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Advanced Clinical Practice, MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

Develop your skills and deepen your knowledge of advanced health clinical practice with this tailored Master's course. Our MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed for current practitioners who are registered with a professional body and who would like to become advanced clinical practitioners.

Your studies are based around four pillars: clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research. This will help you develop specialist knowledge and work autonomously to make decisions in complex situations.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will be required to be working in clinical practice for a minimum of 20 hours a week. Part of this should constitute your work-based learning which will be in your area of practice organised by you and your employer.

How long is my placement?

You will need to demonstrate work-based learning throughout the three years of the programme.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this course will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to provide clinical leadership. You'll be adaptable and flexible in your approach to your role, and able to provide support, education and supervision to less-experienced colleagues. You will also have opportunities for career progression through promotion and/or service recognition schemes.

While there is no universally recognised definition, the NHS Career Framework equates advanced practice to Agenda for Change Level 7. We also aim for this to be offered as an apprenticeship (MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Degree Apprenticeship) in September 2019.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



This work based module aims to facilitate the student in developing advanced clinical practice capabilities and specialist competencies in managing clinical care by working in partnership with individuals, families and carers in the context of inter-professional working teams. The module aims for students to develop critical analysis and synthesis of managing complex issues presented in a range of settings in order to work flexibly; and adapt to unfamiliar professional settings through application of innovative solutions to improve and enhance people’s experiences and outcomes. The student will be able to recognise and reflect on the level of competence required within any given situation and recognise their own limits and level of competence. It will give them opportunity to develop a portfolio of evidence that they will submit for the module assessment and will then develop across the programme. Students will have opportunity to develop their theoretical and practice knowledge within the practice environment whilst being assessed as part of the MSC Advanced Clinical Practice or MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£10,000 per year for full time and it’s a guide for part time students. Students need to pay £1,665 per 30 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£10,000 per year for full time and it’s a guide for part time students

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have successfully completed a Level 6 programme of study and have the required experience within a specified scope of practice: a first degree; normally 2:2 or above; or equivalent study; current registration with the NMC or HCPC or other relevant PSRB; evidence of substantial experience of working in the health and social care sector currently fulfilling a senior specialist role, typically with five years of experience in professional practice or longer; currently working within an appropriate role with relevant experience. Applicants interested in this programme must have the required experience and qualifications according to the nature of their scope and context of their practice, role and profession.

Department profile

Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences With over 100 years history of delivering education the Faculty is proud of its long-established reputation for providing high quality education and training. We aim to transform the lives of students from a wide range of backgrounds by providing an education that enables them to become creative and confident contributors to society and as a faculty we ensure that our students graduate with the...more