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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    PgCert: 12 months; PgDip: 24 months; MSc: 36 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    In 2019/20: Per 20 credits (180 maximum for the MSc) Scottish fee status: £560, Rest of the UK: £650

  • Last Updated

    05 July 2019

What is special about this course?

Developed in partnership with expert clinical partners, and taught by subject experts, this course will equip nurses and allied health professionals to lead and deliver advanced healthcare for patients and clients. 

This innovative and clinically current programme is relevant to a variety of healthcare settings including remote and rural contexts.

You will develop advanced knowledge and skills in clinical practice, leadership, facilitation of learning and evidence based research and development.

A combination of core and option modules will support consolidation of clinical knowledge and skills reflecting the Advanced Practice Framework.

The programme offers the two routes of: Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) or Advanced Professional Practice (APP) and is available at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. The programme is studied mainly through supported online learning with some face to face learning days delivered at the department campuses, in Inverness and Stornoway.

Find out more about the Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Special features

  • Exclusive arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for core modules
  • Innovative and clinically current curriculum developed and taught by subject experts
  • Designed in partnership with expert clinical partners
  • Practice-led and research-based curriculum
  • Accessible and flexible learning that combines innovative technologies for e-learning 
  • Core and option modules available 
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree

Additional information

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the University of the Highlands and Islands has a tailored arrangement for Recognition of Prior Learning for our Advanced Practice programmes.

For the MSc and PgDip, it is possible to apply for 80 credits of exemption for qualifying modules, instead of the normal 60. Not only that, clinical skills and prescribing modules undertaken at lower than postgraduate level, for example at SCQF level 9, can be upgraded to postgraduate level by submission of additional academic work, to be assessed by the department's academic team. These arrangements can allow for considerable financial and time savings.

Finally, once confirmed at the start of the programme that RPL is possible, completing the process can be postponed to a convenient point in the programme, rather than having to be done before commencement.


Visit the Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Professional Practice MSc page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!

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