Advanced Clinical Practice


The advanced clinical practice programme is for clinical practitioners in the NHS seeking to meet the requirements of advanced and consultant-level practice within healthcare and respond to the changing demands of health care practice. 

Location: Online learning

Course type
Part-time, Online / distance learning
Entry requirements

Three years part-time

Start date

Course overview

The advanced clinical practice programme is for clinical practitioners in the NHS seeking to meet the requirements of advanced practice within healthcare. Designed by practising advanced clinical practitioners, this programme prepares the future workforce to support the needs of the healthcare system and offers a starting point for those wishing to progress to consultant-level practice in their field.

This course offers you the opportunity to advance your clinical practice through a suite of core and optional modules designed to enhance your ability to undertake roles within advanced practice and develop an advancing workforce of healthcare professionals who can practice at an advanced level autonomously.

Why Advanced Clinical Practice at Aston University?

Internationally recognised research
100% of our health and life sciences research environment has been ranked as being at least internationally excellent, with 50% being world-leading
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World class facilities
Excellent access to facilities, from our new clinical training ‘ward’ area to an established Virtual Learning Environment for online learning
Experienced teaching staff
Learn from experts from the field with our experienced teaching staff

Course description

Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

Students studying on this programme will benefit from the flexibility to choose from a range of clinical and non-clinical modules to meet the HEE pillars of advanced clinical practice.

The course is delivered by Aston Pharmacy School, with collaboration from a range of Advanced Clinical Practitioners from a variety of healthcare disciplines. Within the optional modules, students have the opportunity to further their knowledge in the Leadership and Management, Education, and Research pillars to meet their specific role needs.

Our course is open to all registered health care practitioners in England who wish to be recognised as Advanced Health Care Practitioners as well as further afield for those aiming to enhance their own clinical practice.

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What we will provide
First-class teaching delivered by a diverse array of staff with years of close industry collaboration that is harnessed to provide you with learning based on real-world needs. Our teaching aims to inspire and excite you and bring your course to life.

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What you will provide
Postgraduate students are required to balance academic work and research projects. You will be expected to engage with teaching materials, online lectures, and in-person sessions. It is important you learn how to adapt a growth mindset to your studies - understand that intelligence and success come from applying yourself, you must be able to demonstrate critical thinking and have ambition and drive to excel.

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What skills we teach

As our programme is aligned to the HEE Framework of Advanced clinical practice, you will develop knowledge and skills around all four pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice: Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education, and Research

All elements of your learning will equip you with:

  • The ability to reflect on Advanced Practice
  • Advanced Clinical examination skills
  • The ability to conduct clinical reasoning and investigation
  • Independent prescribing certification (if module taken)
  • The skills to producing evidence and apply this for the development of practice
  • Research skills and opportunities to engage with research in association with our employer stakeholders
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Career prospects

Students successfully completing the MSc will be able to meet the requirements of any advanced clinical practice role in their discipline. Aston University's programme is aligned with the Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England and aims to enhance students’ competence to the advanced clinical practice level. The learning is supported by theoretical and experiential learning.

How you will learn

Learning and Teaching Methods

  • Self-Directed online study blocks
  • Experiential learning
  • Face-to-face and hands-on learning and teaching

Study Dates

Online blended learning, in practice learning and attendance at university in module 2 for face-to-face practical week – 8 days. Exact dates TBC.

What you will learn

Our programme offers multiple exit awards for students to achieve as needed for the role they are working in:

  • PGCert Advanced Health Assessment
  • PGDip Advancing Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

In the growing and changing NHS, there are growing opportunities for autonomously practising health care practitioners to manage advanced clinical care of patients. Our programme equips you to meet the needs of the advanced healthcare roles in all sectors of practice including but not limited to:

  • Primary care
  • Secondary care
  • Acute care
  • Emergency Care


  • An established Virtual Learning Environment for teaching and course-organisation materials and communications, such as lecture notes, presentations and videos.
  • New clinical training facilities including a new 'ward' area.
  • Modern lecture theatres and classrooms, equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and technology.
  • Hard-copy and electronic access to publications, journals and large scientific databases. 
  • A newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library. The Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day on 6 days a week.

Course objectives

  1.  To provide you with a programme of professionally relevant and educationally challenging postgraduate education that enables you to extend your role of practice and be more autonomous, including using prescribing skills where appropriate. 
  2. To provide you with the knowledge, skills and leadership abilities necessary to be able to integrate positive service developments into your clinical setting
  3. To develop skills that enable you to implement service development and advanced clinical practice through teaching, supervision, leadership, management, and clinical audit; and plan a research project or service improvement project related to your own field of practice. 
  4. To support you in meeting the requirements of enhanced, advanced and consultant level practice within healthcare settings  
  5. To enable you to become an advanced practitioners able to respond to the changing demands of health care practice


Modules and learning outcomes

You will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Health Assessment – Fundamentals of Health Assessment - students will need to be a role where they can practice their learning15
Health Assessment – Clinical Skills School15
Health Assessment – Clinical Application15
Health Assessment – IPL15
Advanced Clinical Practice Synoptic Portfolio (MSc) 15
Advanced Practice Research Project45


You will study 60 credits from the optional modules listed below

Module TitleCredits
Pharmacist Independent Prescribing*45
Clinically Enhanced Prescribing in Acute and Emergency Medicine15
Clinically Enhanced Prescribing in Mental Health Medicine15
Clinically Enhanced Prescribing in Paediatric Medicine15
Leadership and management in healthcare15
Education and mentorship and providing effective feedback in healthcare15
Business planning and management in healthcare15
Advanced clinical update15

Entry requirements

Information needed

We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications and experience.

You must be a registered healthcare professional with an appropriate professional accreditation, i.e. pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or an allied health professional registered with the Health Professionals Council (HCPC)

  • You must have a minimum of 1-2 years post-registration experience within a patient-facing role.
  • Ideally, you should be currently employed in a patient-facing role.
  • Able to access an appropriately qualified/experienced mentor to support training in practice.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case.

*This course is subject to minimum cohort sizes and applicants in years where the cohort threshold has not been met will be offered deferrals to the next academic year.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

For details of equivalent qualifications in your country, use our area pages below:

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

How to apply

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

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Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Pathway Programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

Masters Foundation programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.



Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:


Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30 am-4.30 pm

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students

Annual tuition fees:£9,750

International students

Annual tuition fees:£20,700

More information on fees

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as UK students.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.


At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.


We use a wide variety of assessment types for the different modules including oral exams, essay, a portfolio, closed book assessment, restricted book assessment, and the dissertation for Final year MSc,

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Frequently asked questions

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The Advanced Clinical Practice in Ocular Health at the MSc level offers a unique educational experience that positions graduates for rewarding careers in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry. Expertise gained from our specialised modules prepares you to address complex challenges in ocular health. Additionally, our curriculum is aligned with the Health Education England (HEE) Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) framework, ensuring you meet professional standards and are well-prepared for career progression.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding career support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government has created a new post-study work visa.

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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