Nursing MSc/PGCert

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: Up to 3 years
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • 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.

Leadership and Education for Advanced Clinical Practice (20 credits)

This module is designed to provide health and social care professionals with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to become competent and effective leaders and educators. Learners will work collaboratively with fellow professionals to explore new and contemporary theories and concepts of leadership, management and education with respect to the advanced clinical practitioner role.

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.

Developing Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care (20 credits)

This module is aimed at Health Care professionals who provide care for people with a cancer diagnosis within their care setting; who wish to develop their critical understanding of palliative and end of life care of the person with cancer. Learners will have the opportunity to critically align knowledge, skills and attitudes to personal practice, in a way that supports personal development that can positively impact on practice and ultimately influence person-centred approaches in meeting the needs of those who are living with progressive life-limiting illness.

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.

An Introduction to Clinical Reasoning (5 credits done alongside either PUBH130/170)

This module is for those registered health professionals who wish to develop skills in critical reasoning and thinking, as applied to 'real-world' practice issues. Effective critical thinking and reasoning supports effective practice. This module helps health professionals to evolve their professional practice in ways that remain focused on solutions and constructive outcomes for the people who use their service. It explores how practitioners think, make judgements and reach decisions, within their own service setting and within inter-professional and/or multi-agency settings. 

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.

Please note that, prior to acceptance, any candidate interested in completing the non-medical prescribing modules at the University of Liverpool will be required to attend an interview conducted by the module leader and a service user. A review of each potential candidate’s practice learning environment will also be conducted prior to acceptance on the modules.


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.