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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for those who are an advanced practitioner working in a health profession, or you are working towards advanced practice status in a role that involves high level decision-making and problem-solving. The course has been developed in partnership with NHS colleagues, partners and professional bodies from across the health care sector. For example the Advanced Clinical Practitioner route offers selected modules which have been linked to the Department of Health (2010) competency statement and proficiencies, so you can be sure to receive learning that will benefit your service delivery and enhance the care you give to patients.

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, which reflects the programme teams’ approach to assessment. Some modules will be assessed through traditional written coursework, Viva/OSCE, work based assessments, portfolio development, written and computerised exams and poster presentations (individual and group).

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. You may wish to progress to a doctorate level of study, gain entry on to postgraduate medical programmes or become partners in GP practices. Many students go on to develop, specialise in, and lead the implementation of health care services including health care improvement, osteoporosis and falls services including fracture liaison or bone densitometry services and the variety of ultrasound provision.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date



Clinical Decision-Making
Introduction to Masters Level Study
Management of Change
Non-Medical Prescribing
Principles of Service Improvement in the Workplace
Research Methodology-Application to Advanced Practice
Therapeutics and Prescribing Practice
Vulnerability and Mental Health
Work-Based Learning-Negotiated Module
Work-Based Project
Consolidation of Advanced Practice
Independent Scholarship

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The tuition fee for students entering in 2018/19 is £700; £800 or £900 per 20 credits and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

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 have a First degree or equivalent (such as a professional healthcare qualification with appropriate experience in the chosen field). However we are willing to consider prior academic learning at degree level from a health care background, where a first degree has not been fully obtained.

University information

The University of Derby is spread across three campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield. Derby is proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries around the world, so you’ll be part of a diverse, international community. Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop your career, or simply study the subject you love in more depth, the University offers a wide range of courses and flexible study...more