Taught course

Advanced Nursing Studies

University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent - Students should hold a professional qualification as a healthcare professional. - We recommend that applicants should have at least one years post-qualifying experience before commencing this course

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

About the course

Development, growth and building on existing knowledge – this is what this course focuses on, and it also aims to increase your confidence when it comes to making complex clinical decisions.Your studies will integrate research, education and management issues to enable you to evolve a high degree of professional autonomy and independent practice.This is a full-time academic course and does not offer clinical placements or lead to registration as a nurse in the UK

Key features

  • Study the critical thinking, reasoning, decision-making and judgmental skills that are vital to evidence-based healthcare practice
  • Explore problem-orientation strategies towards current healthcare practices, and build a critical awareness of global health issues and approaches to reducing health inequalities
  • Develop alternative ways of delivering care, and learn to communicate the rationale behind professional decisions in verbal and written formats that are appropriate to your audience
  • Gain the ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when suggesting and implementing the sorts of changes that make a positive difference to the quality of service and patient care
  • Benefit from a critical awareness of personal responsibility and the professional codes of conduct which are appropriate to your practice within complex and often unpredictable environments.
  • This course is aimed at enhancing your skills, knowledge and expertise. In adopting an evidence based approach to practice, the aim is for you to become an autonomous critical self-reflective practitioner.

    In addition, the intention is also to enhance your confidence in leading change through innovative insights within a haematology service in a complex, unpredictable healthcare environment.

    By choosing this course, you become part of a global learning community, to improve healthcare practice and reduce healthcare inequalities. The course helps you develop a scholarly and evidenced based approach to nursing studies and practice

Career opportunities

Teaching, learning and assessment methods have been selected to allow you to make strong connections between your studies and your future work practices. This includes designing activities that have personal and professional relevance through the use of case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice.

It includes access to a teaching faculty who are able to share ‘live’ examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and the involvement of external speakers such as patient groups, service users, healthcare leaders and practitioners.

You will have opportunities to rehearse and develop professional thinking and behaviours in group work, tailored assessment tasks and in simulated practice.

Opportunities for shared learning with part-time students on the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice course offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and opportunities for peer discussion and debate

Areas of study may include:

  • Advancing Healthcare practice: Concepts and Principles
  • Global Perspective in Healthcare Practice
  • Evidence Based Healthcare Practice
  • Dissertation (Systematic Review

Information for international students

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.


A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
19 months

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