Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Advanced Clinical Practice, MSc

Study for your MSc in Advanced Practice at the University of Greenwich. Learn about course fees, entry requirements and more.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • 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

Advanced clinical practice has had a high profile in recent years culminating in the launch of the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in November 2017 (Health Education England 2017). In line with this we currently reviewing the delivery of the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, with the reviewed programme being delivered from September 2019 subject to approval. 

Why Study this programme?

Studying our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will offer you opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge in order to pursue a career as an advanced health clinical practitioner. Upon completion of the programme you will be able to work at the level of advanced clinical practice and exercise autonomy and decision making within complex situations with varying levels of risk. You will feel confident in applying your expertise and decision-making skills to act as a clinical role model and advocate for developing and delivering high quality care, which is responsive to an ever evolving health and social care landscape. 

This course has been designed around the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice and their capabilities

  • Clinical Practice
  • Leadership and Management
  • Education
  • Research

You will develop specialist knowledge within the context of Advanced Practice.

Whilst there will be no specific endorsements, students will have the opportunity to develop advanced practice within the pathways that we currently offer which include: Critical and Emergency Care Practice; General Practice Nursing; Healthcare Practice; Leadership and Management; Mental Health; Neonatal Care; Safeguarding Children and Young People; Sexual Health; Social Work.

Who is this programme for?

The programme is aimed at practitioners holding registration with a professional body, who wish to become advanced clinical practitioners and who have been identified as having the capability and potential to work at this level. It is intended that the programme will provide opportunities for career progression through promotion and/or service recognition schemes to that of employment in the role of advanced clinical practitioner.

What you will study

Year 1 

  • Assessment and Decision Making Skills for Advanced Clinical Practice (20 Credits; Level 7); plus
  • Leading and Managing Complexity Practice (20 Credits; Level 7); plus
  • Work Based Learning One: Developing Advanced Clinical Skills through Work Based Learning (20 Credits; Level 7).

Year 2 

  • Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP)Practice (40 Credits; Level 7); OR  
  • Advanced Leadership and Management (40 Credits; Level 7); OR
  • Advanced Clinical Practice through Work Based Learning (40 Credits; Level 7);

Year 3

  • Advancing Practice Clinical Project / Dissertation module (40 credits at level 7). Within this module, students will draw upon the skills and knowledge developed in the previous courses and make a contribution to service development by choosing one of five possible options:
    • Empirical research
    • Modified Systematic Review
    • Audit or service evaluation
    • Critical review of literature
    • Clinical Project
  • The Dynamics of Dissemination: Publishing, Promoting and Performing your studies  (20 Credits; Level 7).
  • OR for those on the Apprenticeship route Consolidating Advanced Practice End Point Assessment Course (20 Credits;Level 7)

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Entry requirements

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.

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;
  • Working no less than 20 hours in practice per week;
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language must demonstrate an IELTS score of at least 7 (University requirement for non EU students only).

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.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional 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 clinical 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.

We also aim for this to be offered as an apprenticeship in September 2019 MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Degree Apprenticeship).

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