MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

If you want to advance in your career as a health or social care practitioner and drive real benefits in patient care, a Master’s in Advanced Clinical Practice from the University of Bolton gives you the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills necessary to become an expert in your field.

Advanced Clinical Practice

Key information



Mode of Study:



2 years


The University of Bolton

Start date:

21/09/2020, 18/01/2021

Course Details

Developed for health and social care practitioners who want to progress to advanced level in their field, our part-time MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for roles that require greater responsibility and levels of decision making. Students from a variety of health and social care backgrounds come to us to build on their theoretical and practical abilities. On our MSc course you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suite, and learn the core curriculum of a programme proudly supported by Health Education NW and employing NHS Trusts.

Covering content such as disease awareness, patient examination and diagnostics, leadership and innovation, this work-based programme aims to help you develop your clinical skills and leadership abilities to become a flexible practitioner able to respond to the challenges of your role and your developing service. As well as gaining skills in practice, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and awareness with the relevant theory taught through blended direct and online learning approaches.

  • This course combines theory and knowledge with highly integrated skills practice, with the aim of both challenging and rewarding students.
  • Designed for maximum flexibility, this part-time programme is largely work-based.
  • Working in our state-of-the-art Bolton One facility, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in practice.
  • Bolton’s MSc Advanced Clinical Practice graduates are highly sought after – many of our successful students go straight into employment after graduating.
  • On successful completion of this programme, you’ll be awarded an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.
Key Features
  • We welcome students from a variety of health and social care backgrounds, including nurses, midwives, paramedics, public health and allied health professionals and healthcare scientists.
  • You’ll be allocated a learning facilitator who will advocate for you and help negotiate personalised work-based learning with your mentors and employers.
  • Alongside your core modules, you’ll have the option to personalise the programme according to your professional interests by studying an elective unit of your choice.
  • This course is supported by Health Education NW and employing NHS trusts.
Professional recognition
Currently, ‘advanced practitioner’ is not a restricted title although this issue is being explored by the professional bodies; for example, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council.

  • You are normally expected to have successfully completed an honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and have appropriate work experience.
  • You should also have an appropriate professional qualification/registration relevant to your area of practice (for example, as an allied health professional, healthcare scientist, nurse, pharmacist, or public health professional). Any professional registration must be current.
  • You must demonstrate current relevant employment and employer support for your studies. Your employer must be willing to enter a tri-partite agreement. Specifically you will need DBS Enhanced Disclosure clearance to the satisfaction of the employing health/social care organisation providing the practice placement; and support from the appropriate service manager for learning time, funding and learning support (i.e. mentors/assessors).
  • You will be required to attend an interview and may be asked to provide a portfolio of work/evidence in support of your application. This may include undertaking preliminary assessments set by the University to enable us to assess your current academic ability and personal suitability for the course.
  • You must also have GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • The University of Bolton recognises prior learning, whether gained through academic credit and qualifications or through your professional and employment experience. Previous learning may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for this programme or for exemption from part of this programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning, and each claim will be considered in accordance with the University’s policy and regulations for the recognition of prior learning.
  • Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • This course involves regulated activity so you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Please note that the DBS must have been completed within three years of the course start date.Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course aims to develop both your clinical and leadership abilities, enabling you to achieve advanced practitioner level. You’ll be encouraged and supported to master the clinical content of the course, and have the opportunity to develop the necessary leadership skills to challenge and change practice, with a view to delivering innovative changes that provide real benefits for patients in your service.

What can I do with this qualification?

On successful completion of this programme, you’ll be eligible to practice at an advanced level within your specialist area. Your specialism may be in an area such as accident and emergency, mental health, palliative care, falls management, acute medicine or general practice. This qualification may enable you to work within a hospital or community setting as an advanced clinical practitioner.

Graduates who have completed this programme may develop their career and progress into higher level roles in their specialist area of practice. The programme also provides a platform to move into a research role and complete a professional doctorate or PhD.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Probation
  • Substance misuse
  • Victim support
  • Youth work
  • Social housing
  • Learning support
  • Counselling
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community education
  • Teaching and training
  • Journalism
  • Dietetics
  • Research and development
  • Health promotion
  • Armed forces
  • Health services management

Course fees

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.


Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

On this programme, you can expect a blended style of teaching, combining direct lessons and online learning, as well as practical learning sessions. The theory of the course is taught during lectures and built on during group discussions, seminars and tutorials. Simulations are delivered by tutors in the Clinical Simulation Suite to build your practical awareness.

You’ll be expected to complete self-directed study, such as background reading and class preparation, and you’ll also have various eLearning projects set through the University’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. Problem-based learning is a key technique used periodically for projects requiring investigation and synthesis of knowledge in practice.

We use a range of assessment methods designed to ensure you’re on track to achieve the learning outcomes and programme aims. These assessments include essays, reports, presentations, set exercises and portfolios. Assessment methods will vary according to each module’s content and desired outcome.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Biological Basis of Diseases
  • Clinical Examination Skills
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Leadership in Clinical Practice
  • Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives HE7 (26 weeks)
  • Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Care Professionals (26 weeks)
  • Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists (26 weeks)
  • Delivering Quality Improvement in Practice
  • Portfolio of Clinical Practice 1
  • Portfolio of Clinical Practice 2
  • End Point Assessment of Clinical Practice
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 47%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 40%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Carole Farrell
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903978

Stuart Smith

+44 (0)1204 903781

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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