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Advancing Nursing Practice - MSc/PgDip/PgCert


Course Description

Programme description

The field of nursing is ever changing and increasingly challenging. This programme will equip you with the skills for self-development to become leaders and competent decision-makers, professional nurses who understand the primacy of care, the promotion of health and the imperative of evidence to underpin best practice and how this is acquired.

The programme offers a variety of courses which reflect the key concerns in developing an effective and flexible workforce, with the ability to embrace and generate new approaches to care.

It aims, through a process of flexible and open learning, to develop self-directed and reflective nurses who have the potential to be future leaders in advancing nursing.

Programme structure

Whilst there are some core subjects, the programme is extremely flexible and is tailored to students' requirements.

This programme allows:

  • development of a portfolio for professional and personal development;
  • opportunities for the synthesis of theory, evidence and practice;
  • accessibility for all nursing disciplines, including managers, educators and clinicians;
  • enhanced international collaborations, developing a global network of leading nurses as part of our alumni.

The programme consists of two compulsory courses and your choice of option courses.

Compulsory courses

  • Research Methods in Nursing and Healthcare A
  • Professional and Personal Development

Option courses may include:

  • Clinical Decision Making and Professional Judgement
  • Leadership: Exploring Your Potential
  • Global Public Health.

It is also possible in some instances to take option courses from other subject areas outside of nursing studies.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice enables students to:

  • develop their practice through engagement with research and scholarship in nursing studies
  • develop a focus on research and application of the evidence base through five themes: Research, Professional Development, Leadership, Clinical Decision Making and Health
  • develop the analytical skills required for professional development and reflective practice
  • develop the skills for the critical appraisal of the practice of nursing
  • develop a critical appraisal of promoting health

Career opportunities

Our programme meets with the needs outlined in the recent Postregistration Career Development Framework (2012). This Framework provides an interactive professional development tool which maps the key knowledge, skills and behaviours which practitioners need to progress through or up a level.

This programme is suitable for nurses looking to advance into senior clinical, educational, teaching and policy roles within the healthcare service, the independent sector, academia, a professional organisation or the voluntary sector.


Visit the Advancing Nursing Practice - MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Last Updated

02 June 2017

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