Taught course


University of Wolverhampton · Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

PROFESSIONAL: A recognised nursing qualification with current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration to practice, or the equivalent if from overseas (see below).

ACADEMIC: A first degree (2.2) in a nursing or related subject area. Students who do not have a first degree, but have successfully completed Level 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, or who can provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully the PGCert or MSc may be considered eg. completion of an approved preparation course for level 7 study. Such applicants will be invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader to determine suitability for study at Master’s level.

OVERSEAS STUDENTS: If English is not your first language you will need a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or above in each of the IELTS categories. Applicants for specific pathways will be expected to meet the following pathway-specific entry criteria in addition to the generic criteria outlined above:

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE 'NURSING'. This pathway allows you the greatest flexibility in choosing the postgraduate knowledge and skills you wish to develop at a highly demanding academic and professional level. You are provided with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master’s programme tailored to your professional needs and aspirations.

SPECIFIC ENTRY CRITERIA: The generic criteria for admission to the MSc Nursing are required for entry to this pathway, there are no additional specific entry criteria.

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE 'SPECIALIST CLINICAL NURSING': This pathway provides you with an opportunity to develop Master’s-level education in contemporary specialist nursing theory and practice in relation to your chosen clinical area. It is suitable for experienced nurses who wish to advance their professional career and contribute to the delivery and future development of specialist clinical nursing care in order to enhance the quality of service users' and carers' experience.

SPECIFIC ENTRY CRITERIA: You must currently be employed in an ‘appropriate’ specialist clinical setting. Support for workplace practice assessment in an appropriate clinical practice setting must be negotiated and agreed with your employer where you will agree the scope and parameters of the role. An experienced specialist nurse must be available within the organisation to mentor, support and facilitate your development to acquire the required knowledge and skills.

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE 'SERVICE IMPROVEMENT': This pathway caters for any professional working in the field of health or social care who wishes to enhance their contribution to service improvement to advance the quality agenda relevant to their role and workplace. The programme will develop you professionas working knowledge of the principles and practice of service improvement and focuses on the central tenets that underpin successful service improvement; these include development of practical leadership skills, policy analysis, organisational awareness and alignment, and project management skills. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership, a wide range of interpersonal skills for effective use in multi-disciplinary teams. There will be opportunities to develop a support network with fellow professionals and learn from their experience of service improvement in other organisations. The pathway comprises three compulsory modules.

SPECIFIC ENTRY CRITERIA: Named managerial mentor. In a position to be supported to undertake a project in their area of employment.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA 'ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE': This pathway will develop the RN’s knowledge and skills to work at an advanced level of clinical practice. The pathway has been designed around the current Royal College of Nursing and Department of Health competencies for Advanced Clinical Practice. The Institute of Health Professions has a long history in providing Nurse prescriber programmes, therefore within this pathway you can additionally complement your studies with the nurse prescribing programme providing you can secure support for this from your employer.

SPECIFIC ENTRY CRITERIA: Minimum 2 years' post-registration clinical experience when the programme commences. Employed by a healthcare organisation with the opportunity for advanced practice care requiring diagnostic and therapeutic responsibility for patients within the domain of the clinicians practice, normally for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Able to organise an experienced medical doctor or active advanced nurse practitioner to act as a practice supervisor to enable development in practice as an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP).

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Nursing aims to develop you as a Registered Nurse (RN) to be a flexible and adaptable practitioner, enabling you to engage in new ways of working in relation to health care priorities, and lead and develop practice to ensure patient safeguarding.

You will develop a range of core nursing qualities such as caring, compassion, higher level understanding and managing the complexities of nursing work within a constantly evolving health environment.

Attainment of an MSc Nursing in today’s health care environment provides nationally and internationally recognised eligibility to apply for higher level clinical, educational, leadership/management roles within NHS, private healthcare provider organisations and overseas health care organisations – which are increasingly identifying job specifications with essential or desirable characteristics for the applicant to be studying or have attained a Master’s degree.

Available pathways:

  • PGCert Nursing
  • PGCert Specialist Clinical Nursing
  • PGCert Service Improvement
  • PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice

Information for international students

TOEFL 550; IELTS 7.0; or above.

Fees and funding

UK students
Visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/fees-and-costs/postgraduate-fees/
International students
Visit: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/fees-and-costs/postgraduate-fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
12 months


part time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

0800 953 3222