Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your clinical career? This clinically-focused specialist pathway has been designed to prepare and support nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to develop understanding of the underpinning principles of clinical assessment and examination to inform safe and effective clinical decision making. You will also gain the knowledge and skills required to work in any sector of the health service.

Key features

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to work in any sector of the health service (e.g. pre-hospital, primary care and secondary care settings).
  • Develop your skills and knowledge in relation to assessment, clinical reasoning and formulation of appropriate differential diagnosis, diagnostic decision making and initiation or delivery of appropriate, timely care evidence-based care.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
  • Undertake assessments linked to your own practice to ensure that your learning needs are met within your specific practice area.
  • Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
  • Research informed teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum and you will be given the chance to design and undertake your own research to enhance and develop patient care and/or service provision.
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education
  • Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Study Details:

MSc 3 years - Part-time

Module Details:

Year 1

Postgraduate Certificate

To achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to obtain 60 credits by completing the three core modules below (Apprentices must also complete APP712).

Core modules

  • APP701 Advancing Practice in Context 20 Credits
  • APP710 Advanced Assessment for Clinical Practice 20 Credits
  • APP745 Research Methodology and Application 20 Credits

Year 2

Postgraduate Diploma

To achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will have first completed the PgCert and need to obtain an additional 60 credits (to give 120 credits in total). This must include the core module and two optional modules of your choice.

Core modules

  • APP713 Professional Portfolio (Apprentices only) 0 Credits
  • APP711 Managing Clinical Complexity 20 Credits

Optional modules

Optional modules can be two 20 credit modules or one 40 credit 40 Credits

Final year


To achieve a full master degree, you will have first completed the PgDip and need to obtain an additional 60 credits (to give 180 credits in total). This must include the core module and an optional module of your choice.

Core module

SPP702 Substantive Professional Project 40 Credits

Optional module

Optional module* 20 Credits

*Apprentices must take APP746 End Point Assessment

  • APP746 End Point Assessment (for apprenticeships) 20 Credits

Student Destinations

Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner) programme will equip you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients who present with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions, across all sectors of healthcare.

You’ll work as an autonomous advanced clinical practitioner with an expert knowledge base and complex decision-making skills.


£860 per 20 credits

Entry Requirements

You will normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care) plus a minimum of three years post-registration experience.You will be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary.

If you do not have a first degree at 2:2 or above (or the European first equivalent) but have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme you may still be eligible to apply. In these cases, you would also be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

You will also need to be working in an environment that will enable you to meet the programme learning outcomes and have a clinical mentor in practice (e.g. a Doctor or Advanced Clinical/Nurse Practitioner with a masters degree) who has agreed to supervise your clinical learning.

Please see our website for how to apply

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