Advanced Clinical Practice MSc


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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
2-4 years part-time. No full-time option.
Entry requirements
Applicants for the MSc/PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice will usually hold a Bachelor’s degree (2.2 or above).
Other requirements
All applicants must be qualified health care professionals, typically with five years’ experience in professional practice or longer. MSc and PGDip applicants join the course with the written agreement of their employer. In negotiation with the course director, applicants must identify an appropriately qualified clinical supervisor before commencing the course.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Queen's Medical Centre
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course has been specially created for practitioners, developing the in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence to manage complex cases within specific areas of practice.
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A characteristic of the health service in recent times has been changing professional boundaries. Increasingly nurses and other registered practitioners take on roles that have traditionally been the domain of doctors. 

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been specially created for such practitioners and provides opportunity to develop the in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence to manage complex cases within specific areas of practice. Following in the footsteps of our 62 graduates may be just what you need to boost your career prospects. 

Focusing on high-quality teaching with plenty of opportunity to develop clinical skills in a practical setting, the course provides an educational structure that links to relevant competency frameworks and supports the NHS Career Framework. 

One of the key benefits of the course is that you will work alongside students from a variety of backgrounds and specialist fields, giving you the chance to share experiences and best practice. 

Applications for September entry are usually considered between February and June of the same year. Please contact the course director before you apply. 

If, for whatever reason, you do not wish to take the final clinical project/dissertation module, you can complete the course with a PG Diploma Advanced Clinical Practice.

For more information download the Advanced Clinical Practice flyer (PDF).

Key facts

  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff

Course details

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice is taken part-time over three years. 

Modules equating to 60 credits are taken each year giving the total of 180 credits required for the award of MSc. 

Applicants may elect not to complete a final clinical project/dissertation and exit after two years with the award of PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice (120 credits). 

For details of the compulsory and optional modules click on the 'Modules' tab.

When making an application it is important to select the right modules for your situation. It is therefore advisable to contact the course director before making an online application.



Module NumberTitleCreditsTaught
1 History Taking Clinical Examination and Decision Making 1 30 Autumn
2 History Taking Clinical Examination and Decision Making 2 30 Spring
3 Non-Medical Prescribing 40 Autumn
4 Developing Advanced Clinical Skills Through Work Based Learning 20 Full year
5 Developing Advanced Clinical Skills Through Work Based Learning 30 Full year
6 Evidence for Health and Social Care 30 Autumn
7 Leadership in Health and Social Care 30 Spring
8 Advancing Practice Clinical Project/Dissertation 60 Full year


Year One

Compulsory modules

Modules 1 and 2 are taken by all students. These two modules equate to 60 credits with exit award of postgraduate certificate.

Year Two

Alternative modules – Route 1

Modules 3 and 4 are taken. Taken following successful completion of year one these four modules equate to 120 credits with exit award of postgraduate diploma.

Alternative modules – Route 2

Module 5 is taken along with module 6 or module 7. Taken following successful completion of year one these four modules equate to 120 credits with exit award of postgraduate diploma.

Year Two/Three

Module 8 is taken following in years two and three and successful completion of five modules equates to 60 credits with exit award of the MSc.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Home/EU students

Funded places are available to health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands (under certain conditions). These places are funded through Health Education East Midlands contract with The University of Nottingham. The only exception to this is the dissertation which may require self-funding or funding from another source. Once you have approval from your manager to apply for the course, complete the online application.

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the School website.

If you have a question about funding please call +44 (0)115 823 1213.

In addition, the Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International students

This course is not suitable for international students.



Typically applicants are experienced clinical staff – you may already have the title 'practitioner' or be in a developmental position. Either way this course is a real investment in your career, giving you the opportunity to advance your practice and widen your career opportunities.

Mark Foss, Course Director
"If you undertake a demanding course like this, you want to know that it will equip you for real life practice and advanced roles that you aspire to. By focusing on the skills required for advanced practice and the knowledge base that supports them, the MSc/PG Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice does just that. Advanced Practitioners undertake roles that have previously been the preserve of medicine and our students tell us that this course gives them real confidence. This is because we focus on high-quality teaching with plenty of opportunity to practise clinical skills." 

Mark Grenville, graduate
"If you are a clinically focused clinician, as I am, other courses just don’t provide the weight of clinical practice and development seen on this one."

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2014/15.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.


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