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Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care - Nursing (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

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Who is it for?

The course is suitable for all graduates who are also registered nurses. It will provide the opportunity to study complex issues in a supportive and multi-professional environment. You will learn skills in critiquing and applying research, and grow your leadership skills whilst keeping your client and their family central to all that you do.


This is a flexible, professionally orientated programme for all nurses. It will prepare you for a research-focused profession that will help revolutionize the health provision to better meet society’s changing health needs by using new technologies and innovative, creative practices. There is a choice of optional modules to meet your goals.

The course will prepare you for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that will offer better quality nursing by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making, and enable you to respond to the increasing pressures on the current healthcare system.

The course offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to nursing and will develop your research skills and critical thinking, providing the opportunity to conduct research under expert supervision.

You will have the opportunity to debate nursing provision in multi-professional contexts, and develop a foundation of research skills.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) 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 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 whilst you study.

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught by academic staff from the School of Health Sciences, supported by clinical colleagues. Most of the modules are worth 15 credits (or 1\8 of the total programme). However, some modules are worth 30 credits.

A range of teaching and learning strategies are used, depending upon the nature of the material; these will include lectures and small group tutorials, group work, simulated practice and visits.


The assessments are equally as varied, and will include course work, online projects, invigilated examination and practical examination.

Your dissertation is worth 60 credits (1\3 of the entire programme) and is a piece of research undertaken with the supervision of an academic member of staff with a special interest in your topic. They are appointed by the programme director or the module leader.


The exact sequence of modules is negotiable, and will depend upon your availability to study (in the case of part-time students), your electives and the occurrence of the modules.

Core modules

You are advised to undertake the core compulsory modules during the first year; APM001 (Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice, 15 credits) during PRD1 and HRM001 (Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis, 30 credits) during PRD1 or PRD2

There are discipline-specific modules which are APM022 (Pathophysiological Approaches to Advanced Practice), which is normally taken in PRD1 of the first or second year and NMM024 Medicines Management, which is normally taken in PRD2 of the first or second year. Each of the discipline specific modules is worth 15 credits and involves one day a week at City, University of London for 5-7 weeks, plus an additional 100-120 hours private study.

The dissertation module represents the pinnacle of your scholarly achievements, and is usually undertaken last (60 credits)

Elective modules

You may select up to three elective modules, and undertake them in any sequence that is compatible with the timetable. Modules that have proved popular with students in the past include:

  • NMM400 Child Protection: Working Together Risk and Resilience (15 credits)
  • NMM053 Diabetes (15 credits)
  • APM003 Psychology for Health and Social Care (15 credits)
  • APM014 Balancing Risk and Safety (15 credits)
  • APM004 Assessing and Understanding Mental Health Problems (15 credits)
  • NMM109 Leading and Facilitating Learning in Practice (15 credits)
  • HRM004 Developing Complex Interventions (15 credits)
  • APM017 Engaging Technology (15 credits)
  • APM028 Intensive Care Core Skills (15 credits)
  • APM029 Intensive Care Role Development (15 credits).

Career prospects

Nursing is a varied profession, and includes multiple exciting career opportunities. Health trusts are increasingly asking for nurses to hold a higher degree; these posts are autonomous and have a great influence over the health and quality of life of many people, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.

This course will equip you with the analytical and scholarly attributes you will need to make the most of the opportunities available to you, and to deliver excellent, evidence-based care to your clients.

Holding this higher degree will enhance your career opportunities in leadership and management positions and as a teachers or clinical specialist, or in research.

Visit the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care - Nursing (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the City, University of London website for more details!




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