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Advanced Professional Practice & Leadership (MSc)

Our flexible master's course in Advanced Professional Practice and Leadership enables allied healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge and leadership skills to further their careers.

Advanced Professional Practice & Leadership Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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This MSc in Advanced Professional Practice and Leadership is aimed at allied healthcare professionals - such as dieticians, audiologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics and occupational therapists - who seek continuing professional development opportunities.

Allied healthcare professionals should have recent/current clinical practice and be undertaking roles where there is an opportunity to reflect on your practice and develop, enhance and propose change to your current service. 

Whichever field you work in, you will be able to advance your practice and service delivery, as well as improve the care and experiences of patients and service users, upon completion of the course.

You will enhance your awareness of contemporary professional issues, and develop the professional knowledge and leadership skills needed for advanced level practice in allied healthcare, covering areas and skills such as:

  • clinical and direct care practice;
  • leadership;
  • collaborative practice;
  • improving quality and developing practice;
  • developing self and others;
  • project management;
  • research.

As well as taking core units in leadership, critical appraisal and research methods, you can select course units  relevant to your interests in the area of allied healthcare.

The MSc can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over five years, allowing you to study when it suits you. Some of our units can be completed online.

You can also study CPD short courses made up of standalone course units without an award upon completion.

In addition, you can bring academic credits studied elsewhere to this course as part of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Please contact us for further details about this.

You will be expected to meet your requirements for continuing professional development, as well as advancing clinical/professional care and service delivery.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Master of Science
MSc 1 Yr (FT) 5 Yr (PT)
Entry requirements

You will need to have a health or social work professional qualification relevant to the selected programme or current registration with relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body plus the following:

  • For all students, a relevant honours first degree (2:2 or above or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution OR evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying the applicant for entry.
  • For part-time students whose unit(s) have practical components, the written support from their employer to attend and complete any practice requirements is required in addition to the above.

UK applicants who do not hold a first degree (or equivalent qualification) may be admitted on the basis of a health/social work professional qualification. To do this, you must demonstrate the ability to study at postgraduate level.

A standardised procedure for assessing this ability will be developed where students are required to submit a portfolio of evidence of equivalence to the achievement of QAA FHEQ level 6 outcomes.

This portfolio will be reviewed by staff from the programme team. Such evidence may include a documented track record of innovative practice, leadership, service development, research projects and publications that are clearly underpinned by the academic skills required at level 6.

This portfolio route is already successfully used in some of our other master's courses.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 7604
How to apply

If you are self-funded or organisation-funded (non-SLA), you need to complete this application form (Word, 133 KB).

International applicants must apply online

Note to international applicants: in order to achieve the programme aims and individual clinical unit outcomes, you will need to be able to reflect on your current/recent practice and demonstrate how your role can develop, enhance or propose change to patient care and service delivery. When completing your application, please include in the Further Information section of the application form:

  • the focus of your current/recent clinical practice and an overview of your role;
  • your areas of clinical interest and the units you are interested in studying.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

As an allied healthcare practitioner registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. This will enhance your suitability for revalidation.

The course reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.

You will gain contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The course prepares you for the development of new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign. 


Fees for 2017 entry are:

MSc (full-time)

  • UK/EU students: £9,000 per year
  • International students: £17,000 per year

PGDip (full-time)

  • UK/EU students: £7,200 per year
  • International students: £13,600 per year

PGCert (full-time)

  • UK/EU students: £3,600 per year
  • International students: £6,800 per year

Standalone units for CPD

  • UK/EU students: £1,100 per 15-credit unit (£2,200 dissertation)
  • International students: £1,100 per 15-credit unit (£2,200 dissertation)

The fees will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance. 

International Fee

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.