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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Standard pathway)

This MSc Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

Within this the standard pathway is the most flexible, and is appropriate for you if you are a registered UK, EU or international healthcare practitioner who is keen to develop your clinical practice at an advanced level.

In addition to core content in relation to research, evidence based practice, advanced practice and decision making it includes the opportunity in study three option modules enabling considerable flexibility and choice.

Introducing your course

This masters in Advanced Clinical Practice degree provides a flexible academic programme that enables those working at a senior level to meet the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. The programme covers core learning in relation to research, evidence based practice and decision making, as well as exploring the place of advanced practice within contemporary healthcare. This very flexible programme also incorporates three option modules which enable students to pursue particular specialist areas of interest as part of their masters degree.


Level: 7

Duration: Twelve to eighteen months full time, with up to two years for programme completion; two to five years part time.

In the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Standard Pathway) you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice
  • Examine the nature and use of advanced practice, communication and decision-making skills
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to your chosen field of practice
  • Enable you to build on your knowledge, skills and competence to become a clinical experts and/or leader in your chosen field of practice
View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can register to undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice online using our online application form

For further course information contact the programme leader:
Dr Helen Rushforth

In addition to registering for the degree, if you study part time you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. You are eligible to study one or two modules 'stand-alone' if you wish before registering for the programme.

Programme Structure

Postgraduate diploma - 60 ECTS* normally six taught modules

MSc - 60 ECTS* from taught modules plus a 30 ECTS dissertation

*All modules are credited using the new European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which replaces the former Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS). 10 ECTS = 20 CATS. A Masters degree is therefore 90 ECTS and a Post Graduate Diploma therefore 60 ECTS.

Key Facts

If you have not achieved a first degree, you may be considered for admission to the programme if you are an experienced practitioner, and can consequently demonstrate that you have acquired suitable experience and supportive qualifications.



Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The entry requirements for the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Standard Pathway) are:

  • A first degree (2:2 Honours or above) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
  • A current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body or equivalent.
  • A current or recent relevant job contract in a clinical or clinically related area
  • At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience.
  • At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required)
  • Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component.

Premasters programme 

The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study is available to help international students to prepare and successfully complete the masters programme.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The Advanced Clinical Practice (Standard Pathway) module requirements are listed below.  To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.



HLTH6115 Decision Making for Advanced Clinical Practice


HLTH6074 Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making

HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

HLTH6128 Transition to Advanced Practice (Standard, Children & Young People, Critical Care and Midwifery Pathways)

HLTH6059 Dissertation

Option Modules:

Choice of three option modules from a wide range, two of which must have a clinical focus.  For further details please see the Find a Module page.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentMedical equipment and materials (e.g. stethoscopes, pen torches, tuning forks): In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required equipment will be available to them. However some modules may require equipment not routinely available; the most frequently needed equipment (essential for all students on the advanced practitioner pathways) is a good quality stethoscope.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs and memory sticks, software licenses and hardware - The use of IT equipment is essential within this course. All students will have access to University based computer suites but most students will prefer to have access to their own computer (laptop or desktop). Access to a suitable word processing package (e.g. Microsoft Word), teaching materials package (e.g. PowerPoint) and spreadsheet package (e.g. Excel) will be required. If University computers are used these will be available on the University machines, but students will require memory sticks for saving downloaded materials and storage backup.
ClothingUniforms: In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required uniform will be available to them. Occasionally students may have a placement made available to them as part of the course, and in these instances students may be responsible for purchasing their own uniform including suitable footwear. This will need to be to a design stipulated by the host placement.
Printing and copyingSome essays and projects are likely to be submitted online. However the course currently requires much of its coursework to be submitted in hard copy, and in addition there are some items (such as portfolios and dissertation log books) that due to their format cannot be submitted electronically. Therefore students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
PlacementsPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes): Accommodation, insurance, medical insurance, travel costs, immunisation/vaccination costs, Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance, translation of birth certificates, other - In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required uniform will be available to them. Occasionally students may have a placement made available to them as part of the course, and in these instances students or their sponsors will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from the placement and in some cases accommodation near the placement setting. Such placements would require indemnity insurance, vaccinations and DBS clearance - the cost of this may be covered within course fees, or may be passed on to the student. Which is the case will be made clear to students/sponsors at the time such placements are agreed - well before programme commencement.
Conference expenses Optional visits: Some modules may include optional visits to exhibitions, professional study days, professional body events (e.g. events hosted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professions Council). You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherParking costs: Students will be expected to meet their own parking costs for attendance at the University. These costs will vary depending on the location of the teaching session - current University Main Campus visiting car parking costs are £1.10 per hour. Limited free parking may be available in nearby streets but is at the students own risk.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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