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.
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 2019 Student Nursing Times Awards, recognising her achievements in both academic work and service development.
We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing, which has the same taught modules, but does not include a dissertation. The Postgraduate Diploma can be taken over 9-12 months full-time and 18-48 months part-time.
- Ranked 5th in the UK and 27th in the world for nursing by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
- 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
- Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
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.
MSc Advanced Nursing
MSc Advanced Nursing starts in late September and is taught over 12 months full-time or 24-48 months part-time. MSc Advanced Nursing comprises 180 credits worth of core and optional modules, as well as the dissertation.
PGDip Advanced Nursing
PGDip Advanced Nursing starts in late September and is taught over 9 to 12 months full-time, or 18-48 months part-time. The course comprises 120 credits worth of core and optional modules. It does not include the dissertation project.
- The principles and methods of evidence based practice in health and social care (20 credits)
- Dimensions of advanced nursing (20 credits)
- Leadership and governance in health and social care (20 credits)
- Dissertation Project: Advanced Nursing (60 credits)
Students choose one 40 credit module, one 30 credit module or two 20 credit modules from the following options in the Autumn semester:
- History taking clinical examination and clinical decision making 1 (40 credits)
- Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children 1 (30 credits)
- Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of Renal, Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders (30 credits)
- Foundations in Mental Health of Children, Young People and their Families (20 credits)
- Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
The remaining credits are accrued by selecting optional modules from the School of Health Sciences portfolio below:
- Pain Management (30 credits)
- Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children 2 (30 credits)
- Palliative and End of Life Care Management (30 credits)
- History taking clinical examination and clinical decision making 2 (20 credits)
- Working with People who Self-harm across the Lifespan (20 credits)
- Therapeutic interventions and approaches for children, young people and their families Mental Health (20 credits)
Please note students applying for the module will be interviewed by the module leader before a place on the module can be confirmed. The interview is to ensure the applicant's academic and clinical experience are relevant.
Careers and professional development
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.
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.
Average starting salary and career progression
98.6% of nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy postgraduates secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you could factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
Scholarships and bursaries
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.
See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.
LBR funded students
Applications for LBR funded courses can be made here.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.