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; it is desirable that they have had 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 8th in the UK for nursing and midwifery in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • 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

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, and are as follows:

Autumn Semester

Students choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Adult critical care: contemporary care of renal, cardiac, and respiratory disorders
  • Critical and high dependency care of neonates, infants, and children 
  • Critical perspectives in palliative and end of life care
  • Contemporary management in diabetes
Spring Semester

Students choose one or two of the following optional modules:

  • Teaching and learning in health and social care
  • Leadership in health and social care
  • Enhanced clinical skills 1
  • Enhanced clinical skills 2
  • Pain management
  • Work-based project (online)

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

Adult Critical Care

Core modules:

  • Contemporary care of renal, cardiac and respiratory disorders
  • Contemporary care of the traumatically injured, neurological and endocrine disorders
Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children

Core modules:

  • Critical and high dependency care of neonates, infants and children 1
  • Critical and high dependency care of neonates, infants and children 2
Palliative and End of Life Care

Core modules:

  • Critical perspectives in palliative and end of life care
  • Palliative and end of life care management (level 4)
Trauma Care

Core modules:

  • Adult critical care: contemporary care of the traumatically injured, neurological and endocrine disorders
  • Continuing management of the traumatically injured patient
Psychological Therapies for Psychosis

Core modules:

  • Making sense of voices and paranoia
  • Psychological therapies for voices and paranoia

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.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 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.



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 2016, 98.6% 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 £25,082 with the highest being £61,000**.

**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for work, 2015/16. 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. 

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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.

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