Advanced Practice MSc

Advanced Practice MSc

School of Health Sciences


Post- graduate





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Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

  • Duration:

    Part-time: Two years. Five core modules; 15 optional modules.

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Advanced Practice course offers an exciting opportunity for health care practitioners to develop and enhance their practice. This Master’s degree specifically aims to prepare practitioners to function at an advanced level of practice and directly influence the care of individuals through leadership and change management strategies.

Advanced Practice has been developed in partnership with the local health authority and has a key focus on advanced work based practice. You will be supported throughout the course by the highly experienced course team and will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including e-learning packages and skills laboratories. Practitioners completing this course will be able to function at an advanced level of practice within relevant professional and organisational frameworks. 

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Entry Requirements

  • Have a current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • Have, normally, at least five years post registration clinical experience in practice OR proof of equivalent experience in practice
  • Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes
  • Have identified a work based mentor, who will support and guide your development throughout the course
  • Provide two references (one practice/work and one academic).

Programme at a Glance

The course includes five core modules

  • NP4001 Evidence, effectiveness and evaluation
  • NU4138 Advanced work-based practice project: design and construction 
  • NU4139 Advanced work-based practice project: delivery and implementation 
  • NU4140 Advanced work-based practice project: evaluation 
  • NU4141 Deconstructing the consultation 

Students have a choice of four optional modules from the following list:

  • NU4142 Advanced patient assessment and diagnostic skills
  • NU4143 Advancing care management at the end of life 
  • NU4144 Managing mental health needs 
  • NU4145 Emergency care services for individuals and communities
  • NU4137 Advanced stroke practice
  • NU4007 Solution focussed interventions
  • NU4017 Enhanced cognitive behavioural interventions for anxiety and depression in primary care 
  • NU4021 Safeguarding children in a multi-professional environment 
  • NU4054 Community and social policy practice
  • NU4055 Concepts of public health
  • NU4153 Managing cardiac illness
  • NU4270 Safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • NU4805 Leadership in practice
  • NU4146 Minor health issues and illnesses
  • NU4023 Non-medical prescribing

Further Information

The aim of the MSc Advanced Practice programme is to prepare and develop health and social care practitioners who can lead and develop contemporary practice. The programme is designed to enable students to: 

  • Demonstrate their capacity for critical enquiry, analysis and application of knowledge in their practice and to support innovations in health and social care 
  • Acquire and develop proficient life-long learning and change management skills 
  • Advance the boundaries of health and social care through inter-professional leadership and team working 
  • Exercise personal professional autonomy within governance frameworks and systems 
  • Consolidate and extend theoretical knowledge and practice skills relevant to their own discipline and specialist field facilitating the care and management of people with health and social care needs 
  • Engage with work-based learning 
  • Function at an advanced level of practice within relevant professional frameworks and organisational requirements.

The course consists of core and optional modules aimed at facilitating advanced practice as well as developing practitioners to their full potential. Students will study the importance of work based practice culminating in a personal advanced work based practice project undertaken in their specialist area. Important areas covered in the course include; the consultation process, safeguarding vulnerable individuals, advanced assessment and diagnostic skills, end of life care, emergency care services, advanced stroke practice, managing the mental health needs of individuals, managing cardiac illness, concepts of public health, leadership, enhanced cognitive behavioural interventions, solution focused interventions as well as modules covering social policy, and research/evidence based practice. Students are required to complete and successfully pass nine modules in order to achieve this award.

An example of a 2 year route that may be suitable for a practitioner who is working in a GP setting.

Year 1

Semester 1 - September - December

  • NU4141 Deconstructing the Consultation 
  • NU4138 Advanced Work-based Practice Project: Design and Construction

Semester 2 - January - April

  • NU4142 Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills (Optional) 
  • NU4138 Advanced Work-based Practice Project: Design and Construction 
  • NP4001 Evidence, Effectiveness and Evaluation

Year 2 

Semester 1 - September - December

  • NU4142 Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills (Optional) 
  • NU4139 Advanced Work-based Practice Project: Delivery and Implementation

Semester 2 - January - April

  • NU4153 Managing Cardiac Illness (Optional) 
  • NU4140 Advanced Work-based Practice Project: Evaluation

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Post-registration Recruitment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

  • NMC Advanced Practitioner competencies (Nurses only)
  • RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies (Nurses only)

Learning Environment and Assessment

Classroom teaching, skills laboratories, social networking sites and practice placements are all utilised as learning environments.

Guided/directed activity, individual and group work exercises, case studies analysis, action learning sets, social networking activity via blogs, discussion boards and/or chat rooms. Portfolio development. Journal club. Story board exercises. Role play, simulation exercises, OSCE, video analysis/case studies, interactive technologies, poster presentations, project work.


This course will allow practitioners to function at an advanced level of practice within relevant professional frameworks and organisational requirements.