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 multidisciplinary healthcare team
  • Two 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. 

Course review: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in practice to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.  These changes will come into effect for all new students from June 2024. Applicants will be notified by our admissions team of any changes.

Apprenticeship route: We also offer an apprenticeship route for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner). 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.  

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

This course will support you to gain the knowledge and skills required for the development of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Clinical Practice role, both professionally and academically at Master’s level.

Course accreditations

This course is accredited by Health Education England’s (HEE) Centre for Advancing Practice. This means that the course has been deemed to meet the capabilities and standards set out in HEE's (2017) Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England and HEE's (2020) Standards for Education and Training (SET) regarding generic advanced practice competencies and skills.  Practitioners who successfully complete this programme will be eligible to apply for a Centre for Advancing Practice 'Advanced' digital badge

Key information

Next start date:

Available on request (please enquire)


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


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


Centre for Advancing Practice

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.