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MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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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 Department of Health Studies 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. 

View the full NHS England Constitution and Values

Course modules

Delivery of Health and Social Care (40 credits)

All awards with the MSc Programme will require completion of the mandatory module Delivery of Heath and Social Care Practice . The uniqueness of this module is that it will enable students to develop their professional knowledge and awareness of the wider political arena, critically evaluate the field of care in which they practice, whilst furthering their self-awareness and professional development.

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.

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.

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Counselling Skills

  • Healthcare Ethics and Law

  • Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals

  • Learning Disability & Mental Health: Working within Quality Standards

  • Managing Suicide and Self Harm

  • Supporting Practice Learning (Mentoring)

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
  • An honours degree normally at 2:2 or above;
  • A professional qualification in health or social care;
  • Currently working in the field of health and social care for a minimum of one year;

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.