MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Part-time (3 years)

Start date(s)

January 2020

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (per credit): £45
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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 20 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.

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 use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • 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.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) 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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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.

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 for the Critical Care route only.

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.

Negotiated Work-Based Learning
20 credits

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

Mentorship in Health Care Practice
20 credits

Aimed at practitioners, this module helps those working in a variety of settings to develop approaches to support and assess learning in practice, applying best evidence to promote the development of self and others in practice. It enables you to explore how to facilitate lifelong learning in others by developing their mentoring, teaching and assessing skills.

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.

Art and Science of Practice Education
20 credits

This module will help you to critically reflect and evaluate and develop your teaching and assessing roles within the practice arena.

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.

Public Health and the Paramedic
20 credits

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. 

Narrative Therapeutics and Communication
20 credits

This module aims to broaden your understanding and application of the use of narrative approaches in healthcare. It provides the knowledge underpinning the use and benefits of a narrative approach to healthcare in both acute and continuing care settings.


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 techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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.

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.
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