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MSc Advanced Practice

Course Description

This programme is designed to enable health and social care professionals to extend their knowledge to an advanced level within their specialist field of practice. It consists of a wide range of highly flexible taught and work-based learning modules that will enable busy practitioners to access patient-care enhancing education.


The programme is suitable both for individuals who wish to become advanced practitioners, or for those individuals who wish to promote the advance of practice within their field of work.


The course will allow you to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge within your specialist area of practice whilst also learning:

- How to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and make sound judgements in the absence of complete data;
- How to operate ethically in complex and unpredictable specialist situations with a critical understanding of the issues governing effective practice;
- High levels of autonomy and advanced decision making skills that can be applied to your specialist area of practice;
- A critical understanding of research methodologies and the ability to evaluate, synthesise, generate and disseminate the findings of research.

The programme comprises two named pathways: Generic and Mental Health.

In addition to the taught course, past and present students of the programme are invited to join the informal Edge Hill Advanced Practice Forum which typically meets twice a year.


Diverse teaching and learning strategies will be used, ranging from individual personal teacher contact to supported online learning, small group work to teacher-led lectures.


Assessment methods vary according to the demands of the module but can be through assignments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, portfolios, seminar presentations and work-based learning projects.

Visit the MSc Advanced Practice page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a 2:2 degree in a health or social care related subject. Applicants without an honours degree must demonstrate: a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and in-depth awareness of current issues relating to a health or social care setting; critical analysis skills and an ability to evaluate evidence drawn from the area of work or from previous academic study; ability to learn in a flexible manner, utilising autonomy and self direction. It is anticipated you will have extensive subject knowledge/work experience in your chosen field as assessments require you to relate theory to practice.

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