Taught course

International Nursing and Healthcare

University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must have Diploma in Higher Education, Higher National Diploma or equivalent in Nursing. We recommend that applicants should have at least one year post-qualifying experience before commencing this course. IELTS overall score of 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each element

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

About the course

Healthcare is a dynamic and challenging subject, and this innovative course is designed for internationally educated nurses qualified to British diploma standard who want to develop their knowledge at BSc level before progressing to Master's level studies. You will explore healthcare from a UK and global perspective, learn to analyse and synthesise aspects of your practice, and develop the expertise and skills that will enable you to undertake a wide variety of holistic assessments in acute and long-term conditions.

Key features

    • Study on a course that will enable you to become part of a global community, learning with other healthcare professionals who wish to improve their practice and reduce inequalities
    • Explore the concept of change management and relate to current patient safety and quality agendas, and use investigative strategies and techniques to undertake critical analysis relevant to healthcare practice
    • Develop advanced nursing knowledge and understanding of the principles of homeostatic mechanisms, and demonstrate an awareness of personal responsibility
    • Gain a solid academic underpinning in nursing knowledge and theories, and enhance your scholarly and evidenced based approach to healthcare practice
    • Benefit from the ability to assess the determinants of global health policy and practices within the context of contemporary national and international healthcare challenges.
  • This full-time combined-level MSc is developed for qualified and registered healthcare professionals with a Diploma of Higher Education who wish to study for a master’s degree over a 30 month period.

  • Your first 15 months will be equivalent to a final year of a BSc before progressing to study at master’s level, with a particular focus on the importance of developing a critical understanding of research methodology and comprehensive bioscience principles to enable you to adopt a holistic approach to assessment and care.

  • You will develop essential theoretical and practical skills concerning healthcare and analyse how social, political and cultural factors have the capacity to both sustain and undermine the delivery of equitable healthcare. You will be required to draw upon your professional, practice and policy guidelines to develop or enhance approaches to healthcare practice.

  • Following your first year of study, you will be provided with opportunities to develop your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in selecting, synthesising, analysing and appraising data from a range of sources and for a range of purposes. You will also engage with complex healthcare issues in a global context, where legal and ethical principles are applied and you will be encouraged to be mindful of the fragility of healthcare services and practices.

  • Opportunities for inter-professional learning are provided on the option units. You will be required to work with near-peers in paired and small group work during scheduled learning, and, in some units, in guided learning activities. The course will prepare you to drive and influence change and development of your healthcare practice.

Career opportunities

Students on this course are qualified healthcare professionals; consequently, the course will typically support your ambitions for career progression.

Graduates will have extended their knowledge base and potential scope of practice. They will adopt an evidence based approach to healthcare practice and be able to lead changes in team and organisational practices. They will be better able to plan, implement and manage complex tasks and activities whether working alone or with others.

Progress to the dissertation stage depends on performance in the taught stage.

Areas of study include:

  • Applied pathophysiology for nursing practice
  • Context of professional practice
  • Introduction to research and study skills
  • Promoting quality healthcare
  • Advancing healthcare practice: concepts and principles
  • Dissertation: Systematic review of the literature on global healthcare
  • Evidence-based healthcare practice
  • Global healthcare perspectives
  • International perspective of human factors in patient safety (option)
  • Long-term conditions: a global perspective in integrated care (option)

Qualification and course duration


full time
30 months

Course contact details

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