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MSc Nursing

MSc Nursing

Equip yourself with the expertise needed to take your nursing practice to the future.

Course details

Delivery: online, part-time

Duration: two years

Start dates: January, May and September

Next welcome week: 16 September 2024

Next course start date: 23 September 2024

Fees: £8,300 (flexible payment plans available)

Application deadline: September 2024 (date tbc)

Applications are open for both UK and international students. Apply as soon as possible to secure your place. Visit our Apply Now page to start your application.

For more information, speak to our Course Adviser team by phoning +44(0)1524 938 558 or emailing

Application process

Course overview

As a key healthcare profession, nursing is constantly faced with the need to rapidly implement new technologies, ideas, and approaches. It’s important that those in this practice can adapt to these changes while building on the critical thinking, creativity, and care that underpins it. 

Our online, part-time MSc Nursing is designed to aid registered nurses from every area of the profession. We bring together nurses from all different backgrounds, specialisms, and corners of the world. Through your time on the course, we’ll help you develop the specialist skills, knowledge, and inter-professional insights needed to drive your practice forward. 

Your studies will empower you with the ability to view nursing with more thought and detail, reflecting on how the profession has changed over time. This in turn will leave you better prepared to rise to the challenges and opportunities of the future, no matter what healthcare system you work in. 

Looking further inwards, you'll be encouraged to reflect on your own practice, drawing from your prior experience and combining your knowledge with new learning and fresh perspectives. You'll begin to take a more critical and creative approach to your profession, promoting and providing innovative leadership within contemporary healthcare. 

You can look forward to being supported by our excellent academics and support services. Plus, through our intuitive, mobile-friendly virtual learning platform, you can earn your postgraduate degree from home or on the move. 

Speak to a course adviser

Why study with us?

Experienced team

Gain invaluable insights and feedback from our academics and research staff, who have a rich array of experience in nursing and healthcare.

Flexible study

Engage with both lecturers and fellow students via live webinars that can be watched back at any time, at your convenience.

Professional growth

Receive resources to sharpen your independent learning, allowing you to continue your own professional growth even after graduation.

Learning outcomes

This postgraduate programme is built to give registered nurses the tools and critical understanding required to analyse on their practice and foster a dynamic, forward-facing approach to work. 

Upon completing the MSc Nursing, you’ll be able to: 

  • Evaluate and apply appropriate theories and models for contemporary leadership within the context of your practice

  • Examine the practical use of nursing knowledge, and its relationship with patient outcomes and the work of healthcare organisations

  • Drive innovative leadership in nursing professionals by encouraging the union of real-world experience and new learnings 

  • Facilitate personal reflection in yourself and others to enhance critical appraisal and creativity in nursing 

  • Utilise heightened cognitive, analytic, and problem-solving skills – along with the initiative needed to pursue continued professional development 


Module overview

Why study this course?

Find out more in this webinar with Course Leader Sabina Gerrard. She discusses how the course will help you continually adapt as a key member of the healthcare service. Want to watch the full Q&A? Register to gain access.

Read the video transcript on this page.

Sandra Chinaza Fidelis

Hear from a student

"I've become more disciplined and focused, which has made me a more efficient and productive nurse. On a personal level, working towards achieving an MSc has given me a great sense of accomplishment."

- Sandra Chinaza Fidelis, full-time nurse and MSc Nursing student

Entry requirements

  • You must be a registered, qualified nurse with evidence of recent professional development

  • You’ll need to evidence your registration / qualification and share proof of recent professional development

  • References from your sponsor or employer will be sought

  • If you don’t speak English as a first language you will need to hold a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or an accepted equivalent.

Unsure if you have the right qualifications or experience? Don’t worry – we know it’s impossible to measure everyone’s capabilities in the same way.

If you’d like some advice regarding your eligibility, our Course Adviser team is here to help. You can reach them by phoning +44(0)1524 938 558 or emailing

Find out about the people you'll meet and the services available to you

Get more information on course fees, payment plans, and funding options

How we teach

We offer an interactive mix of weekly webinars, forums, and learning activities to keep you engaged and challenged during your studies with us. However, you’ll also be given the freedom and flexibility to access these resources at your own time, to best fit your schedule.

In addition, we’ll provide guidance on how to identify, locate, and use the online material available in the Library. Comprehensive bibliographies are provided for each module, as are guidelines for when you’ll be expected to produce essays, projects, and your dissertation.

How you're assessed

Throughout the programme there will be a combination of formative and summative assessments. There are no exams.

Formative assessments will typically involve tutor feedback on your presentations and other projects. Summative assessments will typically take place through essays and assessed coursework – your dissertation being one example.

Careers and opportunities

Upon earning your MSc in Nursing, you’ll be well-positioned to progress into management and leadership roles within the healthcare sector.

You can also expect to have developed a range of additional tools to help you secure such roles, including advanced Information Technology expertise and excellent communication skills.

Your degree also opens you up to the prospect of pursuing further study at doctorate level, such as a PhD or Professional Doctorate; in many countries an MSc is an essential requirement for study at doctoral level. 

Check out our MSc Nursing careers page for more information on potential career paths open to you.


Ready to start in September 2024?

Sophie Liebe-Kreutzner

Hear from a student

“From the beginning it’s been clear that UCLan has a really effective system for supporting online students.”


- Sophie Liebe-Kreutzner, MSc in Human Resource Management

Have questions?  

We'd love to hear from you. Get in touch to discuss your course of interest and ask any questions about studying.