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The Institute of Health

Advanced Clinical Practice

MSc Part-time 3 years

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been designed to meet the needs of the health professional whose desire is to develop their clinical career to a higher level as an advanced practitioner.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been designed to meet the needs of the health professional whose desire is to develop their clinical career to a higher level as an advanced practitioner.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 20 January 2020, 21 September 2020
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School The Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice has been designed to meet the needs of the health professional whose desire is to develop their clinical career to a higher level as an advanced practitioner. The course philosophy is to acknowledge your prior experience and knowledge as a health professional and subsequently enable 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).

This programme will utilise a multi-professional approach to develop the health professional’s knowledge and skills to work at an advanced level of clinical practice. The programme has been designed around the current Health Education England (HEE) (2017) Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England and applies to all non-medical healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals. The course supports the concepts outlined within the Multi-Professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (Health Education England, 2017) and encourages the development of new ways of working within the multi-professional workforce to meet the changing needs of the population.

It is expected that on completion of this course you will be a recognised Advanced Clinical Practitioner (HEE, 2017) with an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical capabilities for an expanded, autonomous scope of practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context in which the individual practices. This requires that health and care professionals working at the level of advanced clinical practice will exercise autonomy and decision-making in a context of complexity, uncertainty and varying levels of risk, holding accountability for decisions made.

You will normally have an honours degree and have been working in clinical practice for a minimum of 3 years within your current area and have evidence of studying at level 6 prior to commencing the course.

The course has been developed in response to identified and anticipated demands for increasing the number of registered health professionals with advanced clinical skills and critical understanding for transformation of the current health care workforce.

For the award of Postgraduate Diploma, you will study six 20 credit modules. This can be followed by one 60 credit Independent Project module to achieve the award MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. 

What happens on the course?

Modules for this course are listed below:

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3125 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

New entrants to Advanced Clinical Practice:

This course is open to practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) OR Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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.
  • 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 Cert, Dip or MSc 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 MSc 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.

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.


All organisations supporting staff to undertake an Advanced Clinical Practice course will need to ensure as part of their workforce plans the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner is embedded within their organisation structures. Once the trainee is a qualified Advanced Clinical Practitioner, there will need to be on-going support from the Trust

English Competency Standards :

If English is not your first language they will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or above in each of the IELTS categories.

International applicants can find further advice here.

This course will not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Please see details at Joining the NMC Register

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites or 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.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

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.

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 at


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