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Nursing MSc

Nursing MSc
MSc Nursing is designed to equip nurses with the knowledge, skills, personal, professional and inter-professional insights needed to confront, challenge and shape the future of their practice.

Continuing changes in health and social care policy and practice have affected the way in which nursing is practised. One of the greatest challenges facing nursing today is to build on the essence of nursing as a caring profession whilst incorporating new technologies, ideas and approaches to healthcare.

This postgraduate Nursing course offers you the opportunity to stand back and take an in-depth and considered review of nursing in order to face the challenges and opportunities of the future. All students will take three core modules, two or three optional modules and a dissertation. The focus can be on one of the four themes of Practice, Research, Leadership or Education or a mixture to suit individual requirements. If you leave before completing the course you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

MSc

Ancillary Award:

Post-Registration

Level:

Postgraduate

Study Mode:

Full time and Part time

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Full-time: One year, Part-time: Between two and five years

School:

School of Health

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

September and January

Entry Requirements:
You must be a registered, qualified nurse with evidence of recent professional development if from the UK.

Overseas applicants must demonstrate registration / qualification in their own country and evidence of recent professional development. References from your sponsor or employer will be sought. International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 6.5 achieved within the last year must be demonstrated.

Overseas applicants are encouraged to attend the university one week orientation programme during the first week of September.

Programme Spec:

To download the Programme Specification for this course, please click here.

Course Content

Course Outline:
All students will take three compulsory modules and a dissertation option. Depending upon the size of your dissertation module, you will also take two or three optional modules. These will be selected from a short menu of choices selected to support a focus on research, practice, management or education in nursing. If you wish you can choose your options across the range of options. All students will participate in a Personal Development Centre creating a personal profile of abilities, attributes and skills and develop a learning contract. You will use the learning contract to develop and enhance your personal profile in collaboration with your personal tutor.

Please note that students on this course will require internet access.

All students will receive personal and directed support in developing their study skills, in particular their academic writing ability.

Additional awards: If you leave the course before completing 180 credits you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing if you have completed 60 credits. You must have completed 120 credits to be leave with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.

Course at a Glance


Module Schedule

These are examples of how you could undertake the course.  However, timings of modules do change, and you should always discuss your options, choices and progress with your course leader.

Full-time students

Term1

Term 2

Term 3

NU3005
Evidence for Practice
(20 credits)

 

 

NU4025
Introduction to Postgraduate Research
(20 credits)

 

 

Option module
(20 credits)

Option module(s)
(20 credits each)

NU4801
Thinking Nursing
(40 credits)

 

NU4008 or NU4053
Dissertation
(40 or 60 credits)

Part-time students: 2 years

Year 1

Year 2

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

NU3005
Evidence for Practice
(20 credits)

Option module
(20 credits)

Option module
(20 credits)

NU4025
Introduction to Postgraduate Research
(20 credits)

Option module
(20 credits)

 

NU4801
Thinking Nursing
(40 credits)

 

NU4053
Dissertation
(60 credits)

Part-time students: 3 years

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

NU3005
Evidence for Practice
(20 credits)

Option module
(20 credits)

Option module
(20 credits)

NU4801
Thinking Nursing
(40 credits)

 

NU4025
Introduction to Postgraduate Research
(20 credits)

 

 

 

 

 

Option module
(20 credits)

 

 

NU4008
Dissertation
(40 credits)


Optional modules

Choose from the following list of optional modules:

Term 1 (September-February)

  • NU4023 Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) (40 credits, please note, this module can only be undertaken by part-time students. There are also additional entry requirements for this module).

Term 2 (January-April)

  • NU4802 Practice Improvement through Change (20 credits)
  • NU4050 Strategic Issues in Health Care (20 credits)
  • NP4001 Evidence, Effectiveness & Evaluation (20 credits)
  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
  • NU4803 Education in Nursing (20 credits)
  • NU4805 Leadership in Practice (20 credits)
  • NU4143 Advancing Care Management at End of Life Care (20 credits)
  • NU4023 Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) (40 credits- runs through to the end of June. Please note: this module can only be undertaken by part-time students. There are also additional entry requirements for this module).

Term 3 (March-May)

  • NU4005 Writing & Presentation Skills (20 credits)

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course is delivered at Preston campus on a planned schedule. You will participate in lectures and discussion groups, and receive support from a personal tutor through the course. Our eLearn platform (accessed via the internet) will provide information and offer collaborative links to all students irrespective of their location.

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods: essays, presentations, seminars, reflective practice work and journal club reviews. Some modules are assessed by a combination of assessment methodologies. All of the chosen methods will enable you to demonstrate your ability to analyse and reflect upon current issues within the practice of nursing.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range on businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and UCLan’s Careers Service can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

UCLan’s Academic Development and Employability team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

Testimonials

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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the School of Health. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance pages.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839
Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

School of Health

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE,

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839

Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk