Research course

Nursing Studies

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Nursing, and should have completed a qualification leading to registration as a nurse. We will consider applicants with a Diploma in Nursing and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Months of entry

September, May

Course content

This course starts in September 2017.

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.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain transferable knowledge and evidence to support the practice of individual health professionals,
  • develop your knowledge base and analyse the role of the nurse in a wider context,
  • understand the influence of other disciplines on nursing and healthcare.

What will I learn?

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 - module is mandatory

  • 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

This module provides an opportunity for the student to propose, design, conduct and report on a research project of relevance and potential benefit to their named area of study. It enables the student to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy and principles of research, and competence at each stage of the research process. In this way the student’s ability is developed to subsequently to carry out research independently and to commission, manage and evaluate the research activities in the field. The module makes an important contribution to the research training provided in the Masters degree. In addition, it enhances the student’s ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and engenders self-direction and originality in tackling problems.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

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.

Global leaders programme

To 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.

Click here for futher details on the Global Leaders Programme.

Information for international students

To find an enquiry form for international students, visit our website.

Contact us on +44 (0) 24 7765 2152

Fees and funding

UK students
May 2017 start - £5,799 | September 2017 start - £6,212
International students
May 2017 start - £11,280 | September 2017 start - £11,846

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
Up to 60 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 24 7765 4321