Advancing Practice at University of Northampton - UCAS

University of Northampton

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Advancing Practice (Taught)

Course summary

Overview Our MSc Advancing Practice awards support the advancement of healthcare professionals practice by developing, knowledge, skills and understanding to challenge and innovate future practice. This award also offers and alternative route to individuals with an interest in Advanced Clinical Practice. By challenging legal, professional and ethical dilemmas you will develop advanced knowledge and skills to underpin safe and effective practice, supported by the application of complex decision making. You will benefit from a flexible route which builds and develops opportunity for advancing healthcare provision. The MSc Advancing Practice programme has been developed driven by rapidly developing health and social care developments at both regional and national level. In recent years there has been a significant shift in professional boundaries between groups of health and social care professionals, and the need for educational programmes to support the growth of advanced level practice. The opportunity to learn inter-professionally; to undertake modules which embed advanced practice within both academic and practice learning; will facilitate the development and enhancement of proficiency for students who wish to develop advanced clinical practice. It is within this context that this programme has been developed. Practitioners working and studying at postgraduate level must be able to utilise and challenge information from a variety of sources and disciplines. Skills related to critical appraisal and using, adapting and progress methods of enquiry appropriate to their discipline are essential. The engagement in critical debate and problem solving at a complex level, together with the ability to work independently are all congruent with leading practice and ensuring practitioners are fit for purpose and fit for practice. The inclusion of a range of designated module enables you and your employer (if your studies are employer funded), to consider both needs of your service and the specific learning needs you may have to advance your practice. It also facilitates a flexible approach in developing knowledge and skills. If you do not wish to complete the full programme you can exit with either a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma in Advancing Practice if the compulsory modules have been completed. Also offered as:* PGCert in Advancing Practice PGDip in Advancing Practice MSc Advancing Practice (Top-Up) MSc Advancing Practice* A current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will be required to access the Programme. With the exception of the compulsory modules required for this award, students can select their pathway from the range of designated modules. Please note that some modules have specific admissions criteria


• NURM088 Advancing Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Skills (compulsory) • NURM114 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (Designated) • NURM082 Enhancing Advanced Practice (Designated) • NURM077 Advancing Practice in Action (Designated) • NURM078 Assessment and Management of Minor Injury (Designated) • NURM089 Assessment and Management of Minor Illness (Designated) • NURM037 Advanced Dementia Care (Designated) • NURM079 Educating and Influencing Others in Health Care (Designated) • PODM010 Injection Therapy of the Lower Limb (Designated) • PODM011 The Lower Limb at Risk (Designated) • OTHM010 Professional Project (compulsory) MSc Advancing Practice: To be eligible for the award, the student must successfully gain 180 credits from the above list including NURM088 and OTHM010. Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Practice: To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, the student must successfully gain 120 credits from the above list including NURM088. Postgraduate Certificate in Advancing Practice: To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, the student must successfully gain 60 credits from the above list including NURM088 but not OTHM010. **Module information is quoted for 2021/22 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have: • An appropriate healthcare or data related Bachelor’s degree with honours. • Must be employed within a health and social care related environment. • Must be a UK registered healthcare professional. or • Students who do not have a relevant Bachelor degree must satisfy the University that by virtue of their professional standing, qualification and/or training that they are fit to register for, and to benefit them from, their proposed programme of study. Please note that for NURM114 additional PSRB criteria apply for studying this module. For further information regarding the award and it associated modules please contact Tracey Ali, Programme Lead, on [email protected]

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Advancing Practice at University of Northampton - UCAS