Substantive professional project (masters level)

Key features

This 40 credit masters level module will enable you to manage a practice development project within your workplace, with the support of your project supervisor.

The substantive project enables the student to demonstrate their ability to manage practice development. The project provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of methodology and methods to develop an area of practice, evaluating the impact or potential impact upon the practice area. Students may undertake this project in their actual workplace, or the workplace may be a defined sphere of practice.

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 discuss and evaluate current research evidence and related policy/guidelines to create a shared vision of practice development for an identifiable goal in your workplace
  • create and implement a practice development plan that is context specific with identifiable aims and objectives. Select and justify use of methodology and methods to measure and evaluate the practice development process at each stage
  • demonstrate evidence based outcomes from your practice development activity and critically discuss the impact and potential impact of your work for the practice area and person-centred care
  • use a reflexive approach to critically explore your role as a practitioner within the practice development process. Share your work and engage in critical discussion with fellow practice colleagues and students
  • present a logical and clearly written practice development report.


The assessment for this module is a practice development project.

(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

14 September, 19 October and 7 December 2021. 

**For those on Apprenticeships only**

Delivery 2

17 November, 15 December 2021 and 23 February 2022. 

**For students on all other programmes**

Module dates may be subject to change. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

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 Critical Care Practitioner *

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) 

MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (all pathways) *

*Please note that you must have completed the corresponding PgDip award to enrol on these programmes.

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 the module you must:

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.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply 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.

Module lead

The module lead is Tim Ayers

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:


Phone: +44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:


Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.