Taught course

Advancing Professional Practice

Keele University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Entry requirements


The programme is designed for experienced health and social care professionals, involved in leading and developing contemporary professional practice. All students who have applied and meet the entry requirements will be invited to an interview with the Programme Lead.

Potential/prospective students will normally:

Normally hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Ordinarily be working in clinical practice. Some potential/prospective students may be managers, educators or researchers within a healthcare setting.

May hold an undergraduate second-class honours degree or higher in a related subject with minimum of two years’ experience in professional practice.

Practitioners with extensive practice experience and no formal undergraduate degree will be considered for entry on the basis of evidence presented within their professional portfolio and discussion at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This exciting, contemporary programme focuses on higher academic study underpinning a higher level of professional practice in healthcare. It is designed to provide the health and social care practitioner a stimulating and rigorous analysis of health care practice. It will have an interdisciplinary and interprofessional focus and aim to prepare practitioners to lead and manage change in a global health care environment.

The course combines conceptual, theoretical and practical work-based learning approaches to the study of health and social care practice and provide the opportunity for you to develop skills and expertise to an advanced level. You will be able to map out a series of learning outcomes based on learning opportunities available in the workplace which represents an exploration of work focused and work-related issues complemented by taught modules. The MSc is grounded in professional practice and will offer the opportunity to create and interpret new knowledge through research and advanced scholarship.

There are a number of routes available:

  • Generic
  • Education
  • Management
  • Neonatal
  • Radiology
  • Heart Failure
  • Critical Care Practice
  • Ethics and Law
  • Ethics and Pallative Care
  • Safeguarding
  • Child Care Law

Information for international students


This programme is available to international students working in the UK. As an international student, you should have appropriate professional registration and meet the following NMC IELTS criteria.

Fees and funding

UK students
PT £3,000

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    The types of delivery available for students starting this course in 2021 will depend upon any continuing Covid restrictions. Currently plans are a blended learning approach of on-campus, distance-learning and online.

Course contact details

Dr Jane Jervis