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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

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Part-time: A maximum of five years. 

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Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.


This programme of study has been designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of health and social care professionals including Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Allied Health Professionals and those working in the field of social care practice.

Students will be supported to develop a critical awareness of current problems and new insights at the forefront of their professional practice. Students will examine care development and delivery from their own professional standpoint and also take account of how other disciplines challenge and contribute to the quality of care delivery

This MSc programme emphasises flexibility, and maximises choice, so that learning opportunities meet the needs of your developing role.  

The School of Health and Sports Sciences is committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university and in the practice setting. 

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Course modules

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Programme will require completion of the mandatory modules Principles of Advanced Healthcare Practice, Holistic Assessment of Adults in Specific Practice Settings, Applied Pathophysiology for Healthcare Practitioners, Independent and Supplementary Non Medical Prescribing (or an optional module if the Prescribing module has already been completed), Research Methods and the PG Dissertation module.

Effective Leadership for Advanced Practice

This module is the first module for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice for both the Nurse Practitioner and the Allied Healthcare Professionals pathways and includes both materials to support the student transition from Honours to Masters level study, and the principles around advanced clinical practice.

Holistic Assessment of Adults

This module is aimed at providing the student with an opportunity to demonstrate motivation and commitment to the development of the holistic assessment processes of adult patients/clients in a specific practice setting.

Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making

This module is aimed at providing the student with an opportunity to apply in-depth knowledge of the biological sciences to influence and enhance care of the client group.

Independent and Supplementary Non Medical Prescribing

The supporting legislative framework enables practitioners, who meet the entry requirements, to undertake independent and/or supplementary prescribing. On successful completion of the course practitioners will have their prescribing qualification recorded with the appropriate professional regulator.

Research Methods (20 Credits)

The research module is mandatory for all students progressing beyond the PGCert. This module explores research approaches, designs and methodologies, thus enabling the student to develop their investigative and analytical skills.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The Dissertation module is mandatory for the MSc pathway and will enable students to conduct an independent research activity or a literature-based analytical exploration of a relevant subject area.

End Point Assessment (20 credits)

Optional Modules

Where an optional module can be chosen, you may select from a range of 20 credit modules delivered at level 7. Modules can be identified from the Continuing Professional Development calendar of modules available on the university website and will depend on their availability each academic year.  However, students will also be able to select modules offered within other MA/MSc programmes delivered at the University of Suffolk with the prior agreement of the programme leaders.

Please contact the Course Leader to discuss optional modules:

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £885 per 20 credits 

For students who are employed by a trust or organisation with HEEoE funding they should contact their Education Lead directly to request permission to study and funding.


Further Information

Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
  • 120 credits at honours academic level or show an ability to work successfully at Masters level
  • Minimum two years post registration experience with minimum six months experience in the relevant clinical speciality
  • Access to relevant area of clinical practice with support of their organisation on their advancing role
  • Current registration with the relevant regulatory body e.g. NMC, HCPC.

Also see How to Apply.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Senior Lecturer

Course Leader in Postgraduate Diploma District Nursing and Associate Professor