Taught course

Advancing Nursing Practice

University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have a suitable educational background. Applicants should have an honours degree or equivalent (reaching SCQF level 10) or relevant nursing experience. We are also willing to accept candidates who have professional qualifications equivalent to an honours degree and candidates who do not have a previous degree if they can demonstrate ability to study at postgraduate level through a written task.

Months of entry


Course content

The field of nursing is ever changing and increasingly challenging. The MSc Advancing Nursing Practice will equip you with the skills for self-development to become leaders and competent decision makers, professional nurses who understand the primacy of care, the promotion of health and the imperative of evidence to underpin best practice and how this is acquired.

The programme aims, through a process of flexible and open learning, to develop self-directed and reflective nurses who have the potential to be future leaders in advancing nursing.

Whilst there are some core subjects, the programme is extremely flexible and is tailored to students' requirements.

Distinctive features of this degree include:

  • Development of a portfolio for professional and personal development
  • Development of opportunities for the synthesis of theory, evidence and practice
  • Accessibility for all nursing disciplines, including managers, educators and clinicians

The dynamic structure of the programme is specifically designed to appeal not only locally and nationally, but also internationally.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


part time
24 months


part time
9 months


part time
21 months

Course contact details

Programme Secretary
+44 (0) 131 650 4661