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Expand your health and social care expertise, gain new skills and make a difference to your practice with our MSc Advancing Practice. Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, our course is designed for any health and social care professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role.

The content of this Masters course in Advancing Practice has been strongly influenced by the fact that the health and social needs of the population are changing globally. We have an ageing population with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health and social care services. We understand the diverse needs of every individual.

Degree pathways

You can choose from two different degree pathways: 

MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)

Designed for health professionals in the UK whose work is primarily clinically focused, are working towards an advanced practice role or require advanced skills to meet the demands of their current role.

This pathway uses a flexible approach, with modules delivered online and face-to-face. Face-to-face attendance is required for the clinically-focused modules, as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise different learning opportunities for students. 

MSc Advancing Practice

For any health professional – locally, nationally or internationally – who wants to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence within their role.

This pathway can be undertaken completely online. However if you choose one of the clinically focused modules, face-to-face attendance is required, as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise learning opportunities for students.

Part-time, flexible study

Each pathway can be studied part-time over 2-4 years, giving you the flexibility to work around your professional and personal commitments as you earn this highly-regarded postgraduate qualification.

We welcome applications from those about to complete pre-registration courses (adult and mental health), those post-registration working in practice, or those studying as part of other post-graduate level courses.

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn from our world-leading academics and draw from the latest research to enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking.

Course objectives

If you’re a health or social care professional, this course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to advance both your career and your field of contemporary care.

After graduating you’ll be able to:

  • use your knowledge and skills to inform the organisation and delivery of care
  • demonstrate advanced decision making skills
  • display an extensive understanding of advanced practice central themes, including leadership, facilitation of learning, research/development and advanced professional practice, and the underpinning principles
  • apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support evidence-based practice as part of health and social care delivery
  • evaluate theoretical models as a basis for informing advanced practice developments and innovation

Professional accreditations

All modules place a strong emphasis on your practice, aligning course content with clinical scenarios and professional requirements at master’s level.

Our Non-Medical Prescribing module meets the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council.


Visit the Advancing Practice MSc page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

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