Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Professional Practice MSc
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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- 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
- 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:
- Clinical reasoning, judgement and decision-making (20 credits): core for ANP route
- Non-medical prescribing (NMP) (40 credits): core for ANP route
- Assessing incapacity: legal and ethical frameworks for professional practice (20 credits)
- Expertise in dementia practice (20 credits)
- Minor injuries: assessment and management (20 credits)
Modules available in the Spring semester:
- Professional leadership and resilience (20 credits)
- Clinical assessment for advanced practice (40 credits): core for ANP route
- Non-medical prescribing (NMP) (40 credits): core for ANP route
- Improvement science: enhancing quality in health and social care (20 credits)
- Complexities of care in multi-morbidity (20 credits)
- Understanding research in evidence-based practice (20 credits)
How will I study my course?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£560|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,680|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,360|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,000|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), or assessed as rest of the UK for fees, the following fees apply:
|Per module (20 credits)||£650||£650|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,950||£1,950|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,900||£3,900|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,850||£5,850|
This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK, and cannot be studies outside of the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:
|Per module (20 credits)||£980||£980|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£2,940||£2,940|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£5,880||£5,880|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£8,820||£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.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
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.
Is there more information available online?
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What our students, graduates and staff say
I chose the course as it was specific to my practice and offered recognition of prior learning (RPL). My studies have helped me to evidence my level of practice in an academic way.
The role of the nurse practitioner is developing and new advanced posts are being created. I hope to apply for a more senior position within the team. Meeting the Secretary for Higher Education when she visited our campus recently was a real highlight for me.
Murray Graham studies part time on our MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Professional Practice course
Thank you for your interest in studying Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Professional Practice MSc with us.
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