Taught course

Nursing Studies

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Masters in Nursing Studies will have completed a course leading to nurse registration and should normally hold an honours degree in Nursing Studies, or a Diploma in nursing and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level. Students whose first language is not English will normally have achieved the standard University entrance requirements at this level; an IELTS score of >6.5 and TOEFL (computer-based) >250. TOEFL (paper-based) >650.

Months of entry


Course content


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 options are mandatory

  • Research methodology, designs and methods,
  • public health and health development,
  • contemporary issues in nursing.

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Evidence based practice. (mandatory)

Plus two optional modules (see below)

  • 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 change for service improvement.

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.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office
Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 Min months
part time
60 Max months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Unit
+44(0)24 7679 5958
+44 (0)24 7679 5950