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Advanced Nursing Practice

MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Course code


Start dates

January 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 / September 2024

Application deadline

1 August (for a September start)

1 December (for a January start)


Course length

Part time: MSc: 3-5 years, PGDip: 2-4 years, PGCert: 1- 2 years

Academic level


Academic credits

60, 120, 180


MSC-ANP - This programme is accredited by Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

  • Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice


Our MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Advanced Nursing Practice comprises core modules of study that facilitates and enables experienced clinicians working at the leading edge of their specialty, to grow their expertise across the key four pillars of advanced practice: 

  • clinical practice
  • leadership and management
  • education 
  • research. 

As a nursing professional you will challenge your beliefs and understanding about healthcare. You’ll extend your knowledge and practice skills and engage in continuing professional and postgraduate academic development.

student nurse in simulation ward

How to apply

Entry requirements

You must:

  • have a first degree, or prior learning at the equivalent appropriate level
  • have a minimum of three years' post-registration experience in clinical practice
  • be employed in a suitable clinical role, in the UK, with consistent patient contact that facilitates development of knowledge and clinical skills to meet the programme learning outcomes (for example trainee ACP/ANP or equivalent. Equivalent roles will have been mapped to the HEE multi-professional framework (HEE 2017) and lead to an ACP/ANP role as a result of completing the MSc programme
  • have evidence of current professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • have access to an appropriate clinical supervisor within your area of practice
  • have explicit written support from your line manager and ACP lead. 

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

You apply to this course directly to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences via the online application portal. The course is MSC-ANP: MSc Advanced Nursing Practice.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2022 / 23
CPD Home (UK) part time
£1,080 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
CPD Home (UK) part time
£1,080 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

Our course has a flexible modular structure. You will analyse real situations from practice as a basis for examining underlying theoretical issues in Advanced Practice.

The award you receive depends on the number of modules you successfully complete. At any one time you can choose to study:

  • one single module (20 credits, level 7)
  • or two modules / one double module (40 credits, level 7). 
student nurses taking notes in a lecture

Study modules

The modules listed below are for the Master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Advanced History Taking and Assessment (20 credits)

This practice-based module aims to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to take a comprehensive patient history and a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. This module will significantly enhance your assessment skills and ability to accurately take and document a patient/client's health history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team.

Note: If you only wish to take this as a standalone module (rather than as part of a long award such as an MSc), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. You do not apply via UKPASS for this, but instead contact the Programme Administrator on / 01865 48 8157 for further details and an application form.

Applied Research Methods (10 credits)

This module is designed to develop greater understanding of research methods relevant to health care practice. It aims to develop decision-making skills related to research design by exploring the theoretical context of research methodology and the implications for research / study design. A broad and eclectic approach is taken to the module, choice of research / study methods and their use in the investigation of contemporary health care problems. Learning will take place from a range of perspectives.

Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice (20 credits)

This theory-based module aims to enable students to critically appraise the theory and evidence base that supports the use of diagnostic tests / tools in clinical practice.  With this enhanced knowledge students should be able to make efficient and effective decisions in relation to diagnostic tests / tools when assessing patients/clients health care needs, and planning their management. 

The main medical sciences will be explored using on-line learning activities and reading. In attendance weeks the relevant medical science will be applied to clinical practice using a ‘case study’, which is explored using a problem based learning approach.

This is a blended learning module with online activities, and a taught component on-campus from 1-4pm on alternate Wednesdays starting in week 1 until week 11.

Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (20 credits)

This practice-related module you will have the opportunity to study the development of advanced practice in  nursing through an understanding of the history of nursing as a profession and the influences on contemporary  care contexts. We will explore definitions of advanced practice, philosophy and ethics in relation to nursing and  the concepts that surround the profession. The nature of knowledge in advanced nursing and decision making  in relationship to patient experience and outcomes will be explored. We will examine the political aspects of  advanced practice in nursing and reflect on issues such as gender, power and control. Nursing as art/science,  professional identity, collaborative practice and major theories will be explored and critical thinking will be  applied to how these develop.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation in Advanced Practice (50 credits)

This module enables you to design and conduct a small research project of your own, relevant to your professional practice and that is central to the learning outcomes of your specific Masters programme. It is an opportunity to explore the professional practice dilemma identified in module NURS7061 Applied Research Methods and to seek a viable solution to this practice problem by collecting primary data, undertaking secondary data analysis, conducting a clinical audit or a service evaluation for completion of the module. Students are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and receive individual research supervision

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Each module has an appropriate division between structured and / or blended learning activities, and private study. Opportunities for sharing existing knowledge and experience, and developing new knowledge / understanding and skills, are maximised. In order to optimise students’ contribution, from the range of knowledge, skills, and experience within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed.

You will learn through the following activities: 

  • seminars
  • skills
  • group discussions
  • problem based learning 
  • online learning

You will use self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice and interprofessional collaboration as part of your studies. You will:

  • experience a lively, challenging and supportive learning atmosphere
  • share your learning with peers and colleagues
  • consider how you can contribute to the development of others. 


Assessment methods used on this course

Advanced history taking and assessment NURS7030

  • Practical Scenario Assessment (100%)
  • 'Evaluation of clinical skills practice' assessment (pass / fail)

Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice NURS7060

  • Reflective essay (100%).

Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice NURS7031

  • Essay and self-assessment of learning (100%).

 Applied Research Methods NURS7061

  • Essay (100%).

Dissertation in Advanced Practice NURS7062

  • 10,000 word thesis (100%), or
  • Poster presentation and journal style article (100%).

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.