Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical)

Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) MSc

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: 
Home cost per credit: £33.00
International full time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed

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Course type



Nursing and Allied Health

Study mode

Part Time

About your course

All healthcare professionals working towards or already in an advanced practice role will benefit from this Advanced Healthcare Practice Masters from Liverpool John Moores University which balances academic and practical content.

  • Explore your specialist area of practice with this non-prescriptive, multi-professional framework
  • Study part time over three to five years on this credible, contemporary programme informed by current healthcare requirements
  • Choose from over 20 different modules
  • Benefit from the knowledge of experienced nurse clinicians
  • Enjoy theoretical and practical sessions in state-of-the-art learning facilities
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

I continue to be impressed by the range of assessment strategies used to examine the students undertaking advanced practice courses.

External Assessor

As a mature student I felt anxious about returning to education and at Masters-level. However, the enthusiasm and support from all of the lecturers has been greatly appreciated. There are a wide range of modules and I have certainly been able to put what I have learned into practice. I continually recommend this programme to colleagues.

Recent graduate

Introduction to the School

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.

The School’s wide-ranging portfolio of cutting-edge postgraduate courses enables you to enhance your existing skills in the field of health and social care, develop specialised knowledge and expertise and improve your long-term job prospects.

All programmes meet the needs of the current healthcare agenda and the growing demand from this ever-evolving sector for increasingly skilled healthcare professionals.

Each programme is informed by cutting edge research, ensuring you have the opportunity to study the latest developments alongside world class experts. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, 68% of LJMU’s health-related research was considered world leading or internationally excellent.

Why study this course at LJMU?

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.

Programme outline and structure

The Advanced Healthcare Practice Programme concentrates on clinical skills acquisition, underpinning existing knowledge and experience and covering both technical and non-technical factors.

As a graduate, you will use advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking, collaborative working and creative problem solving to assess and manage a variety of conditions. You will work towards competency in advanced practice and will help to lead contemporary healthcare practice, improving the health and wellbeing of patients, carers and their families.

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

In terms of student support, you can look forward to a comprehensive induction programme, academic support from module leaders and the services of a Personal Tutor.

Formal Teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies including clinical skills rooms with examination, care and diagnostic facilities, mannequins, anatomical models, ECG and resuscitation equipment. Independent study resources for nursing and allied health are kept in the on-site Avril Robarts library.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Advanced Health Care Practice (10 Credits)
  • Advancing Leadership For Quality (20 Credits)
  • Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner (30 credits)
  • Art and Science of Practice Education (20 Credits)
  • Clinical Diagnostics (10 Credits)
  • Clinical Examination (10 Credits)
  • Collaborative and Professional Practice in Dementia Care (30 credits)
  • Diabetes: Enabling Healthcare Professionals to Enhance Healthcare Provision in Practice (30 Credits)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues within Advanced Practice (10 credits)
  • Managing Critical Care (20 Credits)
  • Mentorship in Health Care Practice (20 Credits)
  • Narrative Therapeutics and Communication (20 Credits)
  • Negotiated Work Based Learning (20 credits)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing
  • Pathophysiology Advanced Practice (10 Credits)
  • Pre-Operative Assessment (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Palliative Care (30 credits)
  • Public Health for The Paramedic (20 Credits)
  • Quality monitoring and improvement in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Safeguarding in Multi-Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • Specialist Bowel Cancer Screening (20 credits)

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Blackboard, 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.
When it comes to assessment, methods range from Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and vivas to written exams, portfolios, reports, reflective pieces, assignments and practical work.

Staff research interests

Reflecting the wide variety of modules available on this programme, course tutors are involved in an extensive selection of research projects.

This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field.

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need evidence of study, at Level 6, within your specialist area/health care profession. You will also need to attend an interview before your place is confirmed.

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Application and selection

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

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

Will I be interviewed?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding


Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

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.

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.

Nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers and more study our Advanced Healthcare Practice programme. On graduation, you will be equipped to work as:

  • a consultant in community, secondary care and private sector settings e.g. Nurse/Paramedic Consultants
  • an advanced practitioner in specified health disciplines

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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