MSc Nursing

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100% Online MSc Nursing

  • APPLY BY : 14 Apr 2024
  • NEXT START DATE : 28 Apr 2024
  • TOTAL FEES / PER MODULE FEES : £7,500 / £625
  • PROGRAMME DURATION : 24 Months

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Flexible online master’s programmes

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Study from anywhere, anytime

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Pay per module

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Six starts per year

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Top 20 in UK for Nursing*

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100% of research in Nursing and Allied Health Professions rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'**

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Highest employment rate in Scotland (15 months after graduating, HESA 2021)

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Benefit from our links to vibrant city of Edinburgh

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About the programme

The MSc Nursing programme will provide a distinctive specialism for students from a range of national and international settings to follow a series of online and asynchronous modules, culminating in a research project. It provides alternative master's provision to the existing QMU programmes within the Division of Nursing and Paramedic Science. As with the other postgraduate and post-registration provision in the Division of Nursing and Paramedic Science, at its core is a focus on person-centredness and person-centred practice. Rooted in the international health and wellbeing landscape the concept of person-centredness is a key concept in policy, frameworks and strategic plans, aimed at humanising health and social care experiences.


The programme is ideal for an international field of professionally registered nurses working for health institutions from a range of health and wellbeing settings who are seeking to broaden their understanding of their role as registered nurses, learning in different contexts, and conducting master's-level study and research in their specific area of practice. In studying this programme, you will be key to the lead for societal change through your professional practice which will be deepened and developed through the engagement with your course material and wider postgraduate community of practice.


The overarching aim of the QMU MSc Nursing programme is to build on and enhance existing knowledge, experience and skills and demonstrate understanding as socially conscious, critically creative, reflexive, evidence-based practitioners. This programme is for registered nurses to critically develop their own professional practice and related career development, and to prepare them to pursue future doctoral study in a wide range of international settings.

The freedom and flexibility to study from anywhere, anytime

The Master’s programmes are delivered entirely online and can be studied from anywhere in the world, with no need to ever attend campus. They have been carefully designed to fit around the busy schedules of working professionals, ensuring that work and family commitments need not be reasons to put your ambitions on hold. You can study whilst continuing in your current role and immediately apply what you learn to your professional context.

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Programme Modules

Person-centred Health and Wellbeing

This module facilitates explorations of several of the concepts, principles and theories underpinning person-centred practice in a variety of care settings and perspectives: the prevention of ill-health and the promotion of health and wellbeing. The needs of persons, families and communities will be explored in a way that is consistent with the theoretical underpinnings and the values of person-centredness throughout the lifespan.

Leading Person-centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing

The student will gain a wider understanding of how different sources of evidence and knowledge contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of innovative health and wellbeing practice when working with the person, families and communities, and of contemporary research consistent with the values of person-centredness. There will be a focus on leadership and wellbeing approaches for healthful cultures.

Being and Becoming a Reflexive Practitioner

This module will provide opportunities to examine reflexivity and how this relates to practice for self and others. Becoming a reflexive practitioner enables being, and becoming, self-aware and critical when assessing and evaluating complex and challenging experiences and situations in practice. The student will also consider their role in supporting and facilitating reflexive practice with others.

Developing Professional Practice

The principles of work-based learning will be introduced and the development of professional practice examined. Students will be encouraged to critique clinical expertise to enhance professional practice. Personal and professional outcomes will be identified using a flexible learning action plan that relates to the knowledge, experience and skills required to develop practice in the student’s work context.

Judgements and Decisions in Practice

The focus of this module is on examining and evaluating judgements and decisions made in practice, drawing on relevant sources of robust evidence, contemporary and relational ethics, grounded in the real world of practice. This will include alignment to current health and social care practice and context and policy landscape for each student's area of practice.

Independent Study

The student will develop an individual learning agreement around an elective nursing-based topic. The agreement will identify the learning aims and objectives, the learning activities to be undertaken, and the evidence of learning that will be produced. Students will engage in a wide range of learning activities depending on the nature of their elective topic.

Risk and Resilience: Vulnerable Individuals, Families and Groups

This module facilitates students exploring concepts, principles and theories underpinning person-centred practice within the context of risk, resilience and vulnerability. This includes consideration of professional roles, responsibilities and collaborative ways of working when recognising and responding to indicators of vulnerability for the person, families, groups and communities.

Relational Ethics and Ways of Working

This module engages students in considering their understanding of relational ethics and how this connects to person-centredness, values, beliefs, and pre-requisites of practice. Ways of working together to support interpersonal relationships and holistic approaches in regards to the person, and the layers of influence surrounding them, such as family, community and culture will be examined.

Interpreting Evidence-based Practice

The focus of this module is to examine the students’ interpretation, understanding and application of evidence-based practice. The process of inquiry into best practices and development of practice will be appraised. As leaders and facilitators students will consider the why, what and how of their role in promoting and facilitating current evidence-based practice in their specific context/workplace.

Understanding the Research Process

This module brings together the different elements and stages that form and inform the research process. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research are highlighted and students will be encouraged to start exploring a research area of interest, identifying and justifying the research process that connects to that area of interest.

Research Proposal (MSc Nursing)

The purpose of this 30-credit module is to plan and design a research study, and to create a research proposal for either quantitative, mixed methods or qualitative research. The process and stages of a research proposal will be clearly articulated, including an understanding of the ethical considerations, that relate to the student’s area of interest and relevance for their practice setting. This proposal would be seen as a starting point for future doctoral studies.

Before starting your course you will need the following

Admission requirements

You must be registered with NMC or equivalent and hold an undergraduate honours degree in nursing or a health-related discipline (or international equivalent). This includes 3rd class honours degrees. An ordinary degree in Nursing will also be considered.


English Language Requirements


If English isn’t your first language, you will need to provide evidence of English language ability.

  • IELTS (Academic) at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • Pearson PTE (Academic) overall minimum 59 with 59 in all components
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CCAE & CPE) with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL iBT overall minimum 80 with 18 in Reading; 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II: Merit or Distinction
  • Duolingo minimum overall score of 100 with no individual component of literacy, comprehension, conversation and production below 90
  • IGCSE - ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE need minimum grade C
  • IGCSE - ENGLISH LANGUAGE minimum grade C
  • Degree - Taught and Assessed in English and completed within the last three years with transcript confirming language of study is English
  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language Grade C or above (UK Exam Board)
  • Malaysian SPM 1119 Grade C or above
  • If you are a national of a UKVI listed English speaking country, you are exempt from providing a language certificate

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