Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc

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Study a course co-produced in partnership with local NHS Trusts and health care providers. Gain knowledge, understanding and skills while getting valuable on the job experience as an Advanced Clinical Practioner in a healthcare setting. 

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The Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Degree Apprenticeship has been co-produced in partnership with local NHS Trusts and health care providers. To gain the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner qualification you will:

  • Apply enhanced knowledge and critical understanding of anatomy and physiology and critical application to the competencies that need to be achieved by an ACP
  • Develop excellent project management skills in relation to managing workload, coursework and personal study and development
  • Utilise IT skills to obtain relevant resources and to access the services and support available to student, also demonstrating familiarity with Trust patient record systems
  • Debate the legal, professional ethical parameters that inform ACP and related governance issues
  • Demonstrate effective team working within the study group and the multi-professional work team
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Why us?

  • This course has been co-developed with Senior Clinicians from Nursing and AHP working in senior clinical and leadership roles
  • The academic lead developer is a registrant in Nursing

Course structure

This is a practice/work-based learning programme that fulfils the need for clinical skills, education, research and leadership capability and competence. 70% of learning is in the workplace. The course requires a supervisor of clinical practice for competence assessment. Where available, national accredited competency frameworks appropriate to the role will be used.

Teaching methods will include lectures, debates, seminars, group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises, skills development, project-related work (facilitated by tutorials), directed and independent learning. 

You will be assessed via written examinations, coursework and practical assessments.

You will complete two portfolios in competence and capability building which ensures currency and transferability.

Year 1 (Postgraduate Certificate):

Introduction to Professional Portfolio 1: Competencies/Competence Framework for Advanced Clinical Skills (60 credits)

  • Advanced Clinical Examination or Consultation Skills (20 credits)
  • Clinical Investigation, Formulation and Diagnostic Skills (20 credits)
  • Non Medical Prescribing APL (if less than five years or 20 credits from CPD) or 20 credits from Non Medical Prescribing if studied concurrently


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (Postgraduate Diploma):

Professional Portfolio 2: Developing Professional Capability and Competencies for Advanced Practice (Evidence Gathering) - 60 credits

  • Evidence Base for Advanced Clinical Practice (20 credits)
  • Education in Advanced Clinical Practice (20 credits)
  • Clinical Leadership in Advanced Clinical Practice (20 credits)

Year 2 (MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner):

Professional Portfolio 3: Consolidation of Domains Evidence for Advanced Clinical Practitioner

  • Evaluation / Professional Project (40 credits)
  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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  • This course is based in the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities.

    IT facilities are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent facilities and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million-pound investments.

Our Clinical Skills Suite is equipped with a range of clinical equipment for training health professionals. The cutting-edge equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities and helpful IT support staff.

Entry requirements

The programme is work based and, as such, is subject to learners being employed full-time in an ACP position. Participants will normally:

  • Be a registered health professional, appointed to an ACP role by a seconding Trust or employer
  • Hold a 2:2 or above in a first degree

Applicants whose first language is not English, must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.

Recruitment and selection is via application and interview with Trusts and the University. The applicants’ manager/practice training and education manager must support all applications to the programme. The University will retain the right to interview candidates.

All requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in the apprenticeship standards for entry and off the job learning (OJL) time will be met.

This course is subject to approval.

Fees and finance

There are different ways for the employer to fund the costs of higher and degree apprenticeships, which may include government levies already paid for by the employer or specific funding opportunities which may be available.

For a discussion around your specific requirements please contact: 0191 515 3361 /

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This programme is a key qualification needed for anyone wanting to become an advanced clinical practitioner or operate in an advanced practice role.

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