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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 3 years part time
Entry year September 2022
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine

Programme Director: Lucy Banfield
Web: Enquire online 
+44 (0)1392 725500

Typical offer

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2.2 Honours degree (or a Professional Diploma) in a related discipline.

Contextual offers


  • A contemporary MSc from a Russell Group university

  • Blended delivery, using a combination of taught and online platforms, to allow individual and group working in any location

  • A programme designed by a team of leading academics and health practitioners to optimise your time away from the workplace.

  • Designed for practitioners from a range of backgrounds including (but not limited to) radiography, nursing, pharmacy, paramedics, occupational therapy and midwifery

  • You’ll develop the skills and expertise required to respond to challenges facing our modern day health service

  • We will provide a strong academic underpinning to the role of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner and encourage you to expand your scope of practice as part of the advanced practice agenda outlined by the Health Education England multi professional framework for advanced clinical practice.

  • Learn alongside our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

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Programme Director: Lucy Banfield

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

83% of research in Clinical Medicine classified as world-leading or internationally excellent

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3* 

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Honours degree (or for older qualifications a Professional Diploma) in a healthcare related
discipline. Relevant clinical experience or previous postgraduate qualifications will also be considered as part of
the admissions process.

Registration with the appropriate statutory regulatory body for the profession (such as the HCPC or NMC)
and two years post registration clinical experience.

Evidence of English and Maths attainment at Level 2 will be required prior to the End Point Assessment.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0. No less than 6.5 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements


Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) is a three year part time programme.
Through the Apprenticeship Levy funded Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship you can transform your service delivery and better meet local health needs by providing enhanced capacity, capability, productivity and efficiency.

The programme has been designed to enable the development of the skills and expertise required to respond to the challenges facing our modern-day health service. It will include theoretical concepts and provide practical skills, affording the opportunity to develop existing professional roles, while underpinning the core requirements of the four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Leadership and Management
  • Education
  • Research

 Topics covered  

• Advanced clinical practice
• Education
• Research
• Leadership and management
• Clinical skill development
• Prescribing (optional)
• Service improvement
• Professional development


(There is an opportunity to pursue divergent pathways at this point)

Practice Certificate in Independent /Supplementary Prescribing - 45 Credits

OR Advanced Skill Development (Portfolio) - 45 Credits

Transitioning to Advanced Clinical Practice (b) - 15 Credits


This is a Degree Apprenticeship which is funded entirely through an Employers’ Apprenticeship Levy.

Teaching and research

The Clinical Skills Resource Centre

In the College of Medicine and Health, our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.

Learning and teaching

This blended course makes use of contemporary education methods such as case-based learning, small group work and development of communities of practice.

Teaching methods on the Master's programme include:

  • Masterclasses from highly experienced clinical teachers and researchers
  • Small group simulated learning tasks
  • Patient case-based discussions
  • Practical workshops for clinical skills development
  • Interactive e-learning activities
  • Opportunities for practice and receiving feedback

Face to face teaching will be delivered at the St Luke’s campus and in the newly redeveloped Clinical Skills Resource Centre at Heavitree Hospital. In the Clinical Skills Resource Centre, Advanced Clinical Practice students will learn in the state of the art simulated clinical environment and develop their clinical skills using an extensive range of simulation equipment.


Each module will include both formative and summative elements. Formative assessment will involve opportunities for discussion and feedback from peers and tutors. The summative assessment element for each module will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes. Elements of assessment will include:

• Development of Knowledge and Understanding
• Cognitive and Intellectual skills
• Key/Transferable Skills

Assessments will be multi-modal (such as portfolios, presentations and OSCEs) and will enable demonstration of alignment with the four pillars of advanced clinical practice.


Teaching is supported by extensive online University library resources, academic mentors, University pastoral support structures and by on-line resources accessed via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE).

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