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Course content

Continuing professional development is a key requirement of health and social care professionals. This flexible course allows you to tailor your studies according to your own development needs. We have a large number of modules that you can choose from that cover areas including clinical and professional, leadership and management, interprofessional learning and research.

Each module you study awards credit towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters in Advanced Professional Development.

To graduate with an MSc you need to gain 180 level 7 credits. Each module you study will have a credit value and once successfully completed this credit is added to your total. You carry on adding credit until you have achieved your award. Alternatively, you can leave with a postgraduate certificate after you have completed 60 credits or a postgraduate diploma after you have completed 120 credits.

If you study modules that reflect your professional identity and you go on to complete the full MSc, you can graduate with a specialist masters award. The specialist award titles currently available are

  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Nursing)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Leadership)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Paediatrics)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Social Work)
  • MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Medicine)

The skills, experience and knowledge you gain enables you to improve your career prospects. You can take on advanced practice roles, gain promotions or widen your career path and access new roles. It is also an opportunity to develop your professional practice, building on expertise you already possess.

The flexible design allows you to choose

  • the amount you want to study depending on your needs
  • the pace you want to work at, allowing you to meet work, personal and study commitments
  • from a wide variety of modules, ensuring that what you learn is directly relevant to you

If you would like advice on choosing the right modules for you, a course tutor can work with you to identify the modules and study path best suited to your needs. It is also worth enquiring about the possibility of gaining credit from any previous study, to help achieve your qualification more quickly.

Find out more about the advancing professional practice framework of modules by visiting our continuing professional development website.

How the framework operates

Once we receive your application, you can meet up with a course tutor. They work with you to find the best modules for your needs. This may be studying an individual module, choosing a selection of modules that enable you to transfer to a course to gain a professional qualification, or to help to identify a clear route through the framework to give you the skills and experience you need to progress your career.

You can decide your pace of study. You may take up to 60 level seven credits every year. We know how hard it can be to combine demanding work and personal commitments with academic study, so the APP framework allows you to step on and step off at each award level. If you have already carried out some postgraduate level study at another university or in the workplace, you may be able to gain accreditation for your previous experience and learning. 

Course structure

Attendance depends on the individual modules that you choose and includes distance learning, block and day study.

You can choose from over 150 modules covering

  • clinical, medical and professional, for example, specialist nursing, medical or physiotherapy modules
  • leadership
  • management
  • professional development
  • interprofessional development
  • research

All health and social care professions are covered by this framework.

If you continue onto the full MSc award you need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation. If you choose a masters award with a specialist title, such as MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing), 60 credits from modules and your dissertation must be related to your specialist area.


  • assignments
  • case studies
  • portfolios
  • presentations


You are able to tailor your learning towards your specific career development needs and aspirations. This is a good way to gain a promotion or alternatively change the course of your career into a different area.

The flexibility and module choice ensure you can develop the skills and knowledge you need to improve your professional practice and progress to advanced practice roles in your profession.

Visit the Advancing Professional Practice MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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