Advanced Practice in Healthcare MSc

Dubai campus

Start date
September
Duration
2-3 years part-time
Campus
Dubai
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

2022/23
2 years part-time: AED 62,934 (per year)
3 years part-time: AED 41,956 (per year)

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%



Taught by our team of expert clinicians, academics, and researchers, this multi-professional programme is designed to develop your research, teaching, management and clinical assessment skills required to meet the constantly evolving demands of those leading and aspiring to lead clinical teams in healthcare.

Subject to Ministry of Education accreditation

Based on the successful MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare delivered on our UK campus, our Dubai programme offers a combination of academic and real world teaching that will support your development as a leader in healthcare.

This programme is aimed at healthcare professionals from nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (e.g. physiotherapy and occupational therapy) backgrounds who wish to advance their practice and develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of advanced practitioner and/or clinical team leader. You will study modules in leadership, evidence-based practice, research, education and advanced practice. You will develop research and leadership skills and importantly, enhance your practice as a reflective practitioner. We see graduates of this programme becoming innovators contributing to the transformation of healthcare delivery and providing clinical leadership.

This programme will build on your initial graduate health professional education and extend and develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities in the four domains of advanced practice.

We expect to be able to offer a full-time version of this programme from September 2023. Please continue to check our website for the latest information.

Why study this course?

  • Global recognition - We offer the same world-class education in Dubai as we do on our UK campus; you will study the same high quality curriculum underpinned by the same quality assurance processes.
  • World-renowned teaching - Drawing upon the University's world leading expertise, your learning will be facilitated by our distinguished research and teaching staff. You will benefit from contributions from experienced clinical academics, educators and researchers who will enrich your learning and development.
  • Build transferable skills: Our credit accumulation structure, with exit awards at postgraduate certificate (level 7: 60 credits) and diploma (level 7: 120 credits), allows you to transfer your learning, offering greater mobility. All the awards, irrespective of where you exit, will add value to your CV. Your learning, based on the four domains of advanced practice, will be an excellent springboard for developing your clinical leadership skills.
  • Specialise: This multi-professional programme will allow you to explore and advance your specialist area of practice whilst studying and learning from other members of the multidisciplinary team. There will be opportunities to choose optional modules offered in Dubai or online from our Edgbaston campus to personalise your programme. 
  • World-class facilities: You will have access to our world-class learning facilities and you will join a community of postgraduate students with shared learning opportunities between UK and Dubai. 
  • Flexible mode of delivery: To suit all students' needs we operate a blended approach to teaching and learning, incorporating online and on-campus delivery.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The modules listed below are those currently intended for students starting in 2022. Please ensure you review these modules for updates before applying for the programme.

  • Creating and Applying Evidence (20 credits)
  • Health Service Management (20 credits)*
  • Principles of Advanced Clinical Decision Making  (20 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning for Healthcare Professionals (20 credits)
  • Improvement and Innovation (20 credits)*
  • Mixed Methods Research Design (20 credits)
  • Research Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

* These modules will be taught streamed from our Edgbaston campus with shared learning but tutorial support will be provided in Dubai.

Fees

2022/23

2 years part-time: AED 62,934 (per year)
3 years part-time: AED 41,956 (per year)

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available.

Find out more about our scholarships

How To Apply

To find out more about our application process please visit our how to apply page before starting your application.

Our Standard Requirements

  • An Honours degree in your clinical field of practice
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at Masters level
  • At least 12 months of clinical experience post qualification

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of international qualifications - use the dropdown box below to select your country and see the equivalencies to the above UK requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not already meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional Course. If you successfully complete this, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without needing to take a further qualification.


  • IELTS 6.5 with no less that 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

International Requirements


As an University of Birmingham student, you will learn from world-leading experts, as well as your clinical peers, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. You will benefit from many different innovative approaches to teaching aimed at enhancing your learning. 

From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself within your professional role, essential for advancing your clinical practice. 

Your modules will be delivered using a blended learning approach through online and block teaching. The course is academic in nature and you are expected to use the basic content as a springboard for further self-study.

Teaching styles

  • Lectures and eLectures are delivered by subject specialists, clinicians, service users and carers. Many of the lectures are from experts who practice and/or research in their specific field. 
  • Small group tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material. 
  • Peer group learning is used to reinforce teaching and provides an opportunity to collaboratively learn from your peers, deepening your understanding of key material. 
  • Self-study is an essential part of the course, helping you to further your understanding and demonstrate your commitment to the course.
  • Comprehensive support system is in place to assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Assessment Methods

The programme has a variety of assessment styles including essays, oral presentations, objective structured clinical examinations and writtem examinations.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of work. For this, you will be supervised by an academic within the department and supported by a series of online resources. The dissertation is assessed by two examiners.

As a University of Birmingham graduate, you will thrive in the workplace as you to apply your knowledge and skills to your chosen career.

This programme is aimed at healthcare professionals from nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (e.g. physiotherapy and occupational therapy) backgrounds who wish to advance their practice, and develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of advanced practitioner and/or clinical team leader. This programme will be of interest to those wishing to work at advanced levels of practice or those who are currently working as specialist practitioners in bespoke clinical areas. 

Careers Service

During your studies you will have access to a wide range of dedicated support, helping you to achieve your career goals. These include:

  • Individual careers advice from the International Careers Consultant and specialist careers advisers, who will be able to answer your requests for advice and guidance
  • Apply Yourself coaching workshops and online tutorials to help you present yourself effectively to employers and recruiters and develop an effective CV
  • Practical help with preparing for interviews and attending assessment centres Access to global job opportunities online and job search webinars
  • Opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers
  • Access to a range of careers information online to help you consider your next stage after your degree and develop an individual career action plan

By making the most of the wide range of services available, you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.