Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice (named speciality)

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

This course is designed for qualified health and/or social care practitioners. To be considered for this course, you must have successfully completed at least one of the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Other qualifications or experience, which demonstrates that you have appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 10 e.g. a Clinical Decision Making Module
  • Two taught modules equivalent to 40 credits at SCQF level 11 as a student of the University through our Affiliate student scheme.

For Advanced Practice (Midwifery), please note that you must have an appropriate midwifery/obstetric nurse qualification with supporting evidence.

In addition, applicants are also required to have:

  • Employer approval to study for a clinical qualification in Advanced Practice. It should be recognised that this course requires the development of clinical assessment skills, case management and prescribing (where appropriate).
  • An experienced supervisor who has agreed to oversee the development of practice based competence and learning. This supervisor must have extensive knowledge and skills aligned to the field of speciality the practitioner will be working in. This person(s) must be an Advanced Practitioner and/or Medical Practitioner ST3 or above and/or Consultant and/or GP. The practice supervisor must be able to commit to two sessions per month of supervision.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (named speciality) provides a contemporary pathway to your career development. As a practitioner in the public domain of health and social care services, you are expected to be innovative, provide leadership and make an advanced contribution in your professional clinical role.

The philosophy of this course is to use a professional work approach integrated with an understanding of practical application to create a high employability focus and impact on your practice. At all stages, you will be encouraged to take an independent self-learning approach to developing a deep knowledge of your subject area.

There are five ‘core’ named specialities available which align to the Transforming Roles, Clinical Core Competencies (Phase 2 Paper):

  • Acute Care
  • Paediatric
  • Neonatal
  • Primary & Community Care
  • Mental Health

In order to achieve all clinical competencies and speciality skills for this qualification, you will need to have a clinical supervisor and be employed by a UK healthcare organisation.

Fees and funding

Visit Edinburgh Napier's website for details of course fees. We have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    36-60 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions and Enquiries
+44 (0)333 900 6040