Taught course

Nursing Studies Adult (pre-registration)

Glasgow Caledonian University · School of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A recent (last 5 years) second class honours degree or above. English and Maths at Standard grade, GCSE or National 5. Two satisfactory references (one of which should be academic). Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Months of entry


Course content

This new and exciting MSc route offers graduates from any background the opportunity to transfer their graduate skills and harness them in becoming a nurse. The MSc Nursing Studies (pre-registration) aims to equip graduate student nurses with advanced critical thinking skills, as well as the practical skills and competencies to deliver compassionate, competent, person-centred, effective, safe and high quality health care. Successful completion of the programme will facilitate graduates’ ability to meet current and emerging health needs of individuals, families and communities within a local, national and global context.

Recognising the changing context of healthcare and the profile of nurses needed, the MSc Nursing Studies (pre-registration) believes that its graduates will make a significant contribution to ‘improving lives’ at an individual, community and global level. Students will be encouraged and challenged to work with contemporary approaches to health and social care in order to meet the needs of patients, clients and service users in a range of primary and secondary care settings. They will contribute to public health outcomes through education and health improvement interventions and will work in partnership with a range of health and social care professionals.

To prepare them for their role, students will need to be equipped with a sound knowledge of nursing theory, pathophysiology, pharmacology, communication skills, promotion of health and wellbeing and competence in core nursing skills, as well as an ability to meet the health care needs of an increasingly ageing population. To support knowledge development, students will undertake a range of practice learning experiences where they will develop the requisite skills, knowledge, attitudes and an awareness of challenges and issues in contemporary care delivery. Learning will incorporate person and family centred care across the lifespan, reflecting on health improvement strategies from birth to end of life.

Information for international students

Students whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English proficiency by gaining an English Language qualification; e.g. IELTS or equivalent. An IELTS (International English Language Testing Score) overall score of 7.0 is required. Scholarships are available.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team