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Advancing Practice MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 - 5 years part-time

  • Starting:

    September, February, June

  • Fees UK:

    PGCert: £2,490 (1 Year)
    PGDip: £4,980 (2 Years)
    MSc (Top-up):£2,490 (1 Year)
    MSc: £2,490 (Year 1) £2490* (Year 2) £2490* (Year 3)

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Also offered as:

PGCert in Advancing Practice
PGDip in Advancing Practice         
MSc Advancing Practice (Top-Up)    
MSc Advancing Practice        

Our MSc Advancing Practice awards support the advancement of healthcare professionals practice by developing, knowledge, skills and understanding to challenge and innovate future practice. This award also offers and alternative route to individuals with an interest in Advanced Clinical Practice.

By challenging legal, professional and ethical dilemmas you will develop advanced knowledge and skills to underpin safe and effective practice, supported by the application of complex decision making. You will benefit from a flexible route which builds and develops opportunity for advancing healthcare provision.

Updated 17/08/2021


  • Inter-professional learning.
  • Professional Body registration of Prescribing qualification.
  • Varied modules linked to specific practice areas.

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Course Content

  • The MSc Advancing Practice programme has been developed driven by rapidly developing health and social care developments at both regional and national level.

    In recent years there has been a significant shift in professional boundaries between groups of health and social care professionals, and the need for educational programmes to support the growth of advanced level practice. The opportunity to learn inter-professionally; to undertake modules which embed advanced practice within both academic and practice learning; will facilitate the development and enhancement of proficiency for students who wish to develop advanced clinical practice.

    It is within this context that this programme has been developed. Practitioners working and studying at postgraduate level must be able to utilise and challenge information from a variety of sources and disciplines.  Skills related to critical appraisal and using, adapting and progress methods of enquiry appropriate to their discipline are essential.  The engagement in critical debate and problem solving at a complex level, together with the ability to work independently are all congruent with leading practice and ensuring practitioners are fit for purpose and fit for practice.

    The inclusion of a range of designated module enables you and your employer (if your studies are employer funded), to consider both needs of your service and the specific learning needs you may have to advance your practice.  It also facilitates a flexible approach in developing knowledge and skills.

    If you do not wish to complete the full programme you can apply directly for, or exit with, either a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma in Advancing Practice if the compulsory modules have been completed.

    With the exception of the compulsory modules required for this award, students can select their pathway from the range of designated modules. Attention should be drawn to the admissions criteria for some of these modules as listed below

    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

    For further information on the award, or its associated modules, please contact Tracey Ali, Programme Lead, on

  • Applicants need to have:

    • An appropriate healthcare or data related Bachelor’s degree with honours.
    • Must be employed within a health and social care related environment.
    • Must be a UK registered healthcare professional.


    • Students who do not have a relevant Bachelor degree must satisfy the University that by virtue of their professional standing, qualification and/or training that they are fit to register for, and to benefit them from, their proposed programme of study.

    Please note that for NURM114 additional PSRB criteria apply for studying this module.

    For further information regarding the award and it associated modules please contact Tracey Ali, Programme Lead, on

  • 2021/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2021/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Advancing Practice (60 Credits): £2,490 (1 Year)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Practice (120 Credits): £4,980 (2 Years)
    • MSc Advancing Practice (Top Up) (60 Credits): £2,490 (1 Year)
    • MSc Advancing Practice (Full Award – 180 Credits): Year 1 (60 Credits) £2,490, Year 2 (60 Credits) £2,490* (*may be subject to inflationary increase in 22/23), Year 3 (60 Credits) £2490* (*may be subject to inflationary increase in 23/24)
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2020/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Advancing Practice: (60 Credits) £2,475 (1 Year)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Practice: (120 Credits) £4,950 (2 Years)
    • MSc Advancing Practice (Top Up): (60 Credits) £2,475(1 Year)
    • MSc Advancing Practice (Full Award – 180 Credits): Year 1 (60 Credits) £2,475, Year 2 (60 Credits) £2,475* (*may be subject to inflationary increase in 21/22), Year 3 (60 Credits) £2,475* (*may be subject to inflationary increase in 22/23)
    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate master’s course in 2021/22 you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan through Student Finance England. You must apply for and enrol onto the full MSc Award (180 credits) and complete your study within 3 academic years.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • There is opportunity for those who wish to continue educational study and work at academic Level 8 on completion of the MSc Advancing Practice award, to register for the Doctor of Professional Practice in Health and Social Care or a PhD programmes which are also offered at the University of Northampton.

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Tracey Ali

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