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Nursing (Block and Blend)


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September


One year

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • The MSc Nursing will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary nursing knowledge and practice
  • It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based, person centred culture
  • You will enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence to influence nursing
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This prestigious course is for qualified nurses would want to develop their knowledge and skills in order to advance their careers in nursing, with the added flexibility of being able to study part of the course via online learning.

The MSc Nursing will empower you to take forward your practice and patient care through critically exploring professional biography, the therapeutic relationship and embedding an evidence based and person centred approach to care. By studying modules relevant to contemporary clinical practice, you take control of your personal, professional and academic development whilst engaging in critical debate about the issues at the forefront of nursing practice. You will gain skills in applying new knowledge to your practice and achieve mastery of nursing related to your chosen award.

Our new ‘Blended Learning’ route enables you to study face to face and at home. In semester 1, you will study two modules in the University face to face and the remaining modules can be studied on line with remote supervision and access to all teaching and learning materials. The final dissertation is online, where you will receive supervision and access to training materials.

We also offer our MSc Nursing programme as a two year or three year part-time course, with a range of pathways to choose from. See our course page for more details. Please note, the part-time course options are not available for international students.

Course Details

Year       Semester 1 (Face to Face)       Semester 2 (Distance)       Semester 3 (Distance)                      
1 Critically Exploring Professional Practice  (30 credits) + one optional module (30 credits) Online option 1: Online Diagnosis of Diabetes module OR Online Inflammatory bowel disease OR Online Developing Dementia Awareness (30 credits each) AND Research methods on line (30 credits) Dissertation (60 credits)

Please see below the modules that you will study for this programme.

Semester 1 (Face to Face)                          

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                                                          

Semester 2 (Distance)                                    

The aim of this  module is to  demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of a person-centred approach to diagnosis, classification and prevention of diabetes                                        
The aim of this module is to critically review and apply the relevant concepts, knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to professionally care for a patient with inflammatory bowel disease, utilising relevant up-to-date evidence. Empower an evaluation of the practitioners’ knowledge and skills to enable a critical appraisal of issues related to inflammatory bowel disease.                                
To critically review and develop knowledge of dementia and critically examine evidence based developments to enhance the experience of living well with dementia. You will also critically discuss the opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia                                
This module will allow you to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a range of research techniques that can be applied to a variety of research and scholarly situations. It will also allow you to evaluate critically the purpose, process and products of research activity and systematically apply appropriate research techniques to explore and examine  identified questions and problems. You will also be able to critically reflect on their role as a researcher and the implications for developing new insights and evidence based practice                                                                                                                            

Semester 3 (Distance)                                    

Topic and assessment negotiated with supervisor relevant to programme aims and outcomes and specific award where appropriate.
a) Systematic literature review or
b) Project.

Entry Requirements

You must be a qualified nurse with a Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK University or an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6.

For admission onto the MSc Nursing: Practice (Neuroscience) pathway, applicants will need a professional qualification and be registered with a relevant professional body. Applicants need relevant prior or current experience of neuroscience care provision.

As this course includes a 12 week compulsory residential, international students must obtain a short-term study visa in order to study in the UK.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate at

Suitable For

This course is suitable for qualified nurses from any field of practice who are looking to enhance their personal, professional and academic development in order to underpin existing practice; and to push the boundaries to influence future nursing practice, education, research and international nursing for the benefit of patient care.

Applicant profile

  • Qualified nurses from any field of practice who wish to develop advanced knowledge, mastery and critical awareness in relation to practice, education or research
  • International qualified nurses seeking a unique opportunity to study nursing at Masters level in the UK
  • Qualified nurses with a desire to expand to prepare for progression into senior roles within their organisation or to diversify within their career
  • Qualified nurses seeking a relevant specific pathway
  • Aspirational individuals, who are qualified nurses, looking to gain the confidence to use an evidence base from which to challenge and influence practice.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£13,860

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


The MSc Nursing is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy. A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. Whilst studying the online part of the course (semester 2 and dissertation), you will engage with the online virtual learning environment. 

Online material will use live streaming and pre-recorded sessions. A variety of methods including recorded lecturers, blogs, discussions boards and live stream lectures will form the learning and teaching strategy. You will have access to tutorial support via email, phone, facetime, Skype or any other appropriate methods that can be supported dependant on student and lecturer preference.


A range of assessment methods will be used including assignments and presentations.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Michelle Howarth is the programme lead for MSc Nursing. Michelle is a senior lecturer with a particular research interest in person centred care and partnership working. Her recent publications have explored how person centred care is delivered and experienced by the individual. Michelle is the Chair of the College Ethical Approval Panel for taught programmes and also leads the project management and methods of enquiry module.

Lyn Rosen is the module leader for the core module ‘Critically Exploring professional Practice’ and is experienced in the organisation and delivery of multi-method teaching and learning approaches. Lyn is an expert in work based learning and the use of multi-media blended learning approaches.

The MSc Nursing staff research links with the CARe research centre and supports the development of student research.


On graduation nurses will have achieved mastery of their chosen field and will be better equipped to influence the future of nursing based on current evidence. You will have the underpinning theoretical knowledge to support your innovative clinical practice.

Completing the master's course will enable you to exercise more choice in your career and to consider applying for senior posts within your organisation with greater confidence. You will be able to move into clinical nurse specialist positions, practice education facilitator roles, research posts and management positions.

Links with Industry

This course is suitable for any health care industry and encourages students to enhance their practice through critical exploration of their practice, organisation, and patient care delivery.

Further Study

The MSc Nursing provides an opportunity for students to work alongside experienced lecturers and develop their research and evidence based skills.On completion of the MSc Nursing there the opportunity to progress on to Doctoral courses, Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, and traditional PhD routes.

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