Taught course

Advanced Professional Practice

University of Northampton · School of Health

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold all of the following: Bachelors degree with honours in a relevant subject where the applicant's first language is not English, IELTS at 6.5 in each area are required

Months of entry

October, May, February

Course content

Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. This innovative and flexible course allows you to build a course that is tailored to your needs.

The programme is made up of modules which make up the whole Master’s Degree, but there is an option to opt to leave at that point having earned a Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme is based around three key areas:

  • recognising and valuing personal professional experience as contributing to academic achievements
  • addressing the priority needs of the working environment through a contemporary range of practice modules
  • focusing the application of learning within the workplace​

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice presents a highly flexible programme of study which students can tailor to meet their personal and professional development objectives.

An innovative development for this award is the introduction of a Valuing Professional Experience module. Available to study for 20, 40 or 60 academic credits, this module will allow students to demonstrate the value of their professional experience in relation to academic learning. As such, students can, with the help of a programme advisor, create an individual programme of study which draws on past experience and enhances current and future practice.

Advanced Professional Practice consists of a number of pathways:

  • Advanced Occupational Therapy *
  • Advanced Podiatry *
  • Autonomous Healthcare Practice *
  • Cancer Therapies *
  • Care of the Older Person *
  • Childcare Practice *
  • Mentorship
  • Non-medical Independent Nurse Prescribing
  • Practice Education *

*Specialist pathway available as stand-alone Postgraduate Certificates​

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1604 735500
+44 (0) 1604 713029