Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

  • A professional qualification as a health care practitioner and currently registered with the relevant health care professional body.
  • Has an honours degree (2:2 or above) awarded by a British university or other equivalent approved degree awarding college/body.

In exceptional circumstances, consideration may be given to a student who:

Demonstrates expertise through publication, change management and/or leadership as well as successful study at third level or above through professional portfolio.

Some organisations may wish to impose other criteria / restrictions upon students. For example, UHL interview staff members who they wish to develop as ACP and as a result of this process either selects or rejects them for the programme. The prospective student must still satisfy DMU entry requirements. These processes fall outside of the DMU admissions process and are not subject to DMU control. The students are then seconded by the employing organisation to enable them to undertake the course.

If you have any questions please contact the programme lead to discuss.

Months of entry


Course content

Advanced Clinical Practice Education at DMU is underpinned by the multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice for England. The curriculum that we deliver is mapped across the four pillars of Advanced Practice to ensure the Advanced Clinical Practitioners of tomorrow have the breadth of knowledge and the confidence practise to a recognised standard.

The four pillars of advanced practice are:

1. Clinical Practice

2. Leadership and Management

3. Education

4. Research

The programme is taught at level 7. The programme supports students to develop the necessary skills to face these challenges and have the confidence to demonstrate strengths across all four pillars of practice.

Within the ACP modular programme there is ongoing assessment of the student’s development which occurs collaboratively through focused teaching and workplace learning. The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme at De Montfort University seeks to enhance the practitioner’s ability to appraise research, think critically, and encourages the practitioner to develop beyond the role of an expert clinician.

The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from clinicians, academics and local strategic partners. The university is seeking accreditation via HEE for this course and this is scheduled to take place in the next 12 months. Successful accreditation means the ACP programme can be backdated.

Key features

  • The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from clinicians, academics and local strategic partners to address both the academic and clinical demands of the role.
  • The opportunity to learn and develop research and leadership skills to an advanced level.
  • The opportunity to learn from key leaders in the field of Advanced Clinical Practice.
  • Core modules include Physical examination and consultation skills, Diagnostic reasoning, Research, Prescribing, and a Service Improvement Plan

Information for international students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

International students who do not currently have employment rights in the UK are not eligible for this course.

Fees and funding

No information available- please check the website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences