Institute of Health

Advanced Clinical Practice

MSc Part-time 3 years

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice 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.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice 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.

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  • Start Date(s) 7 March 2022, 18 January 2022, 21 September 2021
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice 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. The course is open to practitioners registered with the NMC, HCPC, or GPhC.

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, including health assessment and clinical reasoning to provide an evidence-base to your patient consultations.  You will review current practice and develop a service improvement initiative, demonstrating leadership and governance skills in line with the four pillars of advanced practice. You will study a total of 60 credits in year 1.

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 either 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. You will study a total of 60 credits in year 2.

Prescribing Studies - those needing to pursue a prescribing qualification (V300 or Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing) will undertake specific modules aligned with that qualification. The professional entry requirements laid down by the NMC, HCPC, or GPhC as a prerequisite to the prescribing course must be satisfied. Health service or industry nomination and support by a designated prescribing practitioner/assessor are expected in line with professional standards.

Year 3 Dissertation will enable you to evaluate critically, current research and evidence for advanced healthcare practice and to develop academic skills at a higher level. You will undertake a 15,000 word research dissertation/project from a choice of 3 options:

1. Primary Research

2. Secondary Research (Integrative Review)

3. Evidence Based Practice Project

During the Master’s Degree course you will demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in advanced healthcare practice.

Please note the modules below are listed in alphabetical order. This does not denote the order in which they are/or should be studied. Always confirm with the Course leader in which semester the modules run and when they should be studied.

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!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Part-time £2183 per year 2021-22

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study 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

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site 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 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.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

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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