU Victoria has developed case studies and simulation for nurse education, she has helped to design OSCEs, and has developed a number of video resources. She is the Pathway lead for the Forensic Mental Health Pathway for post-qualifying students, and also the coordinator of the Nursing in Society Module for the undergraduate nursing programme.  


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Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on 

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes