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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)

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The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner) degree provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced neonatal practice. Within this, the neonatal masters degree pathway is designed for UK registered, experienced neonatal practitioners wishing to undertake an advanced role in neonatal care.

If you are a nurse looking for a masters in advanced neonatal clinical practice then this course is suitable for you. It will equip you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to assume a lead role in neonatal clinical practice and professional development at the interface between your own profession and medicine.

Studying at Southampton also means you'll be learning in a School ranked 5th in the world and 2nd among UK universities for nursing and midwifery (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020/21).

Introducing your course

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner) pathway will allow you to develop your practice further and prepare you for a clinical practice role at a senior level.

It will also enable you to build on your existing clinical experience, skills and competencies while providing the educational knowledge needed for roles that require greater autonomy, responsibility and more complex clinical decision making.

Neonate's hand in intensive care incubator

Level: 7

Duration: Two to five years part time. Note that students can choose to study the programme ‘fast track’ over 2.5 years. To do this the taught modules will normally be accessed during year one, via ‘block weeks’ of study interleaved with weeks in practice, with the dissertation studied during year two.

In the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Neonatal Practitioner degree you will:

  • Critically evaluate role development in relation to advanced neonatal practice
  • Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your role
  • 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 assessment and examination of the newborn, advanced neonatal studies 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

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants part time

View the programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants part time

To Apply

You can register to undertake both the advanced practice neonatal nursing and neonatal practitioner pathways online using our online application form.

For further course information please contact the pathway leader Susan Smith:

In addition to registering for the degree, 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.

Tel: +44 (0)2380 206396 or +44 (0)7941 801499

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Programme Structure

MSc - 60 ECTS* from taught modules plus a 30 ECTS dissertation

Postgraduate diploma - 60 ECTS* normally six taught modules

*All modules are credited using the new European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which replaces the former Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS). 10 ECTS = 20 CATS. A Masters degree is therefore 90 ECTS and a Post Graduate Diploma therefore 60 ECTS.

Key Facts

  • Our nursing and midwifery is ranked 5th in the world and 2nd amongst UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020/21)
  • If you have not achieved a first degree, 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


The entry requirements for both the advanced practice neonatal nursing and neonatal practitioner pathways are:

  • A UK 2:2 Honours degree 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 the Nursing and Midwifery 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.
  • At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required). Your first reference should normally be from your employer, confirming the availability of appropriate clinical practice experience and mentor support.
Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at policy, 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. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

 Module codeModule title
1. HLTH6235 Advanced Neonatal Studies
2. HLTH6195 Assessment and Examination of the Newborn
3. HLTH6203 Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making for Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)
4. HLTH6214 OR
MSc Dissertation 10 month OR
MSc Dissertation 18 month
5. HLTH6220 Pharmacology and prescribing in clinical practice (Neonatal)
6. HLTH6224 OR
Research methods (online) OR
Research methods
7. HLTH6228 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)

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
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)MSc2020Full-time£12,260not offered
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)MSc2020Part-time£6,130not offered
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)Postgraduate Diploma2020Full-time£10,050not offered
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)Postgraduate Diploma2020Part-time£5,030not 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.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentMedical equipment and materials (e.g. stethoscopes, pen torches, tuning forks): In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required equipment will be available to them. However some modules may require equipment not routinely available; the most frequently needed equipment (essential for all students on the advanced practitioner pathways) is a good quality stethoscope.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs and memory sticks, software licenses and hardware - The use of IT equipment is essential within this course. All students will have access to University based computer suites but most students will prefer to have access to their own computer (laptop or desktop). Access to a suitable word processing package (e.g. Microsoft Word), teaching materials package (e.g. PowerPoint) and spreadsheet package (e.g. Excel) will be required. If University computers are used these will be available on the University machines, but students will require memory sticks for saving downloaded materials and storage backup.
ClothingUniforms: In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required uniform will be available to them. Occasionally students may have a placement made available to them as part of the course, and in these instances students may be responsible for purchasing their own uniform including suitable footwear. This will need to be to a design stipulated by the host placement.
Printing and copyingSome essays and projects are likely to be submitted online. However the course currently requires much of its coursework to be submitted in hard copy, and in addition there are some items (such as portfolios and dissertation log books) that due to their format cannot be submitted electronically. Therefore students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
PlacementsPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes): Accommodation, insurance, medical insurance, travel costs, immunisation/vaccination costs, Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance, translation of birth certificates, other. In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required uniform will be available to them. Occasionally students may have a placement made available to them as part of the course, and in these instances students or their sponsors will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from the placement and in some cases accommodation near the placement setting. Such placements would require indemnity insurance, vaccinations and DBS clearance - the cost of this may be covered within course fees, or may be passed on to the student. Which is the case will be made clear to students/sponsors at the time such placements are agreed - well before programme commencement.
Conference expenses Optional visits (e.g. museums, galleries): Some modules may include optional visits to exhibitions, professional study days, professional body events (e.g. events hosted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professions Council). You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherParking costs: Students will be expected to meet their own parking costs for attendance at University. These costs will vary depending on the location of the teaching session - current University Main Campus visiting car parking costs are £1.10 per hour. Limited free parking may be available in nearby streets but is at the students own risk.

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 both the advanced practice neonatal nursing and neonatal 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.

Modules are arranged in such a way that students studying ‘fast track’ i.e. all taught modules in second year; dissertation in year two, can study their modules in block weeks – this is normally around 12 weeks during their first year of study.

Assessment methods include essays, case studies, examinations, practice based assessment, a viva voce examination, a clinical portfolio and the dissertation. For your dissertation you have a choice of three options:

  • Evidence based practice (similar to a systematic review)
  • Empirical study (undertaking a piece of empirical research)
  • Practice inquiry (reflective systematic exploration of your own practice).

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