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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    12-20 months full time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    03 August 2017

Course content

Would you like the opportunity to further explore nursing practice and healthcare, whilst developing skills and knowledge in research methods and service improvement?

The MSc Nursing course will allow you to examine contemporary nursing issues from a clinical perspective. Available to nurses who hold a registration in the UK or another country, this course offers an exciting mix of theory and practical application through the use of enquiry-based learning and workshops where a range of table top exercises and simulation will be utilised to develop your practical skills and knowledge.

Two course options are available: an intensive 12-month programme beginning in September or a 20-month course that commences in January with a break between June and August to provide the opportunity for you to undertake a placement or study abroad should you wish.

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to our leading facilities and dedicated Clinical Skills Centre.

Learn From The Best

The MSc Nursing course is taught by a team of lecturers who boast extensive experience and knowledge of general healthcare and other specialist subjects.

This knowledge is integrated into all aspects of their teaching to ensure that all topics covered within this course are relevant to the workplace and the wider healthcare industry.

They will be there to support you through every step of your course, ensuring you leave with confidence and full understanding of all aspects of this dynamic industry.

The content and teaching methods utilised on this course have been specifically designed to meet the requirements of international students and we have a vast network of support available should English not be your first language.

Teaching And Assessment

This course will focus on developing your core clinical, research and analytical skills to allow you to further explore nursing practice and healthcare to enhance service improvement.

You will study a broad range of subjects including global health issues in the 21st century, theories and health related evidence, nursing practice and knowledge, research skills and systematic appraisal of published nursing research.

Learning and teaching strategies such as lectures, seminars, experiential learning and problem solving exercises will be utilised throughout your studies, all of which will be assessed via a mix of diagnostic evaluations, case studies, assignments and presentations.

You will also complete a final dissertation under the close guidance of our academic team.

Module Overview
Year One
IM0722 - Global Health in the 21st Century (Core, 30 Credits)
IM0723 - Policy and Theory in Practice Development (Core, 30 Credits)
IM0724 - Nursing Knowledge and Safe Practice (Core, 30 Credits)
IM0726 - Research Methods for Nursing Practice (Core, 30 Credits)

Year Two
IM0720 - Dissertation: Systematic Appraisal of Published Nursing Research (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane campus, which houses our Clinical Skills Centre – a purpose-built facility that will allow you to develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of real hospital situations through a simulated environment.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the industry.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists. Key lectures will also be recorded to allow you to listen again.

If English is not your first language you will also have access to the English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) programmes to help you develop your English language, academic writing and study skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Being part of the MSc Nursing course will mean you are learning from a team of research-active professionals who are passionate about nursing and their individual areas of specialism.

All of this course’s modules will draw on staff specialisms and expertise, and you will be introduced to research and leadership methodologies to further enhance your knowledge.

Student-led group seminars will be facilitated each semester, with students often deciding on content that they feel to be of value.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Give Your Career An Edge

This course provides both practical and a theoretical module content that reflects the nursing industry’s professional requirements and follow the QAA benchmarks for nurse education.

You will leave equipped and prepared for the changing nature of healthcare from both a national and international perspective. You will also possess the ability to play an active role in the leadership of change and service improvement.

Northumbria University boasts close links with local NHS Trusts and, although we do not offer clinical placements as part of the programme, every effort is made to ensure that you leave with an in-depth understanding of how the NHS is structured, organised, financed and led.

You will also be actively encouraged to attend local and national events, providing an invaluable opportunity to meet practitioners and experts within the field of healthcare.

Your Future

On completion of this course you should possess the ability to lead on future innovative initiatives in the nursing sector, in addition to holding the attributes required to be educator within your own professional environment.

Further study options are available should you wish to progress your studies to PhD level, and graduates may also wish to pursue careers within teaching or research.

To further enhance your future opportunities we offer ongoing career development support in the form of career guidance, CV advice, portfolio building and interview preparation. This course will also allow you to develop key employability skills such as organisation, time management and leadership.

Visit the Nursing - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!





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