Taught course

Advancing Practice

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

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from nursing and allied health professionals who should normally possess a first degree. Applicants with substantial experience and who can show professional development 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.

Awards in Advanced Clinical Practice, Nursing, Cancer and Palliative Care and Care and Practice Improvement

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; and 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; and 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; and 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; and 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; and 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 - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingandadvice

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)