This MSc in Nursing Studies is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level, enabling you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. You will develop your practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow you to make effective nursing interventions.
The course covers modules in each of the following:
- Mastering Professional Nursing Practice (compulsory)
- Evidence-based Practice (compulsory)
- Leadership in Health and Social Care (compulsory)
- Health Promotion (compulsory)
- Advanced Research Design (compulsory)
- Infection Prevention and Control (optional)
- Work-based Learning (optional)
- Independent Study (optional)
- Creating Frameworks for Learning (optional)
- Dissertation (compulsory for MSc, triple module)
One module can be chosen from the four optional modules to make up the 9-module MSc or 6-module PGDip. For the three module PGCert, you would take Mastering Professional Nursing Practice, Evidence-based Practice and Leadership. In addition, for the PGDip, you would do all of the compulsory modules (except the dissertation), plus one optional module.
Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.
Teaching and learning
If you choose to enrol on the on-campus course, four of your modules will be delivered using a blended learning approach involving attendance at our Marston Road site in Oxford, and two of your modules will be delivered via distance learning.
The distance learning course provides exciting opportunities for learners who do not attend on-campus but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment. In addition to accessing our virtual learning environment you will have the use of a range of technologies such as online real-time video and audio communication tools. This means that students can feel supported by a variety of staff including the librarians and learning technologists.
Approach to assessment Coursework assessments are varied in style and include (but are not limited to) essays, critical reviews, case studies and virtual presentations. MSc students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice. Additional materials are provided to distance learning students to guide you during your studies; these include study guides and access to an interactive online learning environment and real-time classrooms.
Online global community of nurses
This course is an opportunity to become part of an online global and dynamic community of nurses
who connect and learn together.You are encouraged to develop your digital literacy and are therefore introduced to a range of technologies such as Moodle, Skype, real time classrooms, social networking and electronic bibliographic software.
There are also extracurricular opportunities such as support to write for peer-reviewed
Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £1,000 per single module
Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £1,000 per single module
Home/EU - distance learning fee: 2017/18: £1,000 per single module
International - full time: 2017/18: £13,500
International - part time fee : 2017/18: £1,460 per single module
International - distance learning fee : 2017/18: £1,460 per single module
Where part time or open learning fees are quoted there will be approximately a 2% increase on fees each year. For information there are 9 single modules to pay for in a full masters programme
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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.
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- 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 that is negotiated with the course leader and which will be taken into account as part of your application.
- Have reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection.
- 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
- Have good IT skills and be proficient in the use of the internet and online communication.
You can choose to enrol at either the PGCert, PGDip or MSc level. You can enter on the basis of your undergraduate degree and/or previous appropriate knowledge and experience. A framework is available for the Accreditation of Prior (Experience and) Learning (APEL and APCL), which awards credit appropriate to the individual’s background, qualifications and experience.
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
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.
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).
Preparation courses for International and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.
- Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
- If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.
If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.
How to apply
You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.
Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.
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.
Conditions of acceptance
When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
How this course helps you develop The critical engagement with the academic literature and contemporary debate in the modules that you take will enhance your ability to think analytically and solve problems at an advanced level in your area of work.
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.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
How Brookes supports postgraduate students
All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as lifelong learners.
There is a range of support mechanisms for students, such as academic advisers, who will facilitate your academic development, and student support co-ordinators, who provide a service for both distance learning and on-campus students, whether this involves queries about any aspect of student life, or academic and personal welfare.
Our support services include Upgrade, which provides advice on study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, research, or preparing for an exam. They also give advice on statistics and maths. There is a dedicated Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, which provides support for students with disabilities including sensory and mobility impairments, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and medical conditions. Here, staff offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.
As a new EU or international on-campus student you will join the Academic and Cultural Orientation Programme, which has been set up to enable you to make a smooth transition into study at the University. Within the sessions, you will explore the culture of the University, which will assist you in developing the appropriate academic skills required for your programme of study. The University also provides a comprehensive range of support networks and services to EU/international students. For more information, go to www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/international/support.
From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.
We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.
Current 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
This course is run by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.
For more details about our research portfolio, go to our website
Research areas and clusters
The programme sits within the Professional Practice Research Group (PPR), which is led by Professor Debra Jackson