Advancing practice in context (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit module is a core module for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) (and other pathways within the School of Nursing and Midwifery) and will give you the opportunity to look at, critically analyse and evaluate the principles of advancing practice and prepare you for your learning journey on your masters. You will study alongside health professionals from across healthcare settings and disciplines adding a richness to this learning opportunity.

You will develop a critical understanding of the current issues that impact on service delivery and how advancing practice influences the provision of high-quality, patient centred care whilst also ensuring that the right care is delivered by the right clinician at the right time. You will also have the opportunity to consider the legal and ethical boundaries, working environment and complexities of your own practice.

Within the taught component of the module there will be input from visiting lecturers, clinicians, and managers from health sectors to offer practical and pragmatic input and promote active discussion.

If you would like to undertake this module at degree level please see ‘Integrated Advancing Practice in Context’.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically review the four pillars of Advanced Practice – Leadership, Clinical, Education, Research – which characterise the work of the advanced practitioner within a diversity of clinical settings
  • critically appraise the challenges to and opportunities for leadership that stimulate and facilitate effective service change, supporting inter-professional working and service user involvement to facilitate high quality care
  • critically evaluate contemporary policy drivers and frameworks within the health and social care sector in relation to an advanced level of practice
  • identify and critically analyse the professional issues relating to their own practice role within the context of integrated care delivery
  • critically debate the professional, political, legal and ethical demands of working within the context of advanced practice as an autonomous practitioner.


The summative assessment for this module is an essay.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

Delivery 1

9, 16, 23, 30 September and 7, 21 October 2020. 

Delivery 2

6, 13, 20, 27 January and 3, 10 February 2021.

**Please note semester 1 will be online delivery**

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as a core module towards the following programmes:

MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner)

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Community and Primary Care Practitioner)

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner)  

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) 

COVID-secure module delivery

The University is adhering to government guidance relating to COVID-secure operation. For this reason, modules are being delivered in a variety of formats, with much content delivered online, either in an interactive manner (i.e. requiring participation at the allotted times), or sometimes in a passive manner (i.e. you may be able to conduct some of the study outside of the typical taught hours of 09:00–17:00).

Some sessions, particularly clinical assessments, will continue to be delivered face-to-face with appropriate risk-mitigating measures in place. Others may allow you the option of attending face-to-face or synchronously engaging on-line with peers who attend face-to-face.

When you receive confirmation of your enrolment on a module, you will be granted access to our Digital Learning Environment (DLE or Moodle). You should access this prior to the start of your module to determine the teaching format of the module’s sessions.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:

  • be a registered practitioner working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the module outcomes
  • ideally be in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Funding and fees


This module is commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.