Advanced Nursing MSc


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MSc Advanced Nursing
1 year full-time. 2-4 years part-time.
Entry requirements
applicants who hold a good first degree with at least a second class honours, or an equivalent qualification and evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience.
Other requirements
Because of the intensity of study, particularly the research component, applicants for the full-time programme must hold a first or second class honours degree in nursing or other relevant topic. Applicants for the part-time programme will usually hold a Bachelors degree, or qualifications and experience deemed to be equivalent.

All applicants must be qualified nurses, usually with a minimum of two years experience in nursing practice.

There is no specific quota for international students and each application is assessed on merit.

International students will be required to have occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense.

6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Queen's Medical Centre
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This programme has been carefully designed to advance nursing practice and improve patient care.
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A natural progression from your BSc, the MSc Advanced Nursing builds on your skills and specialist knowledge, giving you a deeper understanding and leading to wider career opportunities. 

Higher qualifications demonstrate your ambition and aptitude for learning. Many of our MSc students and graduates find they achieve promotion during or soon after their course. In clinical practice, applicants for senior and advanced nursing posts are increasingly expected to possess, or be working towards, masters-level qualifications. A master’s degree is also the entry qualification for a career in nursing education and research. 

Taking an advanced nursing course is a real investment in your career. The programme of study has been carefully designed to improve healthcare practice and, ultimately, patient care. Your assignments will be firmly grounded in the realities you face in the workplace, developing skills and knowledge that will lead to practical benefits for you and your team. 

You will join students from diverse clinical backgrounds, including acute and community care settings. Many come from the UK, but also Europe and further afield: all share a common commitment to advancing their careers and the nursing profession. Learning from each other, as much as from experienced teachers, you will develop new friendships that will last long after the course.  

Alongside the clear career benefits this qualification brings, this challenging course is also highly rewarding on a personal level. Many of our students comment on the enormous sense of satisfaction and achievement in gaining an award at this level. One of our graduates was named post-registration 'Student of the Year' at the 2016 Student Nursing Times Awards, recognising her achievements in both academic work and service development. 

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Nursing, which has the same taught modules, but does not include a dissertation.

For more information download the Advanced Nursing flyer (PDF).

Read our blog from an international graduate who found studying with us to be a life-changing experience

Key facts
  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014  
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff

Course details

All students have their own starting point and are guided through the course according to their individual needs. We are particularly aware of the demands placed on both part-time and full-time students and so provide individual and group tutorial support, helped by relatively small class sizes.   

Modules are delivered by experienced teachers in an enjoyable, stimulating learning environment.

The MSc Advanced Nursing starts in late September and is taught over one year full-time or two to four years part-time. 

The MSc Advanced Nursing comprises 180 credits worth of core and optional modules, as well as the dissertation.



Core modules:

  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Theory and Practice of Advanced Nursing (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Students undertaking the MSc in Advanced Nursing can follow a generic pathway that allows free choice of further modules (60 credits). Our optional modules focus on advanced skills related to clinical practice, leadership and teaching.

Alternatively, students may elect to follow a specialist pathway by completing the specified modules. The specialist pathways available are as follows: 

Adult critical care

Core modules:

  • Evidence for health and social care
  • Theory and practice of advanced nursing
  • Adult critical care: contemporary care of the traumatically injured, neurological and endocrine disorders
  • Adult critical care: contemporary care of renal, cardiac and respiratory disorders
  • Dissertation
Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children

Core modules:

  • Evidence for health and social care
  • Theory and practice of advanced nursing
  • Critical and high dependency care of neonates, infants and children 1
  • Critical and high dependency care of neonates, infants and children 2
  • Dissertation
Palliative and End of Life Care

Core modules:

  • Evidence for health and social care
  • Theory and practice of advanced nursing
  • Critical perspectives in palliative and end of life care
  • Palliative and end of life care management
  • Dissertation
Trauma Care

Core modules:

  • Evidence for health and social care
  • Theory and practice of advanced nursing
  • Adult critical care:  contemporary care of the traumatically injured, neurological and endocrine disorders
  • Continuing management of the traumatically injured patient
  • Dissertation
Psychological Therapies for Psychosis

Core modules:

  • Evidence for health and social care
  • Theory and practice of advanced nursing
  • Recovery and psychosis
  • Making sense of voices and paranoia
  • Dissertation

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Home/EU students

Funded places are available to health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands (under certain conditions). These places are funded through Health Education East Midlands contract with The University of Nottingham. The only exception to this is the dissertation which may require self-funding or funding from another source. Once you have approval from your manager to apply for the course, complete the online application. 

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the school website

If you have a question about funding please call +44 (0)115 823 1213. 

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



This advanced programme of study is aimed at qualified nurses who already have professional nursing experience in their chosen field. As such, it is a vocationally-orientated course, which aims to put you at the cutting-edge of teaching, research and thinking in terms of contemporary nursing practice.  

The course will give you the skills and experience you need to develop your career and to act as a leader and innovator in the field of nursing. 

Average starting salary and career progression 

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*  

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2014/15.  

Recent graduates have gone on to work as clinical nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners and modern matrons. Our graduates also work in higher education as lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers and in private practice. 

Career prospects and employability 

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.   

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life. 

*The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 

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