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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2021
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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Entry Year:
We offer both an MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner programme and an MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship programme depending on your funding route. These interdisciplinary postgraduate courses will prepare you to become a competent and confident Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP). You may also select a Non-medical Prescribing option or a Non-prescribing option for the programme diet depending on whether you are eligible to prescribe or not in your profession or within your current role.

Key information

Start date

September 2021
January 2022
May 2022

Academic year dates



This course can only be undertaken on a part time basis for 3 years, with maximum registration up to 5 years, 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 clinical hours for the duration of the course.


Part-time: £5,410 *


Part-time: £5,410 *


Full-time: £5,410 *


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Who is it for?

These multi-professional programmes are aimed at practitioners aspiring to develop and work at an advanced level of practice. They also provide experienced advanced clinical practitioners with the opportunity to evidence, and where necessary develop, the core capabilities and specialty specific competencies across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice (clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research) at master’s level.  .

Students will come from a range of regulated healthcare professions such as nursing, pharmacy, therapeutic and diagnostic radiography, physiotherapy, paramedics, speech and language therapy, dietetics, and occupational health, who are working in a variety of specialties, settings or sectors.


Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship programmes aim to develop your skills, knowledge and capabilities as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) within your specialty, sector or setting. They have been designed by experienced and senior clinicians  specifically around the four pillars of advanced practice to equip you with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes (behaviours) to meet the requirements of the Multi-Professional Framework of Advanced Clinical Practice introduced by Health Education England in 2017.


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Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme you must have a current UK health professional registration with a regulatory body (e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professional s Council (HCPC).

You should have a second class or above (2:2 classification) honours degree in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.

In addition, you should have achieved a minimum qualification of level 2 in English and Mathematics (as per general apprenticeship requirements). Where it is not possible to provide evidence of this, you need to undertake the national numeracy and literacy (functional maths and English).

You need to have a current job contract in a clinical area in a trainee/advanced clinical practice role or a role where you will have the opportunity to develop advanced clinical practice skills, knowledge and behaviours.

You must have a minimum of 3-years post-registration experience, 2 of which must be within an area relevant to speciality, setting or sector.

You need written confirmation from your employer that they will support you to complete the programme and that you will have an assigned clinical supervisor.

Candidates who meet the above requirements but do not have a degree, or have a classification of less than 2.2, who have evidence of master’s level (level 7) study undertaken within the last five years will also be considered.

For candidates who meet the above requirements, but do not have a degree, or have a classification of less than 2.2, who are not able to evidence of master’s level (level 7) study undertaken within the last five years, will be given the option to undertake a module from year 1 of the programme and if successful, this credit can be transferred into the programme.

Those wishing to undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship programme will need to meet the above requirements and have been identified by their employer.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, one of the following is required:

  • A first degree from a UK university
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City, University of London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions from Australia, Canada or the United States of America.
  • International English Language Test Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest below 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
  • TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned, including registration with your professional regulator.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • 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.

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During your course

More about fees

Fees information for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is listed below:

Part-time: £5,410 *

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme is fully funded through your employers apprenticeship levy.

* 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.

Funding to undertake the Advanced Clinical Practice Programme may be available through your employing organisation supported by Health Education England; please check with your employer.

Students applying for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme will be funded via the Apprenticeship Scheme and cannot self-fund. Please discuss Apprenticeship opportunities with your employer.

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.


The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programmes do not offer any placements. You will be required to have employer support for your participation in the programme, this includes the identification of a clinical supervisor and protected time for learning in practice.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

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.

This involves shared learning across interdisciplinary professions 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 clinical 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 MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme includes six core taught modules, one elective 15-credit module and the MSc dissertation. The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme includes the same six core taught modules and the MSc dissertation of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme (as outlined below) but does not include an elective module. Students on this pathway are required to undertake an End Point Assessment module at the end of the programme to be awarded an MSc.

ACP students who work in a profession where they are not eligible to prescribe or in a role where they are not required to prescribe, will undertake elective module(s) to complete 30 credits that meet the ACP programme learning outcomes.

Compulsory modules

  • Foundations in research methods and data analysis (15 credits)
  • This module will provide you with the fundamental skills and competence to develop and investigate research questions and to audit and evaluate your practice utilising a structured research methodology approach.

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Portfolio (undertaken over a period of 24 months) (15 credits)
  • You will develop this portfolio with guidance from your module leader and continuous support from your clinical supervisor to ensure it relates directly to your area of clinical interest.

  • Leading and Evaluating Learning in Healthcare Practice (15 credits)
  • This module encourages a critically reflective approach to considering your own practice and explore evidence-based approaches to teaching, coaching and facilitation.

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)
  • This module will help you realise and develop your inherent leadership qualities in order to deliver high quality, person-centred care and create a culture of innovation.

  • Advanced Clinical Assessment, Critical Thinking and Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Life-span (30 credits)
  • This first clinical module will provide you with the opportunities to develop your knowledge of clinically relevant biological sciences, patient consultation, history taking and physical assessment skills.

  • Independent and Supplementary Non-medical Prescribing (V300) (30 credits)
    *Only for students eligible to qualify as non-medical prescribers
  • This module will encourage you to acquire, critically explore, share, apply and synthesize specialist knowledge and technical expertise fundamental in accountable and proficient prescribing of medicinal products.

  • Elective module(s) of 30 credits in total
    *Only for students in professions or roles where they are not eligible or required to prescribe
  • You will undertake either a single 30-credit elective module or two 15-credit elective modules which meet the ACP programme learning outcomes. In discussion with your clinical supervisor and your programme director you can identify your learning needs and select relevant modules from those offered across the School of Health Sciences.

  • Elective module (15 credits)
    *Only for students on the MSc ACP pathway on the non-medical prescribing option
  • Following discussion and agreement with your clinical supervisor and the programme director you will be able to choose a module from the School of Health Sciences which will support your practice as an ACP, is relevant to your area of specialty or setting, and supports your development in any of the four pillars of ACP.

  • Advanced Practice Dissertation (45 credits).
  • The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to undertake a piece of original, independent research, focused on the topics pertinent to your specialty, setting or sector. It will build on the knowledge and research skills you develop throughout the programme.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship) programme includes the same six core taught modules and the MSc dissertation of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme (as outlined above) but does not include an elective module. Students on this pathway are required to undertake an End Point Assessment module at the end of the programme to be awarded an MSc.

  • End Point Assessment (20 credits).
  • During the three-month EPA period at the end of your programme, you will have group tutorials and 1:1 tutorial sessions to help you review your learning from the case studies for your EPA examination and supervision for the development of your practice change report and presentation. In accordance with national standards, the EPA is awarded at 20 credits giving you thus a total of 185 credits when you are awarded the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship).

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Apprenticeship programmes equip your with a range of transferable capabilities across the four pillars and are designed to develop you into a competent and confident Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP). On successful completion of the programme, you will be ready to undertake an advanced clinical practice role within your speciality, sector or setting*.

Future career options may include senior ACP, trainee consultant and consultant practitioner roles, senior leadership roles, clinical educator roles and research roles.

*In some specialities, sectors or settings (such as emergency medicine) additional training and/or credentialing is required.

Academically, many master’s students within the School of Health Sciences go on to undertake doctoral education or enter a clinical academic career pathway. While other students may go on to undertake further study related to specific pillars of advanced clinical practice such as education programmes (e.g. post-graduate teaching qualifications), leadership programmes (e.g. master’s level awards in Health Management) or research programmes (e.g. master’s in clinical research).

If you would like more information on the Careers support available at City, please see our Careers pages.

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