Taught course

Nursing (Specialist Field)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You must: be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council have an honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject or evidence of study at degree level (opportunities for individual APEL are available on application). be employed by a healthcare organisation within your specialist field of nursing.

Months of entry


Course content

This exciting and innovative course is designed to ensure that as a nursing professional you are well placed to deal with the globalised challenges arising in current and future practice. These include changes in population and demographic trends, shifts in patterns of health/illness and wellbeing, and political, professional and organisational working cultures. Currently specialist fields exist within learning disabilities, mental health and adult nursing. The course adopts an evidence-informed nursing approach by reviewing, synthesising and incorporating contemporary professional and political drivers to ensure that the profession remains dynamic, proactive and responsive in delivering safe, confident, competent and compassionate quality care and excellence in nursing practice. This course offers you the opportunity to develop your personal and professional autonomy within your areas of practice.

The course develops:

  • leadership skills to promote the professional voice of nursing and to disseminate new knowledge and skills to enhance patient/client care
  • advanced knowledge and skills to facilitate person-centred care and to enhance the patient/client experience
  • advanced decision-making skills and application of nursing practice in complex, demanding and unpredictable environments
  • intellectual and professional independence associated with mastery
  • knowledge and skills to inform and advance nursing practice
  • a critical understanding of research methodologies and evidence-based practice to contribute to the generation of knowledge for advanced nursing practice.

What you study

The course consists of 100 credits of core modules and 80 credits of designated/option modules. The option modules can be a mixture of either 20 or 40 credit modules. There is an induction period to help meet your needs in relation to the demands of master’s-level study.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment strategies depend on the module. Examples include presentations, assignments, vivas and objective structured clinical examinations.

How you learn

This programme uses e-learning as a key resource to enhance your learning and support. You use the virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees for all the modules. We provide links to other useful online resources and web-based interactive activities related to autism. You also learn through discussion boards as well as attending keynote lectures, seminars, case study and scenario-based discussions. There is a virtual ethics committee group to enhance your learning on the second-year core module. We use debate and argument to stimulate you as active participants in your reflective and learning process. Because the programme allows you to select option modules, the different modules use resources appropriate to the topic of study. For example, if you study Advanced Clinical Skills, you have the opportunity to practice skills in preparation for the objective structured clinical examinations assessment.

Career opportunities

The MSc Nursing (Specialist Field) award should help employers to recognise your expertise and study at master’s level.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (8000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384176