We've designed this course to enable busy health and social care practitioners to be able to study individual units allowing you to steadily work towards a postgraduate qualification, flexibly and at your own pace.There are various entry and exit points explained in our course diagram.
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice
Posgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice
MA in Advanced Practice
- You can complete a full MA in Advanced Practice by completing an independent study in service improvement to consolidate your learning whilst focusing on an aspect of your professional practice and/or service you lead. This includes two units: Preparing for your Service improvement project and Service improvement project
- You have an additional two years to complete this final stage of the course.
Units are priced individually so please check each unit for details.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for MA Advanced Practice.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
This course is designed for qualified health and social care professionals who have already studied to Degree level and wish to expand their sphere of practice to include new elements within their professional role. They must also be engaged in practice for normally a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:
- Possession of a degree or equivalent professional qualification
- You must be engaged in practice for normally a minimum of 20 hours per week.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.
How to apply
In the first instance you should talk to your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator to understand if there are any contractual arrangements in place and whether your chosen course or unit of study can be funded via this route.
If this situation applies to you, you must submit your completed application form via your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator, who will forward it to the university.
If you are funding the course or unit of study yourself or your employer is sponsoring you (outside any contractual arrangement), please submit your completed application form directly to the university.
Please note: In some cases, we may ask you to provide additional references but we will advise you of this once you have submitted your application form.
Please contact our Future Students Enquiry Team if you have any question or if you have any problems downloading the application form.
This course provides an opportunity for those in a position of advanced practice or aspiring to be in such a position to top-up their qualifications. The chance to further develop your critical thinking skills and undertake independent study based on the development of your role or service is intended to help you feel confident in leadership roles in the healthcare profession.
Career progression may lead to you becoming a:
- Specialist practitioner
- Academic lecturer
- Academic researcher.
Industries you could work in
- NHS (hospital and community)
- Private and independent healthcare sector (nursing homes and private hospitals)
- Academic research.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.