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Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) MSc

Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Nursing Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This masters in Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice and will enable you to practice with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles that require you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations.

This pathway is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role such as Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Consultant Nurse - or any similar role that at the interface between nursing and medicine.

Introducing your course

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathway will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to advanced clinical practice. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis, pharmacology and non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced nurse practitioner or similar roles within your health care setting. This pathway is only open to nurses working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:

Examine role development in relation to advanced practice
Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice and clinical speciality
Apply advanced communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology
Demonstrate your clinical competence through simulated and practice based clinical assessment
Have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.

Different course options

Full time | Highfield Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Students will take either Pharmacology and Prescribing in Clinical Practice or Applied Pharmacology for Clinical Practice.
Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
History Taking and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan Level 7
Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


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

The entry requirements for the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) are: A UK 2:2 Hons degree or above or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education A current professional registration with a the Nursing and Midwifery Council A current job contract in a clinical or clinically related area. (You will also need the support of a clinical mentor who is able to assess your practice competency and support your learning) At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience (three before commencing V300 non-medical prescribing) At least one satisfactory reference (given the practice related requirements this should be from your current employer and include confirmation of the required practice experience and mentor support; on some occasions a second reference will be required).

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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