Taught course

Advanced Nursing Practice

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Applied Health and Professional Development

Entry requirements

A first degree, or prior learning at the equivalent, appropriate level, a minimum of three years' post-registration experience in clinical practice, employment in a suitable clinical role in the UK for the achievement of clinical learning outcomes, evidence of current professional registration with the NMC in the UK, access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within your area of practice, explicit written support from your line manager. International applicants and medical doctors are not eligible for this course.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc Advanced Nursing Practice will begin recruitment in January 2016

The programme aims to prepare, support, and develop nurses who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education, and research responsibilities.

Continuing developments in health care have resulted in the need for some professionals to have greater responsibility and accountability for developing service provision. This course offers opportunities for nursing professionals, to engage in continuing professional and postgraduate academic development. The course will extend your knowledge and practice skills, and challenge your understanding and beliefs with regard to health care.

Your final award will depend on the number of modules you successfully complete. There is the option to study one module (20 level 7 credits) or two modules (40 level 7 credits) at any one time, working towards the completion of study at any of the three offered academic award levels:

  • PG Cert (3 modules worth 60 level 7 credits);
  • PG Dip (6 modules worth 120 level 7 credits);
  • MSc (9 modules worth 180 level 7 credits)

Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; Semester 1, alternate Tuesday mornings.

This module enables students to analyse and debate key issues in the advancement of nursing practice. You will examine developments within the nursing profession, and in relation to your own role. You will be supported in the enhancement of self-awareness and personal/professional growth through the use of strategies that include reflective practice and critical thinking. You will be facilitated in the analysis and debate of real issues from your practice, through student-centred learning approaches such as action learning, student presentation and discussion.

P44011 Advanced History Taking and Assessment (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; Semester 1 or 2, Mondays.

This practice-based module aims to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to take a comprehensive patient history and a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. This module will significantly enhance your assessment skills and ability to accurately take and document a patient/client's health history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team.

P44012 Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; Semester 2, alternate Tuesday mornings.

This module enables you to critically appraise knowledge and evidence related to the physiology underpinning diagnostic tools and interventions used within practice. The development of this knowledge will enable you to provide a theoretical base from which to make efficient and effective decisions in relation to patients'/clients' health care needs, and their management.

Research Methods (compulsory for PGDip and MSc awards) - 10 credits at level 7; Semester 1 or 2.

This module is designed to develop greater understanding of research methods relevant to health care practice. It aims to develop decision-making skills related to research design by exploring the theoretical context of research methodology and the implications for research / study design.

Dissertation (compulsory for MSc award) - 50 credits at level 7; Semester 1 or 2, 10 hours of negotiated supervisor-student contact.

This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of investigative research / service evaluation / audit / literature review, which will allow you to demonstrate the development of skills in scholarship and an ability to focus on a specific research / study question(s). In addition, it provides sufficient scope to display a wide appreciation of the context of the chosen topic within the field of health care.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS overall score of 7.0 or equivalent. International applicants and medical doctors are not eligible for this course.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


part time
24-48 months


part time
18-24 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator/Subject Co-Ordinator
+44 (0)1865 482590 or 482621