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Advanced Professional Practice MSc

University of Gloucestershire

What is Advanced Professional Practice MSc?

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (APP) runs parallel to the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) and has been designed to meet the academic and clinical practice development needs of practitioners from a range of health, social care and allied health services professions.

We’ll encourage you to look beyond your professional field to theory from a range of other disciplines – including sociology, philosophy, psychology and the law. You’ll gain the tools to challenge embedded norms and have an in-depth awareness of local, national and international issues which may impact upon your advanced professional practice. Through a range of compulsory and optional modules, you’ll accomplish competent and confident inquiry that will underpin your future evidence-based and advanced practice.

We recognise you may already have a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (including clinically focused level 7 modules from the University of Gloucestershire and other universities), but not yet had the opportunity to register for a full Master’s level award.
You’ll have the potential to transfer credit into the programme providing a coherent route to completing an MSc Advanced Professional Practice.

Study modules from this programme as short courses

You can study the modules and components of this programme and Advanced Clinical Practice as short courses. This allows you to study postgraduate modules one at a time, on a flexible study option, while working as a UK healthcare professional.

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Study style

A range of learning and teaching methods are used across the MSc Advanced Professional Practice. University-based contact days will engage methods such as practical skills sessions; seminar discussions; service-user led sessions; enquiry and problem-based learning; key-note lectures; student led seminars; critical incident reviews and tutorials. Teaching and learning will also be consolidated by a range of on-line provision such as recommended reading; quizzes; discussion forums; clinical scenarios.

  • Our ‘Moodle’ virtual learning environment is used to support learning.
  • You can undertake ‘standalone’ modules after discussion with the Academic Course Leader.
  • Each 15 CAT module requires 5 university contact days, 9.15am – 16.15pm, which are spaced across the duration of the module./li>

A brand-new campus

It’s planned that on-campus teaching for this course will start at Oxstalls in September 2023, then transfer to the new City Campus in Gloucester from September 2024. This provides time to ensure a smooth transition and familiarisation with the new facilities for all.

The vibrant new City Campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships and provide an excellent student experience.

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Entry requirements

    • To study this course you must be a registered UK healthcare professional from any discipline with a track record of delivering high-quality healthcare and having a positive impact on clinical practice. Ideally, you will be working in a band 7 level clinical post, however, we will also consider clinicians working in band 6 posts with appropriate experience and clinical impact. You should also demonstrate that you have a robust, significant and appropriately varied clinical practice experience.

      You should be employed in a relevant professional role with full employer support and agreement from a suitable UK workplace clinical mentor for the duration of the course to oversee the transition into an advanced practitioner.

      Students should demonstrate aspiration and desire to enhance patient experience and outcomes with innovative healthcare solutions.

    • You should hold at least a  2.2 Bachelors degree with honours.

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Students usually support themselves through the postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive up to 20% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester £7,500 £15,900
Jan 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester £7,500 £15,900
Sep 2024 City Campus, Gloucester TBC TBC
Jan 2025 City Campus, Gloucester TBC TBC
Sep 2025 City Campus, Gloucester TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Successful students obtaining their full Master’s degree will be able to demonstrate competent and confident leadership, knowledge and advanced professional practice supporting current and future job roles across healthcare organisations.

Industry links

This programme has been developed in close collaboration with commissioning providers of health and social care, and other key stakeholders including students, service users and partners in practice to ensure that it meets contemporary workforce needs and practice standards.

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2022 graduate.

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Build your qualification with modules from this programme

If you’re a UK healthcare professional, you can study modules from this programme as stand-alone short courses and use them towards your continuing professional development. Study around your work and home commitments and gain credits that could count towards the full MSc.

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