Taught course

Advancing Practice (Nursing)

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

You should normally possess a relevant health or social care degree.

If you have substantial experience and can show professional development then you may also be considered.

Additional criteria are required for some modules such as the advanced practice modules. A nursing qualification is required for the nursing pathway. Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will be considered. Skills in information communication technology are also required.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This online MSc is ideal for healthcare professionals seeking a qualification that is contemporary, flexible and relevant to practice.

About the programme

The programme is relevant to all healthcare professionals and will enable you to make a significant contribution to
improving practice and providing quality care.

Your learning

You may focus on modules relating to a specific practice area to add a specialist named pathway to the MSc Advancing Practice award.

These pathways include:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Nursing
  • Cancer and Palliative Care
  • Care and Practice Improvement

There are three exit points within the programme:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • MSc Advancing Practice (180 credits) Core modules for the programme
  • Postgraduate Certificate – Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Postgraduate Diploma – Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care
  • MSc – Care or Practice

Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation Specific core and option modules are required for completion of the four named pathway awards:

Advanced Clinical Practice Core modules:

  • Advanced Decision Making (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Advanced Work-based Learning (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:

  • Assessment in Advanced Practice
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Complexities of Pain
  • Complex Respiratory Disorders
  • Advanced Vascular Access.

Cancer and Palliative Care Core modules:

  • Advancing Communication (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Psychosocial Concerns (Postgraduate Diploma)
  • Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:

  • Symptoms in Advanced Disease
  • Independent Study HSC.

Care and Practice ImprovementCore modules:

  • Advanced Facilitation Skills (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Developing Workplace Culture (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:

  • Improvement Research
  • Leadership for Effectiveness
  • Delivering Compassionate Care
  • HAI Improvement in Practice
  • Advanced Work-Based Learning.

Nursing Core modules:

  • Role Development in Nursing (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Leadership for Effectiveness (Postgraduate Diploma)

Option modules:

  • Delivering Compassionate Care
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Dementia Care Principles
  • Contemporary Cancer and Palliative Care
  • Independent Study HSC
  • Prescribing in Advanced Practice

Our Careers Adviser says Masters qualifications support career advancement and advanced practitioner roles, potentially leading to PhD.Graduates possess highly employable transferable skills.

Information for international students

International students should have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Fees and funding

For more information about funding please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)