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Diagnostic Reasoning for Practice

Key Facts

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  • Duration:

    1 semester part time
    1 semester part time

  • Starting:

    October and June

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TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.


Through the application of a problem-based approach, this module supports the student to develop their clinical thinking from the formulation of a differential diagnosis, to critically analyse and apply investigative findings to formulate a more definitive diagnosis. Students will be able to critique and apply expert knowledge to justify and be able to request relevant investigations, evaluating and adjusting plans of care based upon diagnostic reasoning.

Updated 02/12/2020


  • Interactive and clinically focussed module content.
  • Facilitated by practicing clinicians based within relevant specialities.
  • Take as part of a full MSc or as a stand-alone module.

Course Content

  • This module you will support you to develop your clinical knowledge specifically focussed upon the requesting and interpretation of common clinical investigations. Through an active-blended learning approach utilising lectures, clinical laboratory time, online learning and scenario based interactive group work, you will develop the expert knowledge required for the interpretation of common Radiological imaging, common Biochemical and Haematological blood test, Advanced Electrocardiography, Microbiology and immunology, to enable you to apply investigative findings to help formulate a definitive diagnosis.

    This module runs over one semester with 5 taught days, with one online activity learning day and one assessment day.

    There are two components of assessment both weighted at 50%. The first is a case study of 2,000 words in which the student will focus upon a clinical scenario from their practice and critically analyse a chosen investigation, and how this has influenced their plan of care. The second is a group presentation of this case with a verbal defence, lasting approximately 20 minutes.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Module costs: £830 per 20 credit module
    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Module costs: £825 per 20 credit module

    Please contact Karen Edwards for further information about fees for this module.

  • Using a theory-based approach, students will critically appraise current knowledge and evidence related to diagnostic tools used within practice. This will enable the student to provide a theoretical base from which to make efficient and effective decisions in relation to service user’s healthcare needs, and their management. This module links with Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (NURM080).

    It can be taken as a stand-alone module or part of MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award; Post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice; post graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice or MSc Advanced Practice (Top Up).

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