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Course content

Our Advanced Practice (Health) MSc enables a broad range of healthcare professionals to develop their career at masters level, and be at the forefront of professional knowledge in their area of interest.

Open to all healthcare professionals, for example, nurses, paramedics and paramedic practitioners, midwives, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists and health visitors will all benefit from the curriculum. You will gain understanding, knowledge and skills to support advanced-level practice in a variety of settings.

A wide choice of modules is available from the university’s postgraduate education programme, and enables you to specialise in areas of personal and professional interest.

Graduate with the confidence and resilience to work in autonomous roles; inspired and equipped to become a leader of change and practice innovation.

Course structure

The course prepares students from a number of different disciplines to practice at an advanced level.

Students complete a total of 180 credits for the MSc (including a 60-credit dissertation), or 120 credits for the postgraduate diploma. The contents of the compulsory modules form the basis of knowledge used in advanced practice in a multi-professional context and are the same for both the MSc and PGDip.

The compulsory modules are based on the emerging consensus that in the absence of government or professional body legislation or guidance, advanced practice consists of four underpinning pillars: Practice, Leadership, Education and Research (NIALH 2010, DH 2010).

The course is based on our Falmer campus, with tutorials available at Falmer, Eastbourne and Hastings and on Skype.


Compulsory modules:

•Professional Competency (non-credit rated)

•Leading Advanced Practice (20 credits)

•An advanced practice module, for example Advanced Physical Assessment; Advanced Mental Health Assessment; Advanced
Assessment Child; Advanced Midwifery Practice or any other 20-credit advanced practice module.

•An education module, for example Practice Teacher; Mentorship Preparation; Preparation for the Supervision of Midwives or any other 20-credit education module

•A research module, for example Research Methods and Critical Appraisal; Research Theory and Practice; Research Methods for Health Professionals, or any other 20-credit research module.

•Dissertation (60 credits)
A choice of research dissertation formats is available.

Option modules:

40 credits of option module choice from the university’s postgraduate education programme.
If a student wishes to take non-medical prescribing this will take the place of the 40 option credits.

Please see the website for more information:



Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite:

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite is among the best-equipped in the country, and may be used as part of your education option module.

You may also benefit from our physical assessment suite, with a range of resources for developing advanced assessment skills.


Masters-level education is an important component of advanced practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.

Our graduates are working in many different strands of advanced practice, for example, Assistant Director of Nursing, Senior Lecturer, Emergency Practitioners.

Visit the Advanced Practice (Health) - MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!





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