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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1-3 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    03 August 2017

Course content

The part-time course is suitable for registered nurses holding a degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing who want to top up to a full masters degree.

The course involves you completing a 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits) on a subject of your choice, within a framework of independent learning and research, such as primary research, systematic/critical literature review or service development.

Your progress is supervised by an academic with expertise in your area of study. The course is driven by you so there are no timetabled study days, but you meet your supervisor at regular intervals for guidance and support.

We also provide optional dissertation workshops and electronic resources are available through our learning centres.

The first part of the dissertation involves you submitting your proposal for academic approval. This rigorous formality ensures that your work meets all the criteria for a dissertation. Once approved, you can begin your dissertation and have up to three years to complete it.

Before you can start the dissertation, you need to have completed a postgraduate level research module. If you have not previously studied one, you can take our research methods for practice module (15 credits) and a 45 credit dissertation. 

Course structure

Typically one year with a maximum of three years.

We offer flexible start dates to suit you.

Supervision sessions are arranged between you and your supervisor at mutually agreed times and dates.

The research methods for practice module starts in January or September and can be studied through distance learning or class-based attendance.

Research methods for practice

This module consists of three main sections

  • introduction to research principles
  • overview of quantitative research methods
  • overview of qualitative research methods


15,000 word dissertation. The research methods for practice module includes written and other assessments. 


By studying independently at this level, you develop your critical understanding of appropriate research methodology and contributes to professional practice development within your chosen area.

Previous students have reported that taking the course has benefitted them by

  • extending their professional knowledge and expertise
  • enhancing professional-decision-making
  • contributing to evidence based practice
  • encouraging innovation
  • developing leadership skills

You may also wish to progress to doctoral studies.

Visit the Nursing (top up) MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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