Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
2 to 5 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

Prepare for an advanced role in clinical practice on this master's degree at the University of Southampton. Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) develops your existing clinical experience and skills, helping you take on greater responsibility as an advanced or consultant practitioner.

This pathway is accredited by Health Education England's Centre for Advancing Practice. Completion of HEE accredited programmes/pathways is set to become one of the benchmark routes to recognition for Advanced Clinical Practitioners, and accreditation is also designed to ensure a consistent level of programme quality across England

The Advanced Allied Health Practitioner pathway is only open to professionals working as experienced registered practitioners in a UK healthcare setting. You’ll need to demonstrate that you have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

Throughout this degree you’ll:

  • examine role development in relation to advanced practice
  • explore how to apply evidence to your field of practice and clinical specialty
  • apply communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
  • develop new clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology
  • show your clinical competence through simulated and practice-based clinical assessment

If you’re eligible to practise as an independent or supplementary prescriber, you will have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification.

We centre our allied health master's around the 4 pillars of advanced practice:

  • advanced clinical practice
  • leadership
  • education
  • research

You’ll learn more about research and evidence-based practice, advanced health assessment, diagnosis, decision making and pharmacology, plus non-medical prescribing. You’ll also explore the place of advanced practice within modern healthcare and your own professional role.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
  • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for about 2 years and will not need to write a dissertation

You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD.

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Dr Francine O'Malley is your course leader. Visit Dr O'Malley’s staff profile to learn more about her work.

Your lead on the Advanced Allied Health Practitioner pathway, Dr Annie Herklots is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Related pathways

We offer 3 other pathways on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course:


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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