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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

The advanced clinical practitioner provides a high degree of autonomy demonstrating expert clinical skills and knowledge including research, education and clinical leadership. They work as part of the wider health and social care team, providing care in complex and unpredictable situations.

The new MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme (apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship route), will adopt successful elements of the current programme that have been modified over the years with the support and collaboration of the stakeholders, while addressing the requirements of national drivers.

The programme offers the trainee advanced clinical practitioner clinical and theoretical skills in the management of individual patient care via history taking, examination of body systems, requesting appropriate investigations, prescribing medicines and therapies where appropriate, interpreting results and referring where applicable.

As a trainee advanced practitioner, it is also important to drive service improvement, undertake audit and research, so as to develop new knowledge and educate others to help improve the services provided to the people they are treating. The programme adopts the four pillars of advanced practice so as to achieve this goal.

In accordance with the philosophy of our programme and the Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategy of the University, the delivery of the Advanced Clinical Practice programme offers variety and assures the learning and assessment activities are relevant and of value to future professional practice. This is achieved through facilitating learning via a constructivist approach in partnership with the employer, in order to develop effective autonomous practitioners.

Those students who do not complete the full 180 master’s level credits may exit with the following;

• PG Cert (60 credits) Health Care Practice
• PG Dip (120 credits) Health Care Practice

The courses have been developed to reflect the philosophies of Advanced Practice within the ethos of current health care provision in the UK, therefore your studies will be fit for purpose and informed by current standards.

The course duration is 2 to 6 years Part time.


Clinical Decision Making
Clinical Management Investigations and Referrals for the Advanced Practitioner
Consolidating Advanced Practice

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

The apprentices/non-apprentices should normally be able to demonstrate; Evidence of continual professional development (CPD), Successful completion of degree level modules (40 credits plus), Around a minimum of 5 years post registration experience. Achievement of English and mathematics qualification at a minimum of level 2 as per general apprenticeship requirements. This will be confirmed by employers as part of the selection process and agreed by the University on entry to the programme.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more