Advanced Practice

Examine the four pillars of advanced practice; facilitation of learning, leadership, clinical practice, evidence, research and development, and apply these principles to your own practice to support delivery of high quality, safe and effective care.

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Key facts

  • Module codeADPP003
  • Start date 23 Sep 2024
  • Application deadline9 Sep 2024
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Days on campusNone
  • Time commitment200 hours
  • Provider University of Stirling
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £889; International: £2,078
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


This CPD module is from our MSc Advancing Practice course.

This online MSc module is designed to develop the student’s understanding and articulation of advanced practice in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Professions, and why it is important.

The module aims to encourage students to critically examine the principles of advanced practice such as facilitation of learning, leadership, clinical practice, evidence, research and development. It is grounded in direct care provision and work with patients/clients, families and populations.

Module delivery and content encourage students to interrogate core elements of practice such as autonomy, decision making, leadership and dealing with complexity. Different models of advanced practice are examined, and professional (interdisciplinary) expectations and international/national competency standards are debated.

Flexible learning

This short course forms part of the MSc Advancing Practice. You can study other stand-alone continuing professional development (CPD) short courses from this degree:

If you’re interested in studying more than one module from this course, please email our Admissions team at to discuss your course of study.

Entrance requirements

Current professional registration with NMC, HCPC, GPC or SSSC is required for entry to this module. Applicants are required to have a degree qualification.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill.
  • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.


Find out more about fees and funding.

A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.


On completion of the module the student will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on and evaluate practice in relation to the advanced practice module themes;

  2. Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the theories/practice associated with leadership, inter-professional learning/ working, managing change within person centred health/social care provision;

  3. Apply a critical approach to learning which will facilitate synthesis of the learning into their professional practice;

  4. Demonstrate a range of cognitive, theoretical and practice-based skills which reflect the key roles of an advanced practitioner;

  5. Apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support changes in practice / service delivery.

Structure and content

This module aims to develop the student’s understanding of what is advanced practice and why it is important. It encourages the student to think critically and reflect on their personal experiences and areas for development with respect to advanced practice; grounded in direct care provision or work with patients, families and populations.

It interrogates core elements such as safe, effective and person-centred care; professional judgement and decision making; learning and teaching; teamwork; professional and organisational leadership; and dealing with complexity. Different models of advanced practice are examined and professional (interdisciplinary) expectations; international and national competence standards are compared.

Delivery and assessment

The assignment for ADPP003 consists of one 3,000-word essay.

Module coordinator

Marianne Fairley Murdoch


All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area.

You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advanced Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively, you can use it as credit towards the MSc Advancing Practice.

Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size of eight students.

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Practice course provides an opportunity to develop transferable skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical, social and pastoral settings within the UK and internationally.

All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), enabling you to clearly identify the core and specific dimensions within the KSF which can be achieved when you successfully complete your module/programme.

What next?

Contact us

If you have any questions about entry requirements for our continuing professional development and short courses, contact our Admissions team.

For all other questions, please use our enquiry form.