Taught course

Advanced Practice

University of Stirling · Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a degree or degree equivalent from a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling. A professional qualification plus relevant experience may be accepted as equivalent. Selection follows consideration of written application, professional references and an informal discussion with the Course Director. The University operates a system for inclusion of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

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Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MSc Advanced Practice reflects a number of specific drivers within social and healthcare practice. Working with clinical experts, specialist agencies, research centres and keynote experts ensures the course has a robust and credible practice base in both its delivery and application. This initiative addresses the changing frame of health, social, public and voluntary sector workers – whereby collaboration and shared working is recognised as meeting the needs of the individual worker, patients, public and carers.

Key publications that give background to the MSc: Setting the Direction (DOH, 2006); Better Health; Better Care (NHS Scotland, 2007); Senior Charge Nurse Review (NHS Scotland, 2008); Delivering Health Leading Better Care: Report of the Senior Charge Nurse Review and Clinical Quality Indicators (NHS Scotland, 2008)

Course Objectives

The Advanced Practice courses are specifically designed for practitioners in health and social care and allied health professions who engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs. The programme is designed to both develop and embed knowledge, skill and confidence in practitioners who may already be working in a senior position as well as providing a base for those who are aspiring to advance their career. Each of the themed courses equips you with the ability to challenge theory, practice and effectiveness within the core elements of the course as well as in your chosen specialist fields.

We develop your ability to critically examine theoretical frameworks which can be integrated within your advanced practice. Autonomous and multi-professional working allows students from differing professions to work innovatively and learn collaboratively, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding

There is a variety of sources students may apply for funding: ILA 500, Charities and NHS Boards.

Qualification and course duration


part time
18 months


part time
18 months

Course contact details

Continuing Education Co-ordinator
+44 (0) 1786 466336
+44 (0) 1786 466333