Taught course

Advanced Practice

University of Greenwich · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should be experienced registered healthcare professionals, qualified social workers, paramedics, leaders, or safeguarding professionals with a relevant undergraduate degree. Applicants who are registered healthcare professionals but who do not hold a degree can be considered using the Faculty's system of recognition of prior learning (RPL). Please contact the programme team to discuss this prior to applying.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the programme is to advance practice, develop the leadership, practice based expertise, compassion and resilience in practitioners and managers who have a direct or indirect responsibility for the health and social care of children, patients, service users their families and carers. The programme provides opportunities for those practitioners and practice based leaders to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in clinical leadership, adaptability and flexibility in their approach towards their role in providing support, education and mentorship/supervision to less advanced colleagues. It is envisaged that successful completion of the MSc Advanced Practice will provide opportunities for networking and developing an advanced practice community together with potential immediate and on-going career development.

Students choose from one of the following pathways

  • Healthcare Practice;
  • Critical and Emergency Care Practice;
  • Mental Health;
  • Sexual Health;
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People;
  • Leadership and Management and Social Work.

Aims of the programme improve quality and develop advanced practice by:

  • Preparing students with critical awareness of the relationship between theory and research in the development of advanced practice in clinical or direct care practice;
  • Creating an on-going critical debate concerning the evaluation and integration of knowledge that influences or informs systematic processes of care and care management;
  • Cultivating a synthesis between the formulation and application relevant knowledge of the governance, policy, regulatory, and legal and ethical frameworks into the context of advanced practice;
  • Developing an advanced practice community that inspires self and others to become ingenious in critical situations, entrepreneurial towards challenge and original in translating paradigms of change and its management;
  • Constructing critical and reflective skills regarding leadership and collaborative practice that convey effective leadership strategies in the development of continuing advanced practice.


Year 1 - Pathway specific courses

  • Critical Care,
  • Healthcare Practice,
  • Leadership,
  • Mental Health,
  • Safeguarding Children and Young Adults,
  • Sexual Health,
  • Social Work

Year 2 - Research preparation and Leadership

  • Enquiry Skills and Research 1
  • Applied Leadership in Health and Social Care 1
  • Enquiry Skills and Research 2
  • Applied Leadership in Health and Social Care 2

Year 3 - Dissertation

Students will investigate an area of professional practice that is focused on developing evidence based practice in one of the following dissertations.

  • Independent research project relevant to own field of practice - students will frame a question and execute a research based project
  • A work based project - students will implement and evaluate a practice initiative or change with an explicit aim to improve professional practice.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000