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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Key facts

Start date September 2018, September 2019

Duration/mode 36 months part time

UK fees To be confirmed

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in health-related subject + current registration

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

This course is available to UK residents only


This programme is for experienced practitioners, such as nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, audiologists, cardiac physiologists, ambulance staff and midwives who have clinical practice access with patient management responsibilities.

It is designed to support the development of experienced, registered health and care practitioner to a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This master’s level award encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice:

  1. Clinical Practice
  2. Leadership and Management
  3. Education
  4. Research

Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes. Practioners will also be able to demonstrate core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.

The aim of this programme is to provide healthcare practitioners with the knowledge and skills for advanced clinical practice that will enable them to function competently in :

• Providing effective healthcare.
• Improving the quality and health outcomes.
• Evaluation and research.
• Leading and developing practice.
• Developing self and others.
• Working across professional and organisational boundaries.
• Innovation and changing practice.

For the School of Healthcare 2019 Admissions policy click here

The School of Healthcare is one of the largest multi-professional health schools in the country. You’ll have the opportunity to study in a research intensive university, alongside those with whom you’ll work in clinical practice.

The programme leader is Ian Goulden.

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Course content

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has three compulsory modules focusing on advancing practice, innovation and research. The programme will comprise 75 compulsory credits and 105 optional credits. The programme should be completed in 2 to 3 years.

Compulsory modules:

Issues and Concepts in Advancing Practice (15 credits) This module covers; accountability, ethics, leadership, change management, policy and politics and management in the specific clinical situation of the practitioner.

Research Methods (15 credits) This module is delivered largely by blended / distance learning. It covers both qualitative and quantative research traditions and methods of analysis.

Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (45 credits)This is the dissertation module. Students are required to undertake an evaluative inquiry which examines a specific aspect of their practice.

Option modules are focused on developing knowledge and skills for advanced clinical practice. Examples of the current optional module selection is shown below under the Year 1 entry. N.B. Some modules may not deliver every year and some may have specific entry criteria..

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Advanced Clinical Practice MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching


The programme aims to keep the assessment load at a manageable level whilst ensuring that students are adequately prepared for role. As such whenever possible, assessment methods will support day to day practice and will test / exam practice applicable knowledge and skills. The aim is for the assessment to be of use within the workplace as well as providing evidence that the student has achieved the learning outcomes for the module.

A range of assessment methods are used in the various modules that will make up this programme. Any student’s variety of assessments will depend to a large extent on the optional modules selected.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

Applicants will;

  • Be currently registered with the appropriate health care professional body
  • AND will possess an Honours Degree (normally 2:1 or above) in a Health Related Discipline from a recognised higher education institution
  • AND will be working in an area where agreement has been obtained to develop advanced practice skills, with written support from their manager and the availability of an appropriate mentor
  • AND have a satisfactory application and interview.

Opportunities for accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and/or accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) are available.

Student selection;

Eligible students will be interviewed either as part of their employers recruitment process or separately within the University.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply

The application deadline is the end of June for September entry

For help with applications please contact our admissions team at
T: 0113 343 1348.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: To be confirmed
International fees: To be confirmed

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

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