Advanced Practice, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)


Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operational tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice and advanced level nursing as a core development area in the practice workplace. 

Why choose this course?

This Master's course is likely to appeal to a wide range of professionals including:
  • community matrons
  • caseload managers
  • social work team leaders
  • managers from prison and probation service
  • team leaders working in sexual health and substance abuse
  • midwives
  • senior or consultant nurses (or those hoping to move into that role)


You will have the choice to follow a generic or a specialist pathway within your study. At present, we offer specialist pathway in:
  • Leadership
  • Midwifery
  • Healthcare Education
  • Substance Abuse and Misuse
  • Infection control (only available to those currently working as Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners).

Career and study progression

Completing the Masters programme will give you the skills and confidence to stand out in the graduate market. Since the introduction of the Graduate Curriculum in Nursing in 2010, a Masters degree will be the next stepping stone for career development for current cohorts of student nurses, so will be an advantage to those nurses currently looking to get ahead and establish their career pathways.

Opportunities for further study include progression to our MPhil programme, and onwards to a Professional Doctorate or PhD.

Programme Structure

Year one modules
You will study two modules in year one:

  • Role Development
  • Becoming an Advanced Practitioner
Year two modules

You will choose 60 credits worth of modules of your own choice for year two. You can choose from a variety of clinical and leadership modules.

Year three modules

You will undertake:
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Average duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      2-4 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits

    60 credits per year.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Applicants need:
- a first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a health or social care related subject (for example a nursing / physiotherapy/social work degree)
- to be working as a health and social care professional (usually at least two years full-time or equivalent), with a significant professional experience for advanced practice.

If applicants do not have a first degree but possess substantial work experience, they are still invited to apply. 

Tuition Fee

Students may be funded by their employer or opt to self-fund.


A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. 

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.