The Master of Advanced Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, will prepare you for leadership roles in clinical nursing, management and education. Clinical specialisations include emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing. These specialties require concurrent employment as a registered nurse in the area. The course helps you develop advanced practice knowledge and leadership in specialist practice. It will equip you with skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, and formulate policy for a diverse and multicultural society.
You can also exit the course early with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing or a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Management if you meet the requirements.
*These specialisations are only available to domestic students
The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Specialist nursing practice studies, Part B. Research and advanced scholarly practice. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part B or a combination of the two.
[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]
You may be eligible to exit your course early and apply to graduate with one of the following qualifications, provided you have met the requirements for the qualification during your enrolment in the Masters course:
If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from the Masters course. You may be eligible to receive credit for the units you have completed if you re-apply and are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.
PART A. Specialist nursing practice studies
These studies provide options for registered nurses seeking leadership roles to take a clinical or non-clinical specialisation appropriate for individual career aspirations. The studies draw on best practices within the nursing specialisations for the development of advanced knowledge and skills.
PART B. Research and advanced scholarly practice
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.
The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests.
The second option is a 24 or 36 point research program. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.
Graduates are employed in a wide range of general and specialist clinical, educational and health care environments in senior positions. They contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities, and the development of the profession.
Our MSc Advanced Nursing Practice and Leadership course gives registered nurses the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their practice and prepare for leadership roles.
The course is aimed at nurses registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body. You will study content that reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice in health and social care, enhancing your suitability for revalidation.
This includes contemporary knowledge and skills in clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.
You will learn how to develop efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.
Study this course full-time over one year or part-time for a maximum of five years depending on your other commitments.
Tailor your course
Choose from a wide range of course units to suit your own interests, with nursing-specific units including Leadership and Managing Change.
We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including face-to-face, blended and online learning.
The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.
You will draw on your own experiences - both academic and work-based - when learning. The course will promote the construction of understanding through task-related activities and reflection.
We have extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff in making the most of the e-learning platform.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
You can undertake standalone units as short courses for professional development purposes only, or build up a selection of optional and compulsory course units to complete a PGCert or PGDip academic award and, on completion of a dissertation unit, an MSc.
The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning by completing a piece of work from a range of options:
We use a range of assessments throughout the course to assess your knowledge and understanding and to develop your intellectual and practical skills.
You can study individual units as standalone short courses or build up units of study towards a PGCert or PGDip award, and undertake a dissertation to complete the MSc award. See the CPD Units page for more information.
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (60 credits)
You will initially develop your specialist knowledge and clinical practice relating to nursing, particularly in relation to leadership and management.
Recognising your key role in practice, these clinically-focused units of study will enable you to enhance practice and service delivery.
45 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.
15 credits will comprise one core unit on Developing Practice and Managing Change.
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (120 credits)
You will further explore and develop advanced clinical practice in nursing by selecting further optional units from the portfolio of units available.
30 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.
30 credits comprising two compulsory course units - Research Design and Critical Appraisal and Evidence Synthesis - will also be taken.
Master of Science (MSc) (180 credits)
After successfully completing the 120 credits for the PGDip, you may be eligible to undertake a dissertation from a range of options:
Our course is structured around the real challenges facing advanced level practitioners, and each unit will draw from, and build on, your own professional experience.
This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to nursing and mould the course to best suit your learning requirements.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has validated the following units:
This Masters in Advanced Nursing Science is designed for the growing number of graduate nurses wishing to work in clinical leadership or extended roles in clinical practice as nurse practitioners or consultant nurses.
This programme will be delivered via lectures, workshops and seminars. The virtual learning environment and video/digital education resources will be used.
Virtually all of our graduates in our parallel multiprofessional programme Advanced Practice in Health Care, within 1 year of completion, have gained promotion within their specialism. Many remain in clinical practice and become specialists and advanced practitioners in their chosen fields.
Increasingly our graduates are returning for PhD study, to further embrace the evidence based approaches to clinical care.
Many decide that education is their career destination and return to the department to gain further expertise in a teaching role, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
This programme help to prepare clinicians in many disciplines eg. Physios, for the dynamic nature of care delivery.
This online course is ideal for nurses everywhere who want to develop their professional practice and move on in
The flexible programme is perfect if you’re already in advanced nursing practice or you plan to be. It helps you build on your existing experience and develop new skills. And it’s great value for money: you’ll get one-to-one tutorial support and regular interaction with other practitioners from around the world.
And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.
The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.
Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.
We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.
If you already work with NHS patients in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber or East Midlands, funding may be available. Contact us for more information.
Masters Level Study Skills
Legal and Professional Issues in Healthcare
Evidence Based Practice
Health Promotion and Education
Leadership and Change Management
Education and Teaching for Health Care Professionals
You'll take one from the following:
Key Issues in Global Public Health
Care and Management of the Renal Patient
Identifying and Responding to the Deteriorating Patient
The modules are subject to availability.
The course is taught entirely online. There’s no need to attend in person. We expect you to contribute regularly to online discussion groups. Your work is assessed throughout the course – a 3,000-word assignment for each taught unit. You’ll get feedback from your tutor. You’ll also write a dissertation.
This Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.
This programme will enable you to practice with a high level of clinical autonomy in roles that require you to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of people with undifferentiated and/or complex clinical presentations.
There are two pathways within this Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice: Advanced Practitioner and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This programme is suitable for you if you are one of the growing number of UK registered practitioners working in (or towards) a role that sits between your own profession and medicine. If you are looking for education as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner this pathway can also meet your needs. Please see below under the 'Modules' tab for further information.
If you are nurse then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) pathway will be suitable for you. Other healthcare practitioners will be awarded the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Practitioner).
Our nursing is ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2017.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner) pathways will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to healthcare methods and practices, preparing you for a clinical practitioner role at an advanced level. Through access to a suite of modules incorporating advanced health assessment, diagnosis and non medical prescribing, the pathway will enable you to develop the skills and competencies to undertake an advanced practitioner role within - your health care setting. This pathway is only open to practitioners working as experienced registered practitioners within a UK healthcare setting who can demonstrate that they have access to the required practice experience and mentorship.
In the advanced practitioner pathways you will:
This master's has been designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing. This pathway aims to bring an advanced nurse practitioner level of practice to district nursing to encourage evolving service delivery models with emphasis on clinical leadership.
This programme is designed for experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing. This pathway aims to bring an advanced nurse practitioner level of practice to district nursing to meet, and to encourage, evolving service delivery models with a strong emphasis on clinical leadership.
Components of leadership relevant to advanced practice in district nursing include the use of robust evaluation methodology so that practice is prescribed, delivered and audited, based on understanding of the search for, and use of, valid data. Leadership within district nursing also require the skills to manage and develop staff, and to work effectively with other agencies. The programme, mapped against the RCN competences for advanced nursing practice also provides practitioners with the opportunity to qualify as independent prescribers.
For experienced practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare in community nursing.
The majority of assessment is by coursework and includes assessment of practice; some modules are also assessed by one examination.
Graduates typically work with district nursing teams and manage district nursing provision.
This pre-registration nursing programme prepares Master entry-level Registered Nurses. The admitted students are Bachelor's degree holders in any discipline. The programme prepares students for registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong as Registered Nurses and to acquire the attributes to become future leaders in the profession.
This is a collaborative programme of the School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital.
The programme is accreditated by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong (NCHK) and graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses general.
This programme embraces all of the theoretical components required for registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong. These include the introductory and applied subjects, plus subjects on biology, social sciences, professional studies and humanities that develop students' broad understanding of the biological and psychosocial dimensions of the human condition and health care.
The structure runs from simple to complex, covering child and adult care, maternal care, mental health nursing, community nursing, gerontological nursing and nursing research. Students are required to complete a clinical research project in the final year to consolidate their knowledge in research in a clinical nursing focus. Supervised field practice is organized throughout the study to integrate theory into practice.
Nursing Arts and Sciences (10 subjects)
Life Sciences (3 subjects)
Humanities and Professional Studies (7 subjects)