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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 2 to 5 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    17 September 2018

Course content

  • Study MSc Advanced Practice and gain invaluable skills in contemporary health care practice
  • Develop an educational framework that responds to current and future issues for advanced health care practice
  • Cultivate your critical thought, analysis and appraisal skills for advanced level decision-making and problem-solving
  • Study flexibly at a time and pace that suits you. Many of the modules are available through distance learning, and you can study individual modules as stand-alone. This will help you to increase your confidence and skills, and advance your continued professional development
  • Explore the complexity of advanced practice by working on specific areas of your clinical practice and leadership.

If you’re an advanced practitioner working in a health profession, or you are working towards advanced practice status in a role that involves high level decision-making and problem-solving, this course is for you.

There is a lot of flexibility in your choice of modules and in most cases you do not have to select all of your modules from a certain area. However, for some of the specialist modules, you may need to be working in a specific area or studied other modules first.

The course has been developed in partnership with NHS colleagues, partners and professional bodies from across the health care sector. For example the Advanced Clinical Practitioner route offers selected modules which have been linked to the Department of Health (2010) competency statement and proficiencies, so you can be sure to receive learning that will benefit your service delivery and enhance the care you give to patients.

You can tailor the course to suit your learning needs and your professional career aspirations by choosing from a wide selection of modules. You can study specific awards or take standalone modules as part of your professional development. Many of the modules are available through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

To achieve the Postgraduate Certificate, you will need to study the equivalent of three 20 credit modules. For the Postgraduate Diploma, you will study the equivalent of six 20 credit modules and for the MSc in Advanced Practice you will study the equivalent of nine 20 credit modules in total.

The interim awards you can gain if you do not study the full MSc are:

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. 

What you will study

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

Due to the flexibility of this course there is not a set list of modules that you will complete. Examples of the modules you could study include:

  • Clinical Decision-Making
  • Introduction to Masters Level Study
  • Management of Change
  • Non-Medical Prescribing
  • Principles of Service Improvement in the Workplace
  • Research Methodology – Application to Advanced Practice
  • Therapeutics and Prescribing Practice
  • Vulnerability and Mental Health
  • Work-Based Learning – Negotiated Module
  • Work-Based Project
  • Consolidation of Advanced Practice module
  • Independent Scholarship

As we need a minimum number of students before we can offer some modules, not all of them will run every year, so please check before you apply.

How you will learn

There are a large number of modules to choose from, so you can tailor the course to suit your learning needs and your professional career aspirations. You can study specific awards or take stand-alone modules as part of your professional development. Many of the modules are available through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, which reflects the programme teams’ approach to assessment. Some modules will be assessed through traditional written coursework, Viva/OSCE, work based assessments, portfolio development, written and computerised exams and poster presentations (individual and group).

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






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