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Advanced Practice (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

Course Description

For practitioners in the public, health and social care services, this course gives you the opportunity to take the next step to an advanced career role.

As a health and social care practitioner, you are expected to be innovative, provide leadership and make an advanced contribution in your professional role. This course will enable you to do just that in your specialised area of practice.

We are the only university in south-east Scotland that delivers education across all four fields of nursing, midwifery and social care. This is why we can provide a tailor-made programme for anyone from a health and social care background wishing to advance their career.

You can take one module or work toward a postgraduate certificate, diploma or masters degree.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MScPGDipPGCert-Advanced-Practice-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

What you'll learn

Routes exist in applied education, cancer nursing, child protection, child health, neonatal and learning disability practice.
You can also agree a customised route to achieve an award in your chosen area of practice, for example MSc Nursing (acute medicine, general practice or critical care).

You’ll build on your existing knowledge and abilities by applying critical appraisal skills to policy and practice throughout this course.

The course will also enable you to apply new knowledge and skills to achieve advanced and specialist levels of practice and influence decision making at both local and strategic levels.

Subjects include:
- Exploring Professional Roles in Practice
- Research Methods
- Work-based Learning
- Contemporary Ethical and Professional Issues in Healthcare
- Leadership
- Clinical Governance
- Teaching Learning in Higher Education

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


On successful completion of the course, graduates will be well-equipped to undertake roles requiring advanced practice in a specialist field, in a variety of strategic positions including the NHS and higher education institutions.

Visit the Advanced Practice (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be a qualified health or social care practitioner, who has a degree or equivalent experience. We look for candidates to have a background in health or social care in order to be eligible for the programme. Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

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