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This Nursing Studies MSc course aims to enhance a critical understanding of the issues affecting health care and nursing practice in an international context. The influence of the global public health agenda on the role of the nurse is considered in an examination of the complex social and political nature of nursing, health and social care.

The Nursing Studies MSc takes an integrated approach that draws on theoretical frameworks from a range of disciplines. The course is an opportunity to extend your knowledge base and to explore the evidence which is transferable to support nursing practice.


The course has been designed to present a range of opportunities for students to explore subject areas to suit personal and professional needs. The full time route for the MSc is studied over one calendar year; students taking the part time route may take up to five years to complete the MSc Nursing Studies.

Completion of the Postgraduate Diploma is 9 months full time and for the Postgraduate Certificate 6 months; for part time students study time will vary according to commencement date and option modules chosen. International students wishing to study the Postgraduate certificate and Postgraduate diploma must study full time and should discuss this with our international office. Students studying full time must commence their study in September.

Postgraduate Certificate - all modules are mandatory
-Research methodology, designs and methods,
-Health assessment practice,
-Contemporary issues in nursing.

Postgraduate Diploma
-Evidence based practice (mandatory)

Plus two optional modules (see below)
-Public health and health development,
-Public health, policy and practice,
-Independent study,
-Ethics, law & professional practice,
-Learning for health & social care professionals,
-Managing individuals with long term conditions,
-Leadership and service improvement for Integrated care.

MSc Nursing Studies
-Masters Dissertation


The modules offered on the Nursing Studies course provide an opportunity to strengthen your CV in a number of ways. The practice teacher module allows students to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council or you may wish to develop leadership and management capabilities. You might also choose to examine approaches to managing individuals with long-term conditions or to enhance your knowledge of pathology and pharmacology. As an international student, the course provides access to discussion of a broad range of approaches to health care and the opportunity to compare and apply new knowledge.


Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Nursing Studies - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Coventry University website for more details!




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