MSc Advancing Practice

Enhance your career opportunities with our Masters in Advancing Practice – a flexible course for nurses and allied health professionals.

Advancing Practice

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc part-time: 24 to 48 months
  • Mode of study Online, Part-time, Stand-alone modules

The health and social care needs of the population are changing globally, highlighted most recently by the Covid-19 pandemic. The delivery of Health and Social Care supports integrated services focusing on prevention, early intervention and enablement to support people to live well for as long as possible in their own homes and communities. Health and social care professionals working in integrated teams, play a critical part in realising this vision. These roles have developed and expanded to meet new challenges and this Masters course has therefore been designed to support you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge to work effectively at an advanced level.

Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients and health care providers, this course is designed for any health professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role who is keen to challenge their thinking, gain new skills and make a difference to their practice.

We welcome applications from those about to complete pre-registration degree courses, those post-registration health care professionals working in practice, or those studying as part of other post-graduate level courses.

The course offers two different pathways:

Pathway A: Advancing Practice

This is suitable for all registered health care professionals within and outside of the UK, who are keen to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence within their role. The modules for this award are delivered entirely online which means this can be completed by professionals practising anywhere in the world.

Pathway B: Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)

This is only suitable for health professionals practising in the UK who are working towards an advanced practice role or who require advanced skills to meet the demands of their current role and whose work is primarily clinically focused.

To gain this award, you are required to undertake two compulsory clinical modules:

These compulsory modules require face-to-face attendance for teaching and assessment to take place. In addition, the Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals module leads to a qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), therefore you must be practising and registered within the UK to undertake this.

Teaching at Stirling is practice-focused, with an emphasis on employability and transforming careers.

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Course objectives

If you’re a health care professional, this course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to advance both your career and your field of contemporary care.

After graduating you’ll be able to:

  • use your knowledge and skills to inform the organisation and delivery of care
  • demonstrate advanced decision making skills
  • display an extensive understanding of advanced practice central themes, including leadership, facilitation of learning, research/development and advanced professional practice, and the underpinning principles
  • apply critical reasoning and argument skills to support evidence-based practice as part of health and social care delivery
  • evaluate theoretical models as a basis for informing advanced practice developments and innovation

Professional accreditation

All modules place a strong emphasis on your practice, aligning course content with clinical scenarios and professional requirements at Master’s level.

Our Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals module meets the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Flexible learning

The course uses a flexible approach, with modules delivered online. Face-to-face attendance is only required for the clinical modules for the MSc Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice).

This flexible course can be completed part-time over 3 or 3.5 years. Currently, we don't offer a full-time route.

You can exit the course with a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advancing Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Practice
  • Masters in Advancing Practice
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)
  • Masters in Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)

Each module, with the exception of the dissertation module, is available as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

You'll be taught by researchers in the field of nursing and healthcare. You’ll study Advancing Practice in the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport – ranked top in Scotland for Health Research in the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

The Faculty is committed to ongoing excellence in research and teaching, and we take pride in the difference our work and our students can make in the world.

Find out more about the Faculty's research.

What our students said

Dianne Ross
Dianne Ross
Scotland, United Kingdom
The range of modules available meant that it was easy to find ones that sounded interesting and were relevant to my role both current and in the future. I particularly liked the methods used to deliver the modules which were easy to fit around my work
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Zenzo Dube
Zenzo Dube
MSc Advancing Practice
I enjoyed my previous study here, so decided to come back to study a Masters. The course has given me the opportunity to advance my knowledge and practice and I hope it will further my career in the future.
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