In 2017, the NHS claimed that a key priority was “how to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time.” Our new MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) aims to support and develop advanced clinical practitioners in order to sustain an excellent quality of care across health and care services.
We’ve designed this part-time programme to meet the needs of the local workforce. Our flexible, multi-disciplinary masters course applies to all non-medical healthcare professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals, looking to enhance their career as a practitioner.
Alongside your core units, you’ll be able to choose two (20 credit) modules to specialise or upskill in a specific clinical area relevant to your field. You may choose to focus on the advanced care of mental health patients, or injection therapy or, perhaps, non-medical prescribing. You’ll tailor the flexible modules to meet the needs of your professional development to advance your practice.
We aim to support the competence of practitioners working in advanced roles. Through the course, you’ll develop confidence in exercising autonomy and decision making in a context that is complex and uncertain. The full 180 credits at masters level will help you to make sound judgements and manage risk when faced with difficult cases.
To support your development, you’ll have a designated mentor in practice. Your mentor could be a Consultant, Specialist Registrar, GP and/or Advanced Clinical Practitioner.
Features and Benefits
The course is delivered on a part-time basis to allow you to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments
Modules have been designed to help you meet the needs of a changing health and social care landscape
Flexible pathway allows you to develop skills across different fields of advanced clinical practice, according to your professional goals
Support from a mentor in order to ensure clinical competencies are achieved in practice
‘As Programme Lead for both the Msc in Advanced Clinical Practice and for Non-Medical prescribing, I regularly deliver high quality teaching to a multi-professional audience.
I ensure your learning experience as advancing practitioners is tailored to meet your professional and clinical needs both here at Manchester Met, and within the workplace.
We’ve designed our curriculum to meet the four pillars of advanced practice with teaching delivered by both clinical and academic experts, ensuring your advanced clinical practice journey here at Manchester Met is the best it can be.’
Anna Kime, Programme Lead
Our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) is aimed at experienced clinicians seeking to progress their professional practice. Completing the masters level course, you’ll hone skills in complex decision making, leadership and have the opportunity to enhance clinical competence in your area of expertise. You’ll develop your career as an advanced clinical practitioner.
Applicants must be registered with a statutory or regulatory body such as HCPC, NMC or GPhC.
We would also normally expect a minimum of 3 years post registration experience of clinical practice and you must be able to identify a suitable mentor to support you in practice.
You should have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree.
The course is delivered on a part-time basis over a minimum of two years or a maximum of five years, and is designed specifically to meet the local healthcare workforce needs.
Through our core modules (worth 140 credits), you’ll refine skills in decision making, education, leadership and research. You’ll also have 40 flexible credits which will allow you to choose another two 20 credit modules. These optional units further build on your clinical competence in specific areas of practice.
You’ll be able to undertake any element of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice at a suitable pace to ensure pressure on your existing workforce is reduced.
Our hands-on learning environment utilises a wide range of teaching and learning strategies throughout the course that are tailored to the needs of the developing advanced clinical practitioners. These include interactive lectures, flipped classrooms, group tutorials and discussion groups, simulation and case-based learning, blended learning with the use of the university’s virtual learning environment, Moodle.
Throughout the programme, you’ll be encouraged and supported to manage your own learning proactively in order to be fully engaged with your own professional development and life-long learning. To help you manage your learning, you’ll be assigned a skills coach for the duration of your studies. They will ensure that you’re gaining sufficient practical exposure in order to meet key clinical competencies in the work place. Your skills coach will work in collaboration with your identified mentors in practice, and your programme tutors, to ensure clinical competencies are achieved in practice.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able apply for recognition of prior learning for this programme. Please contact the Programme Lead for further details.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £862 per 10 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses
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