Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

University of Hertfordshire · School of Health and Social Work

Entry requirements

You will need to have:

  • Normally a first degree in a health related discipline that includes a research focused module. Applicants with evidence of equivalent professional development or academic proficiency will be considered. Applicants with non-European academic qualifications will need to supply evidence of equivalency through NARIC
  • Current registration with one of the statutory regulators of health and care professions
  • Employment as a health care professional in an appropriate setting
  • Evidence of their employer’s recommendation for their application for a programme of study leading to an Advanced Practice role including a formal reference from the employer confirming;

  1. The applicant demonstrates professional values and behaviours, respecting peoples diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values and preferences and shows respect and empathy acting as a role model for others
  2. The applicant's ‘clinical readiness’ to undertake the programme

  • Evidence of employer support to undertake the programme including the provision of a mentor with ‘occupational competence’ and the availability of appropriate clinical supervision
  • Normally a minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience.

All applicants will need to attach a completed Employer Authorisation Form to their applicaiton. You can find a copy of the form in the 'Downloads' section on this page and within the application portal.

Months of entry


Course content

About this course

This new MSc has been developed in collaboration with experienced health practitioners and NHS organisations to enable registered health professionals, who are working at higher levels of practice, to develop their career to achieve the capabilities of advanced practice as set out in the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Practice (Health Education England 2017).

This is a multi-professional programme, open to nurses, midwives, paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers and radiotherapists. It will provide opportunities to challenge and critically analyse your professional practice and to achieve the learning and development required for you to achieve your scope of practice as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

The programme involves a significant level of work based learning in the practice setting where you will develop your scope of practice across the 4 pillars of advanced practice – advanced clinical practice, education, research and leadership (HEE 2017) .

In order to undertake either pathway you will need a supervisor with appropriate skills to support you to become an advanced clinical practitioner.

Course structure

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice is a structured pathway. However accreditation of prior learning is accepted and reviewed on application.

Completion of core modules at an undergraduate level may offer opportunities for optional modules to be chosen from a range of modules relevant to your scope of advanced practice.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award is available as a Master’s award only, which requires 180 credits. Although there are stepping off points if required they do not permit you to use the title Advanced Practitioner.

Fees and funding

Self Funding: £800

The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to self-funding students assessed as UK/EU students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dean Whiting