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MA Advanced Practice

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This part-time course is 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. It is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding of health and social care professionals working to, or aspiring to be, advanced practitioners.

This flexible course will allow you to develop your knowledge base from the perspective of your own work, whilst sharing and learning from your colleagues across the interprofessional team. You can choose from over 60 units to undertake a degree that is tailored to your professional development. You will study units of your choice in manageable chunks and work steadily towards a Master’s degree. There are various entry and exit points, which are explained in our course diagram

It presents an opportunity for you to show your ability to critically evaluate your practice and make evidence-based judgements. You’ll be able to further integrate new and existing skills in a practice setting while maintaining and developing high-quality healthcare in your current workplace.

For 2018 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

“This Master’s will provide you with an opportunity to complete an academic programme tailored to your individual needs and your professional practice. The course meets service requirements, and is in accordance with the national, multi-professional framework for advanced practice.”
Hilary Walsgrove, Programme Leader

Key information

Next start date:

Please enquire for further details

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

Maximum 5 years from registration on to a named award

Entry requirements:

First degree or equivalent and be engaging in practice for a minimum of 20 hours per week. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

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 (pdf 161kb).

Download the programme specification (pdf 745kb)

Entry requirements

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 (pdf 71kb) 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.

Download the application form (pdf 71kb)

Careers

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.

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