School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Community and Primary Care Practitioner)

Are you a registered health or social care professional looking to develop your advanced practitioner knowledge and skills within community and primary care? This specialist pathway has been designed to prepare and support nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working in a community environment for the service delivery changes taking place in this area. You will be equipped to meet these changes and to thrive in the new service configurations as well as learning to work in new ways.

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This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Developed in response to the policy context of integrated care (Five Year Forward View, 2014), this pathway promotes partnership working, the management of complexity and the need to address health inequalities.
  • Critically examine new service delivery models as they are developed and enhance your clinical skills to meet the integrated workforce agenda including holistic assessment, problem solving and single assessment processes.
  • Deliver health promotion to a range of people and contribute to reducing health inequalities.
  • Gain the necessary generic practice skills to function within the community/primary care environment and to analyse integrated practice whilst critically examining the nature, purposes and practice of public health.
  • Flexibly respond to the transformation of services and working across professional and organisational boundaries.
  • Opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience as well as a close relationship with clinicians contributing to teaching.
  • Research informed teaching is embedded throughout the curriculum and you will be given the chance to design and undertake your own research to enhance and develop patient care and/or service provision.
  • Embed independent and supplementary prescribing into your masters degree (subject to profession).
  • Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education
  • Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three core modules.

    Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to six modules: three core, one pathway specific and up to two optional.

    Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with two further core modules in the final year.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice modules for the School of Nursing and Midwifery page.

    Core modules
    • APP714 Integrated Community and Primary Care in Context

      This module provides education to support integration in a community/ primary care context. Students will learn about the context of care and will develop skills in analysis and improvement strategies.

    • APP701 Advancing Practice in Context

      This module will enable the student to develop their professional understanding within Advancing Practice, allowing them to consider the legal and ethical boundaries, the working environment and the complexities of their practice.

    • APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

      This module develops an understanding of research designs and methods, enables the critical appraisal of research and introduces the principles of data collection and analysis.

  • Year 2
  • You must gain 40 credits from optional modules in Year 2 to gain a postgraduate diploma.

    Core modules
    APP715 – Integrated community and primary care practice

    Examples of the optional modules available
    APP716 – Clinical skills in community and primary care
    APP718 – The fundamentals of health assessment
    APP736 – Leadership and innovation
    HEA577 – Supplementary prescribing
    HEAD709 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists)
    NMP702 - Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    APP703 - Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
    SPP701 – Substantive professional project

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You will normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care).

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. 

If you do not have a degree but have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme you may be eligible to apply.

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 minimum of 7 in each part.

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 2.1 or above (or European first equivalent) you must have completed an evidence based practice module at degree level and will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

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 post graduate 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.

Fees, costs and funding


Home/EU (part time) International (part time)
£750 per 20 credits N/A

*Please note that some of the optional modules for this programme are specialist modules and therefore may have different fees. Module fees can be found on the individual module webpages.

Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Information about loans and funding for postgraduate study.

How to apply

This programme will commence in September 2017. For further information please contact the Professional Development Team.

When to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

Applications should be made by using the relevant PDF or Word application form.

Postgraduate application form DOC – A ten page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A ten page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

Printed application forms are also available and can be obtained from the Professional Development Unit. Please send your completed application form to the address or email listed below:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA


Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist website.

Support is also available if you an overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

Looking to enrol before September 2017?

This programme will be available to students who wish to commence study in the 2017/18 academic year. If you wish to begin studying in the current academic year please visit our MSc Contemporary Healthcare page.

Find out more about the MSc Contemporary Healthcare

MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information for the School of Nursing and Midwifery

There are a number of core and optional modules associated with the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme pathways in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as three different exit awards.

Find out more about the modules