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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics & Child Health)

Learn about the course below
January 2024
September 2024
3 years part-time
£64 per credit (UK)*
Course leader
Harry Bliss

GOSH is committed to supporting the ambition and career development of healthcare practitioners and in collaboration with our accredited higher education partner, providing a range of opportunities for advancing practice and career development. The programme aims to support your development of the skills and knowledge, required for advanced level independent practice. The combination of an individually tailored pathway and a strong emphasis on work-based learning will allow you to demonstrate the academic qualification, competence, and capabilities that are aligned to the Multiprofessional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (Health Education England, 2017). Due to the multi-professional, personalised and adaptable nature of the programme, it is appropriate for healthcare professionals from a wide and diverse range of paediatric and child health professions and settings. By completing the programme and transforming your role, you will work at an advanced level of clinical practice, with direct patient care at the forefront, with the other pillars of research, education and leadership/management in an unpredictable, complex and dynamic practice environment. This can support you in delivery of high quality, safe, effective patient care and to initiate and implement innovative, person-centred improvements for patient and service outcomes.

Why study MSc Advanced Clinical Practice at Great Ormond Street Hospital?

The core focus of the programme is the recognition of and building on previously acquired knowledge and skills, combined with workplace learning and supplemented with virtual live and on-demand pre-recorded modules. Key to the programme is the relationship between the trainee, your clinical supervisor and your course tutors.

You will benefit from our pre-programme consultation and advice which continues throughout the course. You'll also benefit from our unique personal tutoring system which takes a proactive approach and echoes the values of ‘building success for all’, helping you to reach your potential as a qualified advanced clinical practitioner.

Course highlights

  • Recognition of prior learning wherever that takes place
  • Focus on work place learning
  • Pre-course consultation and advice
  • Tripartite reviews: clinical supervisor, practitioner, university tutor
  • Clinical supervisor preparation and on-going support.

When will the course run?

Course intakes are twice a year in January and September. For more information and module teaching dates, please contact the GOSH Advancing Practice Team: ap.programmes@gosh.nhs.uk

What will you gain?

On successful completion of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme, you will be entitled to the professional title of Advanced Clinical Practitioner having demonstrated capabilities with the four domains of Advanced Clinical Practice. Successful practitioners will have acquired a range of advanced level skills which will offer you further career progression and/or progress to doctoral level studies. You will have developed skills required to share your advanced knowledge and expertise across the local, national and international arena and to act as supervisors of other advance practitioners. You will also build a reputation for yourself, act as a role model and be known as an expert within your professional field.

What will you study on the course?

Module nameModule codeYear / SemesterModule Description

Physical examination and assessment of children & young people (15 credits)


Year 1 / Semester 1

To develop and apply the required knowledge, skills, and behaviours to independently undertake the physical examination and assessment of children and young people (up to the age of 18 years) holistically, safely, and effectively.

Applied clinical physiology of children & young people (15 credits)


Year 1 / Semester 1

To develop and apply the foundations of medical sciences to describe and explain normal, altered, and extremes of physiological states enabling the interpretation of clinical findings signifying disease and/or illness in children and young people.

Diagnosing and managing common clinical presentations in children and young people (15 credits)


Year 1 / Semester 2

To build upon previously acquired knowledge, skills and behaviours in holistic assessment, anatomy, and physiology to develop an evidence-based approach to diagnostic and clinical management processes, recognising their increasing levels of independent practice and accountability.

Advancing professional practice (15 credits)


Year 1 / Semester 2

To develop and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of advanced level practitioners in management and leadership in the healthcare context, adult learning, educational theory, and personal professional development.

Managing clinical complexity in children & young people (15 credits)


Year 2 / Semester 1

To build upon previously acquired knowledge, skills, and behaviours to demonstrate capabilities in managing the assessment, diagnostic and clinical management processes in the context of complexity, uncertainty, and risk, recognising their increasing levels of independent practice and accountability.

Independent and supplementary prescribing – children and young people (40 credits)


Year 2 / Semester 2


Developing Research Capability (60 credits)


Year 3 / Semester 1 & 2

To engage students in scholarly enquiry to develop a critical understanding of social science research. For the student to develop research capability through formulating and implementing a proposal for research related to their field of practice.

Clinical capabilities in advanced practice (15 credits)


Year 3 / Semester 1 & 2

In this module students will demonstrate the consolidation of knowledge, skills and behaviours acquired whilst studying the programme by the completion and submission of a portfolio of evidence of clinical capability in their respective area of clinical practice.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How will the course be taught?

You will be taught using a student centred approach. This is designed to support and develop mastery of  knowledge and understanding of your area of professional practice. There are a variety of teaching and learning strategies used within this programme, all of which are designed to support you and to allow you to have equal and equitable opportunities to optimise your potential, support, independence and autonomy of learning  and facilitate your development as Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

Stimulating and innovative learning opportunities will be available whether within the University, online or in your workplace. Learning will be supported and facilitated by the programme leader, module leaders, clinical supervisor and personal tutor.


Your skills and knowledge are assessed by the use of a variety of methods, which are informed by the University and School Assessment Strategies together with the HEE/RCPCH Advanced Clinical Practice capabilities.

Assessment methods may vary according to the type and focus of the module which may include: Reflection on practice, oral presentations of case studies, presentations, portfolios, OSCAs, reports, clinical audits/evaluation, research/project proposal.

UK entry


  • Honours degree achieving 2:2 classification or above in a healthcare related subject.
  • Current registration as a healthcare professional with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
  • A minimum of 3-years full time experience (or equivalent) in the relevant area of practice.


  • In a role where a minimum of 70% of the role is dedicated to working with infants, children, and young people up to the age of 18 years.
  • Confirmation from the employing organisational that the development of the applicant is supported within the workplace to enable evolution of the scope of practice and responsibilities by:   
    • Enabling the applicant to fully attend university teaching, including virtual learning.
    • Enabling the applicant to dedicate a minimum of three hours per week as protected work-based learning time.
    • Enabling the applicant to work in a 'supernumerary capacity' to focus on their clinical/professional development as evidenced by the completion of a portfolio.


  • Provision of a designated Educational Supervisor to supervise and support the applicants overall educational and clinical development and facilitate completion of specified work-based learning activities and assessments.
  • Provision of day-to-day supervision and support by an experienced clinical team to enable the development of knowledge, skills, behaviours, competence, and confidence.


  • UK students only are eligible to apply for this course.
  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
  • You will be expected to attend a pre-programme planning discussion with a member of the course team.


The fees below refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Part-time students: £64 per credit*

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide.

For more information and to answer your frequently asked questions, please visit our postgraduate funding page.

Course costs

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • A free electronic textbook for every module
  • All printing and copying required for your study
  • Self-service laptops available for loan for a maximum of 24 hours
  • Audio-visual equipment available for loan, including digital stills cameras, digital video recorders, digital audio recorders

How can the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice support your career?

On successful completion of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme, you will be entitled to the professional title of Advanced Clinical Practitioner having demonstrated capabilities with the four domains of advanced clinical practice within your specialism.

You will be able to practice as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner within a job role which will have been identified by your employer and as such, you will be the right person, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time (HEE, 2017).

For further information about the programme content, or to set up a programme planning meeting to discuss which pathway will be best for you, please contact the Academic Programmes Team at the GOSH Learning Academy: academic.programmes@gosh.nhs.uk.

For general information about studying at Middlesex University, please explore the links below.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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