Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Professional Practice MSc

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What is special about this course?

Developed in partnership with expert clinical partners, and taught by subject experts, this course will equip nurses and allied health professionals to lead and deliver advanced healthcare for patients and clients. 

This innovative and clinically current programme is relevant to a variety of healthcare settings including remote and rural contexts.

You will develop advanced knowledge and skills in clinical practice, leadership, facilitation of learning and evidence based research and development.

A combination of core and option modules will support consolidation of clinical knowledge and skills reflecting the Advanced Practice Framework.

The programme offers the two routes of: Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) or Advanced Professional Practice (APP) and is available at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. The programme is studied mainly through supported online learning with some face to face learning days delivered at the department campuses, in Inverness and Stornoway.

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Special features

  • Exclusive arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for core modules
  • Innovative and clinically current curriculum developed and taught by subject experts
  • Designed in partnership with expert clinical partners
  • Practice-led and research-based curriculum
  • Accessible and flexible learning that combines innovative technologies for e-learning 
  • Core and option modules available 
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree

Entry requirements

  • You must be a registered nurse or allied health professional, normally working in a full-time or part-time post with a health, social care or third sector setting
  • You will have a first degree or relevant professional experience and normally three years' experience as a registered health professional
  • Application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be undertaken and will be assessed on an individual basis*
  • You must submit evidence of your current professional registration, for example Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration
  • Within your application personal statement, you must provide information about your place of work and employing health board. This information should include contact details for your line manager

*The Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the University of the Highlands and Islands has a tailored arrangement for Recognition of Prior Learning for our Advanced Practice programmes.

For the MSc and PgDip, it is possible to apply for 80 credits of exemption for qualifying modules, instead of the normal 60. Not only that, clinical skills and prescribing modules undertaken at lower than postgraduate level, for example at SCQF level 9, can be upgraded to postgraduate level by submission of additional academic work, to be assessed by the department's academic team. These arrangements can allow for considerable financial and time savings.

Finally, once confirmed at the start of the programme that RPL is possible, completing the process can be postponed to a convenient point in the programme, rather than having to be done before commencement.


For the PgCert (60 credits) and PgDip (an additional 60 credits) the modules offered are listed below.

For those undertaking the Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) route: you will be required to study the three core modules. For those undertaking the Advanced Professional Practice (APP) route: you may choose any combination of the modules on offer.

Modules available in the Autumn semester:

Modules available in the Spring semester:


To achieve the award of MSc (180 credits in total), you must complete one of the following modules:

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to able to be delivered online and has run successfully for a number of years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change for 2020/21. You will study online through a combination of seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. Opportunities for on-campus attendance for study days will be planned in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
  • Part-time (Structured)

You will study mainly through supported online learning, accessing materials via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). Some face-to-face study days require attendance at one of our campuses, for example, Clinical Assessment for Advanced Practice; attendance at these is highly recommended, although there is the option of connecting to these remotely through video conference.

You will be invited to attend a campus-based induction at the start of the programme. Alternative arrangements will be made for those who cannot attend the campus-based event.

If you have any questions or need further information, please email or call 01463 279279.

How long will my course last?

Part-time (structured):

  • PgCert: normally 12 months
  • PgDip: normally 24 months
  • MSc: normally 36 months

Where can I study my course?

  • Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Inverness - and Stornoway - for administrative purposes, all applications will be processed through Inverness

Start date

  • September (course now full for September 2020)
  • January

Our Department of Nursing and Midwifery is based at the Centre for Health Science near Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, and at the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Our academics are acknowledged for excellence in teaching and learning, and their work is internationally recognised for being innovative and ground-breaking. We provide a supportive and friendly environment to learn and develop professional nursing skills. Simulation labs help to facilitate state-of-the-art skills teaching. The Centre for Health Science is home to world-leading healthcare research.


Fees payable for this postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status

  Scottish (SC)Rest of UK (RUK)Scottish (SC)Rest of the UK (RUK)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £5,000 £5,850

Students domiciled in the EU/EEA, with a term-time address in Scotland, will pay the SC fee, those living in the rest of the UK will pay RUKO fees.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

  2019-20 INT2020-21 INT
Per module (20 credits) £960 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,880 £2,940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £5,760 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £8,640 £8,820

You will also be required to pay for any travel and accommodation costs to attend the induction session at the start of the programme and the face-to-face sessions in year one and two.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The programme aims to enable nurses and allied health professionals to work autonomously in clinical practice using advanced clinical skills to lead care delivery within a variety of health and social care settings.

Can I progress into further study?

The University of the Highlands and Islands provides a range of options for further study including doctoral programmes.

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