Key Facts

Course Title: Advancing Professional Practice
Course type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Nursing


This exciting, contemporary and new Faculty-based flexible programme focuses on higher academic study underpinning a higher level of professional practice in healthcare. It is designed to provide the health and social care practitioner a stimulating and rigorous analysis of health care practice. It will have an interdisciplinary and interprofessional focus and aim to prepare practitioners to lead and manage change in a global health care environment.

It will combine conceptual, theoretical and practical work-based learning approaches to the study of health and social care practice and provide the opportunity for the practitioner to develop skills and expertise to an advanced level. The student will be able to map out a series of learning outcomes based on learning opportunities available in the workplace which represents an exploration of work focused and work related issues complemented by taught modules.

There are four distinct routes avaliable: 

  • Education route
  • Management route
  • Radiology route
  • Generic route

Aims of the Course

Broad educational aims of the programme are to:

  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical enquiry, analysis, and application of knowledge in their practice and to support innovations in health and social care
  • Demonstrate effective self-management and leadership skills to effect change in health and social care
  • Engage within a work-based learning programme consolidating and extending theoretical knowledge and practice skills relevant to their own discipline, facilitating academic and professional development to enhance the delivery of quality care
  • Promote and enhance their skills in critical reflection, evaluation, professional decision making and leadership to inform best practice
  • Promote effective collaboration, interdisciplinary and interagency working practices
  • Engage with work-based learning to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practice; establish and lead projects in their practice setting

Entry Requirements

Potential/prospective students will normally:

  • Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body.
  • Have an identified work-based facilitator within their practice area, who will support and guide their development throughout the phases of the programme.
  • Be working in clinical practice. Some potential/prospective student’s may be managers/ educators within the healthcare arena.
  • Hold a relevant degree.
  • Practitioners with extensive practice experience and no formal undergraduate degree will be considered by evidence presented within their professional portfolio and discussion at interview.
  • Students will normally be called for an interview.

Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL)/Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

In some cases the student may be allowed to apply for accreditation of prior learning, undertaken either at Keele or at another higher education institution. These credits must have been gained within five years previous to their joining the current programme of study.

Course Content




Module 1

NUR-40072 Advancing Professional Practice

30 Credits

Module 2

NUR-40042 Clinical Leadership OR

CLM-40104 Leadership and Management in Healthcare

15 Credits

Module 3

NUR-40039 An Introduction to Clinical Effectiveness


HLT-40001 Research Methods in Health

15 credits




Education Route

NUR-40058 Practice Teacher (30 credits) plus 30 credits elective


NUR-40057 Registered Teacher (60 credits)


other educationally focused modules

60 Credits


Management Route

60 credits elective from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Modules

60 Credits

Radiology Route

NUR-40036 Advanced Practice in Computed Tomographic            Colonography OR other radiology based modules

60 credits

Generic Route

60 credits elective from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Modules

60 credits





Module 7


NUR-40037 – Advanced Work-based Practice Project



NUR-40019 – Research Dissertation


(if completed HLT-40001 Research methods in Health)

60 Credits


Teaching and Assessment

The principal learning and teaching methods used in the programme may include:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops: The core of each module delivery mode is a series of face to face tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops.
  • Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE), Blackboard. All modules on the programme maintain an active web presence where module details and learning materials can be accessed on campus and remotely.
  • Group work and peer support. All modules use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time
  • Project supervision. Participants on the MSc working on their dissertation / advanced work-based practice project are supported by group and one to one meetings with an experienced supervisor. In many instances, there will be an assigned co-supervisor to offer additional support and guidance from a clinical background.
  • Directed independent study. Most of the study hours for each module comprise independent learning by expecting participants to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of topics, to practice skills and to reflect on critical incidents and their practice. 

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.