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Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) has been developed to meet the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working across all healthcare sectors. You will develop your practice by building on your current experience and knowledge, leading to improved ways of working and a positive impact on patient care.

A full-time route suitable for international students is also available.

Key features

  • This programme may be studied full time over one year (18 months for international students) or part time over up to five years, offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.
  • A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing health and social care environment.
  • Build a qualification around your personal professional needs by picking and choosing optional modules with relevance to your area of practice and benefit from a student-centred approach providing flexibility in your choice of award.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
  • Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
  • Research informed teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum and you will be given the chance to design and undertake your own research to enhance and develop patient care and/or service provision.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the advanced clinical practice role and how this is used to enhance the patient journey whilst ensuring the right care is delivered by the right clinician at the right time.
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education

Course details

Programme overview

  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three modules: two core and one optional.
  • Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: two core and up to four optional.
  • Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

Please note that the list of optional modules below is not exhaustive. For further information on all optional modules for this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice modules for the School of Nursing and Midwifery page. 

One twenty credit optional module to be chosen in Year 1 in addition to the two core modules. Full time or international students will be supported to choose optional modules with non-clinical assignments.

Core modules

  • APP701 Advancing Practice in Context
  • APP745 Research Methodology and Application

Optional modules

  • APP705 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment and Formulation
  • APP707 CBT Interventions for Mental Health Professionals (Psychosis)
  • APP717 The Fundamentals of Health Assessment
  • APP718 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Practice
  • APP720 Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination (APL)
  • APP721 Perinatal Mental Health
  • APP730 Developing Expertise in Clinical Practice
  • APP731 Mental Health Assessment in Urgent, Emergency and Acute Care
  • APP733 Global Health in Context
  • APP734 Sociology of Health and Illness
  • APP735 Contemporary Approaches to Public Health
  • APP736 Leadership and Innovation
  • APP738 Management of Children/ Young People Requiring Urgent or Emergency Care
  • APP741 Advocacy and Education for Quality Improvement in Practice (A-EQUIP) Full module
  • APP743 Minor illness and Injuries - the principles and practice of management for unscheduled care
  • APP744 Substance Misuse and Dual Diagnosis

Year 2

You must gain 60 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma.

Examples of the optional modules available

  • NMP702 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives
  • APP716 – Clinical Skills in Community and Primary Care
  • APP719 – Advanced Newborn and Infant Examination
  • APP733 – Global Health in Context 
  • APP736 – Leadership and Innovation 

Final year

Core modules

  • APP703 - Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2
  • SPP701 – Substantive professional project

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc APP Nursing and Midwifery Professions pathway specification 6135

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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