Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

  • UK 2:2 Hons degree or above or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education
  • A current professional registration with a the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • A current job contract in a clinical or clinically related area. (You will also need the support of a clinical mentor who is able to assess your practice competency and support your learning)
  • At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience (three before commencing V300 non-medical prescribing)
  • At least one satisfactory reference (given the practice related requirements this should be from your current employer and include confirmation of the required practice experience and mentor support; on some occasions a second reference will be required)

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed around the needs of experienced nurse, midwife or allied healthcare practitioners looking to further develop practice and/or prepare for clinical practice roles at a senior level. It will enable you to strengthen your existing knowledge, skills and competencies while also preparing you for roles that require greater autonomy, responsibility and more complex clinical decision-making. This pathway is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role such as Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Consultant Nurse - or any similar role that at the interface between nursing and medicine.

The pass mark for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathways is 50%. Taught modules typically require attendance at 5 to 6 taught days, although some modules may require attendance of between 7 and 10 days. The two modules 'Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice' and the dissertation are taught via blended learning with 4 days attendance at action learning groups supported by on-line learning; Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice can alternatively be studied on-line.The total study time required to undertake the programme on a part time basis is therefore around 45 days over 2-5 years

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0) 23 8059 5500