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Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Adult; Child  MSc


RCNThis Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited  course offers advanced level practice for nurse practitioners who provide direct care to patients, clients, service users or populations. Students gain the skills and knowledge in the areas of clinical and direct care practice; leadership and collaborative practice; improving quality and developing practice and developing self and others (Department of Health, Advanced Level Practice, November 2010). Nurses learn to work as expert autonomous practitioners within all fields of healthcare.

The course equips students with the contemporary theoretical skills, knowledge and professional skills for advanced practice. It develops skills in research and applied data analysis as well as a deeper understanding of health and social care settings and the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.

The course prepares students for new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Students will attend lectures/seminars once a week. The remainder of the week will be spent in students' clinical areas. The course takes 15 months to two years to complete, but students have the option of undertaking it over a maximum five years.

Dean's Scholarships

For those starting in January and/or September 2015, there are up to 12 Dean's Scholarships available, based on academic and clinical excellence. Each scholarship is worth £2,500, and will be awarded to students across all the routes of this course. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Who is the course for?

The course is for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions or those who are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings. Students need to be nurses working in senior clinical positions. A clinical work placement with appropriate supervision for physical assessment is required.

Why study Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care at City (Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Adult; Child)?

  • Advance your existing practice, research and theory with a specific focus on the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Adult and Child).
  • Tailor the course to meet your personal and professional needs
  • Expand and share your knowledge and experience with fellow students
  • Learn from academics who are internationally recognised and have contributed to highly regarded published literature and world-leading research
  • Advance your career and professional aspirations
  • Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing for Professional Accreditation until September 2018.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.


Course Fees:

  • Part-time EU: £4,000 per year
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Start Date:

The course starts in September and January each academic year.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • Applicants without a degree may be considered on the basis of professional experience and/or at the discretion of the programme director.
  • Applicants should be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or a similar professional/statutory body with two years' relevant clinical experience and currently working in a healthcare setting.
  • Relevant work experience, combined with a demonstrable ability to study at degree level, will also be considered.

English Requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September and January each academic year.
Part-time: 2 years

Course Content

Length of course

The normal period of registration for a part-time Masters degree is two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The course includes two core modules, a further four route-specific modules and a research dissertation.
Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core modules

Child and Adult route modules

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Timetable information

1st year (part-time)

Autumn Term (Period 1)Sept - DecHRM001: Introduction to Research Methods - Mondays
Spring Term (Period 2)Jan - March/AprilAPM001: Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice – Tuesdays
Followed by
APM022:  Pathophysiological principles  for advanced practice - Tuesdays
Summer Term (Period 3)April - JulyAPM024: Physical Assessment and Critical thinking across the Lifespan – Thursdays

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

Students will learn from a variety of student-centred and patient focused teaching, learning and assessment strategies aimed at developing and assessing different knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning strategies involve shared learning across Adult and Child routes with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch specific tutorials.

Students have the opportunity to work within their practice or other health care settings, and learn from lecturers who are experienced advanced nurse practitioners engaged in active clinical practice. There will be extensive use of the University's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle for a more interactive learning experience.

A variety of assessment methods are used to assess the Programme learning outcomes. The choice of assessment method will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, portfolios, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Students may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.


  • Part-time EU: £4,000 per year
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a part-time Masters degree is two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.


You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursary page of our website, or the

NHS Student Bursaries website for details.

Career Prospects

As a graduate students will be able to influence nursing practice at both direct and indirect levels through the development of services and the application of research to clinical practice. The course prepares students for a range of roles including advanced nurse practitioner, nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings working across the lifespan. Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for advanced practitioner roles in a range of health and social care contexts and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until September 2018.