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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Between two and five years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    25 January 2018

Course Content

Course content

Suitable for nurses from all areas of practice, the MSc Nursing programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, personal, professional and inter-professional insights needed to confront, challenge and shape the future of your practice.

Continuing changes in health and social care policy and practice have affected the way in which nursing is practised. One of the greatest challenges facing nursing today is to build on the essence of nursing as a caring profession whilst incorporating new technologies, ideas and approaches to healthcare.

This postgraduate Nursing course offers you the opportunity to stand back and take an in-depth and considered review of nursing in order to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.


The course is delivered at the Preston campus on a planned schedule. You will participate in lectures and discussion groups, and receive support from a personal tutor through the course. Our Blackboard (elearning) platform (accessed via the internet) will provide information and offer collaborative links to all students irrespective of their location.

The course is taught by a range of academic and research staff with a wide range of experience in nursing and other healthcare practice, in a variety of clinical areas. Staff research interests similarly cover a diverse range of subject areas and research approaches.

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods: essays, presentations, storyboard, seminars, reflective practice work and journal club reviews. Some modules are assessed by a combination of assessment methodologies. All of the chosen methods will enable you to demonstrate your ability to analyse and reflect upon current issues within the practice of nursing.


Students who have successfully completed this course have developed their careers in management, specialist roles, research and academic institutions, in the UK and internationally.

Following successful completion of this course, you may wish to pursue further study in the form of PhD or Professional Doctorate. If you are interested in either of these, please discuss this with your course leader or one of the Research Degree Tutors in the School of Health.


You’ll interact with students from different backgrounds and different countries, and see how others have responded to the challenges they have faced as nursing has developed. If you leave before completing the course you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

Depending upon the size of your dissertation module, you will also take two or three optional modules. These will be selected from a short menu of choices selected to support a focus on research, practice, management or education in nursing. If you wish you can choose your options across the range of options. All students will participate in a Personal Development Centre creating a personal profile of abilities, attributes and skills and develop a learning contract. You will use the learning contract to develop and enhance your personal profile in collaboration with your personal tutor.

Please note that students on this course will require internet access.

All students will receive personal and directed support in developing their study skills, in particular their academic writing ability.

Visit the Nursing - MSc page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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