MSc Advanced Practice (named speciality)

Postgraduate, Part-time

For qualified health and social care practitioners, this course gives you the opportunity to take the next step in your career.

  • Napier code:

    72762MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    3 - 5 years

  • Award:

    MSc

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Course introduction

As a practitioner in the public domain of health and social care services, you are expected to be innovative, provide leadership and make an advanced contribution in your professional role. This course will enable you to do just that in your specialised area of practice.​

You’ll gain an in depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to practice at an advanced level, as well as the ability to critically appraise relevant health and social policy.

You'll also acquire the knowledge and skills you need to address ethical and professional issues.

As a graduate, you'll enjoy increased employment opportunities in the profession.


You'll develop a combination of theoretical and practical skills, including critical thinking, knowledge and application of research methods, and efficient approaches to time management, prioritisation and workload planning.

You’ll also learn to recognise and manage the personal stresses of the profession, and become proficient in the use of the latest technologies in the practice of your role.

The course will also enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to achieve advanced levels of practice and influence decision making at strategic levels.

The School of Health & Social Care is one of the largest in Scotland, providing education and training to nurses and midwives, both at pre- and post-registration level. We offer a supportive environment to encourage your personal and professional development.

Based over three years, the course is conducted as a blended learning process, involving a combination of lectures, tutorials, online study, workshops and independent study. There is no mandatory attendance requirements and all lectures are on-line, meaning that your learning experience with be the same whether you are studying in the UK or abroad.

What you study

Year 1

Leadership for innovation and practice

Advanced decision making across the lifespan

Work-based learning

Year 2

Research approaches in health and social care

Option modules

Year 3

Dissertation


Child Protection route:

Year 1

Child Protection in Context; Child Protection:Risk to Reality; Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda

Child Protection:Risk to Reality

Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda

Year 2

Work-based learning

Research Approaches in Health and Social Care

Year 3

Dissertation



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be well-equipped for advancement in your nursing career, or move to a research-based role.


Applicants must be a qualified health or social care practitioner, with a degree or equivalent experience. We look for candidates to have a background in health or social care in order to be eligible for the programme.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£570
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £350
Overseas-Taught modules *£1,893 *£1,893
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,262 £1,262
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.