Duration2-3 years (up to 6 years may be taken to complete from the point of registration.
The time taken may be shorter if suitable, recent and accredited courses are transferred in from other universities in line with the course regulations)
Course unitsYear 1
–A choice of Masters level units relevant to the student’s clinical practice and focus.
-A choice of, plus mandatory leadership and research, core units.
-Dissertation preparatory unit
–Research or work-based dissertation (15,000 words)
The framework offers a flexible approach to the sequence and time frame in which units can be taken. This is negotiated with individual students and pathway advisors. Up to half of the award can be transferred in from other universities in line with the award regulations. This can include up to 30 academic credits at degree level provided no transferred credit has been used for another award. The core units can be taken at any point in the programme, but the dissertation must be completed as the last unit of study. See CPD prospectus for more details.
Course descriptionThis award is designed for registered nurses who wish to undertake Masters level study and desire a flexible and relevant programme of study. There are a number of award titles depending on the academic credit achieved. These range from a post graduate certificate or diploma to an MSc in nursing. Students will ideally possess a degree or equivalent at the commencement of the programme.
The pathway is designed to meet students’ individual, professional and personal academic development needs. The course structure is flexible, allowing students to study at their own pace.
The course aims to ensure that students have sound theoretical evidence based knowledge to be a competent and more advanced practitioner in their chosen field.
Career opportunitiesEmployment prospects are excellent. Successful students frequently attain promotion in their clinical posts.
Typical background of applicantStudents are qualified nursing staff working in general or more specialist clinical areas, usually at band Six or above, and seeking to expand their clinical and academic skills in a chosen area.
Additional notesThe course framework offers a flexible approach to the sequence and time frame in which units can be taken. This is negotiated on an individual basis with the pathway advisors.