Advanced and Specialist Healthcare MSc

Location: Medway

This part-time, flexible, multi-professional Master's-level qualification is suitable for all healthcare professionals and offers opportunities for Accreditation of Prior Experiential and /or Certificated Learning or Credit Transfer. 

Who is the programme for?

  • Healthcare professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. 
  • GP trainers who have successfully achieved PCert or PDip in Strategic Leadership and Multi-professional Education in Healthcare, can continue to study for a full MSc award by direct access into the Postgraduate Diploma.
  • Professionals who have successfully completed WL600 Woundcare Module with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust. You can convert a percentage of your credits via APECL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning) as direct entry to the programme.
  • Post-CCT Fellowships for GPs. HEE offer fellowships for early career GPs. The PCert in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare provides the academic component for the Education and Leadership Fellowship, with students gaining the research and evaluation skills required to undertake a project negotiated with the sponsoring CCG.

One to one academic support is also provided by the Kent Academic Primary Care Unit, who work alongside the Centre for Professional Practice to deliver the teaching for GP Fellows.

Requests for APECL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning) or Credit Transfer

You are encouraged to convert prior learning achievements into University of Kent academic credit via Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning. To be eligible for accreditation, prior learning must be at the appropriate level and relevant to the programme's learning outcomes. For further information, visit:

Study structure

Taught by expert academics and clinicians, you broaden your expertise, deepen your knowledge and hone your research skills while gaining a recognised qualification to help progress your career. The programme is delivered through a variety of teaching methods, including taught sessions and work-based learning, self-study, case-study analysis, individual and group tutorials, projects and presentations. Online learning recourses are available on our virtual learning environment.

Teaching is structured around a series of extended taught weekends (on average four weekends a year at our Medway campus), Friday - Sunday, 9.00-17.00.

Alternative exit awards 

The programme has the following alternative exit awards, subject to credit numbers:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (60 credits - 120 credits in total)


3 years part-time

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Theories of reflective practice which will equip the learner in delivering quality services in health and social care settings.
  • Leadership styles to develop theory and skills appropriate to specialist areas of practice.
  • Strategic decision-making in healthcare services and other health and social care and organisational settings.
  • A specialist area of practice with emphasis on developing both the clinical skills and skills to evaluate quality and assess clinical or general practice.
  • Critical analysis of models of care of patients, clients, service users, customers and consumers through evidence-based practice.
  • The learning process of collaborative working in an area of specialist practice.
  •  Practice-based research and enquiry underpinned by concepts of patient/client assessment, such as critical analysis of medical, health and social care factors.
  • Theory-building and theory-testing in professional practice including holistic factors such as health or disease, treatment and sociologic economic factors.
  • Data Management and the main statistical principles and methods used in area of practice.
  • The key ethical and legal principles governing area of practice. 

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills to:

  • Demonstrate critical and analytical reasoning to review and analyse contemporary practice.
  • Prepare and present clearly reasoned and justified argument in securing practice change and development.
  • Apply work-based learning to demonstrably enhance services.
  • Develop a comprehensive professional portfolio that identifies the utility of intellectual skills in practice.
  • Design and implement a programme of practice-based enquiry.
  • Collect and analyse data from practice to inform evidence-based enquiry including the statistical analysis of data.
  • Undertake and report ethical analysis of practice research project-plans.
  • Understand the importance to professionalism of positive critique, response to feedback and reflective practice. 

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills to:

  • Demonstrate effective engagement in team working appropriate to workplace.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of change management in healthcare services/
  • Develop new roles that support the interface between the strategic aims of service and practice.
  • Present and argue an evidence based case for service change and development.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills to:

  • Enable acquisition of skills of evaluation and enquiry that support the practitioner in making a contribution to professional knowledge in their subject field.
  • Ability to design and implementation of a research programme with a clear analysis of the outcomes and recommendations for future action.
  • Clear and detailed reporting and accounting for the implementation and outcomes of an applied development project.
  • Skilled utilisation of action learning set approaches to solve problems and identify solutions.
  • Effective use of work-based learning to establish a future personal plan within the context of lifelong professional development.
  • Use of supervision to inform and enhance learning approaches in the workplace.
  • To communicate with clarity in academic settings and in professional / work place settings.     
  • Show evidence of critical self-reflection and the ability to enhance professional competence on the basis of feedback. 

This programme aims to:

  • Foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners to extend and deepen the analytical and critical reasoning powers which underpin practice (e.g. in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices).
  • Enhance the skills of experienced practitioners in multidisciplinary decision-making as well as leadership in teams and deepen understanding of the dynamics of multidisciplinary working.
  • Provide supervision for advanced practitioner centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment.
  • Equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice.
  • Develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams.
  • Enable practitioners to critically evaluate their own area of practice informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection.
  • Provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory to enhance services for patients/clients/consumers/customers and their families.
  • Enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment.
  • Support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.
MSc Award
Part-time Study Mode
24 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry onto the programme is via professional qualification in a relevant field (healthcare or medical profession) with a minimum of two years post qualification experience within the relevant area of practice.


The successful completion of a University of Kent PCert or PDip in a health related subject area, for example the PCert or PDip in Strategic Leadership and Multi-professional Education in Healthcare, subject to successful credit transfer or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning Application, in accordance with Code of Practice Annex R.


  • You must be able to demonstrate personal suitability and be within a suitable workplace setting.
  • Be successful at an interview which is designed to assess your suitability for undertaking the programme.
  • Supply supporting references indicating your academic and personal suitability for the programme of study.
  • Have registered healthcare professional qualification and registration with the relevant Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (as appropriate).

All applicants are considered on an individual basis, their professional qualifications and related work experience.

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