School of Nursing

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (with V300 Non-Medical Prescribing)

MSc Part-time 3 years

The course acknowledges your prior experience and knowledge as a healthcare professional and subsequently enables you to fulfil your potential as a postgraduate through the development of new understanding, critical insight and advanced level academic and clinical skills.

The course acknowledges your prior experience and knowledge as a healthcare professional and subsequently enables you to fulfil your potential as a postgraduate through the development of new understanding, critical insight and advanced level academic and clinical skills.

Start date(s)
2 September 2024,1 April 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (3 years)
Campus location
University: Telford Campus
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Why choose this course?

Multi-professional pathways that allow you to progress through your Masters-level study and meet the requirements set by Health Education England (2017) Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England.

The course acknowledges your prior experience and knowledge as a healthcare professional and subsequently enables you to fulfil your potential as a postgraduate through the development of new understanding, critical insight, and advanced level academic and clinical skills. 

This course is open to practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).  

A choice of two pathways to meet your development needs: one includes non-medical prescribing, the other includes specialist negotiated practice. Note: specialist negotiated practice allows you to develop your own module to reflect your personal and professional development needs in your specific area of advanced practice. 

What's unique about this course?

  • Building strong connections with our clinical partners.
  • Esteemed and established course.

What happens on the course?

The programme will develop your knowledge and skills to work at an advanced level of clinical practice and has been designed around the Health Education England (HEE) Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England.

Year 1 will allow you to develop key aspects of the ACP role You will study a total of 60 credits in year 1, of which contain the core modules common to the non-medical prescribing and specialist negotiated practice pathways:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

7NH015 Advanced Health Assessment (20-credits)


7NH016 Clinical and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Clinical Practice (20-credits)



7HW108 Developing the Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice (20-credits)


Year 2 will enable you to build on studies in advanced clinical practice and further develop your role in relation to research and workforce development areas. Most students will undertake a prescribing qualification in year 2. Those who hold a current prescribing qualification at level 6, will be able to submit a claim for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and complete a piece of associated work for level 7 credits or undertake option modules that support practice. If you are not required to complete the prescribing module, you will complete the specialist negotiated practice module. You will study a total of 60 credits in year 2, which contain the core modules of:

Non-medical prescribing pathway

Specialist negotiated practice pathway

7HW126 Advanced Inquiry (20-credits)


7HW126 Advanced Inquiry (20-credits)


7NH094 Non-medical Prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (40-credits)

7HW068 Specialist Negotiated Practice (20-credits)

7HW069 Specialist Negotiated Practice 2 (20-credits)

Year 3 is research focused and you will complete a dissertation which will enable you to evaluate critically, current research and evidence for advanced healthcare practice and to develop academic skills at a higher level. Students on both pathways will complete module:

  • 7NH095 Health Research & Evidence-Based Practice: Dissertation (60-credits)

This module will run over one academic year.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner role offers an exciting and innovative way to deliver holistic assessment, treatment and care to individuals across a variety of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings including Healthcare in Justice and the Independent sector. As such, these skills are highly sought after by employers across a number of settings.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course has been developed in conjunction with practice partners in order to reflect the increasing and rapidly changing complex environment in which health and care takes place. The educational philosophy of the course aims to develop and demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a number of key skills to enhance their current and future employability, some of these are listed below:

  • Working effectively as part of a group and being involved in inter-professional working practices and educational opportunities.
  • Demonstrate teamwork, leadership skills and be able to manage and resolve conflict.
  • Be independent and self-directing in their own learning.
  • Develop effective communication skills both written (via reports etc.) and oral (through formal presentations).
  • Problem-solve and make sound judgements and complex decisions.
  • Develop IT skills (which include use of virtual learning environments etc.)
  • Time management and show the ability to be able to prioritise.
  • Manage change and seek out innovative opportunities in order to enhance practice and service delivery.

These are reflected in the University’s Graduate Attributes Framework (see Graduate Attributes Framework)


To access the Master of Science (MSc) Advanced Clinical Practice (with V300 Non-Medical Prescribing) you must be a practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) who are working in a clinical area with identified support from an appropriate clinical supervisor.

To become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner, the following points should normally be met and the applicant must be in a role that has employer support for clinical placement and time to attend the course with a clinical supervisor/mentor in practice:

  • Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body.
  • Entry requirement includes first degree and minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in clinical practice.
  • Recognised post within a healthcare organisation and the post listed within workforce plan and business need.
  • Confirmed defined / protected Advanced Clinical Practice role for the trainee to be moved into on successful completion of the programme.
  • Appropriately named clinical supervisor to support the trainee during the programme of training. The supervisor will not necessarily hold the same professional registration as the developing advanced clinical practitioner/trainee but will be experienced in supervision and in the relevant field of advanced clinical practice.
  • Commitment to providing protected learning time for the trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner during the MSc and this is equivalent to: One day a week in university (or equivalent) reading, writing and other academic activities.
  • One day a week protected time for supported clinical practice (or equivalent).
  • Applicants without a first degree

    We have a separate policy for applicants who do not hold a first degree at 2:2 but have substantial and relevant clinical or prior study experience. Please discuss with the course leader in the first instance. Applicants may be offered a place to study a single module of the programme as a stand-alone module student and, if successful, upgrade your university registration to a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or M.Sc. and use your stand-alone module towards the course to which you have upgraded.

    Existing Practitioners

    Existing practitioners who are currently working in an Advanced Clinical Practice role and do not have a M.Sc. level of education have options to either complete the Masters or continue in the role and update in-line with their CPD requirements.

    There are ‘Top Up’ arrangements or Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) for existing practitioners who do not have a full Master’s degree. They have the option to complete the degree and to do this they would need to be in a relevant Advanced Clinical Practice post and supported by their organisation.

    For students who do not currently hold a V300 Non-medical Prescribing qualification, your year two pathway must include the completion of 7NH094 Non-medical Prescribing for Nurse, Midwives and Allied health Professionals (40 credits) and 7HW126 Advanced Inquiry (20 credits) as core modules. Any student who does hold a V300 Non-medical Prescribing qualification you will undertake an RPL process to include your V300 for a total of 40 credits and then complete 7HW126 Advanced Inquiry as your core module for year two of the MSC Advanced Clinical Practice.

    This includes Pharmacists who have completed a level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Independent prescribing will be profiled and will be advised on the appropriate entry level to the course, and practitioners have successfully completed the V300 Non-Medical Prescribing at level 6 or 7, they would be eligible to claim RPL towards the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

    Those applicants who meet all of the requirements of the Post Graduate Diploma will be required to complete a research module and dissertation along with evidence of achievement of the advanced clinical capabilities.

    Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

    You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

    The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate on-site programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

    There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

    The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


    If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

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    We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

    Financial Hardship:

    Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

    Charitable Funding:

    You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

    You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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