Advancing Healthcare Practice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English
This Advancing Healthcare Practice course from The Open University UK is designed to equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the advancement of healthcare. 


You'll explore what healthcare improvement means and how it can be achieved through collaboration and partnership, change agency, and the field of improvement science; develop leadership skills in relation to policy, innovation and service improvement; and learn how to use research, evidence-based practice and skills development to support healthcare advancement. The final investigative project focuses on a service or system improvement based on the needs and the priorities of your own health related practice area. Key features of the course

  • Encourages you to consult with practice colleagues locally and make strategic recommendations for change, drawing on evidence and experience
  • Develops skills in the conception, design and conduct of research that has significance and benefit in the practice setting
  • Includes a project that is of immediate and clear benefit to stakeholders in healthcare 
  • Explores how to disseminate your discoveries to others and how your improved practice might be shared more widely.
Career relevance

This Advancing Healthcare Practice qualification from The Open University UK aims to develop your skills to improve healthcare, focussing on leadership, policy, innovation and change agency, underpinned by a sound understanding of research and evidence and the ability to plan for change and disseminate information and ideas. It aims to provide you with the skills to understand what constitutes healthcare improvement, what change might be appropriate or relevant in a given healthcare context and how you can act (with others) as an agent to effect change for the better, ensuring best use of research and evidence to inform your activities and the ability to share findings and develop practical plans for action. It aims to equip you with skills to critically reflect upon and apply theoretical concepts and frameworks and to use a range of digital and information technologies and communications skills to support/direct advancements in healthcare practice.

 This is a UK qualification with international relevance that will be of interest to stakeholders working in a wide range of healthcare settings. Whilst the qualification does not lead to a professional registration it is of relevance to a diverse range of employment roles and careers within or related to the field of healthcare improvement. Students who have studied this qualification to develop their role or career include nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, health improvement specialists, other staff working in a variety of roles in health service settings, carers and service users. Students have used this qualification to develop their careers within their own field, as well as seeking career change to other fields concerned with healthcare improvement.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules:
  • Leading healthcare improvements 
  • Researching and evaluating healthcare practice 
  • Transforming professional practice 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Minimum – 3 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

It is a requirement that you have:

  • a degree (FHEQ Level 6 / SCQF Level 9) conferred by a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body
  • access to a setting related to healthcare
  • spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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