MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice

Entry year
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School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Glenside Campus
Programme leader
Victoria Stanley

Please note the entry requirements stated for this course are indicative. The entry requirements for 2023/24 will be published by October 2022.

Page last updated 29 July 2022


This course is studied and applied for on a modular basis. You take the core module/s then simply pick and choose from the wide selection of optional modules we have available.

This flexible course is designed to develop and enhance skills that are required to become an advanced practitioner. It is suitable for experienced health and social care practitioners who are currently functioning as advanced practitioners or who are developing towards this level of autonomous practice.

In developing this course, the Department has collaborated with members from a range of professions with varying roles in organisations including service managers, practitioners and educationalists.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The department is currently reviewing the curriculum for this course, so the structure and modules listed below are subject to change.

Modules studied are as follows:

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits - PG Cert Health and Social Care

  • Optional modules* (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 credits - PG Dip Advanced Practice

  • Leadership and Innovation (20 credits) or Contemporary Leadership in Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Optional modules* (to a maximum of 40 credits).

MSc Advanced Practice - 180 credits

  • Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (20 credits) or Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodologies (Distance Learning) (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 or 60 credits) or Evidencing Work Based Learning (40 or 60 credits).

Core modules


Students will submit a research portfolio of 10,000 words containing:

  • A journal article prepared for submission to a journal of their choice
  • An explanation and justification of the academic journal the paper is (hypothetically) written for
  • A reflection on the research. This will provide students space to justify their decisions in carrying out the research and in evaluation that might not fit well in the journal article.

Optional modules*

A range of specialist option modules have been developed specifically for this course that will help you to meet the learning outcomes of the course. This offers you the flexibility to prepare for a range of role changes and equips you with sophisticated negotiation and decision-making skills to manage the service as practice evolves.

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

See the full list of the available modules

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course offers a wide range of teaching and learning strategies which are student centred, including action learning sets. The process of action learning allows you to engage fully in exploring challenges and issues relevant to practice in order to challenge existing perspectives and place theoretical knowledge in your own practice context. Other learning strategies include critical evaluation, directed reading, discussion groups, seminars, group work and your own practice.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

This course will enable you to work in a collaborative way to meet strategic health and social care targets. These targets will be met through:

  • advancing the boundaries of health and social care through interprofessional leadership and workforce development
  • applying the principles of advanced practice to their working context
  • demonstrating innovation, enhanced decision-making, problem-solving and change management within advanced practice
  • operating within a multi-cultural context that is responsive to health and social care
  • engaging and encouraging research, evaluation and systematic reviews of practice
  • promotion of life-long learning activities in yours and others development plans.


A wide range of assessment methods are incorporated into this course, each one appropriate to the nature of the specific module. A module assessment normally comprises the application of theory to the your own practice.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

The Department is superbly equipped with an extensive range of teaching and learning resources. The Library on the Glenside Campus is one of the best health care libraries in England with a huge selection of books, journals, and audio-visual materials including access to specialist health and social care software packages.

Information technology provision is in the form of multimedia laboratories, smart boards, innovative projects such as 'multicasting' to deliver teaching material and various health and social care databases enabling students to carry out searches of available literature relating to topics of interest.

At the main Frenchay campus there is 24-hour access to computing facilities.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

You will be required to apply for each module, whether you are studying for the full Masters course or individual modules as CPD. 

View our professional short courses to apply.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer.


Entry requirements

Successful applicants to a postgraduate programme will normally have an honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject area.

Additionally, applicants will require the following:

  1. Registered on the NMC or HCP.
  2. Evidence that their current level of practice forms a pre-requisite stage required for advanced practice
  3. Evidence of support from practice for the student to develop in or towards an advanced practice role

Students entering the programme will be assessed against each modules to meet the needs of the individual and learning outcomes.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

You will be required to apply for each module, whether you are studying for the full Master's course or individual modules as CPD. 

View our professional short courses to apply.

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