Nursing MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: Up to 3 years
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You must hold a professional nursing qualification, which is registerable in your country of training and should normally hold a relevant Honours degree or equivalent. See 'Entry Requirements' tab for more info.
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Module details

To qualify for the award of MSc Nursing students must successfully complete modules worth 180 CATS points, which are made up of core and optional modules.

Core Modules (to be completed by all students)

Perspectives in advancing professional practice (20 credits)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to critically explore the key aspects which underpin nursing practice and to equip students with the critical thinking skills which will prepare them for the advancement of professional practice in their workplace.

Generating and using professional evidence (20 credits)

The aims of this module are to facilitate the development of enhanced skills in critically appraising, synthesising and interpreting professional research findings, relevant to the students' area of health care and to support the implementation and use of evidence in practice.​

Managing complexity in clinical environments (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills to be able to recognise and manage complexity in the clinical environment.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The aim of a dissertation is to:

1. allow the student to undertake an in-depth study of a chosen topic, through application of an appropriate method of inquiry, and by sourcing and collating relevant material.

2. allow the student to demonstrate their ability to exercise their research skills, analyse material in a critical fashion, synthesise that material and utilise it to construct their own original project.

3. allow the student to demonstrate expression of professional concepts and ideas in a clear, concise and logical fashion in the form of a dissertation project report.

Optional Modules (3 options to be completed)

Supporting learning in professional practice (20 credits)

The module seeks to enable practitioners to develop their skills in supporting and assessing learning in a variety of settings.

Development of leadership skills (20 credits)

The primary aim of this module is to develop the students' personal, interpersonal and practical skills within the field of leadership. In addition students will enhance their understanding of the theoretical concepts which underpin successful leadership and effective decision making within the context of health and social care.

Therapeutic communication (20 credits)

This module aims to:

1. provide students with a critical exploration of conceptual models of communication to inform advanced practice;

2. promote the therapeutic use of self in a clinical context;

3. enable students to reflect critically upon both the theory and practice of interpersonal work with patients, clients and other professional colleagues;

4. enable students to reflect critically upon the effectiveness of communication skills;

5. explore communication strategies to assess, enhance and promote the emotional well being of clients.

Patient safety and human factors (20 credits)
To foster in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts which underpin awareness of Patient Safety and Human Factors within the healthcare practice arena.

To develop the students' ability to reflect critically on his/her personal, interpersonal skills and behaviours within the field of Patient Safety and Human Factors to inform future delivery of services within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Principles and practice of qualitative enquiry (20 credits)

To equip nurse practitioners with a critical understanding of the principles and practice of qualitative research in advancing nursing theory, science and professional practice.​

In response to the dynamic and changing nature of modern nursing and health care, modules are continually being developed in the School to ensure that our postgraduate provision continues to meet the learning needs of professional nurses working in all nursing endeavours. Additional modules currently available on the School postgraduate portfolio include:

HEAL 403 – Negotiated work based learning – developing practice skills

HEAL 425 – Clinical skills and diagnosis – Adult abdomen*

HEAL 426 – Clinical skills and diagnosis – Adult respiratory*

HEAL 427 – Clinical skills and diagnosis – Adult cardiovascular*

HEAL 428 – Clinical skills and diagnosis – MSK lower limb*

HEAL 429/460 – Clinical thinking and reasoning in healthcare (5 credits)

HEAL 434/436 - Clinical thinking and reasoning in healthcare (10 credits)

HEAL 435 – Clinical skills and diagnosis – Adult neuro*

HEAL 438 – Diagnosis and triage of upper limb MSK conditions*

HEAL 444 – Non medical prescribing (1) prescribing practice*

HEAL 445 – Essentials of pharmacology for non-medical prescribing

ILT 701 – Research methods on-line

MDSC 160 - Advance practice in palliative care

MDSC 161 – Advanced care at the end of life

MDSC 182 – Human factors in healthcare

NURS 650 – Fundamental sexual and reproductive health

NURS 651 – Leadership in professional practice (level 6)

Some other modules in the School of Medical Education may also be available to health professional students. Please discuss with the programme team.

Please note that modules marked * are not suitable for students who are not working in a clinical area and do not have access to patient populations.


In response to the dynamic and changing nature of modern nursing and health care, modules are continually being developed in the School to ensure that our postgraduate provision continues to meet the learning needs of professional nurses working in all nursing endeavours. There may be additional modules available from 2020.