2025/26 entry

CPD Clinical Examination

Level 7 (postgraduate), 10 Credits

Start dates
September, January, April
Course length
12 weeks PartTime
City campus

Course cost

Home PT per credit:
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Course aim

This programme is aimed at experienced healthcare professionals who want to develop their clinical examination skills. It is ideal if you are working in primary and secondary care, and considering future advanced roles in a variety of disciplines.

Course content

Course under review

Please note that no further applications are being accepted for this programme for September 2023 or January 2024.

The Clinical Examination programme has a unique system of delivery utilising live ‘patient model assistants' for the development of competency in clinical skills and assessment. Theory and physiology of body systems are covered in keynote lectures prior to practice in LJMU's Advanced Clinical Practice Suites.

Teaching and learning

Interactive lectures will be followed by participation in practical demonstrations designed to enhance your clinical skill development. You will be required to participate in structured work-based learning to consolidate emerging clinical skills.

The programme will be delivered during a 15 week academic semester, commencing in September and January of each year.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

  • Alternative qualifications considered

    You should be a healthcare professional with at least 3 years post qualification experience prior to enrolling on this course.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.


You will be assessed in two ways:

  • Your knowledge will be assessed through the use of an unseen examination which consists of short answer questions and visual diagnostic elements. Pass mark 40%
  • The second dimension of the assessment process is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which will assess the development of competence within a range of clinical examination skills. This will involve the assessment of a patient model, history taking and the writing of a report

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development programme can be studied within the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) award framework or as a single CPD.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.