Advanced Practice (Child Health)


MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert


Part Time

| Admissions status: Open
This master's in Advanced Practice will build on your existing skills and experience as a child healthcare practitioner to advance your clinical practice, develop your professional career and enhance your knowledge of research and evidence based healthcare.

  • Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.
  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
  • A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

Student destinations
Nurse specialist, consultant nurse.
Programme leader/s
Dr Edward Purssell
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Typically students take one year to complete a certificate, two years for a diploma and three years for an MSc. Maximum of six years PT.
Waterloo and Guy's campuses.
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery
Closing date
End of July. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability.
PT Home: £2,667 (2014)
PT Overseas: £5,335 (2014)
Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions, tel 0207 848 2858.
Email Website

This pathway is designed for experienced child healthcare practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare.

The pathway builds on your existing skills and experience to enable you to lead and support the development and subsequent delivery of evidence-based practice. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of research methods and methodologies, use theoretical concepts from nursing and other disciplines to generate researchable questions focused around child healthcare, develop a scientific basis for examining child healthcare practice, use the skills of critical reflection, and understand the political context of healthcare and how it influences practice. It is a suitable programme for practitioners from a wide variety of child healthcare areas.

Please see our frequently asked questions here.

Core programme content
  • Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice
  • Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare
  • Child Healthcare- Advancing Practice
  • Dissertation

For students wishing to undertake an empirical study as part of the dissertation module, an additional module entitled Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research must be taken and passed.

Alternatively students may choose for their dissertation to undertake an indepth analysis of an area of policy or practice or to prepare three papers for publication.

Indicative non-core content
Students select optional courses from a wide range of available options including:
  • Prescribing ( for eligible practitioners)
  • Advanced assessment skills
  • Clinical specialities.

For full details of the programme structure please click here.

For full details of the range of modules available click here.

Other options from our BSc programme may also be available. Students who have already studied clinically-focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's may be able to incorporate this study into the programme, subject to certain limits, provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim).

The majority of assessment is by coursework; some modules are also assessed by one examination.

More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Module code: 7KNIP018
Credit level: 7

The course is aimed at those working with children and young people in both acute and community settings, including schools and child and adolescent mental health services, as well as services for healthy and sick children at home. This course draws on your experience and awareness of clinical practice in nursing children of all ages, and challenges you to re-examine your practice in the light of current and developing child health policies (for example the NSF for Children and Young People). Students will be expected to share ideas and develop a critical approach to their work, through student led seminars. Key themes will be partnership, transition between services, clinical judgment and decision-making, and leadership and influencing policy. Further Information Standalone M level courses are only available to those with a first degree where level three courses are offered in the same or similar areas. Minimum requirement is previous successful study with good grades at level 6.
Module code: 7KNIM725
Credit level: 7

This module enables students to undertake a substantial written project relevant to their field of practice. Students draw on learning and skills acquired in the taught components of the MSc programme. The module offers a choice of one of three options: an analysis of an area of healthcare provision, an empirical study, or a systematic review.

Students are supported in their project work through guidance from a designated supervisor. Additionally, all students, once enrolled, have access to group online tutorials via discussion boards situated within the module e-Learning site. The online discussion boards provide a medium where queries can be addressed and suggestions offered by both fellow students and the module leader.

Module code: 7KNIM110
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 30
Semester:  Full-year 
Assessment:  coursework 

This course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to identify best evidence for your practice. It focuses on searching for, appraising and synthesising evidence from health care research. You are introduced to a range of electronic databases for accessing evidence and the principles of systematic review. Learning is facilitated through lectures, workshops and a student-directed search for evidence to address a question emerging from your own practice. Issues surrounding research implementation and evidence at the level of the individual practitioner and the health care organisation are addressed. Assessment is by means of a review of literature which answers a focussed question utilising explicit methods.
Module code: 7KNIM700
Credit level: 7

This module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of the key research approaches and techniques used in healthcare research. It intends to promote students’ understanding of published articles and enhance skills of critical analysis and enhance skills for critiquing research articles. Further it aims to promote the development of skills required to undertake a research-based project in the future. This module is a good stepping stone to Master's level work for those who have studied research methods at level 6 and those who would benefit from revision of this knowledge. It will consider philosophical bases for research, traditions and features of qualitative and quantitative research designs, data collection tools used in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. This module is a precursor for the second research methods module, ‘Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research’


Module code: 7KNIM701
Credit level: 7

This course aims to raise awareness of issues that arise inthe conduct of research, from writing research proposals to the publication of findings. It will be useful for students embarking on a research or service development project, for new  researchers wishing to develop their skills, and for healthcare professionals seeking to evaluate healthcare services. Issues covered in the course include gaining funding, managing research schedules, involving users in the research process, working with external agencies, addressing ethical and political issues in research, and managing aspects of the data collection process - for example overcoming poor response rates and managing group dynamics in focus group research. Learning is facilitated through lectures, recommended reading and seminars. The seminars provide a series of How to... sessions that facilitate application of concepts learnt during the Principal Methods for Healthcare Research course. For example: How to develop an interview schedule, or How to run a focus group. These seminars enable students to gain a practical understanding of the research process.
Module code: 7KNIM707
Credit level: 7

This course will enable students to critically appraise and utilise organisational and management theories in order to facilitate the development of individuals and groups. Examples of this include continuing professional development, motivation, the management of change and manpower planning.

General entry advice

For specialist pathways you must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements.

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered. If you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research.

Applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway should be working in an appropriate care setting and/or post for the duration of the programme and have a minimum two years’ clinical experience as a qualified practitioner.

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

Apply using the College application form available online. In addition, please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.

Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's College modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.

Staff from contracted Trusts are eligible to have their study funded, subject to agreement by their manager. Students not sponsored by their employer may wish to pursue other sources of funding. Some scholarships may be available. Prospective students may also wish to consult the Directory of Grant-making Trusts and Charities (available in local libraries). Self-funding students may wish to consider a Career Development Loan

Staff profiles

Advanced Practice (Child Health) MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

I am delighted to be able to oversee a raft of exciting master’s programmes within the School of Nursing & Midwifery. I myself have studied at King’s and was attracted to do so because of the College’s reputation for research.

Today the number of programmes has increased to meet the complexity and diversity of healthcare provision, and research has been fully accepted as an essential element of healthcare practice. I am pleased to say that research and the appraisal of evidence remain core to all of our programmes whether concerned with advanced clinical practice and leadership roles or in the field of education for healthcare professionals.