Entry requirements

Here at the University of Essex Online, we believe that education should be accessible to all. That is why we offer both an academic and work-based experience route onto our MSc Nursing course. Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

Because of the work-based nature of the programme, all students must be working in clinical practice as a registered nurse or with a license to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board.
Academic entry route
You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health or social care related subject from an approved institution
  • working in clinical practice as a registered nurse or licensed to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board
Work experience entry route
Students who do not have a degree may be eligible for entry and will be considered on an individual basis. In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our MSc Nursing, you must meet the following criteria:
  • at least three years’ post-qualification work experience as a registered nurse or licensed to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board, supported by appropriate references
English language requirement
Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Months of entry

April, July, October

Course content

The demand for skilled nurses is growing across the globe, due to the ongoing demands placed on those already in the profession. This innovative and 100% online Masters is designed with professional development in mind and can help to elevate your career to a more senior level. You’ll learn about the fundamentals of management and leadership while studying contemporary healthcare modules.
The course is specifically designed to allow you to enhance your knowledge in-line with your existing commitments to nursing. On this unique programme, you will develop the ability to manage a range of sensitive situations across the healthcare industry. A crucial part of the course involves a professional practice portfolio, showing proof of your autonomy and reflective practice.
Choose from a variety of optional modules to enhance your knowledge in specific areas including:
  • meeting the needs of vulnerable individuals, groups and communities: the role of nurses
  • managing disease: pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • the scientific concepts behind infection control and prevention
  • how to support the management of diabetes care in primary and secondary healthcare settings using theoretical knowledge
Towards the end of your course, there is an exciting opportunity to work on a dedicated piece of research in the form of a dissertation on a nursing area that interests you. Explore, evaluate and report on your results effectively and ethically.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

10% anniversary scholarship available for students who enrol from 1 July 2023.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries team