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Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Adult; Child (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc/PgDip

This course develops an advanced level practice skills with this Royal College of Nursing accredited programme – designed for nurse practitioners providing direct care to patients, clients and service users.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions. It is also suitable if you are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings.

This Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited course is designed to provide a cohesive educational framework to help you develop advanced practice skills.

City has been a trailblazer in providing excellent ANP education following introduction of advanced level education in the UK. You will complete a clinical work placement with appropriate supervision for physical assessment. As a result, in order to apply you must be a nurse working in senior clinical position.


The Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Adult; Child MSc will help you:

  • Learn to work as an expert autonomous practitioner within all fields of healthcare.
  • Gain contemporary theoretical and professional skills and knowledge for advance practice in areas including:
  • Clinical and direct care practice.
  • Leadership and collaborative practice.
  • Improving quality and developing practice for yourself and others.
  • Develop skills in research and applied data analysis.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of health and social care settings and the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.
  • Prepare for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.


The MSc route of this course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).


Students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers you excellent clinical training facilities.

You will have access to a simulated six-bedded ward with realistic equipment, including:

  • Piped oxygen
  • Call bells
  • Medicines and emergency equipment.

In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS . City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.

Teaching and learning

You will learn from a variety of student-centred and patient-focused teaching, learning and assessment strategies aimed at developing and assessing different knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Learning involve shared learning across Adult and Child routes with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch-specific tutorials.

You will have the opportunity to work within your practice or other healthcare settings, and learn from lecturers who are experienced advanced nurse practitioners engaged in active clinical practice. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform – Moodle ­– for a more interactive learning experience.


Assessments include:

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Reports
  • Seminar presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Skills schedules
  • Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

You may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.


The course can only be undertaken on a part-time basis due to the clinical stream required. You will usually attend lectures one day a week and consolidate your practice for the rest of the week.

In addition, you will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Discipline-specific modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Pathophysiological basis for advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Advanced Physical Assessment, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning across the lifespan (30 credits)
  • Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

 Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will be able to influence nursing practice at both direct and indirect levels through the development of services and the application of research to clinical practice.

The course will prepare you for a range of roles, including advanced nurse practitioner, nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings working across the lifespan.

Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for advanced practitioner roles in a range of health and social care contexts. It will also qualify you to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

Visit the Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Adult; Child (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc/PgDip page on the City, University of London website for more details!





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