The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care postgraduate course is for students who are working in clinical and social care settings who want to pose challenging questions and confront the answers.
It will appeal to those who want to create positive change by conducting evidence-based research which can be applied in practice.
Our students come from a variety of careers in the health and social care sector; including emergency practitioners, health care managers and podiatrists. Students also come on to the course directly from undergraduate degree courses.
“I want students to look at developments within the sector and come up with informed solutions to problems they have experienced. I often say to students that their academic, scholarly job is to ask the difficult questions.”
Course director, Alison Coutts
The MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care programme is a scholarly Masters degree with a strong theoretical focus.
We believe that to be effective, you need a future-proofed qualification; one which explores practice from a wider, research-based perspective.
Designed in consultation with users and carers, the Health and Social Care Masters course takes account of the user experience and has been developed around their expectations of professionals within the healthcare sector.
The MSc will challenge practices within the current healthcare sector and ask questions such as:
The MSc also offers students the flexibility to tailor the modules they study to meet their professional needs by offering a range of elective modules from across the School’s programmes from management and leadership to infection control.
To apply for this course, you must have:
You will be able to bring to the programme recent studies (up to a quarter of their credits) taken elsewhere, and thereby are exempt from up to three modules.
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
We are still accepting applications for January 2020 entry.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.
Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”
For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .
+44 (0)20 7040 5000
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MSc (1 year full time, 2 years part time)
PG Diploma (1 year full time, 2 years part time)
PG Certificate (1 year part time)
* 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).
The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).
The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one year's taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students.
The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis. The maximum period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is two years.
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.
Programme Director Alison Coutts introduces City’s MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care programme; find out how its diverse module offer is designed for practitioners from across the healthcare sector looking to advance their skills and progress their career.
Depending on your choice of elective modules you will have access to a wide range of excellent resources and facilities including a simulated clinical environment and the interactive website, Connect.
As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
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.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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.
You will learn in large and small multi-disciplinary groups through a variety of methods including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning.
Modules are run by experienced health and social care practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. We support and encourage you to become an independent learner and you will have access to Moodle, City's Virtual Learning Platform, for a more interactive learning experience.
One of the greatest advantages of this degree is the variety of students the course attracts. As a student on this programme at City you will be able to share your experience with peers from across the world and a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.
You may be assessed by coursework, examinations, portfolios, mini labs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations and skills schedules depending on your choice of elective modules. You may also be expected to take part in formative assessment activities in addition to the summative assessments.
You will study two core modules in the first or second term; Critical approaches to advanced practice and introduction to research methods and Applied data analysis . From this point onwards, you direct your programme of study choosing five elective modules from a wide range on offer within the School of Health Sciences.
Our expert lecturers will be able to advise you on the best elective modules to tailor the course to your own needs and interests. Full-time students can complete the course in a year, but most students undertake the taught modules in a year and conduct their dissertation in the second year. There is also the opportunity to complete the dissertation remotely.
The course constitutes 45 credits for the core modules, 75 credits for the elective modules and 60 credits for the dissertation. When it comes to the dissertation, you can choose your own area of interest and format, opting to submit a traditional research project where you source data and analyse it, or a literature review where you conduct a critical review of current practice.
The normal duration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for the dissertation).
The normal duration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one years' taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students. Full-time students must complete their Postgraduate Diploma in three years and part-time students in five years.
Postgraduate Certificates in health and social care are not offered on a full-time basis.
Alternatively, students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. To find out more please click on the CPPD links below each module.
You will have the opportunity to complete an additional five modules of 15 credits offered across the School of Health Sciences CPPD portfolio. There are over 50 modules to choose from, including modules such as psychology for health and social care, leading and managing change, and infection control.
Upon completing the two core modules plus one optional module totalling 60 credits you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. On successful completion of seven modules (120 credits) students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of the dissertation leads to an MSc (180 credits).
Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Graduates from the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care Masters course go into management consultant positions, teaching and research. Many work for the NHS or local authorities, but there are opportunities to work in other health areas. The course also qualifies you to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.
By successfully completing this course you will be able to enhance your skills in practice. You will also be able to apply your skills within posts in administration, management and health research in a variety of public and private settings.
You will also go on to advanced higher-grade senior health and/or social care practitioner roles in specific specialist areas. If you are a health professional with specific requirements for development, the flexible nature of the course will be particularly suitable. We can offer support if you would like more information about the different options available.