MSc Advanced Practice (clinical named speciality)

Postgraduate, Part-time

Advanced Practice (clinical named speciality) MSc

This programme offers a contemporary pathway to develop your career in Advanced Clinical Practice


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 clinical role. This course caters for a wide range of fields with pathways that include:

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and competence in practical skills associated with advanced clinical practice such as history taking, clinical examination, clinical management and prescribing (where appropriate).

In addition, you will critically appraise relevant health and social policy as well as address ethical and professional issues.

We have strong regional and national links to clinical practice across a wide range of specialities inclusive of a large inter-disciplinary team of professionals who will support you in this journey.

The application deadline for this course has now passed. Applications submitted after 31 July 2019 are not guaranteed to be considered for September 2019 entry.

Please note: the following programme is currently under review and may be subject to some change in the delivery.

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Mode of Study:



3-5 years

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Course details

You'll develop a combination of theoretical and practical skills which include applied physiology, history taking, clinical examination and case management. In addition, you’ll master critical thinking, knowledge and application of research methods, and efficient approaches to time management, prioritisation and clinical workload planning to aid the attainment of autonomous practice.

The course will enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to achieve advanced clinical levels of practice and influence decision making at both local and national 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.


  • Advanced Patient History Taking and Clinical Examination (40 credits)
  • Professional Clinical Work Based Learning (40 credits)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Allied-Health Professionals (40 credits)
  • Research Approaches
  • Dissertation

The programme is delivered blended online with mandatory attendance for face-to-face teaching and assessment on campus.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This is a part-time programme which can take 3-5 years to complete.

    The course is a blended online programme involving a combination of lectures, tutorials, online study, workshops, practice based assessment/learning and independent study.

    Please note there are days of mandatory attendance for face to face teaching on campus and/or in clinical practice.

  • note and pen Assessments

    A range of assessment approaches are adopted in this programme which includes written essays, exams, portfolios, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), Clinical Learning Logs. 

  • briefcase Work placement

    Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module. 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.

  • library Facilities Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus is a large modern facility with an extensive range of facilities that include a modern 5-floor library as well as a nationally renowned Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre.

    As a student enrolled upon this programme, you will have access to these and a great many more.


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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To enrol on this programme you must:

  • Be a qualified health and/or social care practitioner (for Advanced Practice (Midwifery) you must have an appropriate midwifery/obstetric nurse qualification with supporting evidence) AND
  • Possess a bachelor degree OR
  • Be in possession of other qualifications or experience which demonstrates that you have appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 10 e.g. Clinical Decision Making Module OR
  • Have successfully completed two taught modules equivalent to 40 credits at SCQF level 11 as a student of the University through our Affiliate student scheme.

Also you must satisfy the above requirements AND:

  • Have employer approval to study for a clinical qualification in Advanced Practice, recognising that this programme requires the development of clinical assessment skills, case management and prescribing (where appropriate).
  • Have an experienced supervisor who has agreed to oversee the development of practice based competence and learning. This supervisor must have extensive knowledge and skills aligned to the field of speciality the practitioner will be working in.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

Please ensure you ask your Clinical and/or Service Lead responsible for Advanced Clinical Practice to complete this form and submit it with your online application. Alternatively, you can send the completed form to

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
All students - Taught modules *£922 tba
All students - Dissertation *£553 tba

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

This course is only available to home students.


  • Nursing / Midwifery Adults
  • Critical Care
  • Primary Care
  • Children and Young People’s Health
  • Neonatal Health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental Health
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