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Advanced Practice, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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About Advanced Practice, MSc - at University of Leeds

Programme Overview

The MSc in Advanced Practice offers healthcare practitioners the knowledge and skills to function competently in advanced practice roles.

This multi-professional, competence-based programme is aimed at practitioners who want to develop their practice, including nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, audiologists, cardiac physiologists, midwives, physiotherapists, ambulance staff and others with clinical practice access and patient management responsibilities.

The programme offers:

  • the confidence, knowledge and skills to challenge accepted wisdom when developing practice
  • a partnership between the University, students and their work-based mentors, allowing real application of theory to practice
  • the knowledge and skills in advanced practice required by professional bodies and the Yorkshire and Humber health environment.

A range of optional modules help you develop individual skills, while flexibility within modules lets you to maximise the opportunities provided by your work case load.

More information

The School of Healthcare is one of the largest multi-professional health schools in the country. You'll have the opportunity to study in a research intensive university, alongside those with whom you'll work in clinical practice.

The programme leader is Ian Goulden.

  • Course content

    The programme has three compulsory modules focusing on advancing practice, innovation and research.

    You choose your remaining optional modules from a wide range of clinical-oriented, practice-orientated and more general modules.

    You'll be expected to progress to fully autonomous study and work. This includes completing an evaluative inquiry focusing on the impact of what you do and how the advanced practitioner can make a difference to the quality of patient care.

    Please note that the range of optional modules available issubject to change

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Issues and Concepts of Advancing Practice 15 credits
    • Research Methods 15 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Practitioner Inquiry 45 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Advanced Practice MSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    As a Masters programme for practitioners with considerable clinical experience, students undertaking this programme will have a capacity for independent study and self -management. The programme is designed to build on existing skills and knowledge at undergraduate and equivalent level and facilitate an independent approach to learning. Teaching methods will support students in becoming lifelong learners who take responsibility for their own learning.

    Teaching and learning strategies will be focused on skill development for both the academic and clinical competences required for advanced practice roles. In particular, the tripartite arrangements set up for the Advanced Practitioner Inquiry module recognise the responsibility of the student, lecturer and practice-based mentor to provide and gain experiences and knowledge, which will ensure the student has developed the relevant competences by the end of the programme.

    This is a flexible practice-orientated programme, which aims to use innovative ways of linking theory to practice and to encourage the development of higher level analytical skills which will be used to inform practice. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used such as case studies, problem-based learning, IT, student-led clinically based seminars, clinical supervision, following patients'/clients' care pathways, reflection and skills simulations.

    The research activities of staff inform our teaching at all levels in the School and also offer opportunities for our students to work with exceptional researchers in the research methods and dissertation modules.


    Assessment methods are linked to students' practice and work requirements, meaning all learning bears greater returns in the workplace.

    The programme aims to keep the assessment load at a manageable level and to use a range of assessment strategies. Whenever possible assessment methods will support day-to-day practice and will test / exam practice applicable knowledge and skills. The aim is for the assessment to be of use within the workplace, as well as providing evidence that the student has achieved the learning outcomes for the module.

    A range of assessment methods are used in the various modules that make up this programme. An individual's variety of assessments will depend to a large extent on the optional modules selected. However, all students will encounter unseen examinations, written assessments and OSCE.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a health-related subject.

    Applicants must be registered with an appropriate UK health-related professional body (eg NMC, HCPC) and be working in an area where agreement has been obtained to develop advanced practice skills, with written support from your manager and the availability of an appropriate mentor.

    Applicants will be required to provide satisfactory references and will be interviewed.

    Opportunities for the accreditation of prior learning and prior experiential learning exist through the School's credit accumulation and transfer procedures.

    This programme is not open to international students.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Application deadlines: Apply by 31 May for September entry.

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.


    UK/EU: £10,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    If you are an NHS employee working for an approved provider in the Yorkshire & Humber region or your employing organisation offers services directly to the NHS, you may be eligible for Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) funding for the cost of your course fees. This funding is subject to availability.

    • For more information regarding the eligibility criteria for funding please download the NHS Health Education Yorkshire & the Humber funding guide. You can also email for further advice.
    • Students who wish to apply for the above funding will be asked to provide proof of their employment and confirm that their employer supports their studies.Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.
    • Please note that NHS Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber have not confirmed the SSPRD funding available for 2018-19 so this advice is subject to change

    For the School of Healthcare 2018/19 Admissions policy click here.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Although some students study this programme to expand their knowledge and skills within their current clinical role, many of our previous graduates are employed as fully autonomous advanced practitioners within a broad range of clinical environments.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in health-related subject + current registration

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.

This course is available to UK/EU residents only

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