Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice and Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s Honours degree with minimum 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. You must have been registered with your respective statutory regulator of health and care professions (i.e. NMC, HCPC), for a minimum of 3 years and provide proof of current registration. You also need to be engaged in an appropriate clinical role for a minimum of 20 hours a week and currently engaged in and able to maintain a high level of clinical practice, including assessment and physical examination skills, in a clinical setting where development of an advanced clinical practice role has been agreed by the employer.

Months of entry

June, September

Course content

Why choose this course?
This course will enable you to build on your current registrant level of practice through academic and workplace-based learning, in order to attain advanced clinical practice competencies and capabilities, in-line with nationally recognised advanced level criteria. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills required to support you in the development of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Clinical Practice role, both professionally and academically at Master’s level. The course will extend your critical, analytical and reflective skills, and enable you to integrate new, as well as enhanced existing clinical practice skills, knowledge and competence, within your practice setting. This will support the provision of high-quality healthcare through a more autonomous, independent practice role within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Course pathways
There are two pathways available. If you are a nurse, then you will undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) qualification; if you are an allied health professional, pharmacist, paramedic, midwife, healthcare scientist or other registered non-medical healthcare professional then the MSc Advanced Clinical practice is appropriate for you, in supporting your advanced clinical practice role.

We also offer an apprenticeship route for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner), for which the entry criteria and structure of the programme are slightly different from the non-apprenticeship route. Applications for the apprenticeship must be made via an employer - therefore prospective apprentices should be employed in a healthcare role and have the support of their employer. Please go to the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Apprenticeship (advanced clinical practitioner integrated degree route) course page for more information.

Fast-track route
​With both the apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship we also offer a shortened fast-track route for students who have already completed the units History Taking & Physical Examination and Independent & Supplementary Prescribing at level 7 as CPD stand-alone units.

Please note: To be eligible for the postgraduate loan and Academic Excellence Scholarship, you must enrol onto the full MSc route.

Information for international students

International students are welcome on this course if they are currently working in practice in the UK. Unfortunately we can not accept applications from international students unless you meet this criteria, this is due to the high level of interaction with clinical practice throughout the course. If international applicants would like to study this course you would need to do a conversion course which we do not offer at Bournemouth University, you would also need three years experience as a nurse in the UK.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding information, please visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/pg-funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Future Students Enquiry Team
+44 (0)1202 961916