Taught course


University of Northampton · School of Health

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold all of the following: •a Bachelors degree in nursing or related subject •registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (or equivalent if from overseas) •where the applicant's first language is not English, evidence of IELTS at 6.5 in each area

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Nursing builds on the existing knowledge and experience of graduate nurses to develop the confidence and competence required for advanced roles within nursing.

This award facilitates the development of higher level skills in four key areas: Nursing; Research; Teaching; Leadership and Management to provide a comprehensive and stimulating programme that reflects the needs of nurses studying at higher levels. The programme is supported by opportunities for students to undertake practical work-related activities relevant to their particular areas of interest to enhance career development and employability.​​

MSc Nursing is structured around four themes:

  • clinical nursing
  • research and enquiry
  • leadership and management
  • teaching and learning

Students study a range of modules within each theme and are encouraged to undertake practical activities to support their understanding. These activities are personally negotiated with an assigned academic tutor and support your personal and professional development. They may include:

  • clinical exposure visits
  • work experience
  • work shadowing
  • volunteering
  • teaching practice
  • engagement with research activity within the University

A record of your personal achievement will be developed through portfolio/CV building.

Students study modules totalling 180 credits at Level 7. This consists of six 20 credit modules and a professional project (60 credits).

On completion of this programme we would expect you to have:

  • advanced insight into the nursing management of complex health needs
  • the ability to provide evidence based practice
  • skills for leading and managing individuals and teams
  • skills to teach others
  • clear understanding of the research process, and the skills to carry out a clinically focused project

We have developed this programme following extensive experience of working with overseas students of nursing. The University of Northampton has supported several hundreds of international nurses through Master’s degrees, Bachelor degrees and the ONP and Adaptation programmes. Our team is highly skilled in meeting the needs of this group.

Course modules (16/17):

The Art of Nursing - Core module Y

Advanced pathophysiology for Nurses - Core module Y

Comparative Health Systems - Core module N

Leadership: The People Challenge - Core module N

Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design - Core module Y

Professional Project - Core module Y

Managing Advanced Professional Practice - Core module N

Mentorship Programme Level 7 - Core module N

Principles and Perspectives of Health Promotion - Core module Y

Agents of Change - Core module N

Teaching, Learning and Assessment - Core module Y

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

01604 725500
01604 713029