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Course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 to 5 years

UK/EU fee

£800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits* (2020/21)

Course level




Start dates

January, September, See below


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

If you’re an advanced practitioner working in a health profession, or you are working towards advanced practice status in a role that involves high level decision-making and problem-solving, this course is for you.

There is a lot of flexibility in your choice of modules and in most cases you do not have to select all of your modules from a certain area. However, for some of the specialist modules, you may need to be working in a specific area or studied other modules first.

The course has been developed in partnership with NHS colleagues, partners and professional bodies from across the health care sector. For example the Advanced Clinical Practitioner route offers selected modules which have been linked to the Department of Health (2010) competency statement and proficiencies, so you can be sure to receive learning that will benefit your service delivery and enhance the care you give to patients.

You can tailor the course to suit your learning needs and your professional career aspirations by choosing from a wide selection of modules. You can study specific awards or take standalone modules as part of your professional development. Many of the modules are available through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

To achieve the Postgraduate Certificate, you will need to study the equivalent of three 20 credit modules. For the Postgraduate Diploma, you will study the equivalent of six 20 credit modules and for the MSc in Advanced Practice you will study the equivalent of nine 20 credit modules in total.

The interim awards you can gain if you do not study the full MSc are:

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. 

What you will study

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

Due to the flexibility of this course there is not a set list of modules that you will complete. Examples of the modules you could study include:

As we need a minimum number of students before we can offer some modules, not all of them will run every year, so please check before you apply.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

There are a large number of modules to choose from, so you can tailor the course to suit your learning needs and your professional career aspirations. You can study specific awards or take stand-alone modules as part of your professional development. Many of the modules are available through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, which reflects the programme teams’ approach to assessment. Some modules will be assessed through traditional written coursework, Viva/OSCE, work based assessments, portfolio development, written and computerised exams and poster presentations (individual and group).

Entry requirements

Each award has specific entry criteria therefore please contact the programme leader initially. Usually a First degree or equivalent (such as a professional healthcare qualification with appropriate experience in the chosen field) is required. However we are willing to consider prior academic learning at degree level from a health care background, where a first degree has not been fully obtained. Please contact the programme lead for further information.

If your first language is not English you will need to prove you are proficient in English by having IELTS 7.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)



£800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits*




*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional Fee Information

Module fees on this programme are either £800, £900 or £1000 per 20 credits depending on the module selected.

How to apply


The courses have been developed to reflect the philosophies of Advanced Practice within the ethos of current health care provision in the UK, therefore your studies will be fit for purpose and informed by current standards.

You may wish to progress to a doctorate level of study, gain entry on to postgraduate medical programmes or become partners in GP practices. Many students go on to develop, specialise in, and lead the implementation of health care services including health care improvement, osteoporosis and falls services including fracture liaison or bone densitometry services and the variety of ultrasound provision.

The course is diverse and innovative, so you could use the skills and knowledge you've gained to work within the public and private sectors. The flexibility of the course ensures that your own personal interests are met as well as those of your employer (if appropriate).

Contact us

Course: Julie Reynolds (Programme leader) +44 (0)1332 593036

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

Some modules start in April and June

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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