MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice

Advancing nursing knowledge, skills and attributes are essential to underpin professional practice. The MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice provides registered nurses with an educational platform for career development by undertaking focused study on advancing their decision making, leadership and clinical knowledge, skills and attributes within specific areas of practice. 

This course recognises the ever-changing complexity of care and offers a range of flexible and elective study options, which are educationally responsive to changing direction of global and UK policy. Exit awards include a flexible programme - MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice, and pathways for MSc/PgD Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) and MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice (District Nursing). 

Contributing staff on the MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice course are active in leading research and policy development in collaboration with groups such as; Association of Advanced Practice Educators (AAPEUK), International Council of Nurses ANP group, Health Literacy UK, International Union of Health Promotion and Education, Queens Nursing Institute, NHS Education for Scotland, British Heart Foundation.

Graduate prospects

The programme will give you the skills and experience you need to develop your career and to act as a leader and innovator in the field of advanced nursing. This academic award will enhance your employability for opportunities in a number of roles, including advanced nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, public health and researchers.

Within the programme, there are optional study pathways for you to choose from: Flexible Pathway selection across range of modules on offer; Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Home students only); District Nursing.

Module list

Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Acute and Primary Care (home students only, criteria for entry), Advanced Leadership for Health and Social Care Practitioners, Advanced Research Methods, Applied Pathophysiology for Advancing Professional Practice, Applied Statistics and Data Analysis for Public Health, Challenges in Contemporary Global Health Care, Chronic Heart Failure: Optimising Health and Wellbeing (home students only, criteria for entry), Education in Health and Social Care, End of Life Care, Epidemiology: Principles, Application and Evaluation in Practice, Health Economics, Infection Prevention and Control in a Global Context, Masters Dissertation, Minor Surgical Practices (home students only, criteria for entry), Non-Medical Endoscopy (home students only, criteria for entry), Prescribing for Healthcare Practitioners (home students only, criteria for entry), Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Adult (home students only, criteria for entry), Social Action Approaches in Public Health, Supporting Anticipatory Care for Long-Term Conditions, Supportive Palliative Care for Patients with Advancing Heart Failure (home students only, criteria for entry), The Principles and Theory of Public Health Practice, Work-Based Advanced Skills and Innovative Practices.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
1 Year
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
1 Year
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent). Must be a registered nurse.

English language

IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

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Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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This course features a mix of assessments and exams.
This course is accredited by the NMC (Prescribing for Healthcare Practitioners module).
This course uses industry-standard facilities