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MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2023 and January 2024
Progress in your career with our Advance Clinical Practitioner course. Designed to equip and enhance the healthcare practitioner with knowledge and skills in the expanding field of advanced practice, especially within secondary care.
This programme has been developed in conjunction with the competency framework for Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) training developed by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

This programme will provide you with the core skills and knowledge required in advanced practice, as well as exploring both the professional and practice elements essential to work at an advanced level.  Furthermore, it aims to map to the skills and knowledge framework to assist career development.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

The curriculum, designed by our own Senior Lecturers, is in conjunction with the competency framework for Advanced Clinical Practitioner training developed by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine. This has informed the curriculum content and structure of the programme. The course team has a variety of research interests and expertise, including advanced practice, nurse prescribing, emergency care and research design.

What facilities can I use? 

We've invested in state-of-the-art, simulated clinical skills areas at our Uxbridge campus. You'll be able to regularly spend time in these areas, to practise your technical skills, and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Central to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner educational process is the five year credentialing portfolio, of which a prerequisite is a master's level Advanced Practice award (Royal College of Emergency Medicine, 2015); this programme aims to fulfil this requirement.  The evidence-based credentialing portfolio is not part of the programme and should be completed in partnership with your employing organisation.

MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

You must be a registered Healthcare Practitioner, i.e. Nurse, Paramedic or Allied Health Practitioner i.e. Physio or Pharmacist, and have a minimum of three years post-qualifying experience and a band 6.

All students applying to the programme will have normally achieved a first degree, or at least 60 credits at Level 6 from a United Kingdom (UK) based University, an affiliated college or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.  In addition you must be currently employed in a relevant clinical practice area and have organisational support to undertake this programme.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Physical Assessment of the Adult

Clinical reasoning Skills for Advanced practice

Year 2 Modules

Non-Medical Prescribing - Nursing/Midwives/Allied Health Professionals OR Non-Medical Prescribing - Pharmacists (optional)

Minor Injury Management (optional)

Minor Illness Management (optional)

Leadership, Management and Professional Issues (optional)

Emergency and Unscheduled Care (optional)

Year 3 Modules

Generating Knowledge for Practice


What are the tuition fees

Home Fees for 2023/24 entry:

  • Year 1: £2,940
  • Year 2: £2,800
  • Year 3: £3,500

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

The enhanced skills of analysis that students will gain through this programme of study may lead to promotional opportunities either in the clinical area, or in the fields of education, management or research. Students may progress to doctoral studies in their specific subject context, and the generic, transferable skills acquired throughout the programme may also open up employment opportunities outside these areas.

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