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Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) (MSc)

Master of Science
2 to 5 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Build on your existing professional skills and knowledge to become an advanced nurse practitioner on this University of Southampton master’s degree. This Level 7 training course will qualify you to independently assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with complex clinical problems.

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 5th in the world and 2nd in the UK for nursing and midwifery (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022). 

This MSc Advanced Clinical Practice: Advanced Nurse Practitioner course is for experienced nurses currently working as registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting. 

You’ll develop the expertise to become a confident decision-maker able to work independently in your clinical setting.

Led by our expert academics you’ll: 

  • examine role development in relation to advanced nursing practice 
  • learn how to apply evidence to your field of practice and clinical specialism 
  • use advanced communication and clinical decision-making skills in your work 
  • develop new or enhanced clinical skills around client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology 
  • show your clinical competence through simulated and practice-based clinical assessment 

You’ll also have the chance to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification, if you have at least 3 years’ relevant post-registration clinical experience. 

The course is built around the 4 pillars of advanced practice:  

  • advanced clinical practice 
  • leadership 
  • education 
  • research

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.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Helen Rushforth. She has a background in child health nursing and advanced clinical practice. Visit Dr Helen Rushforth’s staff profile to learn more about her work.


Related pathways

We also offer the following 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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