Course Comparison

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Mental Health
Master of Science - MSc Master of Science - MSc
3 years 3 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Part-time Part-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Nursing and Midwifery School of Nursing and Midwifery
Entry requirements

Part-time students

You will normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care). You will be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary.

If you do not have a first degree at 2:2 or above (or the European first equivalent) but have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme you may still be eligible to apply. In these cases, you would also be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each category.

You will also need to be working in an environment that will enable you to meet the programme learning outcomes and have a clinical mentor in practice in undertaking a clinical module.

Full-time/international students

The entry requirements for full-time or international students who wish to enrol on this programme are generally the same as those for part-time students (please see above).

To enable you to meet the programme learning outcomes you will be supported to choose modules with non-clinical assignments.


Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS):

This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module has the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

A good honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care. 

You must be working in a role that requires advanced practice skills and knowledge.

You will need the support of your employer with time for your academic studies and your workplace-based learning.

Your employer will need to provide you with a consultant or advanced practice clinical supervisor for the duration of the programme.

Claims for credit for prior learning will be assessed following University regulations.

International students: IELTS score of 6.5 overall or equivalent.