Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in health-related subject + current registration
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£12,750 (total)
International fees
To be confirmed
Available to UK residents only

Course overview

Healthcare professionals walking down a hospital corridor.

This programme is for experienced practitioners, such as nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, audiologists, cardiac physiologists, ambulance staff and midwives who have clinical practice access with patient management responsibilities.

It’s designed to support the development of experienced, registered health and care practitioner to a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This master’s level award encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice:

  • Clinical practice

  • Leadership and management

  • Education

  • Research

Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes. Practitioners will also be able to demonstrate core capabilities and area specific clinical competence.

The aim of this programme is to provide healthcare practitioners with the knowledge and skills for advanced clinical practice that will enable them to function competently in:

  • Providing effective healthcare

  • Improving the quality and health outcomes

  • Evaluation and research

  • Leading and developing practice

  • Developing self and others

  • Working across professional and organisational boundaries

  • Innovation and changing practice.

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 details

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course has three compulsory modules focusing on advancing practice, innovation and research. The programme will comprise 75 compulsory credits and 105 optional credits. The programme should be completed in two to three years.

Compulsory modules:

Issues and Concepts in Advancing Practice (15 credits) This module covers; accountability, ethics, leadership, change management, policy and politics and management in the specific clinical situation of the practitioner.

Research Methods (15 credits)

Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (45 credits) This is the dissertation module. Students are required to undertake an evaluative inquiry which examines a specific aspect of their practice.

Option modules are focused on developing knowledge and skills for advanced clinical practice. Examples of the current optional module selection is shown below under the Year 1 entry. N.B. Some modules may not deliver every year, and some may have specific entry criteria.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Advanced Clinical Practice MSc in the course catalogue

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Issues and Concepts of Advancing Practice 15
Advanced Practitioner Inquiry 45
Research Methods 15

Learning and teaching

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


The programme aims to keep the assessment load at a manageable level whilst ensuring that students are adequately prepared for role. As such 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 you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module.

A range of assessment methods are used in the various modules that will make up this programme. Assessments will depend to a large extent on the optional modules selected.


Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a currently practicing registered healthcare practitioner

  • Possess a Degree in a Health Related Discipline. (Normally this will be an Honours degree at 2:1 classification or above. However consideration will be given to suitable applicants who do not have an Honours degree or who do not have a 2:1 classification)

  • Be employed as a trainee advanced clinical practitioner or be in a role in which the programme outcomes can be achieved (please contact the programme leader for advice)

  • Have a satisfactory application and interview.

In addition, prior to being submitted for the End Point Assessment students will be required to show that they have achieved GCSE English Language / English Literature and Mathematics at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme), or have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics (or any agreed equivalencies).

Opportunities for accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) are available.

Student selection

Eligible students will be interviewed either as part of their employer’s recruitment process or separately within the University.

How to apply

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page 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.

Admissions policy

School of Healthcare Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2023

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UK: £12,750 (total)

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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.

There is no external funding available for this programme. It must be either self or employer funded.

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