MSc Advanced Professional Practice

MSc Advanced Professional Practice (part-time programme)

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice (APP) degree has been developed by the AECC to support professional development. The programmes provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to attain the skills and attitudes of continuing professional development, experiential learning and reflective practice, and to develop advanced clinical and practical skills in specialised areas of practice. 

Specialist Pathways

The AECC offers three part-time programmes for this postgraduate degree to reflect the areas of specialised practise. These programmes will have discipline specific course content. The length of study will remain the same on any programme. Enrolment for all courses takes place once a year in October.

The pathways are:


Distance Learning

The MSc APP is a part-time programme enabling healthcare professionals to combine professional learning in the workplace with a postgraduate academic qualification.


All AECC postgraduate degrees are validated and awarded by Bournemouth University at present. However please note: Programmes starting in September 2017 will be validated by AECC and not BU. This means that the qualification you receive at the end of your studies will be made in the name of this institution. Currently we are applying for University College title and we hope our new name will be in place by September 2017. In this case, our current name of AECC will be replaced by our new name, which will incorporate the University College title.

Please take a look at the programme specification which is the official document setting out the aims and learning outcomes of the programme. The programme specification you will see from this link is the one which currently applies to students enrolled on a programme leading to an award of Bournemouth University. We are in the process of approving all our existing programmes as awards of this institution. The format of the programme specification will change when the programme is approved as an award of this institution, but the aims, learning outcomes and programme content will not. As soon as the new programme specification is approved it will be made available from this webpage






The course consists of three progressive levels: the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc.

Exit qualifications are available at each of these stages.

PgCert    (60 M credits)    Normally one year      Part-time study 
PgDip (120 M credits)   Normally two years     Part-time study
MSc   (180 M credits)   Normally three - four years     Part time study



Entry Requirements for all MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways

This postgraduate course is intended for healthcare professionals in professional practice, including: clinicians, teachers and researchers.

Applicants should normally be a practising healthcare professional with a first qualification degree in a relevant subject and be working in an appropriate area. 

Applicants may be accredited (APL) for prior level  7 learning or equivalent at the discretion of the Programme Leader. The amount of credit will conform to the University’s Standard Accreditation of Prior Learning and Articulation Arrangements.

Credit for prior learning is possible on approval by the Pathway Leader. Students who have successfully completed the PgCert Professional Development (Chiropractic) will be exempted from part of the programme (as specified in the individual pathways). Admission is at the discretion of the Pathway Leader.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language, must have IELTS (academic) 6.0.


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