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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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Advanced Clinical Practice is for experienced healthcare practitioners in hospital and community settings. The course builds on your existing skills and experience to enable you to lead and support the development and delivery of advanced clinical practice. Module outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework and the NHS England Advanced Clinical Practice framework so NHS employees can identify learning to support career progression.

This MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme is accredited by Health Education England Centre of Advancing Practice. 

Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the top nursing faculty in the UK, ranked 2nd in the world (2020 QS World University Rankings).
  • The programme is accredited by Health Education England Centre of Advancing Practice. 
  • 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.
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: three years (max of six years), PG Dip: two years (max of four years), PG Cert: one year (max of three years)

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course leaders Dr Geraldine Lee, gerry.lee@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Course detail


This course is suitable for nurses and allied healthcare professionals currently employed in clinical practice, in any healthcare discipline. Applicants are expected to be working in an advanced clinical practice role before commencing this postgraduate course.

The course is relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the community or acute care setting including emergency care, critical care, chronic disease management and other specialist areas.

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

Course purpose

This programme is intended for experienced healthcare clinical practitioners who are seeking to advance their practice, enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare, and develop their roles.

Course format and assessment

A typical academic year for students of this course might have approximately 150 hours (25% of total hours) in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops, and approximately 450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary according to the optional modules chosen. Students are expected to undertake on average 14.5 hours of self-study per week.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations with emphasis on clinical competency assessment in advanced clinical practice. This can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations. In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam such as OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination) or a computer based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical competency assessment document based on the NHS England 2017 ACP Multi-Professional Framework. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

We will consider RPL for previous modules relating to advanced practice. Please click here for more information.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling MSc: 180 credits, PG Dip: 120 credits and PG Cert: 60 credits.

Required Modules
There is one core module:

MSc students are also required to take:

  • Quality Improvement Dissertation (60 credits)

Please note that the dissertation can only be undertaken when students have completed 120 credits and achieved an average of 50% or above in their modules.

Optional Modules

In addition, students take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Students will be permitted to take additional credits up to the maximum allowed by regulations. The inclusion of a particular optional module in a named pathway is subject to the approval of the pathway leader. These modules can be taken from another faculty at King’s College London. These modules can be taken in any order.

These modules can be taken in any order. King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

For more information about these modules please visit our Search for a course pages here.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum requirements 2:1

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours. 

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

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 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.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Employment/work experience requirements  

You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. King's 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.

Please note that applicants who are not working in the UK cannot be considered for this programme.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk

Personal statement and supporting information

Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's 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.

One reference is required as part of the application. This reference must be a clinical reference from your current clinical manager.

Application closing date

Please note that applicants who are not working in the UK cannot be considered for this programme.

Entry in January 2021: this course is now full and not accepting further applications.

Entry in September 2021: our first application deadline is 31st March 2021. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 29th July 2021 or from UK/EU nationals after 12th August 2021.


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Part time Home fees: £3,330 per year (PGCert,PG Dip, MSc, 2020/21); £3,500 per year (PGCert,PG Dip, MSc, 2021/22);
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,450 per year (PGCert, PG Dip, MSc, 2020/21); £7,820 per year (PGCert, PG Dip, MSc, 2021/22);

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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