Advancing Practice

University of Stirling


Stirling Campus


The health and social care needs of the population are changing globally, highlighted most recently by the Covid-19 pandemic. The delivery of Health and Social Care supports integrated services focusing on prevention, early intervention and enablement to support people to live well for as long as possible in their own homes and communities. Health and social care professionals working in integrated teams, play a critical part in realising this vision. These roles have developed and expanded to meet new challenges and this Masters course has therefore been designed to support you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge to work effectively at an advanced level.

Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients and healthcare providers, this course is designed for any health professional working in a clinical, education, management or research role who is keen to challenge their thinking, gain new skills and make a difference to their practice.

The course offers two different pathways: Pathway A: Advancing Practice, and Pathway B: Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice).

You can exit early with with PgDip in Advancing Practice/Advancing Practice (Clincical Practice) and the PgCert in Advancing Practice/Advancing Practice (Clinical Practice).

Entry Requirements

Current professional registration as a Nurse, Allied Health Professional or Social Care Professional is required for entry to this MSc. Applicants are also usually required to have a degree qualification.

You do not have to be considering an Advanced Practioner role to apply for this course, although as part of the MSc in Advancing Practice a clinical pathway is offered, which would support you if you are either in a trainee or substantive Advanced Practitioner role. If you are not in one of these roles, a wide range of modules are offered to suit your practice area.

Applications are welcome from those who are just about to complete a professional undergraduate degree qualification in either Nursing, Social Work or any of the Allied Health Professions.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

24-48 months


Health Sciences and Sport

SCQF Level



Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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