Postgraduate ( work-based, part-time, degree apprenticeship)
Course duration: 18 months - 5 years part-time.
Timetables may vary depending on optional module choice.
Take a journey through the four pillars of advanced practice. Through the exploration of clinical practice, education, research and leadership, you’ll learn how to apply these to a higher level of contemporary and autonomous clinical practice in your speciality. You’ll gain an Advanced Practice (Clinical) MSc while you work, with no tuition fees.
Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.
Our course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work at this higher level of clinical practice.
Upon successful completion of our course, you'll have the opportunity to remain in clinical practice within your chosen speciality, whether it's acute, emergency, critical or primary care. You'll also have the potential to take your career in alternative directions such as healthcare leadership, research or education.
Accreditation with the RCN provides effective governance to assure that you have their fitness to practice as this higher level verified as purposeful, planned and supported by measurable and safe education.
Undertaking the MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice at ARU opened my eyes to working as a nurse at an advanced level. I now work with four GPs as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and love my job
When you complete the Masters, you will be able to work either as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), according to your areas of specialised knowledge.
You may also wish to consider furthering your research career in your specialised field with a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care DProf.
From traditional case study essays to an oral examination, we use a variety of assessment strategies with our course to get the most of your learning. You'll also have the exciting opportunity to be assessed through a work-based portfolio, which will demonstrate your transition from first level registrant to that of advanced practitioner.
Successful completion of the core modules listed above, and the completion of one of the optional modules, enable you to fulfil the criteria for the gateway (160 credits) to progress to the End Point Assessment, which is the Major Project of this programme.
In addition to the on-programme assessments for each module, the End Point Assessment must be undertaken to complete the Apprenticeship. This takes place during the final module of this integrated Apprenticeship and comprises the following components:
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.
Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.
In addition to the personal specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the MSc course. you have any questions about these entry requirements, please speak to your employer first.
You are required to provide evidence of these requirements on submission of your application to be invited to interview.
You must have undertaken a period of three year post-qualifying consolidation and be registered with the NMC regulatory body. You must be currently employed in an appropriate role within the field of advanced practice you wish to study for a period of at least six months prior to commencing the course. You must have a designated facilitator and recommendation to undertake the course by your Education Liaison Manager.
Non-graduates with extensive relevant practical and continuing professional development experience will be considered for entry onto the pathway.
You will be required to provide one reference from someone who knows you in your current (preferable), or most recent, healthcare role to identify your attitude to study and learning.
Studying during COVID-19
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
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