MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice

Start date(s)
January 2023
September 2023
Study mode
Part-time (2 years)
Part-time (3 years)

Tuition fees 22/23 23/24

Home (per credit): £42 £42

About this course

Combining academic and practical content, LJMU's Advanced Healthcare Practice MSc is ideal for those working towards or already in an advanced practice role.

  • Study on this flexible and innovative programme
  • Two routes available: Clinical and Critical Care
  • Explore your specialist area of practice with this non-prescriptive, multi-professional framework
  • Choose from over 15 different modules
  • Benefit from the knowledge of experienced nurse clinicians
  • Enjoy theoretical and practical sessions in state-of-the-art learning facilities

Developed in response to the current Advanced Health Care Practice agenda, this well-established Advanced Healthcare programme enables you to specialise in your area of expertise.

The programme is tailored to meet the development needs of healthcare professionals, creating the kind of highly-skilled practitioners required by a modern, dependable, world-class NHS.


This multi-professional, flexible and innovative programme is taught by current and former nurse clinicians who offer students invaluable practical insight as well as advanced theoretical knowledge. The curriculum also benefits from the input of three professors with specialist knowledge of Accident and Emergency, bowel cancer and anaesthetics.

To keep abreast of health care requirements, tutors regularly network with key stakeholders to identify specific educational needs in the workforce and develop additional, appropriate modules for the framework.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.

This Advanced Healthcare Practice programme is applicable to many different healthcare professionals, with most students going on to enjoy successful careers in advanced practice roles. Nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers and more study on the course.

On graduation, you will be equipped to work as: a Consultant in community, secondary care and private sector settings e.g. Nurse/Paramedic Consultants or an Advanced Practitioner in specified health disciplines.

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The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Research Methodology, Methods & Data Analysis
30 credits

This module aims to develop your research skills in the field of health and social care practice. It also enables you to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. The module:

  • provides a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of health and social research
  • enables you to develop expertise in qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • enables you to carry out empirical and literature-based research

60 credits

The dissertation module offers you an opportunity to explore, in depth, an area of personal or professional interest that relates to their programme of study. In doing this, you will expand your research skills and apply what you have learned in the earlier modules to their research project. It enables you to:

  • develop the skills necessary to plan and execute a research project that is relevant to your area of study
  • effectively communicate research outcomes to an appropriate audience

Advanced Health Care Practice
10 credits

This is a Core module for the Clinical route only. It is also available as an Option module on the Critical Care route.

Aimed at those working as registered professionals in a relevant area of practice, this module enhances knowledge in Advanced Healthcare practice. It:

  • complements the Advanced Practice pathway
  • enables you to debate the issues surrounding the Advanced Practice agenda    

Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner
30 credits

This is a Core module on the Critical Care route only. It is also available as an Option module on the Clinical route.

This programme has a practice assessment document that has a pass/fail element that will be part of the assessment component.

Optional modules

Ethical and Legal Issues within Advanced Practice
10 credits

Aimed at those working as registered professionals in a relevant area of practice, this module will build your skills in advanced practice decision making. It will also raise your appreciation of the ethical and legal responsibilities involved in advanced practice decision making.

Pathophysiology Advanced Practice
10 credits

This module, aimed at registered professionals, is relevant to all specialist clinical pathways including mental health.

Advancing Leadership for Quality
20 credits

This semester-long module enhances effective leadership and team working. Action learning is used to draw on your knowledge and skills, further developing leadership potential within your working context.

Clinical Examination
10 credits

This module is designed for experienced healthcare practitioners who are currently involved in developing their skills in clinical examination.

Clinical Diagnostics
10 credits

This is an innovative module using formative assessments and the scenario-based approach. This approach lends itself to experienced healthcare professionals and assists in preparing you for your final examination.

Diabetes: Enabling Healthcare Professionals to Enhance Healthcare Provision in Practice
30 credits

This module consists of two assessment components: a 4,000 word assignment accounting for 80% of the marks and a 15 minute presentation accounting for 20% of the marks.

Pre-Operative Assessment
20 credits

This module has three assessment components: Assignment - Graded Professional Portfolio - Pass/Fail and Clinical Assessment Form - Pass/Fail.

Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner
30 credits

This is a Core module on the Critical Care route only. It is also available as an Option module on the Clinical route.

This programme has a practice assessment document that has a pass/fail element that will be part of the assessment component.

Speech Language Communication And Narrative

The course intends to broaden your understanding and application of the use of narrative approaches in health care. It aims to:

  • provide the healthcare practitioner with the knowledge underpinning the use and benefits of a narrative approach to healthcare in both acute and continuing care settings

Negotiated Work-Based Learning
20 credits

This module focuses on putting your theoretical learning into practical use.

Collaborative and Professional Practice in Dementia Care
30 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of dementia. It helps you to think creatively, identify innovations in care delivery, how these can be adapted and applied to the service planning and delivery within your own organisation.

Professional Practice in Palliative Care
30 credits

The aim of this module is to enhance knowledge of palliative care practice, promoting high quality care for all those approaching the end of their lives, whatever their condition and whatever their setting.

Safeguarding in Multi-Professional Practice
30 credits

The aim of this module is to enhance the management and implementation of safeguarding policies within a range of care settings and client groups.

Quality Monitoring and Improvement in Health And Social Care
30 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse the role of evaluation in service delivery within health and social care settings to develop organisation wide changes which are coherent and internally consistent.

Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)
20 credits

Aimed at healthcare professionals, this module allows you to prescribe, safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as independent and/or supplementary prescribers, in accordance with both legal and the professional requirements of relevant professional bodies (NMC, HPC, RPSGB). It:

  • gives you knowledge to address the specialist educational needs of nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals working within specialist areas and with specific client groups
  • prepares you to exercise advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving with regard to the unique challenges associated with medicines management among infants, children and young people, the elderly and other specific client groups

*Please Note: Students who wish to undertake V300 Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP), as part of the PgDip Specialist Community Practitioner Children's Nursing programme, must have at least one years’ post registration experience. Students wishing to undertake this module must also be deemed competent by, and obtain permission and support from their employer. All students who wish to undertake V300 Non-Medical Prescribing will have to complete an additional 'North West Non-Medical Prescribing Application form' which will be approved by the prescribing programme team prior to commencement on the NMP programme.

Specialist Bowel Cancer Screening Practitioner
20 credits

This module is aimed at those appointed into a specialist screening post within a NHS Bowel Screening Centre.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Practice
20 credits

This module is designed to enable registered health professionals from a wide range of settings to develop their approaches in advancing teaching learning and assessment in practice.

It will also help you to develop a critically reflective approach to your own development in the application of teaching and learning theory, and apply this to your own practice.

Public Health and the Paramedic
20 credits

This core module will be undertaken by all students on the course.

Managing Critical Care
20 credits

This semester-long module is designed around existing models of critical care. It aims to develop the paramedic's understanding of critical care and enable them to: 

  • appreciate the development of their role as a clinical leader
  • further their ability to manage a team of emergency staff during such incidents as cardiac arrest or serious/multi-casualty trauma 
  • review and offer feedback on the performance of a team, based on their non-technical skills

All students on the module will spend six hours on an appropriate placement, allowing the theory learnt to be discussed, and maybe even tried and tested. The placement is negotiated with the module leader during the opening weeks of the module. 

Diabetes: Complexity of Care
30 credits

This module will increase your theoretical and practical knowledge of caring for people with diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is an emerging condition that most health care professionals will encounter, so robust, current knowledge is essential to ensure patients receive contemporary and evidence-based care. 

Cardiac Care - Adult
20 credits credits

This module will help you to develop your knowledge and skills so that you are able to provide high quality care that is based on sound clinical judgement and robust evidence. It will cover areas including:

  • The evolution of cardiovascular care and the role of evidence
  • Advanced anatomy and physiology of the heart and circulation
  • Physical assessment of the cardiac patient
  • Haemodynamic assessment and intervention
  • Single and 12 lead ECG interpretation
  • Introduction to biochemistry and haematology
  • Cardiac pharmacology and patient concordance
  • Care of the patient post cardiac intervention
  • Managing patients with complex heart failure in the acute setting
  • Advanced life support
  • Promoting healthy behaviour change through cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention
  • Supporting patients from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to navigate the healthcare systems
  • Caring for patients who are nearing the end of life and supporting grieving families

Emergency Care
30 credits

This module has been designed to enable practitioners to develop the confidence and competence in the prioritised assessment and management of emergency presentations across the lifespan.

Cross cutting themes:
  • Patient assessment
  • Pain assessment and management
  • Medicines management
  • Moving and handling
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Safeguarding children and adults
  • Documentation and record keeping
  • Preventing and controlling violence and aggression

Seven Key domains:

  • Caring for acutely ill adults
  • Caring for adults requiring resuscitation
  • Caring for adults with minor illness and injury
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Caring for people with mental health needs
  • Caring for older people
  • Emergency planning and disaster management


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

This part-time course has a strong emphasis on self-guided study. A 10 credit module, for example, involves two hours of timetabled study per week for 15 weeks, backed up by significant independent study focussed on virtual  learning resources.

Teaching methods

Advanced Healthcare Practice offers a blended learning approach with staff always looking for new and engaging ways to develop competencies around healthcare roles.

You will learn via key note lectures, case scenarios, workshops, discussions and clinical skills lab simulations.

One innovative aspect of the programme is the integration of service users as part of clinical examination modules. Patient models have proved invaluable in terms of student feedback and improving the realism of scenarios.

LJMU's virtual learning environment further enhances the learning experience and the use of wikis and group blog videos have received very positive feedback. All course lectures and materials are available online.

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Applied learning

To maintain our professional relevance and enable you to forge key contacts for the future, we work with local, national and international stakeholders. Our health and social care contacts include Merseycare NHS Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North West Ambulance Service. Our education contacts include City of Liverpool College; Alexian Research Centre, Germany; Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands; University College Thomas More, Belgium and KPY University, Malaysia. We also work with charities and community and voluntary groups.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Assessment methods on this programme include: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), vivas, written exams, portfolios, reports, reflective pieces, assignments and practical work.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.

LJMU's excellent educational and professional training facilities include £1.6 million practice suites which show a patient's journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We use the latest clinical equipment for simulations and developing clinical skills and have purpose-built, soundproof booths with video camera and playback facilities.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • evidence of study at Level 6 within your specialist area/health care profession
  • to attend an interview before your place is confirmed

Additional information:

  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community to arrange a meeting/discussion with a Programme Manager about course content and route pathways.

As the modular element of this programme must be tailored to your current work settings and level of qualification, please note that there will be a delay in the turnaround time of your application.

You can email or call 0151 231 5829 for more details.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.