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Course content

This exciting and dynamic MSc in Nursing Studies (Clinical Leadership in Practice) is offered as an online distance learning or on-campus course. It is open to UK, EU and international nursing professionals who wish to undertake advanced postgraduate study with a premier academic institution that has close links with nationally and internationally recognised clinical settings and expert practitioners.

The course can be taken either full-time over 12 months or part-time over three years. There are two intakes: September (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/nursing-studies-leadership-in-clinical-practice/

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 (for example) is a HUGE selling point - the knowledge students gain from this approach is fantastic."

- Students are encouraged to develop their digital literacy and are therefore introduced to a range of technologies such as Moodle, Skype, real time classrooms, social networking and electronic bibliographic software.

- It is delivered by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and 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 have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- 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.

- Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

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

One optional module can be chosen from the above four to make up the 9-module MSc or 6-module PGDip. For the three module PGCert, you would take Mastering Professional 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, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

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.

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 if you are unable to attend university full-time 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.


This course is aimed at experienced nurses who may be working in any area of the world. The skills and knowledge you will develop will enable you to develop your career further as a nurse leader, nurse researcher or nurse educator.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Current research activity within the programme team includes:
- reflective practice in nursing
- threshold concepts
- diabetes and technology
- online learning.
- academic research writing

This course is run by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.

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






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