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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice)

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Are you a UK-registered nurse, looking to build upon your practice?

Do you want to build your skills and confidence to become a leader in your field?

Do you want a flexible course where you are able to learn as part of a collaborative community of nurses, midwives and AHPs?

The Nursing Studies course aims to raise your practice to an advanced level. It will enable you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager.

You will develop your practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow you to make effective nursing interventions.

The course is designed so that it can be delivered part-time on campus or online at a distance. This level of flexibility and quality education experience is of huge benefit to our students.

Why choose this course?

  • One of our students said: "Every module encourages a direct relationship to the student's current / recent practice. The fact that students can choose their own scenarios for some assignments is a HUGE selling point - the knowledge students gain from this approach is fantastic."
  • You are given an opportunity to develop your academic research writing with the aim of peer-reviewed publication and we offer students the opportunity to become involved with the patient-centred research that the team undertake. This is particularly within the sphere of ehealth.
  • Our team of lecturers and researchers have a wealth of practice and research experience combined with a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region as well as colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.
  • We offer students opportunities such as the development of teaching skills and we have an established pathway for exceptional students to write for peer-reviewed publication.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Oxford Brookes Department of Clinical Health Care had 98% of research internationally recognised, with 82% of research being world leading or internationally excellent. 90% of impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent, with 80% more 4* and over double the percentage of 3* research compared to 2008.

This course in detail

This MSc in Nursing Studies is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level, enabling you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. You will develop your practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow you to make effective nursing interventions.

The course covers modules in each of the following:

  • Mastering Professional Nursing Practice (compulsory)
  • Evidence-based Practice (compulsory)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (compulsory)
  • Health Promotion (compulsory)
  • Advanced Research Design (compulsory)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (optional)
  • Work-based Learning (optional)
  • Independent Study (optional)
  • Creating Frameworks for Learning (optional)
  • Dissertation (compulsory for MSc, triple module)

One module can be chosen from the four optional modules to make up the 9-module MSc or 6-module PGDip. For the three module PGCert, you would take Mastering Professional Nursing Practice, Evidence-based Practice and Leadership. In addition, for the PGDip, you would do all of the compulsory modules (except the dissertation), plus one optional module.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

On-campus course

If you choose to enrol on the on-campus course, four of your modules will be delivered using a blended learning approach involving attendance at our Marston Road site in Oxford, and two of your modules will be delivered via distance learning.

Distance learning

The distance learning course provides exciting opportunities for learners who do not attend on-campus but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment. In addition to accessing our virtual learning environment you will have the use of a range of technologies such as online real-time video and audio communication tools. This means that students can feel supported by a variety of staff including the librarians and learning technologists.

Approach to assessment

Coursework assessments are varied in style and include (but are not limited to) essays, critical reviews, case studies and virtual presentations. MSc students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice. Additional materials are provided to distance learning students to guide you during your studies; these include study guides and access to an interactive online learning environment and real-time classrooms.

Online global community of nurses

This course is an opportunity to become part of an online global and dynamic community of nurses who connect and learn together.You are encouraged to develop your digital literacy and are therefore introduced to a range of technologies such as Moodle, Skype, real time classrooms, social networking and electronic bibliographic software.

There are also extracurricular opportunities such as support to write for peer-reviewed publication.


Visit the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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