Taught course

Advancing Healthcare Practice

University of Reading · Reading School of Pharmacy

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Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate honours degree in the first- or second-class range, or international equivalent, in a relevant healthcare subject
  • a current role working in, or sufficiently linked to, healthcare in the United Kingdom
  • evidence of being able to study at level 7 (master's level)
  • the ability to meet the specific entry requirements of each module linked to accreditation (e.g. Independent Prescribing). You will need to meet these requirements to be eligible to study these modules
  • a minimum of one year of relevant work experience, or sufficient evidence of how you will be supported if you do not have this existing workplace-based experience. This does not apply for modules that are designed to be studied in the first year of qualified practice
  • a discussion with the admissions tutor prior to submitting an application if you wish to have previous academic credits recognised

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Months of entry


Course content

Enhance your knowledge and skills as a healthcare professional with our MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice.

Practising healthcare professionals can apply to study this flexible, taught, workplace-based master's degree, which combines a range of optional and compulsory modules to suit their learning needs. If you already have postgraduate academic credits from other healthcare-based courses — such as PGCert/Dip in Pharmacy Practice, PGDip in Physician Associate Studies, PGCert in Independent Prescribing, or another healthcare-related subject — you will be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to join the programme partway through.

MSc top-up programme

For those joining the programme for the MSc final modules, a top-up research skills module and subsequent workplace-based project will allow students to advance their learning further and gain a master's degree in 9-12 months.

You will complete a 20-credit taught module in research skills at the University, before undertaking a 40-credit research project in your place of work. This project can be fully supervised by an academic from Reading, or co-supervised by a senior colleague from your workplace.

Students will be required to maintain a mini professional practice portfolio throughout their studies. Where relevant, this can be mapped to a Professional Competency Framework and used for submission for Professional Recognition Credentialing, for example, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    36-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Or with prior learning typically 9-12 months

Course contact details

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