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MSc Advanced Practice

Course Description

The MSc in Advanced Practice is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners. Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operational tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice and advanced level nursing as a core development area in the practice workplace.

This Master's course is likely to appeal to a wide range of professionals, for example, senior or consultant nurses (or those hoping to move into that role), community matrons/ caseload managers, social work team leaders, managers from prison and probation service, team leaders working in sexual health and substance abuse, midwives, and independent practitioners.

Course detail

The flexible nature of the course means that you can complete the modules in any order (with the only pre- requisite that a research methods module is completed prior to the dissertation). We will accept credits at Level 7 from other universities providing they can be mapped to our course learning outcomes. Once accepted on to the course, you will meet with the programme leader to plot your route to award and who will support you during your programme of study at the University of West London.

Generally, students will study 60 credits worth of modules each year. We recommend that students start the course with two modules: Role Development (20 credits) and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner (40 credits), unless the student has prior learning which can be credited against the course learning outcomes at this level. Role Development has three face to face days and three electronic study learning days and runs between October and December, whilst Becoming and Advanced Practitioner has six face to face days, and six electronic study days and runs from January to July.


The face to face days - which you must attend - will be held at the Berkshire Institute for Health (Reading) for both Year One modules.

For Role Development, these will be held on:
• 27th September
• 11th October
• 15th November
Three electronic study days will need to be completed at a time to suit you. The assignment will be due on:
13th December

The face to face days for becoming an Advanced Practitioner will be held on:
• 10th January
• 24th January
• 7th Feb
• 14th March
• 9th May
• 30th May
The six electronic study days can be completed at a time to suit you. The assignment will be due on 27th June 2018.

All face to face study days are from 9am to 4pm.

Career and study progression

Completing the Masters programme will give you the skills and confidence to stand out in the graduate market. Since the introduction of the Graduate Curriculum in Nursing in 2010, a Masters degree will be the next stepping stone for career development for current cohorts of student nurses, so will be an advantage to those nurses currently looking to get ahead and establish their career pathways.

Opportunities for further study include progression to our MPhil programme, and onwards to a Professional Doctorate or PhD.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

Visit the MSc Advanced Practice page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants need:- a first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a health or social care related subject (for example a nursing / physiotherapy/social work degree)- to be working as a health and social care professional (usually at least two years full-time or equivalent), with a significant professional experience for advanced practice.

Last Updated

01 November 2016

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