Professional Practice

MSc Professional Practice (Healthcare)

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Our Professional Practice (Healthcare) course provides you with a flexible framework to study and will help enhance your knowledge, skills and expertise across a variety of healthcare areas.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

This course is designed for experienced healthcare professionals from a variety of settings, looking to enhance their clinical knowledge and leadership skills at Level 7.

Normally a first degree will be required, however, if you are an experienced healthcare professional with evidence of recent successful study at Level 6 you may also be considered. You must have a background in healthcare and currently be working in clinical practice.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This is a flexible programme of study which will suit experienced practitioners as well as those who registered more recently, and a number of students will have previous appropriate qualifications from Buckinghamshire New University.

What will I study?

The modules within this course focus on the following topics:

  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Innovative clinical practice from a contemporary perspective
  • Speciality clinical modules.

This will enable you to innovatively lead, direct and enhance clinical practice, whilst expanding the evidence base for your own area of practice. In order for you to deliver appropriate interventions aimed at the management of patients, the course structure will focus on the evidence for a range of assessment skills and therapeutic management strategies. You will also be able to synthesise contemporary initiatives in relation to current practice and service delivery to creatively provide a safe and effective service.

This course offers you:

  • flexible study relevant to your current area of practice
  • range of optional Level 7 theoretical and
  • clinical modules
  • opportunities to develop practice based projects
  • skills in leadership and management in clinical practice settings.

During the course you will be required to complete:

  • Three optional modules (90 credit total)
  • Core research module (30 credit total)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

How will I be taught and assessed?

A range of teaching strategies will be employed throughout the course, with each module assessed.

At BNU, we recognise roles in this field are hands-on – that’s why you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences using our specialised facilities dedicated to nursing at our Uxbridge campus.

Related Documents

MSc/PGDip/PG Cert Professional Practice Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Normally a first degree will be required. However, experienced healthcare professionals with evidence of recent successful study at Level 6 will be considered. Students will have a healthcare background and currently be in clinical practice.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Advanced Medical Assessment (optional)

Advanced Therapeutic, Mental and Physical Health Skills for Mental Health Practitioners (optional)

Anaesthetic Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

Cancer Care (optional)

Cardiac Care (optional)

Clinical Skills for Health Care Professionals in Primary Care (optional)

Critical Perspectives of Managing Complex Health Needs in the Community (optional)

Delivering and Sustaining Improvement in Healthcare Settings (optional)

Dementia Management and Care (optional)

Diabetes Management (optional)

Emergency and Unscheduled Care (optional)

End of Life Care and Symptom Management (optional)

Enhancing Practice through Work Related Learning (optional)

Frailty: An Integrated Approach (optional)

Haemato-Oncology (optional)

Intensive Care (optional)

Introduction to Clinical Innovation in Healthcare Practice (optional)

Introduction to Critical Care (optional)

Leadership and Interpersonal Communications (optional)

Leadership, Management and Professional Issues (optional)

Leg Ulcer Management (optional)

Management and Care of Neuroscience Related Conditions (optional)

Management of Long Term Conditions for Health Care Professionals (optional)

Minor Illness Management (optional)

Minor Injury Management (optional)

Non Medical prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (optional)

Non Medical prescribing for Pharmacists (optional)

Physical Assessment of the Adult (optional)

Principles and Practice of Infection Prevention and Control (optional)

Recognising the Deteriorating Patient (optional)

Recovery Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

Respiratory Care (optional)

Skills & Knowledge for General Practice Nursing (optional)

Stroke Management and Care (optional)

Student Directed Learning (optional)

Student Supervision and Assessment in Professional Practice (optional)

Surgical Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy - Principles, Management and Care (optional)

The Renal Care Practitioner (optional)

The Theoretical Concepts in Renal Care (optional)

Trauma Management and Care (optional)

Wound Care Management (optional)

Year 2 Modules

Applied Research for Healthcare Practice

Year 3 Modules


What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£4,900 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

The enhanced skills of analysis that you will gain through this programme of study may lead to promotional opportunities either in the clinical area, or in the fields of education, management or research. You will also have access to progress on to doctoral studies in your specific subject context, and the generic, transferable skills acquired throughout the programme may also open up employment opportunities outside these areas.

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