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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Services Administration

Course type


Course Summary

This course enhances the practitioner’s ability to appraise research, think critically, and prepares them to develop further beyond simply the role of an expert clinician. Scotland and Wales each have a single framework for advanced Practice, and Northern Ireland is following suit. The advanced practitioner is characterised by high levels of skill, competence and autonomous decision making, at a perhaps higher level than the specialist, though of course a practitioner may well specialise at an advanced level. A more simplistic explanation might be that the specialist operates at a high level in their specialism, but returns to novice when outside it; the advanced practitioner operates at a higher level in their speciality, but can also bring advanced practice to other areas as well.

The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from clinicians, academics and local strategic partners to address both the academic and clinical demands of the role. Regular meetings are held between faculty and clinical staff to ensure good exchange of information. Student opinion and feedback is also incorporated. Teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and self-directed learning. As this is a Masters level programme, it is expected that you will take responsibility for devising your own learning plan, and accessing support where you require it.

Assessments are designed to test the module and programme learning outcomes and are a combination of assignments, case studies, exams, OSCEs and the final dissertation. Some modules will also have a practice portfolio element. Any educational course in advanced practice that claims to make the student ‘competent’ should be avoided; this is just the start. The real learning occurs in practice and as such you should be able to access time away from your clinical role to consolidate your learning and address areas of learning need – perhaps examining systems that you don’t see regularly, or observing how services have developed in other areas.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


6 years

Start date



All students must complete the dissertation (MPHE 5007). This is a 60 credit 20,000 word assignment, which can take many forms including empirical research, audit, literature review or service development; or a combination of these.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to hold a professional qualification as a health care practitioner and is currently registered with the relevant health care professional body. Is able to supply two references, one giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability. They need have an honours degree (2:2 or above) awarded by a British University or other equivalent approved degree awarding college/body and Successful academic study within 5 years.

University information

De Montfort University (DMU) postgraduate courses receive continual input from leading employers and professional bodies and are underpinned by excellent research. DMU strives to build what employers need: work-ready graduates with professional experience and industry skills on the CV. Your career will be in focus from minute one, with UK and overseas placements, internships, targeted training, coaching and research opportunities part of DMU...more