Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care

Are you a qualified health and social care professional looking for an opportunity to take the next step to an advanced career role? Our Advanced Practice courses will give you the theoretical and practical skills to develop your career and reach your potential.

Studying Advanced Practice at Edinburgh Napier University

Our advanced practice courses are tailor-made for practitioners already established in the public domain of health and social care services. They will allow you to develop your skills of innovation and leadership in your chosen specialised area of practice.

What you'll learn

On the course you will develop a combination of theoretical and practical skills, including critical thinking when considering the issues associated with practice, knowledge and application of research methods, and efficient approaches to time management, prioritisation and workload planning.

You will 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.

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


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

Entry Requirements 

The entry requirements for this course are a qualified health or social care practitioner, who has 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.

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

If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

This course requires the standard IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent.

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.