MSc Advanced Practice (named speciality)

Postgraduate, Full-Time

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

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Course introduction

As a practitioner in the domain of health and social care, 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 area of practice.​

You'll gain an in depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to work at an advanced level, as well as the ability to critically appraise relevant health and social policy. These are essential to addressing health and social care inequalities in society.

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 field you choose, and you can choose to specialise in a wide range of fields: midwifery, nursing, clinical, child health, neonatal health, child protection (more information here), learning disabilities or mental health.

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 both and 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.

Delivered over one year, the course is conducted as a blended learning process, involving a combination of lectures, tutorials, online study, workshops and independent study.

What you study

Trimester 1

Research approaches in health and social care

Leadership for innovation and practice

Option module

Trimester 2

Advanced decision making across the lifespan

Two optional modules

Trimester 3


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.

As a graduate you'll enjoy increased employment opportunities in the field you choose, and you can choose to specialise in a wide range of fields: midwifery, nursing, clinical, child health, neonatal health, child protection, learning disabilities or mental health.

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 onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

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 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU £3,750 £5,850

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This course is only available to home students.

Child protection route

Whether your background is in nursing, social work, the police, education or the voluntary sector, this part-time course provides the opportunity to develop a contemporary and in-depth understanding of child protection needed to practise at an advanced level, and to gain evidence recognised by employers of postgraduate study in this subject.

You will explore up-to-date research, critically appraise taken-for-granted concepts, and examine key processes and systems involved in child protection. By the end of the course you will be equipped with the knowledge to work effectively and humanely with complex situations, and have developed a critical understanding of day-to-day practice and the policy and legislative context in which child protection services are delivered.

What you'll study

  • Child Protection in Context (NMS11134) takes a global and historical perspective of children and child abuse and recognises the need to deconstruct familiar concepts in order to make sense of current practice in protecting children and young people.
  • Child Protection: Risk to Reality (NMS11132) examines the whole process of risk assessment from the gathering of information to the making of recommendations, including multi-agency working, the use of assessment frameworks, evidencing the impact of abuse and evaluating interventions.
  • Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda (NMS11166) takes a lifespan perspective to explore child protection within the context of a wider public protection agenda that seeks to respond to growing societal concern about harm to vulnerable people at a time of economic austerity.

How you'll study

The course is online and can be studied at a time and place that suits you. It is delivered by lecturers experienced in child protection practice. We’ll keep in close contact with you and you will always be able to contact members of the module team for guidance and support throughout your studies. You will have the opportunity to share and discuss your experience and learning with other students from a range of professional backgrounds and geographical locations.

Studying one-module per trimester as a part-time student, you can choose to complete three modules and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or continue your studies (perhaps building upon credit achieved elsewhere) to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. An MSc would further develop your leadership and decision-making skills, placing you in a strong position for advancing your career. With part-time study you can achieve an MSc in three years.

For further information please contact Dr Peter Yates (Lecturer & Coordinator in Child & Public Protection) at