Health & Social Care

MSc Nursing (Specialist Field)


  • 3 years
  • Enrolment date: October

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This exciting and innovative course is designed to ensure that as a nursing professional you are well placed to deal with the globalised challenges arising in current and future practice. These include changes in population and demographic trends, shifts in patterns of health/illness and wellbeing, and political, professional and organisational working cultures. Currently specialist fields exist within learning disabilities, mental health and adult nursing.

The course adopts an evidence-informed nursing approach by reviewing, synthesising and incorporating contemporary professional and political drivers to ensure that the profession remains dynamic, proactive and responsive in delivering safe, confident, competent and compassionate quality care and excellence in nursing practice. This course offers you the opportunity to develop your personal and professional autonomy within your areas of practice.

The course develops:

  • leadership skills to promote the professional voice of nursing and to disseminate new knowledge and skills to enhance patient/client care
  • advanced knowledge and skills to facilitate person-centred care and to enhance the patient/client experience
  • advanced decision-making skills and application of nursing practice in complex, demanding and unpredictable environments
  • intellectual and professional independence associated with mastery
  • knowledge and skills to inform and advance nursing practice
  • a critical understanding of research methodologies and evidence-based practice to contribute to the generation of knowledge for advanced nursing practice.

What you study

The course consists of 100 credits of core modules and 80 credits of designated/option modules. The option modules can be a mixture of either 20 or 40 credit modules. There is an induction period to help meet your needs in relation to the demands of master’s-level study.

How you are assessed

A variety of creative formative and summative assessments is included. Detailed feedback is provided in relation to all assessment criteria via the student intranet. Examples include reflective essays, oral presentations, cases studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinationss and the final dissertation project.

Career opportunities

Nurses require master’s-level knowledge and competence to undertake advanced clinical roles in practice.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • have an honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject or evidence of study at degree level (opportunities for individual APEL are available on application).
  • be employed by a healthcare organisation within your specialist field of nursing.

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