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What makes Advancing Practice at Worcester special?

Our Advancing Practice MSc is a multidisciplinary programme that is open to experienced healthcare professionals seeking to develop a critical appreciation of health and social care within a global context.

Our flexible, postgraduate, modular scheme enables you to study at your own pace, and can provide an opportunity to facilitate a personally focused course to meet individual needs and interests.

Key features

  • At Worcester we offer maximum support. We know what it’s like to balance work, family and study
  • Modules designed to develop your skills as an autonomous practitioner, working in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability, supporting educational and practice development and enhancing competent leadership skills to manage service delivery
  • A number of awards and pathways are available. For more details, see the course content
  • Suitable for practitioners and managers from many healthcare disciplines

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Admission criteria

Applications are welcomed from nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and allied health professionals with:

  • A current professional healthcare registration with a relevant UK professional/statutory body, with a minimum of 3 years post registration experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2:2 honours classification
  • Secured funding
  • Support from your employer


Further criteria
  • Where applicants do not hold a first degree, applications will be considered on an individual basis. However you will be required to submit evidence of relevant experience and continued professional development.
  • Individual modules within the programme may have additional entry criteria due to the aims and learning outcomes of the module and/or due to professional body regulations.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5

If you do not currently meet the admission criteria you can top up with our Health Sciences (BSc Hons Health Sciences, University Advanced Diplomas & Individual Modules) course.

The University of Worcester understand how important Allied Healthcare Professionals are to the new NHS and have developed and delivered enjoyable, integrated and holistic learning experiences

Marian Tucker-Martin, Lead Clinical Pharmacist

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of the current pathways and modules available. Regular updates mean that exact module titles may differ.

Advancing Practice MSc


  • Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery - MSAP4001 (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Healthcare - MSAP4002 (20 credits)
  • Dissertation One and Two - MSAP4005 - Semester 1 (40 credits) plus 100 credits from the optional modules
    MSAP4006 - Semester 1 (60 credits) plus 80 credits from the optional modules
  • Dissertation One and Two - MSAP4005 - Semester 2 (40 credits) plus 100 credits from the optional modules
    MSAP4006 - Semester 2 (60 credits ) plus 80 credits from the optional modules



Advancing Practice MSc (Healthcare Leadership and Management)



Advancing Practice MSc (Advanced Clinical Practice)




Public Health

MSc Public Health optional modules for MSc Advancing Practice:

  • Global Health - MSPH4005 (20 credits)
  • Community Focussed Health Improvement in the United Kingdom - MSPH4006 (20 credits)
  • Climate change and Public Health - MSPH4007 (20 credits)
  • Health and Social Care Quality - MSPH4008 (20 credits)

For a visual flow chart of module options shown above see our course flyer.

Professional Development Workshops & Conferences

We also offer a wide selection of workshops and conferences, which are under constant review to reflect the changes in health care. See our Professional Development Workshops & Conferences Calendar.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Study options

The course is modular and can be studied full time or part-time in a maximum of 6 years.

Each module you achieve will give you 20 credits, you need a total of 180 for the whole MSc. Most modules are run during the day in a variety of different formats, some are half days and some full days. Modules usually occupy about 6 days but in some modules some of these days are replaced by online or independent learning. Most modules (but not all) are run over a 15 week period, however some of the modules are double modules (40 credits) and run over 2 semesters or through the summer.

Teaching approach

The course uses a combination of formal lectures small group and practical work, including clinical simulation as well as the clinical placements which allow the integration of theory and clinical learning.


There are a variety of assessment types – continuous assessment of practice, written assignments, seminar presentations, examinations and OSCEs.– and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you within a negotiated module.


Where could it take you?

Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers.

  • Case study

    Louise Buckle

    “Since studying the MSc Advancing Practice (Advanced Clinical Practice) at the University of Worcester, I have transitioned from an Emergency Department Sister, to an independent Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Medicine.

    “This course has furthered my career, and changed my outlook towards clinical practice and research. I have developed the skills to initiate a new service, and develop clinical pathways, and am now mentoring future Advanced Nurse Practitioners”

    Louise Buckle,
    Advanced Nurse Practitioner

  • Lynn Dale

    Case study

    Lynn Dale

    “I did the MSc not only to improve my knowledge and skills but also to improve patient care.

    “Completing the Masters has had a huge impact upon my practice at work. The non-medical prescribing and advanced health assessment skills have added to the wealth of clinical experience gained in the past. As a result more nursing-led clinics have been developed locally. Historically patients had to travel 140 mile round trip for some services which are now provided locally at Redditch.”

    Lynn Dale,
    Respiratory Specialist Practitioner


How much will it cost?

Tuition Fees

For students enrolling in the academic year 2018/19 the fee is £740 per 20 credits (with the exception of Non Medical Prescribing – please contact for further details).

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


How do you apply?

Please make your application via our online application forms below. As part of the application you will need upload the following as supporting evidence:

  • Scanned copies of relevant academic certificates
  • An academic or employer reference from your current employer.

Before completing the application form please read our personal statement and reference guidance.

There are 3 exit points within the course if you are unsure of committing to the full MSc:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • MSc (180 credits)

If you are interested in studying individual modules see our part-time application guidance.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Admissions tutor

Emma Innes
01905 542045

Advancing Practice Office