University of Brighton

Advanced Nurse Practitioner
MSc (PGDip)

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Part-time: 2-6 years

    About the course

    This is an exciting and flexible course for experienced nurses in advanced and autonomous roles who would like to enhance their practice through study at master's level. Students can expand their knowledge and competency according to the requirements of their professional practice by choosing from a wide range of clinically relevant modules. Students are also challenged to explore the evidence base for practice and to develop their contribution to care through analysis and evaluation of the concepts and theories which underpin advanced nursing practice. This course develops political awareness, practice competency and critical evaluation skills as the foundations of a scholarly approach to practice development - benefiting patients, the health care service and the students who undertake this course.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    Individual offers may vary.

    Students who meet the entry requirements will also normally be required to attend an interview.

    Degree and/or experience:
    Normally, a first degree or evidence of the ability to study at masters level.
    Minimum of three years post-registration practice is also required.

    Applicants should be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and currently be engaged in practice for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

    Applicants should also identify an advanced nurse practitioner mentor, within their practice environment, who is willing to support their development.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    Part-time study is recommended to allow students a flexible approach to learning which is responsive to their specific learning needs and the requirements of their professional role.

    Areas of study

    Physical Assessment and Advanced Nurse Practitioner Studies modules lie at the heart of this course and together with a research and dissertation module provide the mandatory modules. Students also undertake another three optional modules relevant to their practice chosen from the graduate programme. Popular choices are Case Management, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing, and Leadership and Management. Clinical modules such as Heart Failure, Advanced Respiratory Care, and Diabetes are also available.


    Core modules
    Advanced Nurse Practitioner Studies
    Physical Assessment (Adult or Mental Health)
    A research module from the GPHSS programme

    Three options from the GPHSS programme according to professional interests and roles

  • Fees and costs

    NHS funding is available and may vary depending on individual circumstances.  

    Please contact us directly for exact tuition fees and for information on the funding available for this course.

  • Location

    Location Help Falmer

    Our Falmer campus is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Brighton. Approximately 7,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    Masters level education is an important component of advanced and specialist nursing practice to support greater autonomy in delegated and substituted medical roles. This course also promotes deeper understanding and evaluation of the nursing contribution to patient-centred care and service development in accordance with the Knowledge and Skills Framework at Level 4.

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Graduate Programme in Health and Social Sciences
This course is part of our Graduate Programme in Health and Social Sciences. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more