Clinical decision making and disease management (masters level)
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Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will allow you to build on your existing professional skills with a specific focus on comprehensive health assessment and the development of clinical reasoning and clinical decision making skills across a range of diseases (acute and chronic) in adults and children.

Using your existing knowledge as a base you will continue to develop a sound theory and practice framework for history taking, a systematic and accurate clinical examination and clinical problem solving and / or reasoning relevant to each body system and common presentations of the diseases of that system.

This module can be taken as a standalone professional development module or can count towards the following programmes:

Please note - This module will be discontinued at the end of the academic year 2016/17 and replaced by the masters-level module 'Managing clinical complexity' for the 2017/18 academic year.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 - masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • conduct a comprehensive health assessment from a detailed patient history and relevant clinical examination.
  • initiate and interpret patient investigations and determine a diagnosis and treatment options, formulating a management plan based on this that will meet the needs of the patient.
  • negotiate the complexities that are required to integrate critical thought and ethical considerations in the management of patient needs.
  • understand and critically examine the basic pharmacological principles in relation to therapeutic interventions within a clinical management pathway.
  • critically reflect upon your development, identifying your learning needs, within your specialist areas through clinical examinations and on the moral and theoretical foundations of your professional practice.


There are two parts to the assessment for this module:

1. individual OSCEs will include stations reflecting a variety of clinical situations. You will be expected to assess and diagnose a patient then offer a management plan including potential treatment options.

2. a 2,500 word assignment on a disease of your choice showing evidence of an understanding of the disease process, the diagnosis and management of the condition, to include conservative, therapeutic, educational, investigations, referral and follow-up to map a patient’s journey from presentation to conclusion of care.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit)

Module dates

This module has now ended for the academic year 2016/17. It has been replaced by the masters-level module 'Managing clinical complexity' for the 2017/18 academic year.

Module lead - Philippa Quin

" This module offers students the opportunity to extend their clinical knowledge to a higher level of expertise based on the history taking and examination skills acquired in the first year. As well as working in practice students will be able to develop their clinical problem solving and decision making techniques in an academic context to create a skill set based on both theory and practice."


Our students say...

  • A "The combination of expert input into the clinical component and the opportunity to focus on a wide range of systems has been invaluable."

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

  • you must be a registered practitioner working in clinical practice in order to meet the module outcomes and have access to a clinical mentor
  • you ideally will have previously studied to graduate level
  • you should have successfully completed the Advanced consulting and clinical skills module at masters level (MCH505)
  • individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the MSc Contemporary Healthcare programme.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Funding and fees


This module is commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may therefore be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees for 2016/17 academic year

For those who are self-funding, please see our Professional Development Module Fees page.

How to apply

To apply for this module, please contact

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building

Plymouth University

Drake Circus




Phone: +44 1752 586951