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MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Neonatal

A Royal College of Nursing accredited course, for senior neonatal nurses wishing to advance their careers to advanced neonatal nurse practitioner level.

Key Information

Start date

September and January


The course is run over 15 months if taken on a full-time basis or 24 months part-time.

The programme will normally take two years to complete.

You will have the option of progressing slowly through the programme based on personal or work commitments for a maximum of five years.

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Full-time: £8,000 per year

Part-time: £4,000 per year

Application period

From 1st July of each year

Until July preceding admission

Who is it for?

MSC in Advance Practice in Health and Social Care (Neonatal Route) is designed for experienced neonatal nurses who are interested in advancing their skills and Knowledge in neonatal medicine.

The modules will equip you to undertake a junior doctor’s role, whilst practising as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner. Graduates from this programme also gain the necessary skills and knowledge to act as nurse consultant, lead nurse, clinical educator and clinical researcher, within the primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings. Applicants must hold a minimum of Band 6 clinical post in a neonatal setting.


As a student on this course you will develop a clear understanding of the underpinning principles of applied anatomy and physiology.

You will be taught decision-making processes based on a solid foundation of pathophysiology and individualised patient assessment that can be directly applied to your workplace.

You will be exposed to the principles of applied pharmacotherapy and emerge as a safe prescribing practitioner with the ability to stand within the modern NHS, bridging the gap between the nursing and medical practice.

You will be encouraged to operate as part of a team, learning the principles of team training, human factors and crisis resource management to which you will be exposed within the workplace.

You will develop 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 programme is led by senior neonatologists and academic staff from City, University of London, and supported by senior ANNP and neonatal consultants from Barts Health NHS Trust.


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This course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least a lower 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.

Applicants with relevant work experience, combined with a demonstrable ability to study at degree level, will also be considered for this course.

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 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.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for September 2017 entry are now closed.

If you have any enquiries please contact the programme administrator, Barbara Kirk.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790

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

For those starting in January and/or September 2016, 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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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.

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School of Health Sciences - Excellence in Clinical Skills and Research

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.


Full-time students will usually spend two days a week in classes at City, University of London and two-three days in the clinical area providing direct and indirect clinical care, attending clinical teachings and seminars.

Part-time students will usually spend one day a week at City and a minimum of 11.5 hours per week in the clinical area. Neonatologists from City, University of London alongside senior ANNP from Barts Health NHS Trust will provide clinical academic mentorship for the ANNP students. You must have your study time approved before commencing the programme.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers students excellent clinical training facilities. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, 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 specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst studying.

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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 problem based teaching and learning strategies aimed at developing and assessing knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning strategies involve shared learning across the MSC programmes. Discipline specific modules are led by senior neonatologist from Barts Health NHS.

There will be extensive use of City’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 viva voce. You will be encouraged to function and operate as part of a team, learning the principles of team training, human factors and crisis resource management to which you will be exposed within the work place.


Full-time students will usually study two modules per semester, spend 2 days a week in classes and two-three days in the clinical area.

Part-time students will usually study one module per semester and spend a minimum of 11.5 hours per week in clinical practice.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Elective modules

  • Advanced Physical Assessment of the Newborn and Infant (15 credits)
  • Critical thinking and Diagnostic Reasoning across the Lifespan - Neonates (15 credits)
  • Neonatal Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing (30 credits)

Career prospects

Graduates will be able to influence neonatal care 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 neonatal nurse practitioner, educator, researcher nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings.

Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for advanced practitioner roles in a range of health and social care contexts and also qualifies students to apply for clinical education, leadership or research posts and to conduct independent research. You will also have the opportunity to apply for PhD studies within the School.

Application Deadline

July preceding admission

Applications for September 2017 entry are now closed.

If you have any enquiries please contact the programme administrator, Barbara Kirk.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square

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