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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.

Why this programme

  • The University of Glasgow is ranked 1st in the UK for Undergraduate Nursing (Complete University Guide 2018).
  • Whilst studying Medical Science, the programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, expertise in critical appraisal, develop transferable skills and the ability to lead and innovate in the advanced practice in healthcare sector.
  • The Healthcare degree reflects the need for tomorrow’s health care professional to be involved in lifelong learning whilst being adaptive to the dynamic care environment and supporting quality care delivery. 
  • Close involvement of NHS clinical staff in the planning and delivery of courses ensures that the programme is current and relevant.
  • The themes offered link closely with the pre-registration undergraduate programme offered at the University as well as being developed in conjunction with local clinical need.

Programme structure

This programme will be delivered via lectures, workshops and seminars. The virtual learning environment and video/digital education resources will be used.

Core courses

  • Informing Practice through Evidence Base
  • Research Approaches in Health Care
  • Applying Research Approaches in Health Care
  • Education for Professional Practice 
  • Leadership in Contemporary Health Care
  • Independent Project

Optional courses

  • Acute & Critical Care
  • Global Health Challenges

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Some 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. 


Visit the Advanced Nursing Science (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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