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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The MSc Nursing programme is part of the School of Health Sciences postgraduate portfolio. This portfolio enables students to complete credit bearing continuous professional development modules, a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma or a master’s degree. The award of the MSc Nursing can be made on the successful completion of 180 postgraduate module credits.

The MSc Nursing programme aims to nurture innovative professional practitioners, prepared to advance their knowledge and develop nursing within their specialist fields. The programme is delivered through a series of modules, which address the four cornerstones of professional nursing at an advanced level. The MSc Nursing provides a solid foundation for the further development of nursing careers, and is suitable for people wishing to become specialist nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators and nurse researchers.

The MSc Nursing is led by a small team of experienced and dedicated nursing staff who work as part of a larger team of healthcare experts within the School of Health Sciences.  All teaching is evidence based, and is informed by relevant research.  Where appropriate, learning is enhanced by a multi-professional approach to teaching, which is informed by the research expertise of staff.

The MSc cohorts are small, and teaching sessions are interactive, thus enhancing each student’s learning experience by way of facilitating discovery of and engagement with a range of perspectives, ideas and backgrounds. This approach to learning and teaching promotes the value of critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork, team leadership and lifelong learning skills- all of which are highly desirable qualities valued by employers. This also helps develop the student’s sense of academic rigour.

The programme content exposes nurses to key issues and ideas relating to communication, leadership, education and research. The modular structure of the programme also allows nurses to focus their postgraduate studies on their own area of professional interest, and the dissertation module gives them an opportunity for in-depth study of their topic.  A full time MSc nursing degree programme will normally be completed in 12 months of full time study.

Why Health Sciences?

Breadth of expertise

The School comprises the Directorates of Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy and has a vibrant Postgraduate/CPD unit. The school is committed to delivering quality research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. Our multi professional cohort of staff has a strong research profile and is committed to developing policy, practice and technology for the improvement of healthcare and service delivery.

Contributing to the advancement of health care practice

We offer taught modular postgraduate programmes, providing extensive opportunity for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills in a range of areas and contributing to the advancement of healthcare practice, management and professional education.

Continuing professional development provision

The School also offers a wide range of accredited and non-accredited CPD modules and hosts a vibrant daytime and evening short course programme to maximise opportunity for attendance. The most up-to-date information about these activities is to be found on the School website.