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Advanced Practice, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • If you want to advance your practice for career development, our Master's is an excellent choice for your next step.
  • If you are looking to move into a leadership role, you will learn essential strategies plus skills for collaborative practice.
  • You can choose from a variety of specialisms including mental health, emergency, children, management and many more.

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3 years part time



To lead a team of health care professionals requires strength, skill and commitment.

Why Study this programme?

The aim of our Master's programme is to advance practice and develop leadership skills in practitioners and managers. Whether you have a responsibility for the health and social care of children, patients and service users, or their carers and families, our degree will develop your practice based expertise, compassion and resilience.

Our lecturers will prepare you with theory and research in the development of clinical and direct care. You will evaluate and integrate knowledge in order to influence and inform systematic processes. This will be within the area of both care and care management. You will also learn to formulate and apply knowledge of governance, policy, regulation, legal and ethics.

We will provide you with opportunities for networking and developing an advanced practice community. Here you will learn to inspire yourself and others to become ingenious in critical situations.

Who is this programme for?

This programme has been designed for practitioners who hold registration with a professional body, who have experience in working as a member of a multidisciplinary team and who have been identified as having the capability and potential to provide leadership in their designated area of practice.

The programme will develop the resilience, confidence, skill and expertise of registered nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to advance professional practice in order to improve outcomes for patients/service users and their families and carers.


Our programme provides opportunities for you to develop your skills and knowledge that will enable you to provide leadership, mentorship/supervision and expertise within the context of your field of practice.  The programme offers different pathways to enable you to develop advanced practice skills and knowledge within a specialist field.

You can choose from one of the following pathways:

  • Healthcare practice
  • Critical and Emergency Care Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Leadership and Management
  • Social Work.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification
  • Current registration with the NMC or HCPC or other relevant PSRB;  or evidence of substantial experience of working in the health and social care sector currently fulfilling a senior role                                                                      
  • Current employment and to be working in the relevant (to the pathway) field of practice, with at least one year's experience in this field

Applicants who do not have English as their first language:

  • Must have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

We will consider claims for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognised Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). You can find out more from our Recognition of Prior Learning Frequently Asked Questions. Applications for Recognised Prior Experiential Learning will need to be supported with a portfolio to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for the course against which the credits are being claimed.

Extra information


Our assessment strategy provides a range of methods that include presentations, essays, examinations, and group work which are designed to demonstrate the students' continuing professional development towards advanced practitioner status in their field.


On completion of this programme, you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to provide clinical leadership, be adaptable and flexible in your approach to your role, and able to provide support, education and mentorship/ 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.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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