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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 2 years part time
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


  • 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.
  • Our teaching is supported by problem-based learning groups where you can explore cases, develop peer support networks and share clinical experiences. Blended learning will be used to support the face to face education and a range of online resources will be shared with you to support your learning.
  • Learn alongside our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Degree Apprenticeship)

The foundation of our programme is the four pillars of advanced clinical practice:

  1. Clinical Practice
  2. Leadership and Management
  3. Education
  4. Research

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Programme Director: Lucy Banfield

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

We are Top 10 in the UK for our world-leading and internationally excellent research in clinical medicine

Based on 4* + 3* research in REF 2021

Our Public Health research is 11th in UK for Research Power

Submitted to UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care. REF 2021

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

Vibrant and active research student community supported by excellent pastoral and academic staff 

Entry requirements

You should hold a 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. In addition, you should be registered with the appropriate statutory regulatory body for your profession (such as the HCPC or NMC).

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements:

• IELTS: Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

• TOEFL: Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.

Additional Entry Requirements

A personal statement, detailing your reasons for seeking to undertake this subject, will be required. 

It is expected that candidates will have a current contract of employment with a healthcare provider and will normally have at least 2 years’ experience of professional practice.

MSc Advanced Practice: You should hold a 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.

Accreditation of prior learning for Masters courses in Healthcare and Medicine

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process whereby students, who have already gained relevant skills and knowledge prior to the start of their course, may be granted a partial credit exemption from their programme instead of unnecessarily repeating work. Find out more about APL

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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Course content

This programme will prepare you to:

• Develop your clinical practice, enabling you to work autonomously and flexibly in order to make complex decisions about how people should be cared for and treated.

• Ensure that you understand the professional, legal and ethical issues within which you work as clinical professionals undertaking advanced practice.

• Promote multidisciplinary practice by involving clinicians and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to understand the wider clinical context of health care service needs.

• Provide you with a sound educational grounding that will encourage critical analysis of literature, documents and policies associated with advanced practice.

• Prepare you to undertake research, audit and evaluative activities that develop your personal knowledge and expertise and can be disseminated in a community of practice, improving evidence-based patient care across systems.

Programme Structure

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme can be taken as a part time programme of study, which can be taken over 2 or 3 years, as appropriate. It is delivered at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ).

The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work, a 15 credit module being equivalent to 150 hours of work and a full Masters degree being equivalent to approximately 1,800 hours of work. Therefore, for applicants who are working full time (or close to full-time), we recommend applying to complete the Masters degree over 2 or 3 years rather than 1 year.

To gain a Masters qualification, you will need to complete 180 credits at level 7.

It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice requires you to be clinically engaged in order to fulfil the learning criteria. However, an alternate MSc Advanced Practice full time variant is available for students who are unable to meet the clinical requirements or who wish to study on a full time basis.

Contact Days

View the draft timetable of contact days for 2021/22

V‌iew the draft timetable of contact days for 2022/23

Please note: these timetables are draft and may be subject to change.

The last contact day and assessment deadline for the programme will be earlier than the actual end date of your registration with the University, to allow a period of time at the end of your active studies for further support and mitigation, if needed

All compulsory modules during Term 1 will be delivered online with face-to-face contact sessions in term 2 (Covid restrictions permitting). We will be providing students with a range of online activities throughout the modules and there will be opportunity for discussion and virtual seminars.


The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

To qualify for the Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice

you must complete three compulsory modules; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice, Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making and Research Project - literature, plus optional modules to a total of 180 credits.

To qualify for the Masters in Advanced Practice (1 year, full-time)

you must complete two compulsory modules; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and Research Project – literature plus 120 credits of optional modules to a total of 180 credits. 

To qualify for the PG Diploma

You must complete 120 credits consisting of  two compulsory modules; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice and Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making and further optional modules to achieve 120 credits in total.

To qualify for the PG Certificate

You must complete 60 credits consisting of one compulsory module; Principles of Advanced Clinical Practice, and further optional module/s of 15 credits (or more) lto achieve 60 credits in total.

Four Pillars

Alongside the compulsory modules you are required to study, you will have the opportunity to select from a number of optional modules within our postgraduate taught programmes portfolio. Each module has been chosen for its specific alignment with one of the four pillars of advanced clinical practice and students are encouraged to ensure they select appropriate modules that span each of these pillars in order to align with the Health Education England multi professional framework for advanced clinical practice.

1. Clinical Practice
2. Leadership and Management
3. Education
4. Research

These modules provide you with the opportunity to clinically specialise in your chosen profession. For example, you may wish to develop as a musculoskeletal (MSK) first contact practitioner, the advanced skill development module will allow you to attend to the MSK core capabilities framework. In addition, there is the opportunity to undertake axial and appendicular radiographer reporting or complete an independent prescribing module to support your clinical practice (subject to accreditation). 

For module descriptions please see the Course Content section

Clinical Practice

HPDM064 Acute Presentations in practice 15
HPDM062 Long Term Conditions Care 1 15
HPDM066 Long Term Conditions Care 2 15
HPDM063 Skills for Patient-centred Care 15
HPDM130 Appendicular Skeletal Reporting 30


Axial Skeletal Reporting 30
HPDM065 Care of the Older Adult 15
HPDM102 Human Factors - Situational Awareness 15
HPDM068 Independent Prescribing (GPhC, NMC and HCPC accredited) 45
HPDM132 Advanced Skill Development 45
HPDM127 Principles of primary care 15
HPDM111 Health challenges in sport and exercise medicine 15
HPDM112 Orthopaedic challenges in sport and exercise medicine 15
HPDM138 MRI: Integrated Theory and Practice 30

Leadership and Management

HPDM059 Leading change in Health Services 15
HPDM081 Management in Healthcare 15
HPDM080 Leadership in Healthcare 15


HPDM105 Education Essentials 15
HPDM103 Teaching Practitioner 15
HPDM067 Population and Public Health 15
HPDM060 Evidence for Clinical Education 15
HPDM106 Principles of Supervision and Mentoring 15
HPDM110 Teaching in a Digital World 15


HPDM092 Fundamentals of Research Design 15
HPDM079 From Theory to Practice to Quality 15
HPDM055 Qualitative Methods and Process Evaluations 15
HPDM054 Statistics As Applied To Health 15
Project Design 15

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2022/23 entry

Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year

UK fees per year: 

• MSc  £4,250pa part-time 2 years, £2,900pa part-time 3 years
• PgDip  £5,800 full time, £2,900pa part time
• PgCert  £2,900

Standalone module fees: UK: £850 per 15-credit module

International fees per year:

• MSc  £11,500pa part-time 2 years, £7,700pa part-time 3 years

• PgDip  £15,400 full-time, £7,700pa part-time
• PgCert  

Standalone module fees: International: £2100 per 15-credit module

MSc Advanced Practice 

  • UK: £9,100 full-time 1 year 
  • International: £22,000 full-time 1 year 


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.


UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships.

For more information visit our  Masters funding page.


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The College of Medicine and Health is delighted to offer the  Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes. Please check your eligibility before applying.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes. Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

University of Exeter Class of 2022 Progression Scholarship

We are pleased to offer graduating University of Exeter students completing their degree in Summer 2022 and progressing direct to a standalone taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) or research degree (eg MPhil/PhD) with us a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees. These awards are worth 10% of the first year tuition fee for students enrolling on a postgraduate taught or research programme of study in 2022/23, with the exception of the PGCE programme. Find out more


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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

The Exeter resource centre is located at the St Luke’s Campus in the Heavitree Hospital site. The facilities include large teaching rooms, models for learning all practical aspects of medicine required in the clinical environment and dedicated communication skills rooms with video capability. We have simulation suites fitted with equipment to run a wide variety of scenarios designed to teach and test students in a safe environment.

The CSRC also contains state-of-the-art electronic patient simulators, mock NHS wards and emergency departments.


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 tutor systems, University pastoral support structures and by on-line resources accessed via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE).

You will be allocated an academic tutor who will remain with you throughout the programme. Academic tutors are able to provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance, guidance in generic academic skills and pastoral support. They are also able to refer you to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University.

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The facilities at the University of Exeter have been specifically designed for delivering high quality teaching in this area, with bespoke lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

For students following the reporting or image interpretation pathway, there is a suite of PACS monitors allowing for very high resolution viewing of images, as well as low-intensity lighting to optimise viewing conditions. Find out more about our Medical Imaging Suites.

This programme is delivered at our St Luke’s Campus, which is home to the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health.
The St Luke's Campus is a short walk from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offers a range of research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research.

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Demand for healthcare services, intensifying workforce pressures and a growing consensus of the vastly untapped potential of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions has led to the continued growth of the advanced practice agenda within the NHS.

Studying towards advanced clinical practice aims to enable clinicians to practice to their full potential, meeting the healthcare needs of the population through innovative, collaborative and autonomous working. There are a multitude of career opportunities within the advanced clinical practice sphere and these continue to grow on a yearly basis. The following case studies aim to highlight just a small number of such opportunities and how, through the Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, a student can develop and specialise to meet these goals.