Nursing: Research, Practice, Practice (Neuroscience), Education, International
MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Clinical Placement
Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Nursing: Research, Practice, Practice (Neuroscience), Education, International at Salford

1.

The MSc Nursing will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary nursing knowledge and practice

2.

It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based, person centred culture

3.

You will enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence to influence nursing

Course Summary

This prestigious course is for qualified nurses would want to develop their knowledge and skills in order to advance their careers in the specialism of research, education, practice or international nursing.

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. An innovative feature of the International pathway includes a bespoke module of observational clinical experience and simulated practice for international students.

"The University of Salford provides the advantage of self-learning and self-motivation to learn."

Wisam Kaifi

Course Details

The module you select will vary depending on the pathway chosen.

For the PgCert, you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and one further optional module and for the PgDip you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and three further optional modules.

The pathways you can choose to follow are:

MSc Nursing: International  

A new and innovative award that is open to both international and UK nurses, who will study together the global context of nursing. The pathway includes an opportunity for international students to undertake some bespoke observational placements in the UK healthcare system, supported by application  of  skills  in  a state-of-the-art high-fidelity clinical simulation suite. Please note: there is an increased course fee for international students choosing to study this pathway. Please see the 'Fees and Funding' tab for further details.

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

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                          
This module offers you will the opportunity to observe clinical practice and to stimulate bespoke clinical experiences in a supported experiential environment.                    
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                

MSc Nursing: Education  

This pathway is led and taught by experts in the field. This award allows you to concentrate on teaching and learning in both clinical practice and academic contexts. You will work alongside expert teachers who will support you to develop as a teacher with a thorough understanding of a range of learning  and  teaching strategies.This option may particularly suit those in new clinical teaching roles, or those seeking a future academic teaching career.  

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.  

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
To explore the evidence base for education in practice. Students will consider the theoretical underpinning to practice based learning and will then apply that learning in practice where they will be teaching with support and supervision from an experienced educator. Students will attend a range of        theory        sessions followed by four clinical teaching sessions.                                      
Students will consider teaching and learning in an academic context. Students will have supported practice alongside an experienced lecturer.                                      
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                      

MSc Nursing: Research  

Using the evidence-base to improve patient care lies at the heart of this pathway. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of research and have access to international expertise from our research groups.  

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.  

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                      
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care.                                      
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                      

MSc Nursing: Practice  

This pathway is open to nurses practicing in the UK only. It allows you to build on your current skills, plan, implement and evaluate patient care at an advanced level within the context of your own workplace. There is an emphasis on combining practical skills with sound theoretical principles.  

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.  

Core Modules              
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                      
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                      
This module enables you to develop advanced skills relevant to your role.                                      
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                      

MSc Nursing: Practice (Neuroscience)          

This new pathway aims to equip the qualified nurse with the skills and knowledge to create and implement innovative approaches to neuroscience care delivery.          

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

Core Modules                      
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                              
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                              
This module is delivered in collaboration with the clinicians who are experts within the field and from one of the largest neuroscience centres in the UK.                                              
This module enables you to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpin excellence in care delivery within the neuroscience speciality                                              
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.        

MSc Nursing

You can choose to focus on the general award in order to keep your career options open. The MSc Nursing will empower you to develop a mastery of your practice and take forward person centred care. You will have an opportunity to critically examine your practice and services and develop an evidence based  approach  to  improve  patient  care. 

Please see below the core modules that you will study for this pathway. In addition to the you will need to complete two optional modules for the MSc. Please see the full list of optional modules at the bottom of this page.

Core Modules            
This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.                                    
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.                                    
Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway.                                    
Optional Modules                      
The module is designed to help you to understand the concepts of palliative and end of life care across all fields of practice and disease boundaries as well looking at this area from a broad perspective whilst trying to provide an innovative approach to teaching and learning.

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Optional Modules

This module will encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the nurse-patient relationship.            
This module offers you will the opportunity to observe clinical practice and to stimulate bespoke clinical experiences in a supported experiential environment.            
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care.            
This module explore various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal.            
This module enables you to develop advanced skills relevant to your role.            
This module focuses on teaching and learning in a clinical context. You will have the opportunity to undertake clinical skills teaching alongside an experienced teacher.            
This module focuses on teaching and learning in an academic context. You will have the opportunity to engage in supported teaching practice with an experienced module team, in a variety of nurse education programmes.            
This module is delivered in collaboration with the clinicians who are experts within the field and from one of the largest neuroscience centres in the UK.            
This module enables you to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpin excellence in care delivery within the neuroscience speciality            
This module is not suitable for international students. These two 15 credit level 7 modules will enable you to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent prescriber.            
The module encourages students to develop a project using recognised project methodology within an evidence based context.            
To prepare qualified practitioner to undertake the role of mentor according to the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.            
To prepare qualified practitioner to undertake the role of mentor according to the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.            
Students develop their own area of interest within Nursing and Midwifery.            
To enable critical examination of the self and professional practice, through the development of a professional biography. To use the professional biography  as a baseline for further personal and professional development and career planning.            
To provide the student with a framework by which to bring about a significant change in practice.            
This module aims to enable students to develop an enhanced level of knowledge, through synthesis and integration of relevant theory and research to support skills and attitudes in order to meet the end of life care needs of individuals and those close to them throughout the lifespan and across all disease      boundaries.            
To critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpins excellence in care delivery within the speciality of tissue viability. To develop a comprehensive understanding underpinning the  practitioners knowledge and skill to enable a critical overview of tissue      viability      practice and equip them to critically evaluate issues related to tissue viability. To enable the practitioner to critically apply theory and practice in the management and care of patients in tissue viability.            
To develop a flexible and pro-active practitioner who is able to integrate evidence based theory and research practice in order to meet the immediate and on-going care needs of children and young people requiring high dependency nursing care.

For further details about the modules of the programme, please contact the programme leader: Dr Michelle Howarth: m.l.howarth2@salford.ac.uk

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.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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 https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme 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 application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate at https://www.academic-technology-approval.service.gov.uk/

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.

Teaching

This course is delivered through modules using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, student-led seminars, action learning sets and high-fidelity clinical simulation.Part-time students usually study one module per semester; full-time students will undertake two modules per semester. All students must complete 90 level 7 credits before progressing on to the dissertation.

Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessments will cater for your individual learning style. These include:

  • Seminar presentation
  • Written assignment
  • Compiling a portfolio of experience
  • Reflective commentary
  • Clinical viva
  • Research proposal
  • Poster presentation
  • Negotiated assessment

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Professor Martin Johnson’s work is known nationally and internationally, and he is most well-known for his work on research ethics. He was previously Editor in Chief of Nurse Education Today and is a member of the Royal College of Nursing Ethics Committee. Examples of his work relate to:

  • Funded projects into older people coping with loneliness
  • Evaluation of fitness for practice and development of newly qualified nurses in Scotland
  • Examining educational and clinical issues of care at the end of life.

Dr Michelle Howarth is a senior lecturer with a particular research interest in person centred care and partnership working. Michelle’s 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. Leah Greene is the Simulation Laboratory Coordinator & the Lead for Clinical Simulation Innovation and Development.

Leah coordinates all aspects of clinical simulation and simulation based healthcare education including teaching, research and enterprise activities.

For more information please see Leah's SEEK profile.

Employability

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 Masters 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.

Students who have successfully completed the course have implemented practice-based innovations, which include the pioneering of a person-centred ward round within a mental health setting, which is being rolled out across the entire Trust; and the review of pharmaceutical waste within an acute medical ward, in order to make financial savings and improve systems and processes.

Alumni Profile

"I have been a nurse in China for ten years. About a year ago I began to feel that my insufficient knowledge about nursing research was preventing me from providing the best quality nursing care for patients, so I decided to return to university. Fortunately, a chance was offered by the government to study MSc in Nursing at that time, and I was sponsored by the government to study here last year.

To be honest, I knew very little about this university before coming here. However, a year later I really love this place and enjoy the life here. At the beginning, I worried that the language barrier, cultural differences, and teaching style differences would hinder me in getting accustomed to the life here. Fortunately, the university has arranged many useful activities and workshops for these problems. The language barrier is the biggest problem for me, but I find Wordscope and LEAP are very helpful. Moreover, lecturers are very friendly and empathetic; they not only gave us information about these workshops but also made their lectures easy to understand.

The module I enjoyed the most is Evidence-Based Practice, because I learnt a lot about nursing research and how to put the research into practice. After graduation, I will return to my hospital. My independent learning and critical thinking skills are greatly improved, and these skills will be very beneficial for my career development, as they will inspire me to think and to be creative.  

In conclusion, the university has encouraged me to have a new dream and have the courage to chase it."

Jinyan Wu, MSc Nursing

Links with Industry

Further Study

On completion of the MSc Nursing there is progression on to Doctoral courses, Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, and traditional PhD routes.

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,700
Part-timeHome/EU: £2,750 (year 1)
Full-time InternationalResearch, Practice, Education pathways: £13,300; International pathway: £19,350
Full-time PgDipHome/EU students: £5,500
International students: Research, Practice, Education pathways: £8870
International pathway: £12900
Full-time PgCertHome/EU students: £2,750
International students: Research, Practice, Education pathways: £4435
International pathway: £6450

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

NHS funding
Funding for this course may be available for eligible staff within the NHS. To find out more please see the NHS CPD Apply system.

Facilities

Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Nursing

Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

Nursing

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.

Nursing