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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.

This department offers Professional Development Workshops

*This programme is subject to reapproval, and from September 2019 the course content is likely to be different, please speak to the Course Leader Dr Kerry Gaskin or Admissions Tutor Emma Innes for further information.

You may also like to attend our CPD Open Evening on 5 June  



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 section below
  • 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

"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?

Advancing Practice MSc



Advancing Practice MSc (Healthcare Management and Leadership)



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)

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?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, clinical skills workshops, lectures and seminars. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition, you will have a personal academic tutor who is available to discuss and support you through the course.

Contact time

In a typical week as a part time student, you will have around 6 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules you have selected and the credit value they have attached to them. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more study that is independent for your Dissertation.

Typically, for a 20-credit module, contact time will be structured around:

  • 6 x 6 hour taught days over a 14 week semester made up of seminars, lectures and workshops

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake personal self-study per week. Again, this will depend on the module and its credit value, but this could be around 10-15 hours per week whilst studying a 20-credit module. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with clinical experience. Where there is an area of particular specialist knowledge required external lecturers and professionals will undertake teaching sessions.

All the regular teaching team will be registered healthcare professionals and either hold or be working towards a higher education teaching qualification. Currently over 85% of the regular teaching team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods for a 20 credit Level 7 module include 1 essay of 4000 words; for a 40 credit advanced health assessment module the assessment includes a 15 minute Objective Structured Clinical Examination; and a 4000 word Portfolio of evidence with competency document.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 20 credit Level 7 module include 1 essay of 4000 words
  • 40 credit Level 7 advanced health assessment module the assessment includes an Objective Structured Clinical Examination; and a 4000 word Portfolio of evidence with competency document.

Year 2

  • 20 credit Level 7 module include 1 essay of 4000 words
  • 40 credit Level 7 non-medical prescribing module including an Objective Structured Clinical Examination; an Examination; a Seminar and Portfolio of evidence with competency document.

Year 3

  • 60 credit Dissertation Module 15,000 words


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


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.

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

“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 2019/20 the fee is £766 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 £10,609 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 to apply

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.

Apply for enrolment

Apply for this course - full time Apply for this course - part time

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.

Emma Innes

Admissions tutor

Advancing Practice Office