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MA Advanced Practice

Aimed at those already working as health and social care professionals who want to enhance their practice, this course is delivered on a part-time and CPD basis in recognition of the highly flexible requirements of practitioners.

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Why study MA Advanced Practice at BU?

  • We’ve designed this course so you can study individual units, allowing you to steadily work towards a postgraduate qualification, flexibly and at your own pace.  
  • Choose from a large variety of units to complete this qualification, mixing and matching the units best suited to your development.  
  • You can sign up to one unit at a time, and there are various entry and exit points. You have 5 years to achieve all the units for a Master’s degree. 
  • This course allows you to show your ability to critically evaluate your practice and make evidence-based judgements.  
  • Integrate new and existing skills in a work setting while maintaining and developing high quality health and social care in your current workplace.  

Please note: if you are a healthcare professional that wishes to consider an advanced clinical practice role please view the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course.  

Course exit points 

There are various entry and exit points.  

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: Complete 60 credits from our continuing professional development framework.  
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice: Complete an additional 60 credits from our continuing professional development framework.  
  • MA in Advanced Practice: having competed 120 credits at Master’s level, you will need to complete a further 60 credits in an independent study in service improvement project, focusing on an aspect of your professional practice and/or service.  

You have 5 years to achieve all the units for a Master’s degree.  

“This Master’s will provide you with an opportunity to complete an academic programme tailored to your individual needs and your professional practice. The course meets service requirements, and is in accordance with the national, multi-professional framework for advanced practice.”
Hilary Walsgrove, Programme Leader

Key information

Next start date:

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Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

Maximum 5 years from registration on to a named award

Entry requirements:

A Bachelor’s Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. Applicants should be engaging in practice for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

We’ve designed this course to enable busy health and social care practitioners to be able to study individual units allowing you to steadily work towards a postgraduate qualification, flexibly and at your own pace. There are various entry and exit points explained in our course diagram (pdf 41kb).

Download the programme specification (pdf 745kb)

Entry requirements

How to apply

In the first instance you should talk to your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator to understand if there are any contractual arrangements in place and whether your chosen course or unit of study can be funded via this route.

If this situation applies to you, you must submit your completed application form (Docx 108kb) via your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator, who will forward it to the university.

If you are funding the course or unit of study yourself or your employer is sponsoring you (outside any contractual arrangement), please submit your completed application form directly to the university.

Please note: In some cases, we may ask you to provide additional references but we will advise you of this once you have submitted your application form.

Please contact us if you have any question or if you have any problems downloading the application form.

Download the application form (Docx 108Kb)

Careers

This course provides an opportunity for those in a position of advanced practice or aspiring to be in such a position to top-up their qualifications. The chance to further develop your critical thinking skills and undertake independent study based on the development of your role or service is intended to help you feel confident in leadership roles in the healthcare profession.

Costs and fees

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