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Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: 
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: 

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Course type



Nursing and Allied Health

Study mode

Part Time (2 years)

About your course

The MSc in Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice from LJMU develops advanced practitioners to work in an NHS that is currently facing unprecedented challenges.

  • ​Develop as an autonomous, reflective advanced practitioner in neonatal, acute paediatric or paediatric ambulatory care
  • Use advanced levels of knowledge systematically to respond to complex challenges
  • Enjoy a dynamic learning environment enabling you to meet challenges flexibly and creatively to become a proficient practitioner
  • Gain skills to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of minor injuries, illnesses and paediatric emergencies that commonly present in neonatal, acute paediatric or paediatric ambulatory care settings

​The programme provides a mature and enhanced learning experience. I am able to strive towards the next goal in my career and, with the online learning, I am able to manage my education and my family life at a busy but reasonable pace...

​Current student

​The learning environment is like no module I have ever been part of, it is very relaxed, informal and promotes interaction. The weekly pre-reading work can be accessed whenever your free and the face-to-face couch sessions are great for putting theory into practical day-to-day scenarios.

​Current student

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.

Whatever your area of interest or career ambitions within the sector, the School's innovative training will provide you with the skills, confidence and competence to provide first class support to those in your care.

All of our programmes meet the needs of the current healthcare agenda and the growing demands of this ever-evolving sector for increasingly skilled healthcare professionals. The MSc in Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice is delivered in partnership with Kids Health Matters. Together we ensure that the course is taught by experienced advanced practitioners and clinicians whose experience and expertise is relevant to each of the pathways.

Each course is informed by the latest research, ensuring that when you study with us, you will be at the forefront of developments in the field, working alongside leading 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?

Advanced Practitioners are registered healthcare professionals who have taken on additional intensive training and mentorship to enable them to extend their role in the assessment, treatment and care of neonates, infants, children and young people. They may work in accident and emergency departments, walk in centres, acute hospital settings or specialist units.

​The course has three specialist pathways to choose from - Neonatal, Acute Paediatric Care and Ambulatory Care.

By studying this course, you will gain an:

  • in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of paediatric advanced practice within neonatal, ambulatory, acute paediatric settings
  • In-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis of neonatal and paediatric disease processes; integration of the clinical manifestations of disease to the relevant pathophysiological mechanisms; and the subsequent relationships to assessment, diagnosis and management
  • advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving in the assessment and management of illness and health in neonates or children and young people
  • ability to explore, critically review, consolidate, extend and apply a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to paediatric advanced practice and the assessment and management of child health and illness in a variety of settings

​You will be able to recognise the boundaries of advanced professional roles and articulate the legal and ethical frameworks in which the Advanced Practitioner works. Through undertaking the course alongside intensively mentored clinical experience, you will develop your confidence and competence as you progress towards the role of Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practitioner.

Programme outline and structure

​The course runs part-time over two years. You will need: the support of your seconding employer to enable you to attend taught sessions one day a week and two days of supervised practice with the support of an appropriately qualified mentor.

​The programme follows a blended learning approach. This combines traditional teaching methods with opportunities for face-toface sessions and access to online learning facilities. This is consolidated with classroom-based discussion and critical reflection on case studies led by experienced clinicians. You may choose to attend or actively participate in several sessions on your computer at home or work in real time, or by catch up by accessing web-based recordings at a time which is convenient to you.

In year one you will complete clinically focussed modules, reflect on your practice and professional development and achieve the competencies required of an Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practitioner.

In year two you will advance your research skills and knowledge base to synthesise your learning and will complete a dissertation based on a research project you have developed and implemented. This will add to the knowledge base informing your professional practice.

What you will study on this degree

Whichever pathway you chose you will study the following modules:

Advanced Neonatal and Paediatric Physiology and Assessment (20 Credits)

To enable you to synthesise advanced clinical assessment skills with the relevant physiological principles that underpin the care of neonates, infants, children and young people.

Research for Paediatric Advanced Practitioners (20 credits)

To provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of applied health and social research. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and execute a research project that is relevant to role as advanced practitioner.

Dissertation (60 credits)

To enable you to approach a research question you have devised systematically, allowing you to apply your developing research skills to the established evidence base that informs your practice, or a gap in the evidence base you have identified.

In addition you will also complete three of the specialist clinical modules depending on your chosen pathway:

Ambulatory Paediatrics 1: common problems in infants and young children (20 credits)

To prepare you to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of well and ill child issues that commonly present among infants and young children in ambulatory settings.

Ambulatory Paediatrics 2: Common problems in school-age children and adolescents (20 Credits)

To prepare you to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of well and ill child issues that commonly present among school-aged children and adolescents in ambulatory settings.

Ambulatory Paediatric Emergencies (20 credits)

To prepareyou to assess, diagnose and manage a variety of paediatric emergency conditions and minor injuries that may present in ambulatory settings.

Acute Paediatric Care 1 (20 Credits)

To enable you to establish a strong foundation in advanced pathological principles that underpin the assessment and management of unwell infants, children and young people in acute care settings.

Acute Paediatric Care 2 (20 Credits)

To enable you to develop further the acquired advanced clinical knowledge to deliver care to unwell infants, children and young people in acute care settings.

Acute Paediatric Care 3 (20 Credits)

To enable you to consolidate the advanced clinical knowledge that is requisite for the development of critical, reflective advanced practitioners that care for unwell infants, children and young people in acute care settings.

Foundations of Neonatal Care(20 Credits)

To enable you to establish a strong foundation in advanced pathophysiological principles that underpin the assessment and management of neonates with commonly encountered problems.

Acute Neonatal Care (20 Credits)

To enable you to develop further advanced clinical knowledge to deliver care to the unwell neonate in the acute setting.

Complex Neonatal care (20 Credits)

To enable you to develop further advanced clinical knowledge and apply it to the care of the critically ill neonate with complex and chronic disorders.

How will I be assessed?

Teaching and learning will blend different approaches including :

  • Face-t- face teaching (e.g.lectures, seminars and tutorials)
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Private study
  • Practice Learning

To complete the course you will need to be employed in a setting which will enable you to achieve the competencies associated with your chosen pathway. You will be supported via a tripartite agreement between yourself, your employer and LJMU. Practice-based mentors will be identified and will play a role in signing off each competency. This could include registered practitioners such as nurses, advanced paediatric practitioners and doctors. The development of a portfolio and competency record will complement and strategically support the ongoing process of practice learning. There are mandatory clinical practice hours associated with modules undertaken in year 1.  


Assessment will include:

  • Multiple Choice Exam Questions
  • Clinical Consultation Write-ups
  • Clinical Practice Assessments Observed Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Directly Observed Procedural Skills
  • Clinical Evaluations and Reflections 
  • Case-Based Discussions
  • Poster Presentation (Research Proposal)
  • Research Project (Dissertation)

Staff research interests

Research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in health and social care.

​The teaching and clinical staff you meet will have their own research interests relating to neonates, infants, children, young people and families, whether clinically focussed or contributing to the evaluation and development of services and service user experience.

Entry requirements (Home)

​BA/BSc (Hons) in relevant field (2.2 or above) or evidence of potential to study at masters level


Registration as a health professional (nursing, allied health or medicine) or Physician Associate


Evidence of organisational support with protected study and placement time

Evidence of relevant workplace opportunities for clinical placements and evidence of relevant supervision and mentoring

International students require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with 5.5 in each component)

Entry requirements (International)

​Entry requirements are the same as for home students.

Application and selection

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 for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing epayments 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:-

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

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 master's 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.

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.

E mployer 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. NHS funding for the programme may be available. Please discuss with the development lead within yourown organisation in the first instance.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

As a student you will (in most cases) be seconded by your employer.

There is currently no other UK provider of a programme based on this particular model. LJMU and Kids Health Matters have a strong national reputation in providing paediatric and neonatal advanced practice courses. The Cheshire and Mersey NHS Vanguard support the programme. This indicates the future demand for advanced paediatric and neonatal practitioners so, as a graduate of the programme, you will be well placed to progress your career. Previous graduates are working across the United Kingdom and in Australia.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

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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