Advancing Practice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The MSc in Advancing Practice at University of the West of Scotland is a flexible programme that is open to healthcare professionals seeking a qualification that is contemporary and relevant to practice.


The MSc Advancing Practice programme from University of the West of Scotland aims to assist you to develop the knowledge, skills, confidence and attitudes necessary to develop your professional role and transform practice. The flexibility of this programme and wide range of modules available means that it can be tailored to your own individual development needs. 

This programme is also offered on a part-time basis.

Programme objectives
At the end of your studies you should be able to demonstrate advanced abilities in critical thinking and reasoning and the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to positively influence the delivery of care. These skills are vital to ensure evidence based and safe practice.
Exit Points
There are three exit points within the course:
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • MSc (180 credits)
Career prospects
Gaining a qualification at Masters level supports career advancement and advanced practitioner roles. It also supports your personal development and can lead to PhD study. Graduates will develop high-level transferable skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, conceptual skills, enhanced critical reflection, communication of complex ideas, leadership, and decision-making skills, which will enhance employability.

Programme Structure

In recent years a key focus within the NHS has been patient safety and with reports such as The Francis Enquiry (Francis, 2013) fuelling this issue, practice improvement has become a major theme in clinical practice. This theme is central to the course, which focuses on the development of skills in practice improvement methodology, enabling you to make a significant contribution to improving practice and providing quality care. The course is relevant to all healthcare professionals and allows learning to be focused on your own area of practice.

Core modules
  • Postgraduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Knowledge into Action or Research Methods for Health and Social Care
  • MSc: Care or Practice Improvement project dissertation or Research and Enquiry dissertation
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For UK/EU applicants there is no formal closing date for most courses.

    Due to visa processing times non-EU applicants must apply for courses starting in September by the beginning of August. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      1 year full-time, part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • Applications are welcomed from nursing and allied health professionals who should normally possess a first degree. Applicants with substantial experience and who can show professional development may also be considered.
  • Additional criteria are required for some modules such as the advanced practice modules. A nursing qualification is required for the nursing pathway. Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will be considered. Skills in information communication technology are also required

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9220 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9220 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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