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Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


​Advanced Practitioners are registered healthcare professionals who have taken on additional intensive training and mentorship to enable them to extend their role in the assessment, treatment and care of neonates, infants, children and young people. They may work in accident and emergency departments, walk-in centres, acute hospital settings or specialist units.

The Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice MSc programme at Liverpool John Moores  is unique in providing an advanced practice programme specifically focused on the needs of those working in this area. It has three specialist pathways to choose from: Neonatal, Acute Paediatric Care and Ambulatory Care.

The MSc offered at the Liverpool John Moores University provides a very challenging, but equally rewarding and well supported learning experience which equips you with the knowledge, skills and experience that you will continue to build on as your career progresses. 

The course covers all elements of advanced practice; values based care, autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving; reflection and improving practice; leadership, facilitating learning, research and developments. You will also explore the pathogenesis of neonatal and paediatric disease processes; integration of the clinical manifestations of disease to the relevant pathophysiological mechanisms; and the subsequent relationships to assessment, diagnosis and management.

Over the course of your studies you will develop advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in the assessment and management of illness and health in neonates or children and young people. You will explore, critically review, consolidate, extend and apply a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to paediatric advanced practice and the assessment and management of child health and illness in a variety of settings. On completion of the course you will recognise the boundaries of advanced professional roles and be able to articulate the legal and ethical frameworks in which the Advanced Practitioner.

Through undertaking the course alongside intensively mentored clinical experience, you will develop your confidence and competence as you progress towards the role of Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practitioner.


LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

There is currently no other UK provider of a programme based on this particular model. LJMU and Kids Health Matters have a strong national reputation in providing paediatric and neonatal advanced practice courses. The Cheshire and Mersey NHS Vanguard support the programme. This indicates the future demand for advanced paediatric and neonatal practitioners so, as a graduate of the programme, you will be well placed to progress your career. Previous graduates are working throughout the United Kingdom and in Australia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Neonatal and Paediatric Physiology and Assessment 
  • Research for Paediatric Advanced Practitioners 

Optional modules:

  • Ambulatory Paediatrics 1: Common Problems in Infants and Young Children 
  • Ambulatory Paediatrics 2: Common Problems in School-Age Children and Adolescents 
  • Ambulatory Paediatric Emergencies 
  • Acute Paediatric Care 1 
  • Foundations of Neonatal Care 
  • Acute Neonatal Care 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  •  a minimum 2:2 honours degree
  • evidence of potential to study at Masters level
  • registration as a health professional (nursing, allied health or medicine) or Physician Associate 
  • evidence of organisational support with protected study and placement time
  • evidence of relevant workplace opportunities for clinical placements 
  • evidence of relevant supervision and mentoring

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13950 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Liverpool

  • 556 - 1040 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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