Advanced Practice in Healthcare (MSc)

University of Liverpool the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 6162 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 15251 per year

All study options

About Advanced Practice in Healthcare at University of Liverpool

This is a progressive and flexible programme of postgraduate study. There is an overarching theme of advanced practice in healthcare, yet the flexible, modular nature of this award permits healthcare professionals to structure their studies to meet with their own professional needs.

This will provide options for profession specific pathways through the programme if required. These may be clinical, managerial or more generic. Guidance will be provided by the Programme Co-Directors on module choice.

Students can register for an award and there are exit points at Postgraduate Certificate (PGC), Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) and Masters Level. The PGC or PGD may be taken as either free standing awards or as an intermediate exit award for any student who has successfully completed the modules required for these awards or who have failed to comply with the criteria which permits access to the next level of study. However, some students may wish to only register for an individual module for the purpose of continuing professional development. This is permissible and such students will not be registered on the programme.

However, students may accrue credit through taking some stand alone modules and then apply for APL transfer of these credits into the programme for a formal award. All students who undertake stand alone modules will be advised of appropriate combinations which can be mapped into the award.

The programme has one starting point per year: semester one (September), and is part-time. It is modular, with some modules being mandatory and others optional to suit the individual student needs. Teaching takes place in both semesters and the scheduling of the teaching will depend upon the modules taken. There are two assessment points per year (January and May), one at the end of each semester.

On this modular programme students can study stand alone credit rated modules (for which Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points will be awarded).

Or to achieve a:

  • PGC a student must successfully complete 60 credits at M level, with not more than 15 credits at level 6 and no dissertation credits;
  • PGD a student must successfully complete 120 credits at M level, with not more than 30 credits at level 6 and no dissertation credits;
  • Masters degree a student must complete 180 credits at M level, with not more than 30 credits at level 6 and to include a 60 credit dissertation.

As previously stated, the programme is modular and the PGC stage incorporates some compulsory modules and some option modules dependent upon the pathway chosen by the student. The PGD is made up of optional modules although students hoping to progress to the dissertation stage must complete Introduction to Research Methodologies in Health and Social Care (HEAL402) prior to moving to the dissertations stage. The Masters degree is achieved by independent research and the submission of a dissertation.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6162 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15251 per year

Entry requirements

Minimum UK entry requirement is a 2.2 Honours degree in a health or social care related subject from an accepted UK University or other Institute of Higher Education; or its international equivalent, as recognised by NARIC and/or by the University’s International Recruitment Office. Candidates with an appropriate professional qualification in health care and normally a minimum of two years post-qualification professional practice will also be considered for entry. Accreditation of prior learning may be considered to a maximum of a third of the credits for the award. Attendance will depend on the modules selected. Details of timetables are available from the module leader. International qualifications Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. Due to the limited number of clinical placements available we are unable to consider applicants from countries outside the EU. English language qualifications If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 0.5 (eg you need to improve from 6.0 to 6.5) you should attend the six week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 1.0 (eg you need to improve from 5.5 to 6.5) you should attend the ten week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 1.5 (eg you need to improve from 4.5 to 6.0) you should attend the 19 week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 2.0 (eg you need to improve from 4.5 to 6.5) you should attend the 29 week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 2.0 or 2.5 (eg you need to improve from 4.0 to 6.0 or 4.0 to 6.5) you should attend the 40 week course. If you require additional English language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc. Please see for a full list. Prospective candidates should also note that in addition to academic and English language qualifications, the Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound programme requires students to gain a practice placement in medical ultrasound. This cannot normally be provided by the University and must be arranged and evidenced by the student at the time of application. Any prospective international student must be eligible to work in a practice placement site approved by the Director of Studies. This practice placement must be established prior to formal application. IELTS 7.5 with no lower than 7.0 TOEFL iBT 100, with no element lower than 22 International Baccalaureate Standard Level (Grade 6) Hong Kong use of English AS level B INDIA Standard XII 75% or above from Central and Metro State Boards WAEC B Cambridge Proficiency B

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