This module is open to staff from across SWAST, however please be mindful that delivery of this module may be face-to-face, so some travel may be required. Travel costs are not supported as part of this module funding. Please contact the university directly if you have any queries about delivery mode.

Prior to applying or expressing an interest in a module place please ensure you have checked that you meet the entry requirements and that you have checked the application deadline.

On successful completion of this 20 credit Masters level module, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the aetiological factors and relevant risk factors which contribute to processes of disease.
  • Critically evaluate current theories relating to a series of pathophysiological states.
  • Construct a rationale for diagnostic reasoning, using knowledge of the pathophysiological basis of the signs and symptoms associated with a range of disease processes.
  • Obtain, interpret and synthesise information from a range of sources and use it to generate a critical understanding of the specific disease and pathophysiological processes.
  • Use clinical argument to enhance critical evaluation of diagnostic findings, including clinical haematology, radiology, immunology, microbiology and biochemistry.
  • Debate personal and organisational accountability related to the process of diagnostic reasoning.
  • Critically apprise ethical and legal issues which impact on diagnostic reasoning and the inter-professional team.


The course syllabus includes:

  • Frameworks and tools for diagnostic reasoning skills to develop and improve autonomous decision making
  • The development of skills to critically evaluate the evidence, critically interpret test results and synthesise findings
  • Diagnostic reasoning skills
  • Common ethical, legal and practical challenges of requesting investigations in clinical practice with reference to referral pathways, expert sources, risk assessment
  • Clinical governance and national guidelines exploration
  • Critical evaluation and appraisal of pathophysiology and diagnostic test/clinical reasoning around a disease process within your own specialist area
  • The introduction and development of your understanding, critical evaluation, and complex thinking around the processes related to (but not limited to) clinical mechanisms and investigations of cell biology; inflammation; inflammatory processes including atheroma and sepsis, infection and associated normal/abnormal responses; thrombosis and associated disease, the genetic contribution to disease, etc.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used which may include:

  • E-learning including Blackboard
  • Webinar lectures
  • Videos
  • Experts from practice
  • Analysis of case studies


Assessment will be by an online exam with a 24 hour submission window, and two-hour suggested completion time.

As per UWE module page, you must be a registered professional in a position of Advanced Practice or aspiring to such a position.


Contact dates:



COHORT 1: – All on-line
12/01/2023 – Exam


COHORT 2: All on-line

11/05/2023 – Exam



Timings: 9am to 4pm


*Dates, format & timings correct at time of publishing (May 2022). Please check the UWE module page or contact UWE CPD admissions if you have any queries. Capacity on specific runs is managed by UWE.   


Please fill in the funding application form below and click submit.

The deadline for applications is: Tues 21st June 2022 

You will be contacted approx 2-3 weeks after this to let you know if you have been successful as the CPD scoring process

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For further information about this module please click here. If you have any queries regarding the module, please contact UWE Admissions Office by email or call 0117 328 1158.

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