Taught course

Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice)

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Applied Health and Professional Development

Entry requirements

You must: Be a qualified nurse (equivalent to UK registered nurse) with up-to-date and current registration within your country of origin and be employed within current clinical nursing practice. You must have a minimum of one year's post registration experience either in the UK or in your home country. Normally hold a UK first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a reputable institution. Must be able to supply an academic reference that supports your potential to study at postgraduate level (cannot be supplied by employer, unless working within educational institution). Have reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection. Have good IT skills and be proficient in the use of the internet and online communication.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The course can be taken either full-time over 12 months or part-time over three years. There are two intakes: September (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2).

We have developed the course during the last three years and have been supported by colleagues in the wider university who have a national and international reputation with teaching and learning technologies. This has helped us design the course so that it can be delivered online at a distance and provide choice, flexibility and a quality experience for students.

Course content

This MSc in Nursing Studies is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level, enabling you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. You will develop your practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow you to make effective nursing interventions.

The course covers modules in each of the following:

Mastering Professional Practice (compulsory);
Evidence-based Practice (compulsory);
Health Promotion (compulsory);
Leadership (compulsory);
Advanced Research Design (compulsory);
Dissertation (compulsory for MSc, triple module);
Infection Prevention and Control (optional);
Work-based Learning (optional);
Independent Study (optional);
Creating Frameworks for Learning (optional).

One optional module would be chosen from the above four to make up the 9 module MSc or 6 module PGDip. For the 3 module PGCert, you would have to do Mastering Professional Practice, Evidence-based Practice and Leadership. In addition, for the PG Dip, you would have to do all the compulsory modules (except the dissertation), plus one optional module.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. We require an IELTS score of 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
12-36 months


part time
36 months
distance learning
8-36 months
full time
8 months


distance learning
4-36 months
full time
4 months
part time
36 months

Further details of qualification

For taught course the teaching is located at Marston Road. The distance learning course is run through Brookes Virtual online learning environment.

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 488157