Taught course

Advancing Clinical Practice

University of Worcester · Institute of Health and Society

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Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and allied health professionals who:

  • Are currently working in a health care environment for a minimum of 20 hours a week
  • Hold professional registration with a relevant UK professional/statutory body, for example the NMC, HCPC or GPhC.
  • Have a Bachelor's degree in a health related subject with a minimum 2:2 honours classification.

Where applicants do not hold a first degree, applications will be considered on an individual basis. However you will be required to submit evidence of relevant experience and continued professional development.

Please see the University website for comprehensive entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) supports registered healthcare practitioners in their continued professional development to Masters Level, focusing on their role, sector and specialist area in line with the NHSE (2017) Multi-professional ACP framework. At the beginning of the course, students will identify their own learning needs in collaboration with their Clinical Supervisor, Manager and Personal Academic Tutor to create an individualised route through the programme that builds on their existing knowledge, skills and experience, whilst enabling achievement of competence and capability at the level of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

Additionally, students can choose to develop more specialist competencies (e.g. College of Emergency Medicine ACP competencies) through the Negotiated Learning Module; or can apply to transfer existing Level 7 credits from modules congruent with their clinical specialism, through the Recognition of Prior Learning route in place of the Negotiated Learning module. Students completing this course will be able to lead and support advanced clinical practice, facilitating change in patient and service outcomes.

The objective of the programme is summarised in the West Midlands Advanced Clinical Practice (Health Education England 2015, p.15) definition and in line with the Multi-Professional framework for ACP (NHS England 2017) to develop:

‘A registered practitioner with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices. Demonstrable at masters’ level and meets the education, training and CPD requirements for Advanced Clinical Practice as identified within the framework’.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office
01905 855111