Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

Staffordshire University · Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

You’ll normally need:

  • Current nursing registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • At least three years’ post-registration experience
  • To be employed in a relevant clinical environment, with access to appropriate clinical support and supervision for the development of knowledge and skills to an advanced level
  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK University, or equivalent.
If you don’t have an honours degree you may still be admitted if you have significant appropriate experience and can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the course successfully and benefit from it. You’ll also need recent evidence of study at Level 6 (within the last two years). A professional portfolio indicating achievements is an essential tool for this purpose.
You must also be able to demonstrate employer support for the following (even where you’re self-funding).
All organisations supporting staff to undertake an Advanced Clinical Practice course will need to ensure that as part of their workforce plans the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner is embedded within their organisation structures. Once the trainee is a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, there will need to be ongoing support from the Trust.

Months of entry


Course content

The Advanced Clinical Practice MSc is for nurses, midwives, paramedics, emergency care practitioners, pharmacists, community matrons and other allied healthcare workers who are advanced practitioners or will be expected to fulfil an advanced practice role.

This course is based within the four pillars of advanced practice these being leadership, education, research and clinical practice. Whilst on the course you will develop skills in advanced health assessment and diagnosis, Clinical decision making, Leadership, Research, Prescribing and non-medical prescribing, and the application of evidence based practice within either the Dissertation or Project-Based Change modules.

By using a blended learning approach, we create a practice-focused, student-centred, flexible programme that develops your ability to:

  • Challenge advanced clinical practice
  • Engage in independent evidence-based decision making
  • Determine creative and innovative solutions to practice issues
  • Develop analytical and intellectual skills at Masters level

You’ll be linked with a Co-ordinating Education Supervisor and Work Placed Associated Supervisor, who is an expert in your clinical speciality. You’ll also receive support for personal and professional development from a senior clinical lead of the same profession who acts as your mentor throughout the award.

The course program meets the standards set out within Health Education England (2017) multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice. The course has also been accredited by Health Education England and upon successful completion of the MSc students can apply to join the National Directory for Advanced Clinical Practice.

Fees and funding

Find out more information about Postgraduate fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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