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.
For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-nursing-top-up
Typically 1 year with a maximum of 3 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.
-You complete a 15,000 word dissertation.
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.
Assessment: 15,000 word dissertation. The research methods for practice module includes written and other assessments.
You must hold a degree in any subject and a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing from a pre-registration course along with a registered (NMC) nurse status. You normally progress directly to the 60 credit dissertation, but we will advise you if you need to take a research methods module prior to the dissertation. We consider applications on an individual basis.