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Diagnostic Reasoning for Practice
Diagnostic Reasoning for Practice
Diagnostic Reasoning for Practice

Diagnostic Reasoning for Practice

  • ID:UNIC440212
  • Level:Doctoral Degree (Phd, M.D., ...)
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirement

  • All applicants must be currently registered with a professional body (NMC/HCPC) and been registered for a minimum of 3 years.

English requirement

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)

Course Information



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.

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.

Module Information

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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Pre Courses

You may be required to complete an English Language course or Foundation program before being able to enrol on to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program.

  • Pre-sessional English Program (PEP)
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Career Opportunity

  • Careers in healthcare
  • Further postgraduate study

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