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MSc Advanced Practice (clinical named speciality)

MSc Advanced Practice (clinical named speciality)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

This programme offers a contemporary pathway to develop your career in Advanced Clinical Practice


As a practitioner in the public domain of health and social care services, you are expected to be innovative, provide leadership and make an advanced contribution in your professional clinical role. This course caters for a wide range of fields with pathways that include:

  • Neonates, Children and Young People
  • Adult Acute
  • Primary Care

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and competence in practical skills associated with advanced clinical practice such as history taking, clinical examination, clinical management and prescribing (where appropriate).

In addition, you will critically appraise relevant health and social policy as well as address ethical and professional issues.

We have strong regional and national links to clinical practice across a wide range of specialities inclusive of a large inter-disciplinary team of professionals who will support you in this journey.

Course details

You'll develop a combination of theoretical and practical skills which include applied physiology, history taking, clinical examination and case management. In addition, you’ll master critical thinking, knowledge and application of research methods, and efficient approaches to time management, prioritisation and clinical workload planning to aid the attainment of autonomous practice.

The course will enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to achieve advanced clinical levels of practice and influence decision making at both local and national strategic levels.


  • Nursing / Midwifery Adults
  • Critical Care
  • Primary Care
  • Children and Young People’s Health
  • Neonatal Health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental Health.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date



During this module you will review relevant anatomy and physiology specific to your field of practice and populations seen. In addition, you will review decision-making theory, consultation models and the structured approach to a systematic physical and psychological assessment across the lifespan (as appropriate). Examination of relevant common presentations using a systems based approach will include and are not limited to i.e. respiratory, cardiology, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, and musculoskeletal, HEENT, (and mental health assessment).
Research Approaches
Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Allied-Health Professionals (40 Credits)
Professional Clinical Work Based Learning (40 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Taught modules: £959. Dissertation: £570.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Taught modules: £959. Dissertation: £570.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To enrol on this programme you must: Be a qualified health and/or social care practitioner (for Advanced Practice (Midwifery) you must have an appropriate midwifery/obstetric nurse qualification with supporting evidence) AND; Possess a bachelor degree OR; Be in possession of other qualifications or experience which demonstrates that you have appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 10 e.g. Clinical Decision Making Module OR; Have successfully completed two taught modules equivalent to 40 credits at SCQF level 11 as a student of the University through our Affiliate student scheme.

University information

With three campuses located across the city, Edinburgh Napier University offers you the opportunity to join a diverse and friendly student community. The University boasts a wide range of postgraduate degrees in subject areas such as Biosciences, Building & Surveying, Music, Teaching, and Tourism, Hospitality and Events, which you can choose to study either full-time or part-time. For full flexibility, there is also a selection of online and...more

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