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Advanced Practice (Leadership) MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert



For managers and leaders employed in healthcare organisations in a practice role involving regular patient/client contact. Learn theories of leadership and develop an enhanced repertoire of leadership skills and styles.

Key benefits

  • 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.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration 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.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 10-15.

Course leaders Julia Mingay

Course contact for further information

  • Before you apply: Use our Enquiry Form

  • After applying: Use the King's Apply messaging service or call us on 44 (0)20 7848 1648

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery



Entry requirements & how to apply

Employment/work experience requirements:

You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. Applicants 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.

Academic Requirements:

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. 

Application procedure

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

Personal statement and supporting information

Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's College modules that you have already studied which 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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date and up to 01 July 2016 applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


You will learn theories of leadership in a range of contexts and develop an enhanced personal repertoire of leadership styles and skills. A distinctive feature of the programme is the range of learning techniques used, including individual and group work, peer learning, organisational observation, reflective review and experiential learning. You will undertake core modules in leadership, the modernised NHS and evidence-based practice and healthcare research. In addition students select options from a range of areas including: 

  • Clinical specialities

  • Professional development and organisational change

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 incorporate this study into the programme, subject to certain limits and 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). 

Please see our frequently asked questions here.

Course purpose

This master's in Advanced Practice aims to help those working in management or leadership roles in healthcare organisations to become familiar with the origins, mechanisms and implications of the current health and social care modernisation programme and assess future policy-making process in relation to the NHS and broader public services.

Further literature

School graduate programmes brochure.

Course format and assessment

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



Career prospects

Leadership and management roles in the NHS or private sector such as practice development, clinical leadership and nursing or midwifery management.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU


Full time tuition fees - Overseas


Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,000 (2016)

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£5,850 (2016)

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


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