Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

University of Birmingham · College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • Current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions i.e. NMC or HCPC or GPhC
  • At least 36 months of clinical experience post qualification
  • You should normally hold an honours degree in your clinical field of practice. If you do not hold a degree, please contact us before applying to discuss your suitability for the programme.
  • You will need to demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at Masters level.

All routes require current registration with the NMC, HCPC or GPhC and full support from your employing organisation to facilitate the requirements of the clinical supervision. You will also be asked to complete an educational audit form for your clinical practice area, along with a practice assessor nomination form during the application process.

Please note: the ability to offer the independent prescribing route is subject to professional regulator approval. For this route, you will need to provide evidence of current professional registration and current DBS clearance.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers you the opportunity to advance your practice through the selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to undertake roles within advanced practice. Invaluable to your career progression, it will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed, patient-centred clinical practice.

Our aim at the University of Birmingham is to support practioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to undertake advanced clinical practice roles across the healthcare sector.

Aligned to the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England, the programme has been developed to extend learner’s competence to advanced clinical practice level with the support of theoretical and experiential learning; with high quality, research-informed, person-centred care at its heart.

The programme follows a generic approach underpinned by the core capabilities for advanced clinical practice across the four pillars of practice: Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education, and Research. It will enable you to demonstrate fulfilment of all the advanced practice capabilities in ways that align with your profession, scope of practice, job role, and professional development needs.

As a student on the programme, you will benefit from the flexibility of choosing from a range of specialist clinical modules delivered within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and across the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. This includes the Practice Certficate in Independent Prescribing (subject to professional regulations), First Contact, Chronic Disease Management, Common Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Principles of Palliative Care for Children and Young People, Respiratory Medicine in the Community, and Introduction to Trauma Science. There is also the opportunity to further your knowledge in the Leadership and Management, Education, and Research pillars through the selection of further optional modules in year two to meet your specific developmental needs.

Exit awards available are:

  • PGCert Advanced Clinical Health Assessment and Decision Making
  • PGDip Advancing Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 121 414 3230