Taught course

Advanced Healthcare Practice

Cardiff University · School of Healthcare Science

Entry requirements

For entry requirements fo this course, please visit our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice programme aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of the four pillars of advanced level practice.

It offers you the opportunity to apply learning to advance your leadership and management, facilitation of learning and teaching, and clinical practice skills, all of which are underpinned by evidence, research and service improvement.

Our programme is suitable for those progressing towards a level of autonomous advanced practice as well as experienced registered health care professionals, already working as advanced practitioners.

Aimed at both home and international students, our unique programme has an optional choice of modules, allowing you to tailor your learning to suit your varying clinical and professional needs and to complement workforce requirements. You will become actively involved in practice development and leadership and the compulsory research and leadership and management components of the programme will equip you with the tools to analyse, evaluate and monitor ever evolving healthcare scenarios and apply learning to your work.

We promote interdisciplinary learning for the benefit of our students. Our postgraduate course will enable you to work alongside other home and international students from a range of healthcare professions. You will gain wider perspectives, share knowledge and develop approaches and systems to improve healthcare practice.

Distinctive features

Join a School that puts an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment. Here are some of the key features of why we think our MSc programme will make you the best advanced healthcare practitioner you can be:

  • A programme built to suit your needs: You can tailor your module choices in a way that best fits your professional development and career prospects.
  • Programme mapped: to standards for Framework for Advanced Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Practice in Wales (NLIAH 2010), Standards for Advanced Level Nursing (RCN 2018) and multi-professional framework for Advanced Healthcare Practice (HEE 2018). The programme is also mapped against the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Standards for Advanced Level Nursing (2018). Nurses who successfully complete the programme will potentially be eligible to apply for credentialing with the RCN: https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/professional-services/credentialing
  • You will become actively involved in practice development: which will influence the quality of care delivered. It is recognised that leadership in health and quality improvement are central to the delivery of a high standard of patient care, and you will develop these skills across the course of the programme.
  • Make a difference to your education: We offer you the opportunity to become a student representative and shape future educational provision and advise on key elements of your learning.
  • Wales Centre for Evidence-Based Care: You’ll learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre; improving the quality and outcomes of healthcare globally.

Fees and funding

UK students
For tuition fee information, please visit our website.
International students
For tuition fee information, please visit our website.

If you’re a home-fee paying student, you can apply for a £3,000 Master’s Excellence Scholarship from Cardiff University to help cover the cost of this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    18 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 4455