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
Flexible studyIf 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 is Dr Francine O'Malley. Visit Dr Francine O'Malley’s staff profile to learn more about her work.
We also offer the following pathways on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course:
- Advanced Critical Care Practitioner
- Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Advanced Allied Health Practitioner
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
Find out more on our COVID advice page.
- a 2:2 degree in a relevant subject
- current professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
- a current job contract in a clinical or clinically related area
- at least 2 years’ relevant post-registration clinical experience (3 before commencing V300 non-medical prescribing)
- a clinical mentor who can assess your practice competency and support your learning
- a reference from your current employer, confirming mentor support and practice experience
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This Masters course runs from 2 to 5 years part time, allowing you the flexibility to continue working alongside your degree.
You'll study six taught modules and then the dissertation. Most students study either two or three modules per year, then the dissertation the following year. There is no fee for enrolment on the programme; rather the modules are paid for as you study them.
Your pathway leader will guide you regarding your module choices and sequencing. A good starting point is either History Taking and Physical Assessment or Research Methods. Following on from History Taking and Physical Assessment is the Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making module; both of which must be passed before commencing Pharmacology and Prescribing (or Applied Pharmacology for those in professions without prescribing authority). You then also have a choice of one option module – see here. Then the Transition to Advanced Practice module is normally studied in your last taught year before the dissertation – this is where the learning from other modules is brought together, and where you achieve sign off against the capabilities required of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
Modules are listed here in alphabetical order, not the order of study. Once you’re accepted onto the course, we’ll agree an order of study with you that best meets your needs.
From the optional modules, we’ll ask you to choose:
- either Research Methods or Research Methods (Online)
- either Applied Pharmacology for Clinical Practice or Pharmacology and Prescribing In Clinical Practice
You can also take an additional optional module from any discipline. Explore University of Southampton modules.
For entry in Academic Year 2022-23
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules:
Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making
Students will have completed the History Taking and Physical Assessment module which considers health assessment from a broad multi-professional viewpoint, focusing on discrimination between ‘normal’ vs ‘abnormal’ findings. This module will focus more s...
History Taking and Physical Assessment across the Lifespan
This module is designed to prepare nurses, midwives and allied healthcare practitioners with the additional skills in History Taking and Physical Examination (specifically the skills of inspection palpation and auscultation) across all major body systems....
MSc Dissertation 18 month
This module will provide you with the opportunity to plan, undertake and report on an independent, original project which is relevant to your current or future area of practice and is appropriate to the Award you are following. This version of the Diss...
Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Allied Health Practitioner)
This module forms the 'capstone' of the taught component of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Allied Health Practitioner journey. You will be supported to explore in depth the meaning of Advanced Practice and its associated concepts (such as specia...
You must also choose from the following modules:
Applied pharmacology for clinical practice
This module will enable healthcare practitioners to significantly expand their knowledge of pharmacology and the related clinical sciences. This knowledge applied in the clinical domain, will enhance their ability to assess and manage patients/clients pr...
Pharmacology and prescribing in clinical practice
On successful completion of the module, practitioners are eligible to register as an independent and/or supplementary prescriber in accordance with current professional standards and regulations. Please see special features section below for detailed ent...
This module aims to support you in enhancing your knowledge, skills and understanding required for the acquisition and critical appraisal of research literature, and other evidences, used to inform evidence based practice (EBP) in your area of health and/...
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include:
- group activities
- workplace-based learning
- facilitated clinical skills practice
- supervised study
- independent learning
We’ll assess you through:
- practice assessments
- case studies
- a portfolio
- a dissertation
You’ll research and write an 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 empirical project
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
With this qualification you’ll have the expertise to work in the interface between nursing and medicine, in roles such as:
- advanced nurse practitioner
- clinical nurse specialist
- consultant nurse
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). Our Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise team 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 thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
- our dedicated start-up incubator, Futureworlds
- a wide variety of enterprise events run throughout the year
- our partnership in the world’s number 1 business incubator, SETsquared
Fees, costs and funding
On this course you pay for each module as you study it. There is no overall fee.
Read the latest module fees and dates on our CPD course page.
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- This course is not available to EU and international students.
What your fees pay for
On this course you'll pay for each module as you study it.
See the latest module fees and dates.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
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 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.
NHS Learning Support Fund
As a student on this course you may be entitled to help from the NHS Learning Support Fund.
This can include a training grant of £5,000 per academic year, parental support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs, and help with travel and temporary accommodation costs for placements.
Find out more on the NHS Learning Support Fund website.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.
Funding for international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
- Use the 'apply for this course' button on this page to take you to our online application form.
- Search for the course you want to apply for.
- Complete the application form and upload any supporting documents.
- Submit your application.
The deadline for applying for your course for the 2023 year of entry depends on where you’re domiciled (where your permanent home is and where you have the closest ties).
This is because:
- students from different countries tend to apply at different times of year
- we want a diverse and balanced mix of international students with exceptional academic ability
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We must receive new applications by midday UK time.
The deadline may still move to:
- an earlier date if we have already received enough applications before the deadline
- a later date if there are still places available on the deadline
We receive many high-quality applications, so places for many of our courses are very competitive.
Application assessment fee
We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught course.
This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees and is payable per application. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.
If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, or if you’re applying for certain scholarships, you will not need to pay the fee. PGCE applications through GOV.UK and Master of Research (MRes) degree applications are also exempt. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page.
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.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We'll assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We will aim to send you a decision 6-8 weeks after you have submitted your application.
If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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