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PG Dip/MSc

Advanced Clinical Practice

This Master’s course embraces the International and National advanced clinical practice picture supporting the development of your knowledge and skills at an advanced level, to prepare you for your Advanced Clinical Practice or Advanced Nurse Practitioner role.

You’ll extend your analytical and reflective skills, as well as integrating new and existing clinical skills within your practice setting to provide high-quality healthcare within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.    

There are two pathways available, if you are a nurse then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) qualification will be most suitable; for midwives, allied health professionals and other non-medical healthcare professionals, the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice route is appropriate.

The final year of the course concentrates on a service improvement project enabling you to combine the clinical elements of your advanced clinical role with leadership/management and service development and improvement.

This course is also available as an apprenticeship. Please go to the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Apprenticeship (advanced clinical practitioner integrated degree route) course page for more information. 

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 practice.”
Hilary Walsgrove, Programme Leader

Key information

Next start date:

June 2020, September 2020, January 2021, September 2021


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


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

Required subjects:

Three years experience as a qualified nurse or allied health professional

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in any subject. A minimum of three years' post-qualifying experience working as a qualified nurse, midwife, registered non-medical healthcare professional or allied health professional. Currently working in clinical practice for a minimum of 20 hours per week. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International 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 per annum. Fees quoted 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