Postgraduate taught 

Advanced Practice in Health Care MSc(MedSci)/PgDip/PgCert

Advanced Healthcare Practice NURSING5049

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The ultimate aim of the MSc (Med Sci) in Health Care programme is to improve professional practice and ensure that practice is soundly based on relevant theory and research. This course facilitates integration of theory and practice promoting professional and personal development of students, in preparation for their role as advanced practitioners.


The course is delivered by blended learning (face to face teaching plus regular online learning activities using moodle).

Excluded Courses






Students will submit a portfolio of evidence, (normally 5,000-10,000 words) demonstrating advanced practice and a final reflection as an integrated assessment.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. To develop critical reflective and analytical skills, and the ability to integrate theory and practice.

2. To facilitate students to identify their own learning needs, taking responsibility for implementation of appropriate strategies, and evaluation of outcomes

3. To enable student to support change and advancement of practice in their professional role and to develop and prepare them for leadership and policy roles.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes

1. Autonomous health care practice and values-based care.

2. Critical evaluation of approaches to service delivery in professional health care practice.

3. Participation in evidence based clinical decision making within a multidisciplinary team.

4.  Reflection as an integral part of advanced professional practice.

5.  Skills and strategies to lead the advancement of healthcare practice.

6. Critical analysis of service issues in professional practice to improve practice by determining and implementing appropriate solutions.

7. Delivery of educational initiatives for staff professional development and for service users with critical appraisal of learning outcomes

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Achievement of a grade D or above in the written assignment

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.