Skip to main content

Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse 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 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.

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

You’ll study within the School of Health Sciences: ranked 2nd in the UK and 6th in the World for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

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
  • 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 contemporary healthcare and within your own future professional role.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for around 30 weeks 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 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner pathway is Susan Smith, email:

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.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.