2020 start

Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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

Designed for experienced neonatal nurses, this course gives you the specialist knowledge and skills you need to advance clinically and professionally.
Postgraduate on the Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner course

Course description

Applications will reopen in early 2020.

This course, which combines theory and practice, develops skills in critical thinking, analysis and self-awareness. Workshops focus on real clinical scenarios and are complemented by clinical teaching.

The course will help you advance clinically and professionally, and become a future leader of neonatal nursing practice. We’ll help you play a key role in the multidisciplinary neonatal team, while making key decisions about practice, leadership and management.

You’ll learn how to work across traditional boundaries and how to deal with the uncertainty that is inherent in an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner role.

Queries about applying

We're currently refreshing our advanced practice programmes. We will relaunch our specialist advanced clinical practice pathways and our new MSc apprenticeship routes in early spring 2020. If you'd like to find out more about our new Advanced Clinical Practice programme, complete our short expression of interest form and we'll keep you up to date.


Core modules

Year 1

You'll need to come to the University two days a week on alternate weeks.

  • Biosciences in Neonatal Practice
  • Health and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Contemporary Clinical Practice

 Year 2

  • Evidence Based Practice (online)
  • Research Methods (online)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (requires University attendance and self-directed study)

Year 3

  • Critical Development of Clinical Practice (work-based project)



  • You'll be taught at the University by experienced medical and nursing practitioners who are specialists in their field of neonatology.
  • Self-directed study in the weeks when University attendance is not required.

 Your course leader will provide academic support.


  • A clinical skills day at the University.
  • You'll develop advanced practice skills in a clinical setting.

A clinical supervisor will provide clinical support.


You’ll develop a portfolio of learning: skills log, case study presentations, professional conversations and reflective workshops, objective structured clinical exam, formative and summative EMSQs (multiple choice-style questions under exam conditions), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and report writing.


3 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant health care subject.

You must also have worked in a neonatal environment since achieving QIS status or equivalent.

English language requirements

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


Applications will reopen early 2020. Please contact the department if you'd like to find out more.

Queries about 2020 advanced practice courses

We'll relaunch our specialist advanced clinical practice pathways and our new MSc apprenticeship routes in early 2020. If you'd like to find out more, please contact:

Louise Crabtree
Programme Lead

Sara Morris
Advanced Practice Lead

General enquiries

Health Sciences School
+44 114 222 2030

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