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Research Inquiry for Advanced Practice HEA4244


This module aligns to the 4 pillars to meet the research requirements of the HEE Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (2017). Each learning outcome reflects an element of the 4 pillars of advanced practice and provides the students with an opportunity to move forward with recommendations for changes in practice that will enhance quality, productivity, safety and are disseminatable directly into the practice area.

In this module you engage with research inquiry in an in-depth way. The module enables you to undertake a comprehensive study to address one of the following areas:
a. Critical deconstruction and analysis of a policy or guideline.
b. Conduct a systematic review of the literature in relation to a chosen topic.
c. Conduct a change in practice project or demonstration of clinical audit.

In each case you will have to utilise an appropriate theoretical model to frame their work, the evidence that underpins your discussion and make recommendations for, or evidence change in practice based on your discussion. You will critically analyse the evidence related to the approach and topic chosen, which is negotiated with your supervisor whilst.adhering to ethical guidelines if undertaking change/audit in practice.

Module code:HEA4244
Module credits:40
Cost for new students:TBC

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your module fee will have been advised to you by email.  Any queries on fees to [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

Students on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

What are the key aims of the module?

To meet the research requirements of the HEE Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (2017).

How will I study?

This module is normally studied over four sessions. The module overall takes 35 weeks.

What will I study?

  • An introduction to relevant appropriate theoretical models applicable to the inquiry chosen.
  • How to undertake research inquiry, how to scope literature and evidence, and policy analysis and development.

How will I be assessed?

Assignment/project 100 Volume 8,000 words.

Study dates and venues

September 2022 S1

Venue: TBC

Starts: Monday 26 September 2022

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February 2023 S2

Venue: TBC

Starts: Monday 6 February 2023

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September 2023

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Monday 25 September 2023

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February 2024

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Monday 5 February 2024

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How to apply

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please complete the online enquiry form.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinator: Chris Rice via email on [email protected].

Or you can contact the Medical School email on [email protected].


This module is a core module on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.