Taught course

Advancing Practice (Modular Framework)

University of Sheffield · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for registered healthcare professionals with experience of practice. The usual entry requirement is a first degree but if you can show you’ve completed some other type of degree-level study we’ll consider your application.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course is aimed at busy professionals working in clinical practice and service improvement. It’s designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need advance your career. The modular framework means you can take a flexible approach, studying part time, for up to five years. You can build your own masters degree as you go, focusing on subjects that are relevant to your area and your own personal needs.

The world needs health professionals

And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.

We teach the skills that matter

Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.

We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.

Core modules

Evidence-Based Practice; Methods of Inquiry.

Examples of optional modules

Including: Advanced Renal Nursing Practice; Advancing Autonomous Practice; Cancer Pathophysiology and Therapeutics; Care and Management of the Renal Patient; Context and Concepts in Advancing Practice; Living With and Beyond Cancer; Managing Diabetes as a Long-Term Health Condition; Managing Heart Failure as a Long Term Health Condition; Managing Respiratory Disease as a Long-Term Condition; Nurse/Midwifery Independent/Supplementary Prescribing; Recognising and Responding to Patient Deterioration; Relationship-Centred Dementia Care; Theorising Dementia and the UK Policy Context; Palliative and End of Life Care; Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives; Psychosocial Approaches to the Care and Treatment of People with Dementia.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, small-group work and clinical instruction, plus specialist sessions with expert speakers.

The dissertation is by supervised tutorial. Each taught unit is assessed by written assignment, OSCE, presentations or examination. The final unit is an extended project or literature review, leading to a dissertation or workplace study.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent.

Fees and funding

If you already work with NHS patients in Yorkshire and the Humber or in the East Midlands, funding might be available. Contact us for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months


part time
24-60 months


part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Mac Macintosh
+44 (0)114 222 2054