PGCert/Dip/MMedSci Advancing Practice (Modular Framework)

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We provide you with the skills employers are looking for so you can move forward with your career.

We all put our trust in the healthcare professionals who take care of us and our loved ones. Those professionals trust Sheffield to deliver the kind of training they need.

Because we work so closely with our partners in health and social care, you can be confident that a postgraduate course here will make a positive difference to your working life.

All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They're designed to be flexible, to meet your needs.

About the course

This part-time course is aimed at busy professionals working in clinical practice and service improvement. It’s designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need advance your career.

The modular framework means you can take a flexible approach, studying part time, for up to five years. You can build your own masters degree as you go, focusing on subjects that are relevant to your area and your own personal needs.

Core modules

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Methods of Inquiry

Optional modules

  • Advanced Renal Nursing Practice
  • Advancing Autonomous Practice
  • Cancer Pathophysiology and Therapeutics
  • Care and Management of the Renal Patient
  • Context and Concepts in Advancing Practice
  • Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • Inclusive of People with Dementia: Involvement and Impact
  • Leading Practice
  • Legal and Professional Issues in Healthcare
  • Managing Diabetes as a Long Term Health Condition
  • Managing Heart Failure as a Long Term Health Condition
  • Managing Renal Disease as a Long Term Health Condition
  • Managing Respiratory Disease as a Long Term Condition
  • Nurse/ Midwifery Independent/Supplementary Prescribing
  • Recognising and Responding to Patient Deterioration
  • Relationship-Centred Dementia Care
  • Theorising Dementia and the UK Policy Context
  • Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives
  • Psychosocial Approaches to the Care and Treatment of People with Dementia


  • Lectures, seminars, small group work and clinical instruction
  • Specialist sessions with expert speakers
  • Research modules are delivered by experienced research staff
  • The dissertation is by supervised tutorial


Each taught unit is assessed by written assignment, OSCE, presentations, or examination. The final unit is an extended project or literature review, leading to a dissertation or workplace study.

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Samantha Treloar, postgraduate student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Key facts

Course duration

2-5 years part-time

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for registered healthcare professionals with experience of practice. The usual entry requirement is a first degree but if you can show you've completed some other type of degree-level study we’ll consider your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Use this fee calculator to find out the fee for this course or contact the department to check.

If you already work with NHS patients in Yorkshire and the Humber or in the East Midlands, funding might be available. Contact us for more information.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

The world needs healthcare professionals

And we’re dedicated to educating them.

We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You'll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill, and the best students' union in the country on your doorstep.

We teach the skills that matter

Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.

We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Mac Macintosh
T: 0114 222 2056