Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathway will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to advanced clinical practice. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis, pharmacology and non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced nurse practitioner or similar roles within your health care setting. This pathway is only open to nurses working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice and clinical speciality
  • Apply advanced communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology
  • Demonstrate your clinical competence through simulated and practice based clinical assessment
  • Have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification

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