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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    Nursing & Health

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    February, September

  • Course Duration

    3 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Year 1 & Year 2: £4,000 per year; Year 3: £2,750 per year

  • Last Updated

    15 November 2018

Course content

Course Overview

This programme has been developed in response to an emerging healthcare role, namely the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).  It is designed to equip and enhance the healthcare practitioner with knowledge and skills in the expanding field of advanced practice, especially within secondary care.

The curriculum and competency framework for Advanced Clinical Practitioner training has been developed by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine. This has informed the curriculum content and structure of this programme.

Central to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner educational process is the development of a five year credentialing portfolio, of which a prerequisite is a master's level Advanced Practice award (Royal College of Emergency Medicine, 2015); this programme aims to fulfil this requirement.  The evidence-based credentialing portfolio is not part of the programme and should be completed in partnership with your employing organisation.

What will this course cover?

This programme will provide you with the core skills and knowledge required in advanced practice, as well as exploring both the professional and practice elements essential to work at an advanced level.  Furthermore, it aims to map to the skills and knowledge framework to assist career development.

Course Details

The course team has a variety of research interests and expertise, including advanced practice, nurse prescribing, emergency care and research design.

What are the course entry requirements?

You must be a registered healthcare practitioner, i.e. Nurse, Paramedic or Operating Department Practitioner and have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience.

All students applying to the programme will have normally achieved a first degree, or at least 60 credits at Level 6 from a United Kingdom (UK) based University, an affiliated college or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.  In addition you must be currently employed in a relevant clinical practice area and have organisational support to undertake this programme.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Clinical Reasoning Skills for Advanced Practice
  • Physical Assessment of the Adult

Year 2 Modules

  • Leadership, Management and Professional Issues (optional)
  • Clinical Decision Making in Prescribing Practice (optional)
  • Emergency and Unscheduled Care (optional)
  • Minor Illness Management (optional)
  • Minor Injury Management (optional)
  • Pharmaco - Therapeutics Applied to Practice (optional)

Year 3 Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Generating Knowledge for Practice


What are my career prospects

The enhanced skills of analysis that students will gain through this programme of study may lead to promotional opportunities either in the clinical area, or in the fields of education, management or research. Students may progress to doctoral studies in their specific subject context, and the generic, transferable skills acquired throughout the programme may also open up employment opportunities outside these areas.


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU 2018/19: Year 1 & Year 2: £4,000 per year; Year 3: £2,750 per year

Please note that these fees are for 2018-19 entry.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

Visit the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner page on the Buckinghamshire New University website for more details!




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