Find a course


Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice)

MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

January 2022 / September 2022 / January 2023 / September 2023

Course length

Part time: up to 5 years for all awards


If you are a registered nurse you can build on your practice with our MSc / PGDip / PGCert Nursing Studies. This is a flexible course where you learn as part of a collaborative community of nurses, midwives and Allied Health Practitioners (AHP)s. 

We will develop your confidence as you build on your skills so you can become a leader in your field. You will develop your practice with confidence. This allows you to make effective nursing interventions knowing they are based on the best available evidence. 

We have an established pathway for exceptional students to write for peer-reviewed publications. And you have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills.  

Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links locally or across the region. They also have strong links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

Healthcare professional

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

You must:

  • be a qualified nurse (equivalent to UK registered nurse) with up-to-date and current registration within your country of origin and be employed within current clinical nursing practice. You must have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience either in the UK or in your home country.
  • normally hold a UK first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a reputable institution. 
  • if you do not hold a first degree or equivalent, you will be required to submit an assignment which will be taken into account as part of your application.
  • be able to supply an academic reference that supports your potential to study at the postgraduate level. This cannot be supplied by an employer unless you work within an educational institution.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. We require an IELTS score of 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Note for international applicants: this course does not

  • lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK
  • have a practice-based component
  • lead to employment within the UK while you are studying or after you have completed. (We are able to supply you with contact details of local NHS trusts when you start the course if you wish to explore these possibilities).

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

International students

Apply using the University application portal for distance learning.

UK-based students 

Apply for January 2022 onwards »

Apply for September 2021

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) distance learning
£1,060 per single module

International / EU distance learning
£1,580 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£1,080 per single module

International / EU distance learning
£1,690 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) distance learning
£1,060 per single module

International / EU distance learning
£1,580 per single module

2022 / 23
Home (UK) distance learning
£1,080 per single module

International / EU distance learning
£1,690 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

We have designed the course to raise your practice to an advanced level. This will enable you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. 

For the MSc you will take:

  • five compulsory modules
  • dissertation (triple module)
  • choose from six optional modules to make up the 9-module total.

For the PGDip you will take five compulsory modules (not including the dissertation) plus one optional module. 

For the three module PGCert you will take the following modules:

  • Mastering Professional Nursing Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Two female students studying together in classroom

Start this course in January

You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.

Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Mastering Professional Nursing Practice

Evidence-based Practice

Leadership in Health and Social Care

Health Promotion

Advanced Research Design

Optional modules

Work-based Learning

Psychosocial Palliative Care

Creating Frameworks for Learning

Rehabilitation: Application of the ICF

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (AHP) V300

Independent study

Optional modules

Independent Study

Final project

Compulsory modules


Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You can study all of the compulsory course modules by distance learning. Some of the modules for this course are also available on campus.

You will have access to a range of technologies such as online real-time video and audio communication tools. And you will have support from a variety of staff including our librarians and learning technologists. 


Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed through varied methods including:

  • essays
  • critical reviews
  • case studies
  • virtual presentations.  

As an MSc student you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

If you choose distance learning you will receive additional materials to guide you during your studies. These include study guides and access to an interactive online learning environment and real-time classrooms. 


You have the opportunity to develop your academic research writing with the aim of peer-reviewed publication. We give students the opportunity to become involved with the patient-centred research that the team undertake. 

Our team of lecturers and researchers have a wealth of practice and research experience. This is combined with a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing. 

Research activity within the programme team includes:

  • leadership in health care
  • health care professional education
  • models of care delivery
  • resilience and vulnerability in health care
  • health workforce resilience and adversity
  • health management
  • patient safety and health care quality
  • social and cultural diversity in health care
  • diabetes and technology
  • online learning
  • academic research writing
  • development of approaches to literature review.
Researcher using laptop in a quiet space

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course is aimed at experienced nurses who may be working in any area of the world.  The skills and knowledge you will develop will enable you to develop your career further as a nurse leader, nurse researcher or nurse educator.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.