*Applications are 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. Please contact UWE directly if you have any queries about this.*
Travel costs are not supported as part of this module funding. Please contact the university directly if you have any questions regarding 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. 

This Masters level (20 credit) module will build on knowledge to improve understanding and critical evaluation of the pathophysiology and diagnostics of common diseases seen in clinical practice. The course explores the links between the pathophysiology of disease processes and the diagnostic testing process with emphasis on learning to discriminate between different diagnostics modalities and the evaluation of results.


Entry requirements

You must be a registered professional in a position of Advanced Practice or aspiring to such a position.


Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards

The course syllabus typically 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.

Level M indicates that you wish to study at Masters level, and Levels 1-3 indicate that you wish to study at Degree (Undergraduate) level.

  • UZWRWX-20-M

Times: 09:00-16:00

Location: Online


Cohort 1 Cohort 2
03/09/24 07/01/25
10/09/24 14/01/25
17/09/24 21/01/25
01/10/24 04/02/25
08/10/24 11/02/25
15/10/24 25/02/25
22/10/24 04/03/25
05/11/24 11/03/25
12/11/24 25/03/25
19/11/24 01/04/25
15/01/25 07/05/25


**Dates, format & timings correct at time of publishing (June 2024). Cohort capacity is managed by UWE, so it is not possible to guarantee run until successfully enrolled. Most up to date information on dates can either be found here or will be available the UWE Dashboard (if you are a successfully enrolled applicant).**

Please fill in the expression of interest form below and click submit.

Expression of interest deadline: Monday 15th July 2024, 9am.

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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The protected characteristics monitoring form is separate to the main application form above; completion is optional & anonymous. We ask for information on your ‘protected characteristics’ in order to help us monitor our performance on equality.

If you have already completed this form since April 2024 & nothing has changed, there is no need to complete again.

For further information about the module, please click here. If you have any queries specifically regarding the module, please contact UWE Admissions Office by email on HAS.CPD@uwe.ac.uk or call 0117 328 1158.

For any other queries, please Contact Us.

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The deadline for applications for this module has now passed. Please do not apply for funding via the UWE website, as your funding application will be rejected. Occasionally spaces open up closer to the date. If this happens we will either re-open applications again or offer these places on a first come first come basis via SWAST CPD and CPD mailing lists. Or contact us to enquire.