Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

University of Lincoln · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants require current registration with relevant professional/regulatory organisations and a full support from their employing organisation to facilitate the requirements of the clinical supervision.

This means that:

- You must be a registered healthcare professional with current First Level registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

- You must have no current sanctions on your practice imposed by your Registering body (NMC, HCPC or GPhC). You should have at least 36 months clinical experience post-qualification. You should hold a First or Second class Honours Degree in a related subject. Applicant who do not hold this should provide evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the past 6 years and relevant equivalent clinical experience to be managed as a non-standard application.

- You must be currently employed in a suitable practice setting and have an identified clinical supervisor who is suitably qualified and experienced to be able to undertake supervised clinical assessments in the workplace. This is usually someone at a minimum of an experienced advanced practitioner or specialist registrar level (Health Education England 2017)

Students opting to take the Prescriber Preparation module options, in addition the following applies:

Additional application form sections, for the basis of consideration of entry on to these modules, will be issued to students in advance of the modules starting. Students are required to be in a role that requires them to prescribe, have a practice supervisor and a practice assessor and the support of their line manager and organisation or healthcare trust.

In relation to entry requirements, applicants must meet the conditions laid out by their respective professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.

Months of entry


Course content

he MSc Advanced Clinical Practice offers registered practitioners a student-centred programme of study that aims to meet their personal and professional development needs as they progress within their role towards advanced expert practice.

Students will explore advanced practice on both a personal, local, and national level. They will be encouraged to develop a substantial portfolio of evidence illustrating a breadth of practice, while exploring relevant research and developing their own skill set.

The programme is designed to fully integrate the Health Education England (2017) Multidisciplinary Capability Framework enabling registered healthcare practitioners to acquire an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills, and clinical competences for expanded scope of practice, underpinned by the four Advanced Clinical Practice pillars of Clinical Skills, Management and Leadership, Education, and Research.

Within the award the combination of modules aims to continuously promote the core principles of Advanced Clinical Practice; Autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision making and problem solving, values based care and improving practice.

Teaching and learning contextualises the University's 'Student as Producer', promoting a coherent approach to andragogic practice via discovery, collaboration, engagement, and the production of new knowledge and new ways of working.

You will be able to develop your abilities across all pillars, evidencing competencies relevant to your area of practice using work-based supervision and tripartite assessment.

The course is open to registered healthcare professionals who meet the entry criteria, through self-funding and the Health Education England funded route. There is also an option for students to undertake an apprenticeship. For further information please contact Programme Leader, Sharon Andrews: sandrews@lincoln.ac.uk

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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