Course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 to 6 years

UK/EU fee

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

Course level




Start dates

March, September


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

The new MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme (apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship route), will adopt successful elements of the current programme that have been modified over the years with the support and collaboration of the stakeholders, while addressing the requirements of national drivers.

The programme offers the trainee advanced clinical practitioner clinical and theoretical skills in the management of individual patient care via history taking, examination of body systems, requesting appropriate investigations, prescribing medicines and therapies where appropriate, interpreting results and referring where applicable.

As a trainee advanced practitioner, it is also important to drive service improvement, undertake audit and research, so as to develop new knowledge and educate others to help improve the services provided to the people they are treating. The programme adopts the four pillars of advanced practice so as to achieve this goal.

In accordance with the philosophy of our programme and the Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategy of the University, the delivery of the Advanced Clinical Practice programme offers variety and assures the learning and assessment activities are relevant and of value to future professional practice. This is achieved through facilitating learning via a constructivist approach in partnership with the employer, in order to develop effective autonomous practitioners.

What you will study

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

  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Clinical Management Investigations and Referrals for the Advanced Practitioner
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (for those who are registered with professional bodies that allow prescribing practice, alternative modules can be selected if not)
  • Research
  • Consolidating Advanced Practice
  • End Point Assessment/ Option module for non-apprentices

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

Students will be assessed via the following examples;

Case based scenarios taken from their clinical reflections and developed into academic work that incorporates evidence and clinical reasoning, which will in turn inform their clinical practice.

The modules will help link the students everyday ‘lived’ practice via reflective thought and help develop a questioning approach to the application of effective and evidence-based care.

Other assessment methods include;

Entry requirements

The apprentices/non-apprentices should normally be able to demonstrate;

Apprenticeship route must also be able to demonstrate;

Achievement of English and mathematics qualification at a minimum of level 2 as per general apprenticeship requirements. This will be confirmed by employers as part of the selection process and agreed by the University on entry to the programme.

Trainee advanced clinical practitioners require the support of their employers. This is essential for apprentices, but supports the clinical development of all advanced practitioners and will be required on application.


Interviews will be held for our apprenticeship route.


Discussion and professional portfolio review will be needed for non-apprenticeships route.


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. Many students go on to develop, specialise in, and lead the implementation of health care services including health care improvement.

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 course ensures that your own personal interests are met as well as those of your employer (if appropriate).

Contact us

Course: Sharan Watson (Programme leader) +44 (0)1332 593497

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† Additional information about your studies

Those students who do not complete the full 180 master’s level credits may exit with the following;

• PG Cert (60 credits) Health Care Practice
• PG Dip (120 credits) Health Care Practice

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.