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Nursing MSc

Nursing MSc

School of Health

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839
Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September and January

  • Award Type:

    MSc

Why study this programme?

Suitable for nurses from all areas of practice, the MSc Nursing programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, personal, professional and inter-professional insights needed to confront, challenge and shape the future of your 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.

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 at a Glance

All students will take three core modules, two or three optional modules and a dissertation. It is designed in such a way that you will be able to determine the focus of your studies, applying the knowledge you gain within the context of your chosen sphere. It enables you to reflect on and re-evaluate the nature of nursing, where it has come from, where it is today, and where it is going. 

Thinking Nursing – an exciting module that looks at nursing from a variety of perspectives, and which uses interesting and innovative forms of assessment that students find challenge and stimulate their creativity.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Wednesday 9th September, 2015.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

You’ll interact with students from different backgrounds and different countries, and see how others have responded to the challenges they have faced as nursing has developed. If you leave before completing the course you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

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.

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

NU4073
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

NU4073
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

NU4073
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)



Option to conduct your own small-scale research study, with support from experienced researchers.

Good range of option modules available to suit your career aspirations.


Optional modules

You will have the option to choose from the wide range of level 7 modules available in the School of Health.  Previous students have undertake modules such as the ones below, although this is not an exhaustive list.  You should discuss your ideas for option modules with the Course Leader.

Term 1 (September-December)

  • NU4022 Continence: Managing Change
  • 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-March)

  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
  • NU4068 Transcultural Health and Social Care
  • NU4074 Improving Delivery of Services Through Implementation Science
  • NU4096 Multi-Professional Support of Learning and Assessing in Practice
  • NU4803 Education in Nursing (20 credits)
  • NU4805 Leadership in Practice (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).
  • HP4006 Research Ethics & Governance - elearn (20 credits)

Term 3 (March-May)

  • NU4005 Writing & Presentation Skills (20 credits)
  • NU4143 Advancing Care Management at End of Life Care (20 credits)

How to Apply

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 the contact details shown.

Programme Specification

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.

Applications

Post-registration Recruitment Team, School of Health
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

Fees

Full-time: £5,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £630 per 20 credit module. Some optional modules may carry a higher fee.

Further information:

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is delivered at the 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 Blackboard (elearning) platform (accessed via the internet) will provide information and offer collaborative links to all students irrespective of their location.

The course is taught by a range of academic and research staff with a wide range of experience in nursing and other healthcare practice, in a variety of clinical areas. Staff research interests similarly cover a diverse range of subject areas and research approaches.

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods: essays, presentations, storyboard, 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.

Opportunities

Students who have successfully completed this course have developed their careers in management, specialist roles, research and academic institutions, in the UK and internationally.

Following successful completion of this course, you may wish to pursue further study in the form of PhD or Professional Doctorate. If you are interested in either of these, please discuss this with your course leader or one of the Research Degree Tutors in the School of Health.


This course allowed me some flexibility in order to study modules that would assist me with my own personal professional development such as clinical supervision. Alongside this I was keen to develop my understanding of research in terms of interpreting research and was lucky enough to undertake my own research study as part of my dissertation.

I enjoyed the course as it was a new challenge for me, I was working at a much higher level than I was used to academically. Other challenges such as presenting at the research ethics committee was a good experience for me professionally. The course leaders were always approachable and very keen to help me whenever I needed it.

Leonora Anson