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A minimum of a second class degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate, relevant work life experience are encouraged to apply. Current professional registration as a nurse or allied health professional is also required for entry to this MSc course.
Only UK applicants are eligible for the MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) award. However, we welcome international applications for the standard MSc Advancing Practice pathway, which can be studied entirely online.
Months of entry
The health and social care needs of the population are changing globally, including patterns of ill health. The delivery of Health and Social Care supports integrated services focusing on prevention, early intervention and enablement to support people to live well for as long as possible in their own homes and communities. Health and social care professionals working in integrated teams, play a critical part in realising this vision. These roles have developed and expanded to meet new challenges and this Masters course has therefore been designed to support you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge to work effectively at an advanced level.
Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, this course is designed for any health and social care professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role who is keen to challenge their thinking, gain new skills and make a difference to their practice.
We welcome applications from those about to complete pre-registration degree courses, those post-registration health and social care professionals working in practice, or those studying as part of other post-graduate level courses.
The course offers two different pathways:
This is suitable for all registered health and social care professionals within and outside of the UK, who are keen to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence within their role. The modules for this award are delivered entirely online which means this can be completed by professionals practising anywhere in the world.
Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)
This is only suitable for health professionals practising in the UK who are working towards an advanced practice role or who require advanced skills to meet the demands of their current role and whose work is primarily clinically focused.
To gain this award, you are required to undertake two compulsory clinical modules:
These compulsory modules require face-to-face attendance for teaching and assessment to take place. In addition, the Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals module leads to a qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), therefore you must be practising and registered within the UK to undertake this.
Teaching at Stirling is practice-focused, with an emphasis on employability and transforming careers.
Information for international students
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with minimum of 169 in each skill
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 169 in each skil
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time24-48 months
- Distance learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- University of Stirling