Taught course

Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree in a relevant field


  • evidence of potential to study at Masters level


  • registration as a health professional (nursing, allied health or medicine) or Physician Associate
  • evidence of organisational support with protected study and placement time
  • evidence of relevant workplace opportunities for clinical placements
  • evidence of relevant supervision and mentoring

Additional information:

  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact health@ljmu.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice postgraduate degree develops nurses and Allied Health professionals to work as Advanced Practitioners in the NHS.
  • ​Three specialist pathways to choose from: Neonatal, Acute Paediatric Care or Ambulatory Care
  • Use advanced levels of knowledge to systematically respond to complex challenges
  • Enjoy a dynamic learning environment enabling you to meet challenges flexibly and creatively to become a proficient practitioner
  • Gain skills to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of minor injuries, illnesses and paediatric emergencies that commonly present in neonatal, acute paediatric or paediatric ambulatory care settings
  • Delivered in partnership with Kids Health Matters
​Advanced Practitioners are registered healthcare professionals who have taken on additional intensive training and mentorship to enable them to extend their role in the assessment, treatment and care of neonates, infants, children and young people. They may work in accident and emergency departments, walk-in centres, acute hospital settings or specialist units.

The course covers all elements of advanced practice; values based care, autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving; reflection and improving practice; leadership, facilitating learning, research and developments.
You will also explore the pathogenesis of neonatal and paediatric disease processes; integration of the clinical manifestations of disease to the relevant pathophysiological mechanisms; and the subsequent relationships to assessment, diagnosis and management.

Over the course of your studies you will develop advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in the assessment and management of illness and health in neonates or children and young people.

You will explore, critically review, consolidate, extend and apply a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to paediatric advanced practice and the assessment and management of child health and illness in a variety of settings. On completion of the course you will recognise the boundaries of advanced professional roles and be able to articulate the legal and ethical frameworks in which the Advanced Practitioner.
By undertaking the course alongside intensively mentored clinical experience delivered with our partner Kids Health Matters, you will develop your confidence and competence as you progress towards the role of Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practitioner.
The programme is unique in providing an advanced practice programme specifically focused on the needs of those working in this area. It has three specialist pathways to choose from: Neonatal, Acute Paediatric Care and Ambulatory Care.
The MSc provides a very challenging, but equally rewarding and well supported learning experience which equips you with the knowledge, skills and experience that you will continue to build on as your career progresses.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090