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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) (5 years)

This programme provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice and will enable you to practice with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles that require you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations.

This particular pathway is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role as an Advanced or Consultant Practitioner within your profession, or a similar role that sits at the interface between your own profession and medicine. This includes most of the professions registered with the Health and Care Professions Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council.

*Subject to validation. Applications now being accepted.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) pathway will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to advanced clinical practice. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis, pharmacology and (where appropriate) non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced practitioner role within your health care setting. This pathway is only open to practitioners working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship

The pathway is offered on a part time basis of two to five years only. This is to enable you to gain sufficient practice experience alongside your part time theoretical learning

In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice and clinical speciality
  • Apply communication and clinical decision-making skills to your professional practice
  • Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to client health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacology
  • Demonstrate your clinical competence through simulated and practice based clinical assessment
  • If you are eligible to practice as an independent or supplementary prescriber you will have the opportunity to obtain the V300 non-medical prescribing qualification

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

You can register to undertake this MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) online using our online application form.

For further course information please contact the programme leader Dr Helen Rushforth: or pathway leader Simon Brook:

In addition to registering for the Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, if you study part time you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. You are eligible to study one or two modules 'stand-alone' if you wish before registering for the degree pathway.

Programme Structure

MSc – 120 CATS credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS) normally via six taught modules plus a 60 CATS credits (30 ECTS) dissertation.

Postgraduate diploma – 120 CATS credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS) normally via six taught modules.

Key Facts

If you have not achieved a first degree (Honours degree - 2:2 or above, or international equivalent), you may be considered for admission to the programme if you are an experienced practitioner, and can consequently demonstrate that you have acquired suitable experience and supportive qualifications.

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available on our policy page, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course.

Typical entry requirements


The entry requirements for the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) are:

  • A UK 2:2 Hons degree or above or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education
  • A current professional registration with a relevant UK professional/statutory body  - normally the Health and Care Professions Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • A current job contract in a clinical or clinically related area. (You will also need the support of a clinical mentor who is able to assess your practice competency and support your learning)
  • At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience (three before commencing V300 non-medical prescribing) 
  • At least one satisfactory reference (given the practice related requirements this should be from your current employer and include confirmation of the required practice experience and mentor support; on some occasions a second reference will be required)

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

 Module codeModule title
1. HLTH6207 History Taking and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan Level 7
2. HLTH6205 Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making 
3. HLTH6219 OR
Pharmacology and prescribing in Clinical Practice OR
Applied Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
4. HLTH6224 OR
Research methods OR
Research methods Evidence Based Practice (online)
5. Option module Chosen in consultation with Programme or Pathway Lead. See here or alternatives from other Schools are available by negotiation.
6. HLTH6229 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) 
7. HLTH6213 MSc Dissertation 18 month

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice can only be studied part time and all the module fees are paid on a 'pay as you study basis' as each module is booked. There is no fee for applying to undertake the programme. Full information regarding the costs of each module and the module application process can be found on our CPD course page.

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner) MSc2020Part-time£4,625 not offered
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

The pass mark for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner) pathways is 50%. Taught modules typically require attendance at 5 to 6 taught days, although some modules may require attendance of between 7 and 10 days. The two modules 'Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice' and the dissertation are taught via blended learning with 4 days attendance at action learning groups supported by on-line learning; Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice can alternatively be studied on-line. The total study time required to undertake the programme on a part time basis is therefore around 45 days over 2-5 years. Assessment methods include essays, case studies, examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examination, practice based assessment, a clinical portfolio and the dissertation.

Study locations

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