Advanced Practice - MSc

Part Time

These internationally recognised Masters awards are intended for nurses, midwives and members of allied health professions based in health related settings in or outside of the UK.

For delivery of this course outside of the UK, applicants need to come from organisations with a minimum of 10 students.

Health professionals will be able to use the course to meet the rising expectations of health care in local poplulations. Students will develop their knowledge and skills to strategically improve the design and delivery of services and to expand their own educational and leadership roles.

Please contact Sharon Bishop for more information.


What's covered in the course?

This programme:

  • Offers MSc awards for experienced nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
  • Supports critical skill development for the analysis of local, national and international health policies to aid the design of improved services
  • Will assist in combating disease and disability in diverse populations
  • Contributes to the re-design, delivery and evaluation of evidence based, cost effective care. This is well-established dynamic programme is constantly reviewed to ensure that the content meets current health priorities and practice requirements of the diversity of healthcare situations.

The programme is renowned for providing excellent tutorial support to ensure students can relate module content to their individual practice setting.

Lecturers maintain ‘cutting edge’ knowledge of policy developments related to Advanced Practice through their membership of national committees and international consultations with health care colleagues.

Lecturing staff are involved with research and publications related to advanced practice and other senior roles.

Health professionals will be able to use the course to develop their knowledge and skills in health care and to expand their own educational roles. Furthermore, teaching will be directed to enabling the development of analytical skills so students can critically examine practices within the contexts of the legislative and professional frameworks of their own countries.

The modules will enable students to explore their employment situation and the potential for career progression in relation to the theoretical ideas put forward in these modules and to identify ways in which they may improve practice and services or pioneer new developments.

In addition the choice offered by three awards provides opportunities to pursue particular profession specific topics in greater depth. The modules incorporate the concept of ethical practice and the role of the advanced practice professional in creating and maintaining an ethical working environment; legal dimensions of practice will also be addressed.

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our Advance Practice programme is designed for individuals who are employed in health related settings. Your main working remit may involve research, management, teaching and other non-clinical roles.
  • This multi-professional, clinically focused course provides an internationally recognised Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master’s award. The course is suitable and relevant to all practitioners who want to retain an influence on clinical care but may also like to have more involvement with strategic development of services design and reconfiguration.
  • Improved knowledge and understanding of health policy promotes confidence and involvement in wider debates within the practice arena and involvement with the formation of local and national policy.
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of patients and the population you are involved with means that you are likely to become engaged in influencing changes in practice delivery leading to more effective and efficient services.
  • Opportunities for exchange visit and collaboration with English MSc students are available.


This course costs...


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This course is open to International students

New £10,280 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

UK students

This course is suitable for experienced professionals employed in health related settings

A minimum of 3 years in your area of clinical practice and a first degree or evidence of recent professionally related study at diploma or degree level

Accredited degree level study within the last 5 years or the Birmingham city University module Essential Academic Skills can be completed prior to staring the programme

Evidence of study at degree level including in research methods

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Sorry, this course is not available to UK/EU students.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc TBC PT 1 year See below

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements


*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Postgraduate Certificate stage

Students on all pathways take three core modules.

Advanced Health Assessments and Clinical Decision Making
30 credits
Advanced Practice
15 credits
Populating Assessment for Advanced Practice
15 credits

Postgraduate Diploma stage

Students on all pathways take the core module (15 credits), and relevant optional modules (45 credits), giving a total of 60 credits.

Leadership for Advanced Health Care
15 credits
Research, Theory and Practice - core module (all pathways)
15 credits

Choose one of the following:

  • Evidence Based Practice or Research Theory (15 credits)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies (15 credits)
Case management of individuals with long term conditions (General pathway)
15 credits
Symptom management in palliative care and end of life (General pathway)
15 credits
Contemporary Issues in Continence Care (General pathway)
15 credits
Learning Disabilities (General pathway)
15 credits
Infection Prevention and Control (General and Nursing pathways)
15 credits
Influence and Challenges on Midwifery Care (General pathway)
15 credits
Advanced Midwifery Care (General and Midwifery pathways)
15 credits
Social Care Assessment of Vulnerable Women (General pathway)
30 credits
Nursing care of individuals with long term conditions (Nursing pathway)
15 credits
Clinical management of pain in nursing practice – pharmacological approaches (Nursing pathway)
15 credits
Influence and Challenges on Midwifery Care (double module) (Midwifery pathway)
30 credits

Masters stage

The Masters award is equal to four modules (60 Credits) and requires the completion of a research project.

Research project
60 credits

Project can consist of:

  • A dissertation with primary research
  • A systematic review
  • A management project

Course structure

Our programmes are as flexible as possible to help you find the option that best suits your personal and professional commitments. You can choose to study for a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) or a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and then continue your studies with the Master’s Degree (MSc) with part-time or modular study.

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits):

Your first year involves a systems approach to health assessment learning, with detailed theoretical teaching and practice-based work. Group practice is a central feature, with support from medical and advanced practitioner teachers, as well as a strong shared approach to learning. You’ll be provided with appropriate case studies so you can practice your analysis and decision-making.

In the second year, you will undertake a core research methods module as well as a leadership module. You will be able to select an optional module from a range of level 7 modules within the Faculty.

For your final year, you will work on your Master’s Project, a substantial piece of up to 15,000 words. Throughout this, you’ll be supported by an academic supervisor who has the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate support for the methodology and subject area you have chosen.

A wide range of summative assessments include essays, presentations, and practice based clinical assessment are completed as part of the Post Graduate Diploma. Clinical competencies including reflective practice is an essential part of the assessment for advanced clinical practitioners.  Students are expected to demonstrate at least 100 hours in clinical advanced practice related activity.

Ultimately for the MSc a 15,000 word Master’s project is compiled.

Further study

The pathway will also enable you to enrol for individual modules if you wish to update your skills and knowledge (in a specific area) but do not wish to go on to gain an academic award. You can simply gain CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Points) to put towards further study if desired

Module dates

The following spreadsheet gives 2016/17 dates for all Health-related modules:

Post graduate modules 2016/17

Employment opportunities

MSc graduates from the Advanced Practice programmes careers have progressed into senior positions, for example in infection control, education, research and clinical practice.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Sharon Bishop

Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director ,MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

With an extensive clinical career in critical/intensive care, Sharon joined the team in 2016. As a clinical educator she has been involved in many practice development initiatives within the service and wider organisation. She continues to maintain clinical activity and is an Advanced Life Support Instructor.

Dr Chris Inman

Senior Lecturer

Chris is a registered nurse with about 15 years' post-qualifying experience prior to employment in education at the University of Hull and then as Head of Nursing Development at the Open University in Milton Keynes. At Birmingham City University she has many years of experience directing the MSc Advanced Practice/MSc Health Care programmes and supervise student research at Master’s and PhD level.

Sue Shortland

Senior Lecturer

Course leader Sue Shortland has over 20 years’ experience working in general practice as a General Practice Nurse and Advanced Practitioner. She is the RCGP Midlands Faculty Nurse representative and a member of the Regional General Practice Nurse Network.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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