Why study MSc Nursing Studies/MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) at Middlesex University?
The MSc Nursing Studies degree is an innovative programme suitable for any degree-level practising nurse who wishes to follow a flexible modular pathway towards a masters degree or postgraduate diploma.
The MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) degree is for nurses working at an advanced level who wish to gain a postgraduate award and recognition of their advanced nursing status.
Individualised study pathway based on pre-accreditation. Tailored to current and future development needs
It is possible to accredit prior learning APL/APEL
Work-based learning module options are available for core modules
Enables you to demonstrate mastery in nursing-related skills and knowledge in order to contribute to enhanced professional nursing practice and service development
Facilitates your acquisition of critical understanding and use of advanced research skills
What will you study on the MSc Nursing Studies/MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) degree at Middlesex University?
The MSc Nursing Studies can be studied full-time or part-time. However we also offer an advanced practice pathway which can only be studied part-time.
Number of credits: 180 Level of study: 7
In these programmes we will look at:
Research evidence and ways of asking research questions
Methodological context, paradigms, different approaches to research design
Designing a research proposal
Research ethics and research processes
Critical evaluation of published research in substantive area(s)
Quantitative research methods;
Qualitative research methods
Mixing methods / methodologies
Dissemination of research findings in relevant contexts.
Nursing Studies options (full-time or part-time)
The postgraduate diploma consists of 120 credits, and includes a core module of 30 credits, and 90 credits of optional modules to complete the programme.
The MSc consists of 180 credits including two core modules of 90 credits and 90 credits of optional modules to complete the programme.
A programme planning meeting with the Programme Leader will be arranged prior to choosing your modules. This meeting will allow you to focus on the specific modules you wish to study, discuss any accreditation of prior learning and consider whether you wish to choose a work based learning approach to your final project (dissertation) or a traditional research methods/dissertation route.
Students undertaking this programme have to successfully complete two core modules, research methods; either IPL 4001 Social research methods (30 credits) or WBS 4630 Advanced Practitioner Enquiry (30 credits). For the award of the masters degree, a dissertation, either IPL 4095 MSc Dissertation (60 credits) or WBS 4760 Work Based Learning Project module (60 credits) must be completed.
Please contact the Programme Leader prior to selecting your optional modules. A list of the modules that may be available can be found on our CPD health webpages.
The full-time MSc Nursing Studies course is a fixed-module programme aimed at nurses who are from overseas or who are not currently working in the UK health service. The modules reflect the skills expected of a masters level nurse. The work-based learning approach to the final dissertation is not available as students on this programme will not have access to the practice setting. The modules are:
IPL 4100, Leadership for Public and Community Services (15 credits) IPL 4200, Service Delivery and Quality Improvement (15 credits) IPL 4001, Social Research Methods (30 credits) PHC 4610, Health Promotion: Targets and Evidence (30 credits) WBS 4715, Negotiated Work Based Learning Project (15 credits) NSA 4002, Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice (15 credits) IPL 4095, Dissertation (60 credits)
This programme has a fixed-module pathway built around the 28 elements of an advanced level of practice, as set out by the Department of Health in their position paper (2010). You can accredit any prior learning that meets the learning outcomes of the same set modules.
This pathway is made up of 210 credits. The modules are:
How can the MSc Nursing Studies/MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice) further your career?
Following completion of the MSc, you will have the opportunity to progress to PhD/DProf programmes offered by the University. You are likely to have enhanced career prospects if, on completion of the programme, you are able to demonstrate that you have met the required professional competencies for advanced practice roles as well as having a postgraduate qualification.
What are the entry requirements for MSc Nursing Studies/MSc Nursing Studies (Advanced Nursing Practice)?
A good honours degree (2:2 or above, or equivalent) in nursing
Be working as a registered nurse or are a registered nurse with recent nursing experience (within one year)
For the full-time MSc Nursing Studies: current or recent clinical practice is not required
Hold an acceptable recognisable professional qualification in the UK or in your own country
Exceptionally, students who do not have a degree but who have successfully completed Level 7 CPD modules or who can provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully postgraduate-level study may be considered
You must have competence in the English language; we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all four components).
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.