MSc Advanced Practice

Around the world, health and social care services are coming together to prioritise the support that individuals, families and their communities need. The level of practice needed to inform and contribute meaningfully to this global movement is being realised. As a result, advanced practice masters level qualifications for registered health and social care practitioners are in demand.

Glasgow Caledonian University is recognised as an institution committed to transforming lives through education and innovating for social and economic impact. The University's Masters in Advanced Practice has been designed in consultation with policy advisors, clinicians, students and patient representatives. We recognise the importance of service user and carer perspectives when it comes to defining a flexible approach to practice experience and in advancing core and area specific levels of clinical competence.

MSc Advanced Practice at Glasgow Caledonian University gives you exposure to worldwide health and social care perspectives. You will explore further the need to integrate service users and carers views into policy and practice development. And you will develop the confidence to embrace and promote professional leadership - so that you can contribute meaningfully to the modernisation and integration of health and social care delivery.

"Your masters experience will be focused on the four pillars of Advanced Practice; Clinical Practice, Facilitation of Learning, Leadership, and Evidence, Research and Development" (NES 2016)

You will find yourself fully supported and yet challenged, we base our learning and teaching on the following principals:

  • engaged learning
  • divergent thinking
  • flexible, inclusive, accessible learning
  • broad and deep learning
  • global learning
  • real world problem solving
  • entrepreneurship
  • responsible leadership and professionalism

MSc Advanced Practice offers three exit points: MSc, PgD and PgC. You can also choose to specialise and graduate with a named award from Glasgow Caledonian University: MSc Advanced Practice (Musculoskeletal Health) or MSc Advanced Practice (Education in Academic and Practice Settings), a teaching qualification with HEA Fellowship. These named awards are available with a predefined list of module choices to ensure your study is appropriate to your field, giving you the best learning experience to suit your needs.

By choosing to personalise your learning, you gain an enhanced knowledge that benefits you specifically and you will feel that benefit throughout your career.

Module catalogue:

  • Advanced Leadership for Health and Social Care Practitioners
  • Curriculum development and quality in educational practice
  • The theory of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Work-Based Advanced Skills and Innovative Practices
  • Principles of Practice in Medical Ultrasound
  • Non-Medical Prescribing
  • Principles of Diagnostic Investigations
  • Applied Pathophysiology for Advancing Professional Practice
  • Supporting Anticipatory Care for Long Term Conditions
  • Advanced Assessment and Management of Minor Injuries
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Principles and Practice
  • Computed Tomography Principles and Practice
  • Diagnostic Imaging for Podiatrists (Interpretive)
  • Advancing Practices in Imaging
  • Public Health Theory to Social Action
  • Human Movement and MSK Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Assessment and Management of Illness and Injury
  • Advancing Physiotherapy Practice
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Recognition of Prior Learning through experiential or accredited learning can also contribute to gaining this award.

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

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
1 Year
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
16 Months
20 Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
20 Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 16 Months 20 Jan 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 20 Jan 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

You must be an experienced (normally two to three years post registration), registered health or social care practitioner with minimum academic requirement; UK 2:2 honours degree or equivalent. If you can demonstrate experience or accredited learning you will also be considered by submitting a Recognition of Prior Learning Application.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0. Reading and listening must be 6.5.

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.

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

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £5500
RUK: £5500
EU: £5500
International: £12980

Part-time and distance learning tuition fees

Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis.

View part-time and distance learning fees for 2019/20.

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 £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

Assessment methods at Glasgow Caledonian University are designed to give you the opportunity to develop key academic skills in a practical setting ensuring that your ability to operate within the health and social care environment is enhanced.

You will be asked to develop leadership skills, learn from assessment in the form of evidence based practice and demonstrate that you can reflect on changes that could be put in to place having considered global evidence.

MSc Advanced Practice offers three exit points: MSc, PgD and PgC are available.

Graduates are ready to lead inter-professional teams and help deliver practice development, design and deliver programmes of education and become change agents within their healthcare settings.