Universitat de Barcelona

Advanced Nursing Clinical Practice


The main aim of the Master's Degree in Advanced Nursing Clinical Practice is to provide specialised training and update knowledge so that students gain advanced clinical and research competences. On completion of the master's degree, nursing professionals will have learnt skills to improve current nursing care practices on the basis of scientific evidence, and to create new, specialised knowledge in nursing of cancer and chronic disease patients.

The Master's Degree in Advanced Nursing Clinical Practice is part of the internationalization project for the Master's Degree in Healthcare and the national diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice, within the Parcours international en Sciences infirmières - Pratique avancée et Master Santé, conducted by Aix-Marseille University. Six universities in France, Spain, Canada and the United States are part of this project, with the aim of promoting international connections and collaboration in training, innovation and research in advanced nursing practice.

Learning objectives

  • To acquire specialised training and update knowledge to work in advanced nursing clinical practice in the areas of chronic diseases and cancer.
  • To gain a solid, broad base of knowledge that will enable students to go on to doctoral programmes on nursing research in the aforementioned areas, and to acquire the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in the health field.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan (40%), Spanish (40%) and English (20%)
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 46,11 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2020-2021
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

Bachelor's degrees and/or holders of pre-EHEA diplomas in nursing who meet the following requirements:
  • Knowledge and skills to care for people in different stages of the life cycle, and particularly in healthcare areas that are related to the specialisations in the master's degree.
  • Interest in gaining research skills in advanced clinical practice in nursing in general, and in cancer and chronic disease in particular.
  • Previous experience in the presentation of communications and scientific publications.
  • Reading and comprehension skills in the English language.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA diploma in nursing or an equivalent qualification.

Skills and competences

General competences
  • Capacity to respond to individuals' demands, according to their needs and health status.
  • Ability to organize and plan care, through the leadership and coordination of different healthcare agents and providers.
  • Knowledge that enables the contextualisation of health problems from the perspective of the health system, healthcare and specialised treatments.
  • Capacity to assess concepts, theories and models of care critically, in order to develop innovative approaches to care based on the available scientific evidence.
  • Capacity to select and use the most suitable quantitative or qualitative research methodology, depending on the proposed research question.
  • Capacity to implement different stages in the research process, from the creation of a project to its publication and application to clinical practice.
  • Capacity to interpret, analyse and use the scientific literature and reports on research results.
  • Skills and knowledge required to research aspects of advanced nursing care.
  • Capacity to contribute to improving access to the health system, the quality of care, and its cost effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of the safety culture and of the quality of patient care.

Specific competences:

Cancer specialisation:
  • Capacity to use the tools required for primary and secondary prevention of cancer.
  • Capacity to apply procedures for hereditary cancer, and provide genetic counselling.
  • Capacity to use instruments to assess patients with cancer and their families.
  • Capacity to design specialised, complex treatments for people diagnosed with cancer.
  • Capacity to carry out education for health in all stages of the cancer process.
  • Ability to manage the stages and processes involved in a clinical trial.

Specialisation in chronicity
  • Capacity to use tools for the management and care of patients with chronic diseases.
  • Capacity to use all the instruments for assessing patients and their families.
  • Capacity to demonstrate academic training to implement specialised care in situations of high vulnerability, related to chronic diseases and ageing.
  • Capacity to carry out health education in the different stages of chronic disease.
  • Capacity to design programmes and actions to promote active, healthy ageing.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the financial impact of integrated management of chronic disease.

Pre-enrolment calendar

The pre-enrolment period opens as of January and closes, at the latest, in September. Each centre and each master's degree can establish their specific periods within this general period.

- First period: 29 April - 31 May 2020.
Notification of decisions: 11 June.

- Second period (if places remain available): 1 June - 26 July 2020.
Notification of decisions: 30 July.

- First period: 2 September - 16 September 2020.
Notification of decisions: 23 September.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

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Required documentation

Selection criteria

  • Previous skills and knowledge in the specific area of knowledge of the master's specialisations, assessed on the basis of the applicant's CV and corresponding certificates for courses, conferences, publications, etc.: 25%.
  • Professional experience in the master's degree specialization areas of nursing care: 20%.
  • Academic transcript, with the grade point average for basic and subsequent training: 40%.
  • Reading and comprehension skills in the English language (certification at level B1 or higher): 15%.
  • Personal interview, when necessary, to clarify aspects of the above points.


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