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This course is available for International students. Further information can be found under Course Details.

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Overview

Our MSc Nursing course is designed to provide a progressive pathway of masters level study for all registered nurses working in all fields of practice.

From a national and international perspective there is a recognised shift towards delivering safe, person-centred and effective care. Nurses are central to achieving this ambition and this course will enable you to advance your knowledge and experience as a nurse by specifically examining contemporary issues such as:

  • quality improvement
  • advancing roles
  • leadership

so that you can make a significant contribution to improving practice and providing quality care.

This MSc will be of interest to local and international students (including the armed forces). This is a fully online course which does not require clinical placements or study abroad options.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Gaining a postgraduate qualification in nursing can lead to a variety of nursing roles (e.g. specialist, leadership, nursing management, etc.) and destinations in health and social care. Professionally, learners will build and advance their critical thinking, reflection, leadership, conceptual and decision-making skills.

Through this MSc you will develop higher level critical, analytical and reflective skills which can be utilised in an academic and practice environments. You will also develop originality and sound judgement in leadership and facilitation skills, which will enable you to implement best practice in service delivery.

Further Study

Upon completion of the course learners may wish to consider further Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or be supported to take their studies to the next level by completion of either a Professional Doctorate or PhD.

Studentships are regularly available to support PhD levels of study.

Furthermore learners will be supported and encouraged to publish their work as appropriate.

Top 10

in UK for Teaching Quality for Nursing

(The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

90%

Overall student satisfaction amongst UWS postgraduate students (iGraduate Student Barometer 2017-18)

93%

of UWS postgraduate students would recommend UWS to a friend (iGraduate Student Barometer 2017-18)

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You must be a registered nurses and should normally possess an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree in nursing.

Applications from those who do not hold a degree will be considered on an individual basis as the discretion of the Admissions Officers.

Professional Experience

You must hold current registration as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or for International students you must hold registration with an equivalent recognised nursing professional body in your home country.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be considered where applicants can demonstrate they have achieved similar or work related experience against the module or programme outcomes.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

As an international (non-Eu/non-EEA) student on the MSc Nursing course, as a minimum, you should have an overall IETLS Score of at least 6.0 with no competent less than 5.5 or have an equivalent language qualification recognised by the UKVI.

Please Note: If you intend to engage in the optional UK Nursing Competency Development Course (8 weeks) with a view of applying for registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a nurse in the UK then you must satisfy the following NMC English Language requirements:

International English Language Test System (IELTS)

  • an overall score of at least 7
  • at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Occupational English Test (OET)

  • at least a B grade in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.

Course details

Our course have various exit points allowing you to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master's award depending on your needs. However, most students will typically complete the full Master's award (180 credits).

Please note the the course details differ for international students. All international students are directed to the separate tab below for specific course delivery details.

The MSc is comprised of core and optional modules as follows:

  • The PgCert consists of 60 credits made up of two, core modules and one optional modules (20-credits each)
  • The PgDip consists of a further 60 credits; two core modules and one optional module (20-credits each)
  • The MSc requires completion of the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module worth 60 credits

The PgCert requires the successful completion of the following two core modules:

  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare (core, 20 credits)
  • Role Development in Nursing (core, 20 credits)

Plus, a further one optional 20-credit module:

  • Clinical Supervision: Health & Social Care (optional, 20 credits)
  • Clinical Teaching (optional, 20 credits)
  • Delivering Compassionate Care (optional, 20 credits)
  • Independent Study (HSCE) (optional, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to eHealth (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to progress to the PgDip which requires the successful completion of the following two core modules:

  • Research for Health & Social Care (core, 20 credits)
  • Leadership For Effectiveness (core, 20 credits)

Plus, a further one optional 20-credit module:

  • Clinical Supervision: Health & Social Care (optional, 20 credits)
  • Clinical Teaching (optional, 20 credits)
  • Contemporary Cancer & Palliative Care (optional, 20 credits)
  • Independent Study (HSCE) (optional, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to eHealth (optional, 20 credits)
  • Leadership For Effectiveness (optional, 20 credits)
  • Psychosocial Concerns (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc Research & Enquiry Dissertation (60 credits)

Stage 1- Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (SCQF Level 11):

As part of the core modules you will critically explore a variety of models of quality improvement, the tools and techniques used, thus enabling you to use a variety of different approaches to realise the potential of the improvements being undertaken. You will also examine your own professional knowledge and experience and develop a solid foundation for your own professional development as we recognise that nurses now have additional management and leadership responsibility which may involve service improvement.

In addition to the core modules you will have one optional module to choose from to compliment your area of practice.

Please note: not all optional modules may be available to undertake every year.

Successful completion of the two core modules and optional module will mean you may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing.

 

Stage 2 - Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (SCQF Level 11)

The topics you’ll cover from your core modules will include critically exploring the current challenges facing health and social care professionals as well as appraising your own personal leadership role, the influence of team dynamics and the contribution various professional groups make towards the delivery of efficient and effective health and social care practice. You will also gain an understanding of research design and methods as well as explore a range of methodological issues relevant to research in health and social care setting.

In addition to the core modules you will have one optional module to choose from to compliment your area of practice.

Please note: not all optional modules may be available to undertake every year.

Successful completion of the two core modules and optional module will mean you may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.

Stage 3 - Master's Dissertation

MSc Nursing (SCQF Level 11):

As part of your studies you will undertake a piece of extensive piece of work either in the form of a research project or improvement project in which you will engage with relevant methodology, developing skills in data collection and analysis and acquiring a deeper and more extensive understanding of your chosen topic.

Additionally, you have the option to undertake or a research protocol (in-depth proposal) which will include a systematic description and detailed set of activities for your proposed research project.

International Student Delivery

Course Starting Date: January 2019
Duration & Study Mode: 16 months, Full-Time
Location: Lanarkshire (Scotland, UK)

We are excited to announce a delivery of our MSc Nursing course suitable for internationally trained nurses at our award-winning Lanarkshire campus on a full-time basis. Our course focuses on examining contemporary nursing issues, quality improvement and leadership allowing you to make a significant contribution to improving nursing practice. As part of the course you’ll undertake the following:

Term 2 (January – May)

  • Clinical Teaching (core, 20 credits)
  • Leadership for Effectiveness (core, 20 credits)
  • Research for Health & Social Care (core, 20 credits)

Term 3 (May – August) (Summer Term)

  • Optional UK Nursing Competency Development Course (8 weeks - optional)

Please Note: Students who opt out of this eight-week course will have no classes.

Term 1 (September – December)

  • Independent Study (Health, Social Care or Education) (core, 20 credits)
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare (core, 20 credits)
  • Role Development in Nursing (core, 20 credits)

Term 2 (January – May)

  • MSc Dissertation module (optional, 60 credits)

UK Nursing Competency Development Course (8 week course)

As part of our MSc Nursing course you’ll have the opportunity to participate in an eight-week course during Term 3 (which is typically the summer term) designed to develop the competencies you will need to work as a registered nurse in the UK. This course will allow you to undertake a wide range of simulated learning experiences relevant to nursing in the UK, all of which are expertly facilitated within our cutting-edge clinical skills environments.

If you are a qualified nurse outside the European Economic Area and intend to seek UK registration by engaging in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) Test of Competence, please visit:

NMC Test of Competence

Please Note: Students who choose to undertake this eight-week course will incur additional fees.

Teaching & Assessment

LEARNING & TEACHING

  • Independent Study: 70%*
  • Scheduled Learning: 30%*

Our MSc is delivered fully online and course materials prepared by different health & social professionals at various levels including lecturers, senior lecturers and professors who are considered experts in their field or practice.

You will access materials through our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. Teaching and course materials will be accessed through a variety of resources such as podcasts, videos, PowerPoint, eBooks and journal articles. Guest speakers and contributions from national and international conferences are streamed (where possible) to enrich the learners experience.

ASSESSMENT

  • Coursework: 100%

A variety of traditional and innovate assessment strategies are included in this programme and these will normally include essays, asynchronous discussions, written reports and dissertation. Depending on the optional module you choose coursework may be assessed via presentations and engagement within online forums and discussions. You are encouraged to write for publication (where applicable) and support can be accessed to achieve this via the teaching team or personal tutors. Support and constructive feedback is built into each module to enable you to improve on your academic ability as you progress through your studies.

* average of core taught modules

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Nursing Course Structure

More Information for International Students

Discover more about studying at UWS here. (pdf)

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Health: PgCert/PgDip/MSc Online Study 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£790 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£790 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£790 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£820 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Please Note: Students who choose to undertake the optional UK Nursing Competencey Development eight-week course as part of their studies will incur additional fees.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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