Advanced Practice in Healthcare MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Start date
1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

Annual tuition fee for 2023/24:
UK: £10,170 full-time
International: £26,640 full-time
More detail on fees and funding

Kanta Kumar, programme lead for Advanced Practice in Healthcare MSc

The MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare is aimed at healthcare professionals from international clinical backgrounds who want to develop their research skills and clinical expertise.

This programme will enable you to advance your practice and develop skills essential to the role of the advanced practitioner and clinical team leader.

This multi-professional programme will allow you to explore and advance your specialist area of practice. You will benefit from the knowledge provided by experienced clinical academics and researchers. There are opportunities to choose from a wide range of optional modules to fit with your specialist area. Theoretical and practical sessions are delivered in world-class learning facilities.

Exit awards available: PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Why study this course?

  • This programme is based on the successful MSc Advanced Clinical Practice providing high quality teaching and research skills to international, non NHS students.
  • We offer a combination of academic theory and practical teaching on topics of global interest and relevance to healthcare employers.
  • We focus on developing the mind and encouraging you to exchange ideas in order to promote stimulating debate.
  • Our excellent, interdisciplinary teaching is led by world-leading research and teaching staff.
  • The PGCert award is an excellent asset for UK healthcare professionals whose post or promotion requires leadership skills.

Hear from our students

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  • Creating and Applying Evidence (20 credits)
  • Health Service Management (20 credits)
  • Teaching and learning for healthcare professionals (20 credits)
  • Mixed Methods (20 credits)
  • Improvement and Innovation (20 credits)
  • Principles of Advanced Clinical Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)




  • UK: £10,170 full-time, UK: £5,085 part-time
  • International: £26,640 full-time, International: £13,320 part-time

Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

Find out more about the deposit >>.


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.

How To Apply

How to apply for our taught postgraduate programmes

Application deadlines

The deadline for international students (including EU) to apply is 1 July 2023. The deadline for UK students is 31 August 2023.

Making your application

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • The applicant 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
  • The applicant must have at least 12 months clinical experience post qualification

International Requirements

International Students

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 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 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.

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 in various ways including:

  • online
  • blended learning approach
  • block teaching (usually Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm)

You will participate in a range of teaching styles including:

  • lectures
  • eLectures
  • small group tutorials
  • presentations
  • peer group learning
  • self-study

Lectures are delivered by subject specialists, 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 also 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, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and examinations.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of work. For the dissertation you will be supervised by an academic within the department and supported by a series of online resources. The dissertation is assessed by 2 examiners.

This programme is aimed at healthcare 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 globally 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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