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Advanced Professional Practice MSc

Course Description

Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. This innovative and flexible course allows you to build a course that is tailored to your needs.

The programme is made up of modules which make up the whole Master’s Degree, but there is an option to opt to leave at that point having earned a Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme is based around three key areas:
-Recognising and valuing personal professional experience as contributing to academic achievements.
-Addressing the priority needs of the working environment through a contemporary range of practice modules.
-Focusing the application of learning within the workplace.

Course content

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice presents a highly flexible programme of study which students can tailor to meet their personal and professional development objectives.

An innovative development for this award is the introduction of a Valuing Professional Experience module. Available to study for 20, 40 or 60 academic credits, this module will allow students to demonstrate the value of their professional experience in relation to academic learning. As such, students can, with the help of a programme advisor, create an individual programme of study which draws on past experience and enhances current and future practice.

Advanced Professional Practice consists of a number of pathways:
-Advanced Occupational Therapy *
-Advanced Podiatry *
-Autonomous Healthcare Practice *
-Cancer Therapies *
-Care of the Older Person *
-Childcare Practice *
-Non-medical Independent Nurse Prescribing
-Practice Education *

*Specialist pathway available as stand-alone Postgraduate Certificates

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Project
-Valuing Professional Experience
-NISP (V300)
-Mentorship Programme
-Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design
-Injection Therapy of the Lower Limb for Podiatrists
-The Lower Limb at Risk
-Advanced Skills For Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists And Podiatrists
-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice
-Occupational Therapy and Occupation
-Rehabilitation and Recovery
-The Stroke Journey
-Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills
-Clinical Interventions for Advanced Practitioners
-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations
-Facilitation, Assessment and QA in WBL
-Quality Enhancement in Interprofessional WBL
-Medical Law
-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer
-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults
-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing
-Advanced Dementia Care
-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment
-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection
-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour
-Planning and Supporting Permanence
-Therapeutic Communication Intervention
-Preparation for NMC Stage 4 Teacher Standard


Assessment across all modules draws on relevant practice examples and students are encouraged to use case examples as the basis of their learning.

The specific methods reflect the ways in which practitioners are expected to function in their professional roles and may include: preparation of patient information resources, critical incident reports, care planning, action learning sets and preparation of professional reports for family courts.

Facilities and Special Features

This masters programme is as unique as you are. It is built around your need to progress through your career.
-Pathways designed to enable you to improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.
-A programme that is tailored to you, enabling you to take a number of Postgraduate certificates, which together build to a masters qualification.
-The ability to step off the course with a postgraduate qualification at the end of each module.
-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.
-IT and information services based on the campus as well as offsite access to NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment).


Opportunities vary according to combination of study:
-Practice teaching roles (practice education and autonomous healthcare practice modules).
-Specialist practitioner roles with older clients (autonomous healthcare practice and care of the older person).
-Or advanced practitioner (advanced therapy training with nonmedical and independent prescribing and/or reflection on previous professional achievements).

Visit the Advanced Professional Practice MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold all of the following: Bachelors degree with honours in a relevant subject; where the applicant’s first language is not English, IELTS at 6.5 in each area are required

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