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MSc Advancing Practice

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

Advancing Practice

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date October
  • Duration MSc part-time: 24 to 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Stand-alone modules, Mixture of online and classroom delivery

Expand your health and social care expertise, gain new skills and make a difference to your practice with our MSc Advancing Practice. Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, our course is designed for any health and social care professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role.

The content of this Masters course in Advancing Practice has been strongly influenced by the fact that the health and social needs of the population are changing globally. We have an ageing population with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health and social care services. We need to understand the diverse needs of every individual.

The programme is designed for health professionals working clinically locally, nationally and internationally - who want to gain advanced knowledge and expertise in contemporary healthcare issues to lead and influence their role.

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

Teaching at Stirling is practice-focused, with an emphasis on employability and transforming careers. We offer two pathways:

  • Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice)
  • Advancing Practice

Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice) is designed for health professionals 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.

The Advancing Practice pathway is especially designed for health 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.

Each pathway can be studied part-time over two, three or four years and module choices tailored to your specific area of practice. Throughout your studies, you’ll learn from our world-leading academics and draw from the latest research to enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking.

Part-time, flexible study

This programme can be studied part-time over 2-4 years, giving you the flexibility to work around your professional and personal commitments as you earn this highly-regarded postgraduate qualification.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    If you’re a health or social 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 accreditations

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

    Our Non-Medical Prescribing module meets the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council.

  • Flexible learning

    The programme uses a flexible approach, with modules delivered online and face-to-face.  Face-to-face attendance is required for the clinically-focused modules, as these are delivered by experts working in partnership with University staff to maximise different learning opportunities for students.

    This flexible course can be completed part-time over 2, 3 or 4 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, is available as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module. Find out more about our CPD modules for health and social care professionals.

    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

    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.

Zenzo Dube
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.
Zenzo Dube
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The course has enhanced my study and academic skills, for example, my ability to critique academic material along with using quality improvement methods to improve practice.
Debbie O’Reilly
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A postgraduate degree, particularly in a specialty like mine, is another strong consolidating factor in a CV. It helped me become the first Practice Nurse in Gastroenterology in my country and that has been more than just a promotion for me.
Joe Garzia
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