Advanced Practice in Healthcare MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Programme duration:   Part-time: 3-6 years
  • Programme start: January 2023 and September 2023
  • Entry requirements: 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in a health or social care related subject, or an appropriate health or social care professional qualification with at least 2 years of post-qualification professional practice experience.
Advanced Practice in Healthcare msc


This is a progressive and flexible programme of postgraduate study, with an overarching theme of advanced practice in healthcare. The flexible, modular nature of this programme allows healthcare professionals to structure their studies to meet with their own professional needs. 

There are options for profession specific pathways through the programme, which may be clinical, managerial or more generic, and guidance on module choices is offered by the programme team.‌ Our postgraduate students are from multi-professional backgrounds and we encourage interprofessional learning and education. 

Students who register for an award have potential exit points at Postgraduate Certificate (PGC), Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) and Masters degree (MSc). The PGC or PGD may be taken as either free standing awards or as an intermediate exit award for any student who has successfully completed the modules required for these awards or who have failed to progress to the next level of study. The MSc programme must be completed within 6 years from the date of first registration, and for a PGD and PGC the maximum period of registration is 4 and 3 years respectively.

Students who wish to register for an individual postgraduate module for the purpose of continuing professional development (CPD) will not be registered on the programme. However, accrued CPD credits can normally be transferred into the programme for a formal award. Application for accreditation of credits from other Higher Education Institutions can also be considered, up to a maximum of 60 credits for the MSc.

The programme has two intakes per year: Semester one (September), and Semester 2 (January), and is part-time. It is modular, with mandatory modules and optional choices. Teaching takes place throughout the calendar year, and there are three assessment points per year.

On this modular programme students can study stand-alone credit rated modules (for which Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points will be awarded). Or to achieve an award:

  • PGC  - a student must successfully complete 60 credits at M level, with not more than 15 credits at level 6 and no dissertation credits;
  • PGD  - a student must successfully complete 120 credits at M level, with not more than 30 credits at level 6 and no dissertation credits;
  • MSc - degree a student must complete 180 credits at M level, with not more than 30 credits at level 6 and to include a 60 credit dissertation.

Days and times of attendance at the University will depend on the modules selected. Timetables are available before the start of each academic year and can be discussed with the programme team and module leaders at the point of registration. 

Why Health Sciences?

Breadth of expertise

The School comprises of programmes in Diagnostic Radiography, Theraputic Radiography and Oncology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy and has a vibrant Postgraduate/CPD portfolio. The School is committed to delivering quality research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. Our multi professional cohort of staff has a strong research profile and is committed to developing policy, practice and technology for the improvement of healthcare and service delivery.

Contributing to the advancement of health care practice

We offer taught modular postgraduate programmes, and higher degrees by research, providing extensive opportunity for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills in a range of areas and contributing to the advancement of healthcare practice, management and professional education.

Continuing professional development provision

The School also offers a wide range of accredited and non-accredited CPD modules and hosts a vibrant daytime and evening short course programme to maximise opportunity for attendance. The most up-to-date information about these activities is to be found on the School website.