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MSc Nursing

Course Description

This is an exciting programme designed to offer postgraduate education of nurses in a range of clinical environments and geographical contexts. It meets the needs of both UK based and international nurses and offers a range of clinically relevant named awards at Certificate, Diploma and Master's level. The programme is invaluable for all nurses who want to develop excellence and share good practice.

Why study MSc Nursing with the University of Dundee?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee has an international reputation for providing flexible programmes designed to offer a student-led approach to postgraduate education. Most programmes are offered on a part-time basis and delivered through high quality online distance learning. A small number of modules are also available for locally based students.

Students can choose the generic MSc Nursing award or one of the named awards. These are:
MSc Nursing (Leadership, Quality and Governance)
MSc Nursing (Infection: Prevention and Control)
MSc Nursing (Mental Health)
MSc Nursing (Long Term Conditions)
MSc Nursing (Older Person)
MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice)
MSc Nursing (Global Health and Wellbeing)
MSc Nursing (Research)

The programme is delivered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery which is part of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

Although this award is only available to registered or licensed nurses, the modules are shared with a wide multidisciplinary student body undertaking the MSc Midwifery, MSc Maternal and Infant Health and the MSc Health Studies. This enhances the student experience and makes the learning more appropriate to real practice environments which are rarely unidisciplinary.

What are the aims of this programme?

We aim to provide an intellectual environment within which you are committed and challenged to develop the knowledge and skills required to enhance your own health and social care practice as well as to advance practice in your own profession or role. The aim is also to support multidisciplinary collegiality and create a global community of scholars displaying postgraduate attributes of confidence, complexity, creativity, professionalism, autonomy and the articulation of novel perspectives to problem solving.

How you will be taught

The programme is generally delivered online using the University of Dundee virtual learning environment My Dundee. Some modules are delivered in a blended format and these are limited to students more locally within Scotland.

What you will study

The programme is delivered on a modular basis over a period of 3 and half years. One module is taken per semester and semesters start in September and January. There are two intakes per year.

You are required to take four modules and a dissertation in order to complete the full MSc but can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after two modules and a Postgraduate Diploma after four modules. In order to exit with a named award the award pre-requisites must be met.

Students undertaking the Diploma or MSc must take one research core, one professional core, the award core requirements and an option module where available. Some awards have two award cores and no option module can be taken.

Modules available

The module portfolio comprises a choice of two research modules, a number of professional modules relating to leadership, quality and clinical governance, and learning, teaching and assessment in practice among others.

A number of clinically relevant modules are also available depending on the chosen award. Some modules are only offered every second year and you will be helped to decide the best portfolio of modules to meet your individual needs.

How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed using a variety of traditional and more innovative approaches. We use essays, portfolios, folders of evidence, research proposals, learning contracts, exams, OSCEs, and assessed online activities such as debates and team work.


While almost all of our students are already in professional roles, students who have completed our masters programmes in the past have gone on into management and other promoted posts as well as specialist roles such as hospital at night and clinical governance leads.

Visit the MSc Nursing page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Relevant first degree plus first level qualification as a registered nurse in the UK or equivalent.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

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