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  1. Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Adult; Child
    1. 2018

MSc / Postgrad Diploma Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Adult; Child (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)

Entry Year:
This course develops an advanced level practice skills with this Royal College of Nursing accredited programme – designed for nurse practitioners providing direct care to patients, clients and service users.

Key Information

Start date

The course starts in September and January each academic year.


Part-time: two years

The normal period of registration for this programme is two years’ taught programme (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The maximum period of registration for this programme is five years.

See more about duration


Part-time: £4,250 per year *


Part-time: £8,500 per year *

Application period

From July each year

Until August preceding admission

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions. It is also suitable if you are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings.

This Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited course is designed to provide a cohesive educational framework to help you develop advanced practice skills.

City has been a trailblazer in providing excellent ANP education following introduction of advanced level education in the UK. You will complete a clinical work placement with appropriate supervision for physical assessment. As a result, in order to apply you must be a nurse working in senior clinical position.


The Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Adult; Child MSc will help you:

  • Learn to work as an expert autonomous practitioner within all fields of healthcare.
  • Gain contemporary theoretical and professional skills and knowledge for advance practice in areas including:
    • Clinical and direct care practice.
    • Leadership and collaborative practice.
    • Improving quality and developing practice for yourself and others.
  • Develop skills in research and applied data analysis.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of health and social care settings and the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.
  • Prepare for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.


Royal College of Nursing logo

The MSc route of this course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should hold at least a lower second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

If you do not have a degree, you 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.

Students with relevant work experience, combined with a demonstrable ability to study at degree level, will also be considered.

Applicants must be in permanent employment in appropriate clinical setting and must have full support from their employer to undertake programme at City, University of London.

Applicants must have access to a designated practice supervisor in practice who is a doctor (registrar and above) or ANP.

English requirements

If your 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 City 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.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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More about fees

* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

For students starting in January 2018 and/or September 2017, 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.

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School of Health Sciences Scholarships

At the School of Health Sciences, we believe 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.

To find out more, visit the School of Health Sciences Postgraduate funding page .

Dean’s Scholarships

For those starting in September 2018, 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.

Learn more about the course

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Students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers you excellent clinical training facilities.

You will have access to a simulated six-bedded ward with realistic equipment, including:

  • Piped oxygen
  • Call bells
  • Medicines and emergency equipment.

In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS . City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

You 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 involve shared learning across Adult and Child routes with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch-specific tutorials.

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


Assessments include:

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Reports
  • Seminar presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Skills schedules
  • Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

You may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.


The course can only be undertaken on a part-time basis due to the clinical stream required. You will usually attend lectures one day a week and consolidate your practice for the rest of the week.

In addition, you will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Discipline-specific modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Pathophysiological basis for advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Advanced Physical Assessment, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning across the lifespan (30 credits)
  • Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Career prospects

As a graduate, you 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 will prepare you 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. It will also qualify you 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.

Contact details

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