Why choose this course
If you are aiming for an expanded professional role and want to learn how to enhance the capabilities of multidisciplinary medical teams and work towards the constant improvement of patient care, then our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course is for you.
Supported by our excellent research and academic staff, we will give you the professional skills and knowledge you need to step into the shoes of the ever-growing number of advanced practice roles in modern healthcare.
What you will study
This course has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of specialists from different healthcare backgrounds. We’ll develop your leadership skills as well as your knowledge of contemporary policy, practice and the theoretical perspectives on clinical practice. You’ll also develop the ability to tackle complex issues and use your initiative, applying your judgement to important clinical decisions when complete data is absent.
Choosing this course will transform you into a health professional with enhanced self-direction and excellent problem-solving abilities. This course also meets the requirements of the multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (HEE, NHSi, NHS England, 2017).
The course can be completed within a 24 month timescale however, it can take up to 60 months.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
If you’re a practitioner heading towards an expanded role with added responsibilities, we’ve designed this course for you. It will assist you in stepping up to this kind of responsibility within the healthcare sector while increasingly your employability and appeal to prospective employers. We’ll mould you into a healthcare professional that can fulfil the increasing number of advanced practice clinical roles.
Academic year structure
The modules on our course are 15 credits each, but the V300 non-medical prescribing is 30 credits. The course cannot be completed in a year, and the modules take between two to five years to complete.
You can expect to study eight core modules of 15 credits each plus a 60 credit dissertation module. We can offer you a full-time course of one year or a part-time course of two years. The maximum registration period is five years.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply. We'll also ask you to attend an interview.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Applications are screened for standard documentation and then referred to the programme lead for review and interview (telephone or face to face).
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
How to apply
An interview, that can be conducted over the phone with the Programme Lead, will be required as part of the Admissions process.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationKate Granger Building
The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.