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Advanced Practice (MSc / PGDip)

Course Description

Our course aims to equip health practitioners with the knowledge required to lead and develop practice, diagnostics, therapeutics, decision-making and clinical management. Your learning will be client-centred and clinically focused, helping you develop the skills essential for the job of an advanced practitioner working in a primary or secondary care setting, or any other organisation where advanced diagnostic skills are required.

Our Postgraduate Diploma prepares you to function as an advanced practitioner. You would normally be required to undertake the first five core modules listed below in order to achieve this. Our MSc will help you continue with your academic studies as you undertake an extended project, relevant to clinical practice. You will normally be expected to complete the additional 60 credit Research in Practice module in order to achieve this, which will take a further one year.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/advancedpractice_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


You will build skills that will help you take on a variety of roles such as an advanced practitioner in primary care or out-of-hours service, community matron, practitioner in acute care and other specialist positions within secondary care. Gaining the full MSc will support your progression into leadership and management positions.

- Nurse Practitioner
- Case Manager
- Community Matron

Careers advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

View our careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

We have a long history of providing postgraduate courses in health and social care and this is a well established course. As well as the many senior nurses who study with us, there is growing interest from allied health professionals too, allowing you to mix with those from different professions.

The knowledge, expertise and attitude that you will gain will offer you the opportunity to consider advanced practice in significant depth, whilst also increasing your personal development and academic proficiency. You'll learn skills that you will go on to use in your working environment, such as critique, analysis, clinical reasoning, communication, consultation, team working and time management.

"Completing this course gives you the skills to work as an Advanced Practitioner, allowing you to reach your career aspiration. You can expect high-quality teaching in state of the art clinical teaching facilities, delivered by a team who have worked in Advanced Roles."

Paul Mackreth
Senior Lecturer


- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Advanced Practice (MSc / PGDip) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Carla Moore

I've been in nursing for 17 years and decided I wanted to progress into a more senior and patient centred role. Studying at the University gave me the confidence to advance my career in a clinical environment and develop in the job I love.

Carla Moore
Community Matron and Integrated Care Coordinator, Bradford District Care Trust in
MA Advanced Practice

(Student Profile)

Samantha Auckland

I'd been working in nursing for a number of years and was ready to develop myself further. My postgraduate qualification has given me the opportunity to progress to a more senior role. I'm now able to do so much more, such as prescribing medications directly, which has made life much easier for my patients.

Samantha Auckland (PG Dip Advanced Practice)
Community Matron, NHS in Leeds


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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