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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Clinical Services Administration Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine General Medical Practice

Course type


Course Summary

The development of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role is one of the ways the Government plans to modernise the National Health Service and improve the quality of healthcare.

Capable of working autonomously with high levels of skills, ACP's work as part of interdisciplinary healthcare teams, complementing existing provision and improving patient care, through which they aim to add a new dimension to healthcare.

The course is designed to help experienced nurses and allied healthcare professionals take on this challenging role in a variety of healthcare settings. It aims to provide additional theoretical, clinically focused education and training not addressed in initial nursing and healthcare education. This is at an appropriate level to support the expansion of practice and the development of new skills; specifically clinical history taking, clinical examination skills and consultation skills. You will be required to undertake a compulsory clinical placement in primary or secondary care, for which you will require a clinical educator.

The course offers you the opportunity to enhance your current knowledge and practice, which may lead to career progression into advanced roles across all specialities of practice.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



You will study the theoretical principles required to carry out effective diagnosis, assessment and management of undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions in addition to pre-diagnosed conditions related to the respiratory, ear, nose and throat, cardiovascular, skin and neuro-muscular systems. You will explore how to generate differential diagnoses in addition to making informed collaborative decisions about the management of your patient's presentation. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding, in order to demonstrate competency in these clinical skills applied to the context of your clinical practice. You will be assessed via written coursework, an E Portfolio and an OSCE examination.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants must hold current registration on Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register, Health and Care Professions Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council. A period of 3 years post-registration experience will be required.

A first degree in nursing, your specialism or another relevant health related subject is also required, or you must provide other evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level.