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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advancing Professional Practice

Study on a flexible course designed to meet your professional development needs and career aspirations. You choose the topics or modules that suit your individual requirements, helping you to progress to more advanced roles, while studying at a pace that suits you.

Course description

Continuing professional development is a key requirement of health and social care professionals. This flexible course allows you to tailor your studies according to your own development needs. We have a large number of modules that you can choose from that cover areas including clinical and professional, leadership and management, interprofessional learning and research.

Each module you study awards credit towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters in Advanced Professional Development.

To graduate with an MSc you need to gain 180 level 7 credits. Each module you study will have a credit value and once successfully completed this credit is added to your total. You carry on adding credit until you have achieved your award. Alternatively, you can leave with a postgraduate certificate after you have completed 60 credits or a postgraduate diploma after you have completed 120 credits.

If you study modules that reflect your professional identity and you go on to complete the full MSc, you can graduate with a specialist masters award. The specialist award titles currently available are

• MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Nursing)

• MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Leadership)

• MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Paediatrics)

• MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Vocational Rehabilitation)

• MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Social Work)

• MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Medicine)

The skills, experience and knowledge you gain enables you to improve your career prospects. You can take on advanced practice roles, gain promotions or widen your career path and access new roles. It is also an opportunity to develop your professional practice, building on expertise you already possess.

The flexible design allows you to choose

• the amount you want to study depending on your needs

• the pace you want to work at, allowing you to meet work, personal and study commitments

• from a wide variety of modules, ensuring that what you learn is directly relevant to you

If you would like advice on choosing the right modules for you, a course tutor can work with you to identify the modules and study path best suited to your needs. It is also worth enquiring about the possibility of gaining credit from any previous study, to help achieve your qualification more quickly.

Find out more about the advancing professional practice framework of modules by visiting our continuing professional development website.

How the framework operates

Once we receive your application, you can meet up with a course tutor. They work with you to find the best modules for your needs. This may be studying an individual module, choosing a selection of modules that enable you to transfer to a course to gain a professional qualification, or to help to identify a clear route through the framework to give you the skills and experience you need to progress your career.

You can decide your pace of study. You may take up to 60 level seven credits every year. We know how hard it can be to combine demanding work and personal commitments with academic study, so the APP framework allows you to step on and step off at each award level. If you have already carried out some postgraduate level study at another university or in the workplace, you may be able to gain accreditation for your previous experience and learning.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Entry requirements depend on your module choice. Normally you need a first degree or equivalent. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Some modules may require previous clinical or management experience.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Course structure

Attendance depends on the individual modules that you choose and includes distance learning, block and day study.

Typical modules may include

Course design

You can choose from over 150 modules covering
• clinical, medical and professional, for example, specialist nursing, medical or physiotherapy modules
• leadership
• management
• professional development
• interprofessional development
• research

All health and social care professions are covered by this framework.

If you continue onto the full MSc award you need to complete a research methods module and a dissertation. If you choose a masters award with a specialist title, such as MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing), 60 credits from modules and your dissertation must be related to your specialist area.

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • portfolios
  • presentations


You are able to tailor your learning towards your specific career development needs and aspirations. This is a good way to gain a promotion or alternatively change the course of your career into a different area.

The flexibility and module choice ensure you can develop the skills and knowledge you need to improve your professional practice and progress to advanced practice roles in your profession.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £2,100 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Some of the modules on this course may be funded by the Department of Health.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the MSc, 15 credits £535 or 30 credits £1,070

International student

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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