Postgraduate study
This programme has been carefully designed to advance nursing practice and improve patient care.
MSc Advanced Nursing
1 year full-time; 2–4 years part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants who hold a good first degree with at least second class honours (2:2), or an equivalent qualification and evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience.
Other requirements
All applicants must be qualified nurses with relevant clinical experience. 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 and 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; if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student's own expense
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£17,910 - Terms apply
Queen's Medical Centre



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. The Postgraduate Diploma can be taken over 9-12 months full-time and 18-48 months part-time.

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
  • 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

Full 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.

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.



Compulsory modules

Autumn Semester
  • The principles and methods of evidence based practice in health and social care (20 credits)
  • Dimensions of advanced nursing (20 credits)
Spring Semester
  • Leadership and governance in health and social care (20 credits)
Full year
  • Dissertation Project: Advanced Nursing (60 credits)


Optional modules

Students choose one 40 credit module, one 30 credit module or two 20 credit modules from the following options in the Autumn semester:

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:

Spring Semester
  • 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)
  • Teaching and Learning in Health & Social Care (30 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.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

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.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international 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 your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


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. 

Average starting salary and career progression   

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £32,000.**

**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for work, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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. 


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.

Explore it - Virtual Nottingham
Advanced Nursing MSc
Get in touch
+44 (0)115 823 0840
Make an enquiry


Donna Jones
School of Health Sciences
Postgraduate Enquiries
The University of Nottingham
B Floor, South Block Link
Queen's Medical Centre
MHS videos

Medicine and Health Sciences videos


Student Recruitment Enquiries Centre

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5559
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5812
w: Frequently asked questions
Make an enquiry