Health Sciences


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Start Year
Part Time
Degree of Master of Science
Duration (years)

The programme includes a combination of core and optional modules. Core modules (totalling 80 credits) are compulsory, while optional modules (totalling 100 credits) are selected by you to develop your personal professional interests and to meet the organisational requirements of your professional role. You will typically follow the pathway outlined below, which is taken over three years as a part-time programme of study or one year as a full-time programme of study:


Year 1 

60 Credits (PG Cert)

Year 2

 120 Credits

Year 3 

180 Credits (MSc)

Term 1        (Sep - Dec)

Core (20 credits) OR Optional (20 credits) Core (20 credits) OR Optional (20 credits) Core (20 credits) OR Optional (20 credits)

Term 2          (Jan - Mar)

Optional (20 credits) Optional (20 credits)


Core (40 credits -Literature Review Project)

Term 3          (Apr - Jul)


Core (20 credits) OR Optional (20 credits) Core (20 credits) OR Optional (20 credits)


Core (40 credits - Literature Review Project)


The flexibility of this framework allows students to build a Master’s-level qualification with a focus that reflects their individual professional interests, role and responsibilities. For example, module selection can allow you to focus on advanced-level practice related to a specific field (e.g. older person’s medicine) or facilitate a more general advancement in your level of practice (e.g. by selecting optional modules relating to all four pillars of practice, to extend learning achieved in the core modules).

Modules commence in September, January and April and students can choose from the range of core and optional modules available each term. Please note that over the course of the three years, students must complete the core modules (Managing Yourself & Leading Others and Using Evidence to Lead & Advance Practice).  It is recommended that Using Evidence to Lead and Advance Practice is taken in the first year.  In addition, the core module, Literature Review Project is taken in year 3.

Core Modules

Credits 20 Term Start 1 or 3 Duration 12 weeks 

The aim of this module is to support you in developing a critical understanding of efficient and effective leadership and self-management. You will be empowered to lead innovative change and organisational development through the fostering of a shared sense of ownership and responsibility for the success of the organisation and the development of quality services.

Credits 40 Term Start 2 Duration 24 weeks

The aim of this module is for students to undertake a structured literature review relating to a practice-based area for improvement encountered by the learner in their healthcare practice. Learners will critically appraise and evaluate the evidence-base to achieve in-depth knowledge and understanding about the area for improvement and critically examine potential options to address the area for improvement, with a view to identifying and justifying a recommendation for a service improvement project.

Credits 20 Term Start 1 or 2 Duration 12 weeks

The aim of this module is to critically evaluate core theories, policies and models that support and underpin evidence-based practice and to enable you to turn clinical and leadership queries into advanced practice focused questions, from which you can search the evidence. You will use effective strategies to identify and communicate the need for change associated with national and international quality standards and findings from research.

Optional Modules (Open)

Credits 20 Term Start 2 Duration 12 weeks

This module aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to work with people living with dementia across a wide range of community and inpatient settings, advancing clinical and leadership practice in dementia, person-centred care and care interactions.

Credits 20 Term Start 3 Duration 12 weeks

This module aims to inform the management of complex clinical conditions using scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge to underpin action, reflection and evaluation. You will learn how to practice safely and effectively, incorporating a systems approach to clinical examination and building your knowledge and understanding of the principles of assessment, diagnosis and appropriate planning of care.

Credits 20 Term Start 1 Duration 12 weeks

This module aims to advance evidence-based practice in diabetes care for any healthcare professional working with people who have type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus is a complex long-term condition with significant implications for morbidity and mortality, which can be reduced with good prevention and management strategies including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Learners will enhance their understanding of practice across the lifespan, in order to improve healthcare systems and provide high quality care for individuals living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Credits 20 Term Start 2 Duration 12 weeks

The overall aim of this module is to provide you with knowledge and principles to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment in practice-based settings, enabling you to work effectively with learners who will become the workforce of the future and ultimately will improve services. This module is relevant to all healthcare professionals who supervise/mentor students and colleagues.

Credits 20 Term Start 3 Duration 12 weeks

This module aims to increase knowledge, understanding and skills related to the conduct and governance of research in clinical practice settings, with the purpose of supporting and empowering non-medical healthcare professionals who are, or would like to be, involved in clinical research. It is not a research methods module, the focus is on research facilitation and implementation. 

Credits 20 Term Start 2 Duration 12 weeks

Developed to enhance the experiences of patients and their families during palliative and end of life care, this module aims to facilitate exploration of this important and sometimes challenging area of clinical practice in a supportive environment that facilitates self-awareness and enhances knowledge and skills in end-of-life care. 

Credits 20 Term Start 2 Duration 12 weeks

Communication and collaboration between professionals and services is key to the successful management of long-term conditions.  In this module, you will look at the challenges and complexities of living with a long-term condition and the evidence-based strategies and interventions used to support individuals to self-manage their illness in the context of contemporary healthcare practice. 

Credits 20 Term Start 1 Duration 12 weeks

This module aims to increase the knowledge, skills and awareness of non-mental health professionals to develop a compassionate and competent approach to the management of growing levels of mental ill-health across the lifespan. The module is appropriate for non-mental health professionals working in diverse roles and settings and with service users or patients of all ages.  

Credits 20 Term Start 2 Duration 12 weeks

Pathophysiology examines the mechanisms that cause functional change in body systems.  Comparing nature-nurture perspectives on the health/illness continuum, this module aims to facilitate your development as a practitioner who can use their advanced physiological and clinical knowledge to critically analyse “holistic” care; explore the boundaries of current thinking and hypothesise future advances in healthcare.

Credits 20 Term Start 2 Duration 12 weeks

This module focuses on the appraisal of the political, social, technical, economic, organisational and professional environment of healthcare policy, exploring ways in which practitioners can utilise their expert power and negotiation skills to influence a culture of creativity and innovation for advancing practice.

Credits 20 Term Start 1 or 3 Duration 12 weeks

This module will provide you with the means to develop a professional recognition portfolio to demonstrate your advanced-level skills, knowledge and behaviours through a series of reflections, self-assessment exercises and engagement with research. 

Credits 40 Term Start 1 or 3 Duration 12 weeks

This module provides the opportunity for practitioners to complete a substantial project and to evaluate its impact or likely impact on care provision and patient experience, while developing creativity in problem-solving and strategies for transformation, leading change and motivating others.

Credits 20 Term Start 3 Duration 12 weeks

This module will develop your skills and knowledge to work with older people across a wide range of community and inpatient settings. The focus is on improving knowledge about, and advancing practice in, working with older people from biological, psychological and social perspectives.

Optional Modules (Restricted*)

*Restricted modules are modules which have an additional entry requirement: please check the module information online for details.

Credits 40 Term Start 2 Duration 24 weeks

Designed for practitioners working in a specialist stoma care role, who wish to develop their expertise and expand their understanding of patients and self in order to question, appraise and advance their level of practice. Bespoke online learning resources use perspectives of patients and clinical experts, research, guidelines and varied learning activities to develop critical thinking and decision-making and consider professional development.   



You will experience a range of assessment methods throughout the course, which have been carefully considered to demonstrate learning across all the pillars and principles of advanced practice.  

Formative and summative assessment strategies across the programme include written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, and portfolio. 

Teaching and Learning

As a distance learning programme, all learning takes place online using Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Learning will take the form of synchronous (live) sessions along with asynchronous activities, including pre-recorded lectures, multimedia resources, and case studies that can be accessed in your own time. This approach allows you flexibility in your studies.


Important Information:
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process. 

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Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.2 or equivalent

Degree subject

Health Care subject

Additional entry requirements

Current professional registration with a minimum of 2 years post registration practice experience. Must already be qualified as a Nurse, Midwife etc.

You must submit a Memorandum of Understanding at the time of application. Your manager will need to confirm that you will be given the time and resources required for the programme.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.5 in all component)

  • PTE: 67 (minimum 67 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

INTO UEA run pre-sessional English courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact (INTO UEA Norwich).


The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Course Reference Number: 7485921

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2022/23 are:

  • UK Students: £8,900 (full time)

  • International Students: £18,500 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.


Scholarships and Bursaries

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional course costs here.
Course Reference Number: 7485921

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.


If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Course Reference Number: 7485921
Key details
Part Time
Degree of Master of Science
Duration (years)
The Advanced Practice - Distance Learning programme allows you to complete a fully online MSc in Advanced Practice, offering flexibility in when and where you study, and accommodating your existing professional and personal commitments. The programme reflects national and international benchmarks for advanced level professional practice for the healthcare workforce, while supporting you to build a personalised qualification around your own advanced professional practice needs. The four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical, Research, Education and Management/ Leadership) are embedded explicitly in every module to advance your overall level of practice as well as developing you in your specific professional role, while a wide range of optional modules allow you to tailor the programme to the context of your own professional practice, enabling you to achieve optimal professional development. 
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