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Nursing Studies MSc / Nursing Studies (Top-up) MSc

Learn about the course below
October 2021
January 2022
2-3 (max 5) years part-time
£60 per credit (UK) *
Course leader
Alison Harris

Why study MSc Nursing Studies at Middlesex University?

This master's degree is an innovative programme suitable for any degree-level practising nurse who wishes to follow a flexible modular pathway towards a masters degree.

Course highlights

  • Individualised study pathway based on pre-accreditation. Tailored to current and future development needs
  • It is possible to accredit or recognise prior learning RPL
  • Work-based learning modules for core modules making the masters highly applicable to the organisation you work in
  • 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
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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For registered nurses we offer two alternative routes to achieving a master's award:

  • MSc Nursing Studies
  • MSc Nursing Studies (Top-up).

What will you study on the MSc Nursing Studies?

The MSc Nursing Studies is a part-time programme. It consists of 180 credits including two core modules (90 credits) and 90 credits of optional modules to complete the programme.

The MSc Nursing Studies is studied part-time; a list of modules available to you is available on the University CPD website.

The two core modules of the MSc Nursing Studies are:

  • WBH 4630 Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits)
  • WBH 4760 Work Based Learning Project (60 credits)

Optional modules may include:

  • NSA 4900 Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing
  • NSA 4902 Community Practitioner Nurse or Midwife Prescribing
  • NSA 4502 Physical Assessment and Diagnostics
  • NSA 4501 Critical Care Nursing
  • NSA 4637/4638 Contraception and Sexual Health
  • NSA 4100 Leadership for Public and Community Services
  • NSA 4200 Quality Enhancement
  • NSA 4504 Minor Illness Module

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 and to discuss any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

What will you study on the MSc Nursing Studies (Top-up)?

If you are a registered nurse and already have a Postgraduate Diploma in a health related subject, you could apply for the MSc Nursing Studies (Top-up) course.

This route allows you to accredit a PGDip and consists of a single combined research methods / dissertation module, NSA 4050 Developing Research Capability (60 credits).

If you’re a new student for January 2021, your teaching will start online due to national lockdown restrictions. If your course includes in person teaching on campus this will start sometime after mid-February when the lockdown ends.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of postgraduate degree. Teaching methods will include online lectures, online seminars, online workshops and online tutorials. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools such as UniHub, podcasts and wikis. You will have flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

One of the central tenants of post-graduate learning is to be able to take an active role in your own learning. For every day timetables study day it is expected that you undertake a further 4 hours of study.


Assessments will vary depending on modules chosen

  1. UK
  2. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU fees from October 2021
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Nursing Studies support your career?

Following completion of the MSc, you will be perfectly placed for a wide variety of enhanced career opportunities.

You might also wish to explore your options in research or academia, or even complete further study at doctoral level.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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