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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

This masters in Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) 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 pathway is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role such as Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Consultant Nurse - or any similar role that at the interface between nursing and medicine.

Studying at Southampton also means you'll be learning in a School ranked 5th in the world and 3rd among UK universities for nursing (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019/20).

Introducing your course

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse 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 non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced nurse practitioner or similar roles within your health care setting. This pathway is only open to nurses working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.

Nurse teaching students

Level: 7

Duration: 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 advanced 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
  • 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 Nurse Practitioner) programme online using our online application form. Note: if preferred you can also apply for the Post Graduate Diploma Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner).

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, you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. You are eligible to study a maximum of 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


The entry requirements for the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse 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 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 (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)
Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, 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

Please note, module codes and page links will be added in early 2019.

HLTH6XXX Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice (can be online)

HLTH6XXX History Taking and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan Level 7

HLTH6XXX Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making

HLTH6XXX Pharmacology and Prescribing in Clinical Practice OR HLTH6XXX Applied Pharmacology for Clinical Practice

YYYYXXXX Option Module

HLTH6XXX Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Allied Health Practitioner)

HLTH6XXX Dissertation


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 Nurse Practitioner)MSc2020Full-time£9,250not offered
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)MSc2020Part-time£4,625not offered
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)Postgraduate Diploma2020Full-time£8,650not offered
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)Postgraduate Diploma2020Part-time£4,330not offered
View the full list of course fees


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: 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 the 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 the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse 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.

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