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Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice)
PGDip or PGCert or MSc
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.
How to apply
Apply using the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences application portal.
Apply using the University application portal for distance learning.
For distance learning, international applicants do not need a visa but will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.
Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.
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Questions about fees?
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.
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.
Financial support and scholarships
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.
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.
After you graduate
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.