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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 Year; Part-time: 2 or 3 Years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see University website

Course content

MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)

he MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) is designed for UK based Nurses and Allied Health Professionals who are working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title irrespective of specialist field or setting. This pathway places a strong emphasis on advanced clinical outcomes; autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving, values-based care and improving practice. 

Students are required to undertake and apply the core modules in advanced clinical assessment and examination (20 credits), non-medical prescribing and advanced practice (40 credits) to their own area of practice.  In addition students are required to choose option modules to achieve the required credits for their exit award. Modules include: diagnosis & decision making in primary care (20 credits); living with long-term conditions: Care and management (20 credits); multi morbidity in the older person (20 credits); towards a psychological trauma informed future (20 credits) and methodologies for project work in practice (20 credits). The full list of modules can be accessed beneath.

Students who complete 180 credits will gain a master’s degree.

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. 

Who can apply for this pathway?

Any Nurse or Allied Health Professional who is working at or towards an Advanced Practice level/title. Please note there are additional supervisory requirements to undertake non-medical prescribing and further information will be requested when you are ready to do this module.

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Develop and embed knowledge, skills and confidence to inform the organisation and delivery of care and advanced decision making
  • Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the central themes of advanced practice, namely, 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

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




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