MSc Advanced Clinical Practice – Apprenticeship (advanced clinical practitioner integrated degree route)

This three-year part-time apprenticeship programme will support you to gain the knowledge and skills required for the development of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Clinical Practice role

Why study MSc Advanced Clinical Practice at BU?

  • Advanced Clinical Practitioners are experienced clinicians with expertise in their scope of practice, managing defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end
  • Build on your current registrant level of practice through academic and workplace-based learning, to attain advanced clinical practice competencies and capabilities, in-line with nationally recognised advanced level criteria (Health Education England)
  • Extend your critical thinking, analytical and reflective skills, and integrate new, as well as enhance existing clinical practice skills, knowledge and competence, within your practice setting 
  • Gain the skills to support the provision of high-quality healthcare through a more autonomous, independent practice role within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team
  • 2 pathways available: if you are a nurse, you will undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) qualification; if you are an allied health professional, pharmacist, midwife, healthcare scientist or other registered non-medical healthcare professional then the MSc Advanced Clinical practice is appropriate for you, in supporting your advanced clinical practice role. 

Please note: Applications for the apprenticeship route must be made via an employer - therefore prospective apprentices should be employed in a healthcare role and have the support of their employer. We also offer a standard Master’s degree route for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner).  

Key information

Next start date:

September 2022, February 2023, June 2023.


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne campus


Three years, part time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with minimum 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

You must have been registered with your respective statutory regulator of health and care professions (i.e. NMC, HCPC), for a minimum of 3 years and provide proof of current registration.

Level 2 English and Maths. If you do not hold this you must complete this level prior to applying for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally IELTS (academic) 7.0 or above with minimum 7.0 in each component.

Course details

Entry requirements


After completing this course you will have met the nationally recognised advanced practice criteria and will be in a position to practice as an advanced nurse practitioner/advanced clinical practitioner.

Alternatively, you could to pursue a career as a clinical academic.

Industries you could work in include:

  • NHS (hospital and community)
  • Private and independent healthcare sector (nursing homes and private hospitals)
  • Education
  • Academic research.

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