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Contemporary Healthcare (Advancing Practice) (MSc)

Course Description

Do you engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs? This three-year, part time Advanced Practice in Healthcare masters programme is specifically designed for you if you are a health and social care practitioner, or an allied health professional. Whether you are already working in a senior position, or aspiring to advance your career, this programme will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to enable you to become an expert in your field.

Key features

- Engage with a programme specifically designed to develop your potential as an advanced expert practitioner. We are inspired and informed by real life – our programme is created by health academics in collaboration with the needs and opinions of those who really matter, our service providers.

- Develop knowledge and skills in three specific areas: health assessment/ differential diagnosis/ clinical decision-making, leadership, and the adoption/ evaluation of evidence based practice.

- Take part in an academic community working with other professionals, carers and users.

- Seize the chance to experience a local provision of multi-professional education at an advanced level.

- Advance your practical skills and increase knowledge on all modules by combining theory with an applied approach.

- Experience independent and multi-professional working – you’ll have the opportunity to work innovatively and learn collaboratively with other students from differing professions, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision.

- Balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over the programme for three years.

- Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.

- Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. The programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced healthcare development is put into practice.

- Be inspired and learn from the research active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research in the Centre for Health and Social Care Innovation (CHeSCI). The centre supports several research areas including ageing and rurality, applied health genetics, clinical skills innovation and e-Health.

- Designed to meet the needs of the future workforce. You’ll meet the requirements laid out in the knowledge and skills framework providing opportunities for career advancement.

- Complete the MSc and enhance your abilities to continue to further advanced study such as to MPhil/PhD level.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three core modules worth 20 credits each: advanced consulting and clinical skills, leadership, law and decision making in advancing practice, and health and social care futures. Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. Sixty of these will be made up from three core modules, each worth 20 credits: research methods, research and project design, and clinical decision making and disease management.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study. Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.


If you are interested in applying for this programme, please contact our Professional Development team:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus

International applicants

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. View detailed English language requirements.

Visit the Contemporary Healthcare (Advancing Practice) (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should normally hold a first degree or equivalent qualification and hold first registration with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health Professions Council. If you have overseas qualifications you can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

Course Fees

Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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