Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert

This programme is aimed at allied healthcare professionals, nurses and midwives. It offers you the opportunity to advance your practice through selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice. Invaluable to your career progression this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

*Exit awards available are:

  • Advanced Clinical Health Assessment and Decision Making - PGCert
  • Advancing Clinical Practice - PGDip
  • Advanced Clinical Practice – MSc


Postgraduate Open Day - Wednesday 20 March 2019


Our Postgraduate Open Day will give you the best opportunity to hear first-hand from our current students and staff about our Masters, Diploma, Certificate and Research opportunities. 

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Given the complex and evolving nature of multi-professional health care, skilled practitioners must be able to lead service transformation through advanced clinical assessment and decision making at the interface between primary and secondary care. Based on international research, developed with clinical experts and delivered within world-class learning facilities, this programme has been designed with high quality, research informed person-centred care at its heart.

Why study this course

This programme allows you the flexibility to complete modules within a three year timescale. The modules generally run in one or two week blocks making travelling and self-study time more straightforward to fit in. We also offer a distance-learning module.  

The programme includes a range of modules in areas such as advanced health assessment and clinical decision making, leadership in advanced clinical practice, project management and research. There are opportunities to include Independent Prescribing or specialist clinical modules such as palliative and end of life care, care of older adults with complex needs, health promotion and public health.

The programme can be undertaken as a 3 year 180 credit Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Top-up modules from the set curriculum will be available in September 2015 for existing eligible practitioners who are already working towards a Masters qualification in Advanced Practice and who wish to complete the full Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice.   


All MSc students will take four core modules. There are two routes through the MSc.

Induction day - September 

Core modules

Route 1: Independent prescribing route - incorporates the Practice Certificate in Independant Prescribing

Students must complete and pass both to record their prescribing qualifications with their regulatory body.

Please note: Students will need to undertake 78 hours of supervised clinical practice. The ability to offer the independent prescribing route is subject to final approval by professional bodies

Route 2: Research and Leadership Route

Choose one module from this list

Choose 20 credits from the wide range of modules offered in the College (examples below):

 All students taking the MSc must complete the Dissertation module and carry out an independent research project. 

*These modules are available on a stand-alone basis. For more details click on the module title.

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Fees and funding



MSc - £6,075
PGDip - £4,050
PGCert - £2,025

HEWM funding is agreed in principle for eligible individuals with employer support (2015/16) and is 3 years part time only. Please note some optional modules may incur additional cost.

The MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) programme is open for application.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the  Postgraduate Loan.


Global Scholarships for Excellence

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of   Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year. The deadline for applications to the scholarship programme is the 1 May 2019. 

Overseas Research Scholarships

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about  scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the  Postgraduate Funding Database.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will have completed a course leading to professional healthcare registration, have at least 36 months clinical experience, should normally hold an honours degree in their clinical field of practice. Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at masters level.

All routes require current registration with relevant professional/regulatory organisations and a clinical mentor or designated medical supervisor in a current employment context.

Please note: the ability to offer the independent prescribing route is subject to final approval by professional bodies. For this route, you will need to provide evidence of current professional registration and current DBS clearance. 

International students:

The MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) programme will commence in September 2017 and is designed with international students in mind.

Please note: this programme does not offer a route to NMC registration/employment in the UK.

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry in early October 2019.

Before you make your application

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Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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As a Birmingham student, you will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your clinical peers. 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.

The modules within the programme are delivered differently. Some are available online, others have a blended learning approach. Others are in blocks of teaching which usually take place from Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, eLectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

Lectures are delivered by subject specialists, NHS clinicians, service users and carers. Many of the lectures are from visiting experts who practice and/or research in their specific field. The course is academic in nature and you are expected to use the basic content as a springboard for further self-study. All programme presentations and materials are available on Canvas (the University’s on-line learning platform) for follow up after lectures.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will 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, clinical Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and examinations. The dissertation is a substantial piece of research that will be linked to leading change in your field of practice. Your research project will be supervised by an academic within the department and supported by a series of online resources. You are expected to prepare a journal article for publication to disseminate your research findings and present a research poster based on your methodology. This will be assessed by 2 examiners. 

This programme is aimed at multi-professionals from a variety of clinical settings who want to develop their research and leadership skills and clinical expertise at Masters level. 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. 

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