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Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) (MSc)

Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) (MSc)

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Nursing Semi-Medical / Physical / Psycho / Therapies Health Care Assistant Skills Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Prepare for an advanced role in clinical practice on this master's degree at the University of Southampton. Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) develops your existing clinical experience and skills, helping you take on greater responsibility as an advanced or consultant practitioner.

The Advanced Allied Health Practitioner pathway is only open to professionals working as experienced registered practitioners in a UK healthcare setting. You’ll need to demonstrate that you have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

Throughout this degree you’ll:

examine role development in relation to advanced practice

  • explore how to apply evidence to your field of practice and clinical specialty
  • apply communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
  • develop new clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology
  • show your clinical competence through simulated and practice-based clinical assessment

If you’re eligible to practise as an independent or supplementary prescriber, you will have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification.

We centre our allied health master's around the 4 pillars of advanced practice:

  • advanced clinical practice
  • leadership
  • education
  • research

You’ll learn more about research and evidence-based practice, advanced health assessment, diagnosis, decision making and pharmacology, plus non-medical prescribing. You’ll also explore the place of advanced practice within modern healthcare and your own professional role.

Flexible learning

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for about 2 years and will not need to write a dissertation


Our MSc programme will develop your skills and expertise to prepare you for promotion to specialised roles such as:

  • advanced nurse practitioner
  • advanced practitioner
  • advanced critical care practitioner
  • advanced health practitioner
  • clinical specialist
  • consultant practitioner


This module will provide you with the opportunity to plan, undertake and report on an independent, original project which is relevant to your current or future area of practice and is appropriate to the Award you are following. This version of the Dissertation module enables part-time Master's students to plan, undertake and complete a project in 18 months. The module will commence in October of year one and you will submit during March of year three, for example October 2020 to March 2022.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

This course is not applicable for international students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:2 degree in a subject from a clinical or science background, and a current professional registration with a relevant UK professional or statutory body – normally the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the General Pharmaceutical Council; a current job contract in a clinical or clinically-related area; access to a clinical mentor who can assess your practice competency and support your learning; at least 2 years of relevant post-registration clinical experience (3 years before commencing V300 non-medical prescribing); at least 1 satisfactory reference from your current employer, including confirmation of the required practice experience and mentor support.

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