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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.

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.

Effective Leadership for Advanced Practice (20 credits) (Mandatory)

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.

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Holistic Assessment (20 credits) (Mandatory)

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.

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Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making (20 credits) (Mandatory)

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.

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Independent and Supplementary Non-medical Prescribing (40 credits) (Optional)

This module is advised for those in ACP roles, where the student’s profession or employer requires it. For students that have already completed the prescribing qualification at Level 6 or for whom prescribing is not available to their registered profession, students will need to choose alternative optional modules.  

Academic advice and guidance will be offered to these students to facilitate the choice of relevant and appropriate modules from the departments wider Master’s provision

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Reflexivity in Contemporary Healthcare Practice (20 credits) (Optional)
Coaching within Healthcare (20 credits) (Optional)
Dementia Care (20 credits) (Optional)
Applied Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (20 credits) (Optional)
Research Methods (20 credits) (Mandatory)

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.

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Dissertation (40 credits) (Mandatory)

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.

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Leading Change in Advanced Practice (20 credits) (Mandatory)
Critical Care (40 credits) (Optional)
Living Well with Cancer (20 credits) (Optional)
Public Health and Epidemiology (20 credits) (Optional)

Fees and finance


    • UK part-time tuition fee: £972 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

    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


    Lecturer in Nursing