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Faculty of Health Sciences

PGCert Clinical Practice

Postgraduate - Taught PGCert

Open for admission in 2022/23

Start in September, January, May

Part time
PGCert 1 year

About the course

This online programme is perfect for a clinician who is looking to consolidate their existing knowledge, continuing their professional development or looking to advance into a new role or advanced role.

We recognise that studying whilst juggling work and personal commitments is challenging, which is why we deliver content both synchronously (live) or asynchronously (recorded). This allows you to study when you want, where you want and for how long you want.

We offer a range of assessment methods in this programme, ranging from traditional academic assignments, poster presentations, exams to open book examinations.

We're passionate about our students leaving our programme with not just a qualification, but skills that you can take back into your practice that will enhance your current and future job prospects. 

What you'll study

This programme consists of a range of 10 credit modules that are delivered totally online by academics and clinicians who are experts in their field. We use the latest digital and online teaching techniques that offer bespoke content.

You'll learn asynchronously (in your own time) and synchronously (through workshops, group activities and tutorial support).

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Ethical Decision Making

    The complexities and challenges of clinical practice continue to develop in respect to social, cultural and political factors. Relative to this, practitioners are now faced with complex ethical dilemmas to navigate, and an increase in advanced roles has seen a need emerge with respect to more autonomous decision. This 10 credit module provides an opportunity for post-graduate students to evaluate clinical ethical dilemmas through an application of extensive moral theory and decision making models, fostering the development and refinement of moral reasoning.

  • The Deteriorating Child

    This module will provide you with the theoretical underpinning knowledge that is required to recognise the deteriorating child. The module is taught by academic staff and current practicing clinicians who are experts in their field. You will learn how to use a systematic approach of assessment to identify and treat the deteriorating child presenting with a variety of chronic and acute conditions.

  • Triage and Rapid Assessment in Pre-hospital, Primary and Secondary Care

    Most healthcare environments have elements of triage. There are often formal triage structures in place prioritising treatment or patient care. But, we also triage subconsciously in everyday clinical practice.

    This module will provide you with the theoretical underpinning knowledge that is required to begin to explore your own experiences of triage. You will understand when and why triage is necessary as well as the current evidence base behind decision making. The module is taught by academic staff and current practising clinicians who are experts in their field.

  • Clinical Reasoning (theory)

    Clinical reasoning is seen as a key skill that healthcare practitioners working at an advanced level need to possess. Without these skills there is clear evidence to suggest patients come to harm and learning about clinical reasoning is seen as important to meet the demands of today. This module enables practitioners to understand the key theoretical underpinnings of clinical reasoning.

  • Electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretation

    This module will provide you with the theoretical underpinning knowledge that is required to begin to interpret ECGs in clinical practice. The module is taught by academic staff and current practicing clinicians who are experts in their field. You will learn how systematically interpret and relate a variety of ECGs to acute disease pathologies and a variety of long term cardiac conditions.

  • Trauma Assessment & Management in Prehospital Care (Theory)

    This module will provide you with grounded and functional cognition surrounding the theory of trauma assessment and management. Prehospital primary assessment will be examined and discussed, evolving and assuring your understanding of effective, holistic and systematic patient assessment.

  • Chest Radiograph (X-Ray) Interpretation

    This module will provide you with the theoretical underpinning knowledge that is required to begin to interpret chest radiographs in clinical practice. The module is taught by academic staff and current practicing clinicians who are experts in their field. You will learn how to identify anatomical landmarks, systematically interpret and relate a variety chronic and acute disease pathologies to a variety of high definition chest radiographs. 

  • Haematological and Biochemistry Interpretation

    This module will provide you with the underpinning knowledge that is required to begin to interpret Haematological (the full blood count) and Biochemistry (electrolytes, urea and creatinine and liver function) tests in clinical practice. The module is taught by academic staff and current practising clinicians who are experts in their field. You will learn how to interpret these tests in relation to specific disease pathologies and how these tests can be used to form a differential diagnosis or confirm a diagnosis.

  • Health Promotion

    An opportunity for you to study alongside colleagues from various professions and agencies within a virtual learning platform. The Module indicative content will facilitate valuable learning encompassing local resources relevant to their area of care with a particular focus on epidemiology and social determinants of health. Successful completion of the Module will enable those practitioners with a particular interest in Health Promotion to develop and enhance pre-existing knowledge, skills and experience. Learning will support those who face daily challenges supporting individuals; groups; and communities to adopt positive health behaviours and healthy lifestyles.

  • Infection, Immunity and Anti-Microbial Therapies

    Develop your knowledge, confidence and competence in providing care for patients with infections. Building upon your clinical experience and case studies from practice, you will be challenged to interrogate the evidence that underpins clinical decisions.

Where you'll study

This course is delivered entirely online, but as an enrolled student, you'll have access to the main University campus if you'd like to catch up with classmates over coffee or get some quiet study done in the library.

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Our teaching staff

"The teaching staff have helped me bring together my skills and experiences and apply them to my studies and practice. Studying at Hull gave me the chance to shine.”

Timothy Buescher, PhD Health Studies
Timothy Buescher MSP_9389

Fees and funding

Home: Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk

International: Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

Find out more

Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Our postgraduate taught options prepare professionals to deliver safe and compassionate care underpinned by the latest research and evidence.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or international equivalent in nursing, midwifery or another relevant discipline, plus appropriate experience in a professional environment.


In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.

International students

Application deadlines
  • ATAS programmes - 29 April 2022
  • All other programmes - 15 August 2022

Your deposit should be paid by 25 August, you should accept any offer by 29 August and your CAS must be issued by 5 September.

Language requirements

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes.

Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

Future prospects

Completing the PG Certificate enables students to develop knowledge and skills in research and leadership as well as education opening up career pathways in a variety of healthcare environments, training departments and education institutions.