Taught course

Advanced Professional Practice and Leadership

The University of Manchester · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

We require a relevant health or social work professional qualification or current registration with the relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body.

You must also hold a relevant honours first degree (Lower Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution OR evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Part-time students whose unit(s) have practical components also need written support from their employer to attend and complete any practice requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice and Leadership course gives allied healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their practice and prepare for leadership roles.

The course is aimed at registered professionals such as dieticians, audiologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics and occupational therapists who seek continuing professional development opportunities.

You will study content that reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice in health and social care, enhancing your suitability for revalidation.

This includes contemporary knowledge and skills in clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

You will learn how to develop efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component;
  • TOEFL 600 paper-based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0);
  • TOEFL 250 computer-based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0);
  • GCSE English Grade C.

Please note that we will only consider applications where evidence is provided at the point of application that the minimum has been achieved.

Fees and funding

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance. Please be aware that you are only eligible for the postgraduate loan for English students if you choose the 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months
36-60 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 7604