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PG Dip/MSc

Advanced Clinical Practice

Why choose this course?
This course will enable you to build on your current registrant level of practice through academic and workplace-based learning, in order to attain advanced clinical practice competencies and capabilities, in-line with nationally recognised advanced level criteria. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills required to support you in the development of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Clinical Practice role, both professionally and academically at Master’s level. The course will extend your critical, analytical and reflective skills, and enable you to integrate new, as well as enhanced existing clinical practice skills, knowledge and competence, within your practice setting. This will support the provision of high-quality healthcare through a more autonomous, independent practice role within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. 

Course pathways
There are two pathways available. If you are a nurse, then you will undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) qualification; if you are an allied health professional, pharmacist, paramedic, 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.

We also offer an apprenticeship route for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner), for which the entry criteria and structure of the programme are slightly different from the non-apprenticeship route. Applications for the apprenticeship must be made via an employer - therefore prospective apprentices should be employed in a healthcare role and have the support of their employer. Please go to the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Apprenticeship (advanced clinical practitioner integrated degree route) course page for more information. 

Fast-track route
With both the apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship we also offer a shortened fast-track route for students who have already completed the units History Taking & Physical Examination and Independent & Supplementary Prescribing at level 7 as CPD stand-alone units.

Please note: To be eligible for the postgraduate loan and Academic Excellence Scholarship, you must enrol onto the full MSc route.

“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 clinical practice.”
Hilary Walsgrove, Programme Leader

Key information

Next start date:

June 2021, September 2021 (May vary, please enquire for exact date)


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years part-time (MSc) or 2 years part-time (PG Dip)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelor’s 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. You also need to be engaged in an appropriate clinical role for a minimum of 20 hours a week and currently engaged in and able to maintain a high level of clinical practice, including assessment and physical examination skills, in a clinical setting where development of an advanced clinical practice role has been agreed by the employer. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements

Please contact us for further information. 

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the units. This will include senior academic staff, lecturer practitioners who work at the university and who work in clinical practice and other qualified healthcare professionals.

Download the programme specification for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (pdf 464kb)Download the programme specification for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) (pdf 411kb)

Course pathways

Your application

How you apply for this course depends on how the course will be funded.

Applicants will be required to provide written evidence in the form of a pre-course learning contract that all parties, sponsoring managers, clinical supervisor assessors and students, are actively committed to an Advanced Clinical Practice role and the level of investment required in terms of time and resources. 

Entry requirements


Costs and fees

All fees quoted are in pounds sterling and are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. 

Our Staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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