Cert/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.

Being on placement is one of my favourite parts of the course. Whilst on placement I feel really well supported both by the academic staff at the University and my mentor.

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

About the course

Course description 2017

This 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.

Samantha Treloar, postgraduate student in the School of Nursing and MidwiferyCore modules

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Methods of Inquiry

Examples of 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
  • Managing Diabetes as a Long-Term Health Condition
  • Managing Heart Failure 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

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars,
small-group work and clinical instruction,
plus specialist sessions with expert speakers.

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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-5 years part-time

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for registered health care 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

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Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


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.

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

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Any questions?

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

Mac Macintosh
E: m.j.macintosh@sheffield.ac.uk
T: 0114 222 2054

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.