About this course
Prepare for an advanced role in neonatal practice with a master’s in neonatal nursing at the University of Southampton. Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner) degree develops your existing neonatal clinical experience and skills, helping you take on greater responsibility and make more complex clinical decisions.
Throughout this degree you’ll:
- critically evaluate role development in relation to advanced neonatal practice
- explore how to apply evidence to your role
- apply diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
- develop new and improved history-taking and clinical skills for assessment and examination of newborns, advanced neonatal studies and pharmacology
- demonstrate 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 programme around the 4 pillars of advanced practice:
- advanced clinical practice
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 contemporary healthcare and within your own future professional role.
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.
Your course leader on the Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner pathway is Susan Smith.
We offer 3 other pathways on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:2 degree in a subject from a clinical or science background, and:
- a current professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
- a current job contract in a clinical or clinically related area (including the support of a clinical mentor to assess your practice competency and help with your learning)
- at least 2 years post-registration clinical experience
- at least 1 satisfactory reference, normally from your employer, confirming the availability of appropriate clinical practice experience and mentor support
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This MSc runs for 2 to 5 years part-time, allowing you the flexibility to continue working alongside your degree.
You’ll choose 6 taught modules to give you a firm grounding in advanced neonatal practice and develop your skills. You’ll also take a dissertation module to plan, undertake and report on an original project.
You can study the programme ‘fast track’ over 2.5 years by combining the taught modules during year 1 with weeks in practice. You’ll then study and complete the dissertation in year 2.
You’ll need to register for our chosen modules each year once dates are published. You may also study 1 or 2 modules ‘stand-alone’ before registering for the degree pathway.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For details of your module options on this pathway, download the programme specification in the 'About this course' section.
There is no overall fee for this course. You'll pay for individual modules as you book them.
You can find more information about the costs of each module and the module application process on our CPD course page.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
We promote a student-centred approach to guide your learning and encourage you to master your planning skills. Your personal academic tutor, module leaders and mentor in practice will support you throughout the programme.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- lectures and seminar groups (some may be online)
- action learning groups
- workplace-based training
- practical clinical skills sessions
- supervised and self-directed study
These methods are designed to integrate theory and practice, and to foster a spirit of enquiry. We use these methods to mix theory and practice, and to inspire curiosity in our students. We emphasise group discussion and learning to encourage collaborative working.
We’ll assess your work according to the assessment guidelines within the module profile. Our assessment methods are designed to maximise your critical thinking and analysis skills, and develop your understanding of advanced clinical practice.
We’ll assess you through a combination of:
- written and oral exams
- practical assessments
- case studies
- a portfolio
- viva voce
- your final dissertation
You’ll plan, carry out and report on an independent, original project that’s relevant to your current or future area of practice. You can submit your final dissertation in one of the following formats:
- a literature review
- a service improvement project (including audit)
- an evidence-based project
You’ll have access to:
- an induction day on study skills, information technology and library facilities
- a dedicated section for your course on Blackboard – the University’s online learning resource
- your module leaders, programme leader and dissertation supervisor for guidance and support
- the Health Sciences Student Office for administrative support
- programme and module handbooks
- the University’s student counselling service
Our MSc programme will give you the skills and expertise for a lead role in neonatal clinical practice and professional development.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
On this course you'll pay for each module as you study it.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
Single module (CPD) applications
To apply for a single module (CPD), you'll need to fill in a physical application form that you can download from our continuing professional development pages.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- evidence of professional qualifications
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
We may invite you to an interview, which will take place by phone if you live abroad. You'll get an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
We'll invite shortlisted candidates to a selection day, which includes an interview. You'll get an email from the admissions tutor if you're invited to the selection day. This will include information on how to prepare and what to expect during the session.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000