Taught course

Advancing Professional Practice

University of West London · College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Entry requirements

You should be working as a health and social care professional (usually at least two years full-time or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Extend your health or social care expertise though this innovative and flexible course, designed for experienced practitioners from a range of disciplines.

Career options

A Masters degree is an established academic pathway for healthcare professionals. This new MSc Advancing Professional Practice course has been designed for experienced UK registered healthcare professionals, who are looking towards Masters study to enable them to progress within their professional role.

Course overview

This course aims to develop your professional skills and knowledge enabling you to make a significant contribution to health and social care delivery. You will develop skills in critical appraisal, decision making, you will learn how to design strategies to manage complex scenarios and use evidence to generate innovative and creative solutions in your practice.

Designed to be distinct from the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, it is aimed at those who are in/moving towards roles in leadership/management, or practitioners who are pursuing a clinical route (e.g. intensive care nursing, midwifery practice, mental health nursing or addiction studies). You can opt for a generic award in Advancing Professional Practice or have the focus of your advanced practice studies recognised through one of the following awards:

  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Leadership)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Psychosocial Interventions)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Intensive Care)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Midwifery)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Addiction Studies).


  • The Building Blocks of Transforming your Professional Role
  • Leadership Strategies to Improve the Patient Experience
  • Evidence Based Implementation of Improvement Methods OR Systematic Reviews: Priniciples and Methods
  • Improvement Project OR Systematic Review of Evidence to Inform Professional Practice.

You will choose the remainder of the modules depending on your focus. Examples of optional modules from our portfolio* include:

  • Emergency Adult Care L7
  • Improving Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Dual Diagnosis
  • Care of the Critically Ill Adult (Enhanced and High Dependency Care) L7
  • History Taking and Physical Assessment L7
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
  • Infection Prevention and Control: Developing and Implementing Best Practice L7
  • Care of the Older Person L7
  • Midwives and Critical Care Practice L7.

Fees and funding

For information please visit the UWL website:


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    12-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Information
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