Dissertation in Advanced Practice

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Key facts

Course code


Start dates

May 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024

Application deadline

18 August (for a September start), 1 December (for a January start), 1 April (for a May start).

Ideally, we would like to receive the applications before the above deadlines but we can be flexible with the closing dates for accepting the applications.

Course length

Part time: 12 months

Academic level


Academic credits


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


This dissertation module enables you to design and conduct a small research project of your own, relevant to your professional practice and and specific Advanced Practice Masters programme.

It is an opportunity to explore the professional practice dilemma identified in the Applied Research Methods module 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.

You are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and will receive individual research supervision.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

This module can only be taken if enrolled in the following Masters Programmes: 

  • MSc Advanced Nursing Practice 
  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice 
  • Integrated Degree Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practitioner 

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

Apply through our Moodle Portal.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2024 / 25
CPD Home (UK) part time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2024 / 25
CPD Home (UK) part time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400


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.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods, please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds, please visit our Refund policy page

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

You will work with your research supervisor to develop and implement a small-scale research project.

You will be given the opportunity to:

  • develop a research question and proposal
  • conduct a rigorous literature review
  • gather and analyse primary or secondary data
  • develop conclusions to answer the research question
  • write up an extensive dissertation on the research project
  • work independently in developing their research project
  • seek support and guidance from a supervisor and other subject experts in designing and managing their research project
  • reflect on their learning about engaging in research.


Option 1: Written Dissertation10,000 words, dissertation thesis

Option 2: Journal Style Research Report, and conference style poster, presentation and abstract

student doing coursework

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.