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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    42 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Fees are charged on a per module basis. In many cases they can be paid in full or by instalments.

  • Last Updated

    28 March 2019


This is an exciting programme designed to offer postgraduate education of nurses in a range of clinical environments and geographical contexts. It meets the needs of both UK based and international nurses and offers a range of clinically relevant named awards at Certificate, Diploma and Master's level. The programme is invaluable for all nurses who want to develop excellence and share good practice.

This exciting programme offers nurses working in a range of clinical environments and geographical contexts opportunities to develop personally and professionally. The programme has been designed to meet the needs of both UK based and international nurses and can be studied at Certificate, Diploma and Master's level depending on your needs. The programme is invaluable for all nurses who want to develop excellence and share good practice.

There are two intakes per year, September and January and the programme is delivered on a modular basis over a period of 3 and half years. You will undertake four taught modules that will expand your thinking and expertise in current and clinically focused topics. These are followed by a research based dissertation. 

Over the first two years of the programme you will study a module each semester (September and January). You will study a core module for the programme, one of six professional modules, one of two research modules and a final module from our portfolio. Students can exit after the first year (2 modules) with a Postgraduate Certificate or at the end of the second year (4 modules) with a Postgraduate Diploma. For students completing the MSc, in the final year you will work on the dissertation module with a supervisor. There are two options: a small research project or an evidence review.

We have an international reputation for providing flexible programmes designed to offer a student-centred approach to postgraduate education. Most programmes are offered on a part-time basis and delivered through high quality online distance learning. A small number of modules are also delivered partly face-to-face for locally based students.

Available awards

  • PGDip Nursing
  • PGCert Nursing

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

The programme is mainly delivered online using the University of Dundee virtual learning environment, My Dundee. We use approaches such as:

  • online content including video
  • discussion boards and web conferences
  • web based activities and quizzes.

Some modules are delivered in a blended format and these are limited to local students. There is no requirement to come to the University to study with us and an online induction is provided to all students.

How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed using a variety of traditional and more innovative approaches. Depending on your module choice you may be assessed by:

  • essays and reports
  • portfolio
  • research proposal
  • exams
  • assessed online activities such as debates and team work
  • research-based dissertation

What you will study (full time)

Module choices vary according to the award.

Core modules



Our MSc portfolio is designed to support students in achieving their career aspirations beyond their initial roles. While almost all of our students are already in professional roles, students who have completed our masters programmes in the past have gone on into management and other promoted posts as well as specialist roles such as hospital at night and clinical governance leads.

The core requirements of research and professional modules within the programmes ensure that graduates are equipped with a range of key transferable skills that promote excellence, innovation and leadership in practice. Our aim is to help students become the leaders and experts of the future in health and social care, to be adaptable, confident and challenging in their approach, and to become the change agents in their professions.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Nursing page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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