Key Facts

Course Title: Advanced Clinical Practice
Course type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Course Administration Office
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Nursing


There are 3 formal progression points:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (60 Credits)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Advancing Clinical Practice (120 Credits)
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (180 Credits)


MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

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Aims of the Course

On successful completion of this Award you will be a recognised Advanced Clinical Practitioner (HEWM, 2015) with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices. 

Entry Requirements

New entrants to Advanced Clinical Practice:

To become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, the following points should normally be met and the applicant must be in a role that has employer support for clinical placement and time to attend the course with a clinical supervisor/mentor in practice.

  • Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body.
  • Entry requirement includes first degree and minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in clinical practice.
  • Recognised post within a healthcare organisation and the post listed within workforce plan and business need.
  • Confirmed defined / protected Advanced Clinical Practice role for the trainee to be moved into on successful completion of the programme.
  • Appropriately named clinical supervisor to support the trainee during the programme of training.
  • Commitment to providing protected learning time for the trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner during the MSc and this is equivalent to:
    • One day a week in University (or equivalent) reading, writing and other academic activities.
    • One day a week protected time for supported clinical practice (or equivalent)

Applicants without a first degree:

Universities have a separate policy for applicants who do not hold a first degree at 2:2 but have substantial and relevant clinical or prior study experience.

Exisiting Practitioners:

Existing Practitioners who are currently working in an Advanced Clinical Practice role and do not have a MSc level of education have options to either complete the Masters or continue in the role and update in-line with their CPD requirements.

There are ‘Top Up’ arrangements for existing Practitioners who do not have a full Masters degree.  They have the option to complete the degree and to do this they would need to be in a relevant Advanced Clinical Practice post and supported by their organisation.


All organisations supporting staff to undertake an Advanced Clinical Practice course will need to ensure as part of their workforce plans the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner is embedded within their organisation structures. Once the trainee is a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, there will need to be on-going support from the Trust

Application Requirements:

You are required to provide as part of the application process two references;

  • A professional reference from your current employer
  • A recent academic reference (if you not have access to a recent academic reference two professional references will be adequate)

Guidance on what a reference should include can be found here

You are also required to provide as part of your application an up-to-date CV.

If your application and aforementioned documentation are satisfactory you will be invited to an informal interview.

Course Content




Module 1

NUR-40039 An Introduction to Clinical Effectiveness


HLT-40001 Research Methods in Health

15 Credits

Module 2

NUR-40014 Health Assessment in Clinical Practice

30 Credits

Module 3

NUR-40042 Clinical Leadership 

15 Credits

Core Portfolio

Clinical competence for Advanced Clinical Practice (Year 1)




Module 4

NUR-40033 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals


NUR-40047 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives


PHA-40122 Independent Prescribing (Pharmacy)

30 Credits



30 credits


60 Credits

Module 5

Elective Module

15 Credits

Module 6

Elective Module 

15 Credits

Core Portfolio

Clinical competence for Advanced Clinical Practice (Year 2)




Module 7


NUR-40037 Advanced Work-based Practice Project



NUR-40019 Research Dissertation


(if completed HLT-40001 Research methods in Health)

60 Credits


60 Credits

Core Portfolio

Clinical competence for Advanced Clinical Practice (FINAL)


Teaching and Assessment

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Award is a programme of 180 credits aimed at multi-professional groups delivered by HEIs in the West Midlands which aims to meet the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice, using a blended leaning approach, including:

  • Inter-professional classroom based sessions including, seminars, tutorials, library, self-directed, KLE activities
  • Clinical Competency Portfolio
  • Reflective Journal
  • OSCEs
  • Written assignments
  • Clinical skills education using simulation
  • Physical examination
  • Shadowing
  • Coaching
  • Supervision and Mentoring
  • Patient / Carer feedback

Approximately 80% of the curriculum for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice is recognised as ‘core’ curriculum applicable to an Advanced Clinical Practitioner working in any health discipline and setting.  The other 20% of the curriculum will be negotiated between Keele and you in order to consider education/training/modules required to support your advanced clinical role.

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.