The University of Wolverhampton


Why choose this course?

The MSc Nursing aims to develop you as a Registered Nurse (RN) to be a flexible and adaptable practitioner, enabling you to engage in new ways of working in relation to health care priorities, and lead and develop practice to ensure patient safeguarding.

You will develop a range of core nursing qualities such as caring, compassion, higher level understanding and managing the complexities of nursing work within a constantly evolving health environment.

Attainment of an MSc Nursing in today’s health care environment provides nationally and internationally recognised eligibility to apply for higher level clinical, educational, leadership/management roles within NHS, private healthcare provider organisations and overseas health care organisations – which are increasingly identifying job specifications with essential or desirable characteristics for the applicant to be studying or have attained a Master’s degree.

What happens on the course?

Postgraduate Certificate Nursing

This pathway allows you the greatest flexibility in choosing the postgraduate knowledge and skills you wish to develop at a highly demanding academic and professional level. You are provided with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master’s programme tailored to your professional needs and aspirations.

You select three 20 credit modules from a suite of non-clinical ‘option’ modules.

Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Specialist Nursing

This pathway provides you with an opportunity to develop Master’s level education in contemporary specialist nursing theory and practice in relation to your chosen clinical area. It is suitable for experienced nurses wishing to advance their professional career and contribute to the delivery and future development of specialist clinical nursing care in order to enhance the quality of the service users and carers’ experience.

You study three compulsory 20 credit modules for the specialist area from which you come, one module relates to clinical competency development.

Upon completion of one of the Postgraduate Certificates, to gain an MSc Nursing you must complete the two 20 credit core modules listed below, and one of the 20 credit option modules, followed by one of the 60 credit option modules.

Type of module

Module title


(must be taken)

The Essence of Nursing


(must be taken)

Advanced Inquiry for Nurses and AHPs


(choose one)

The Critical Professional


Decision-Making for Advanced Practice


Choose one of the following option modules to complete your MSc Nursing.

Type of module

Module title


Option (choose one)

Evidence Based Practice Project


Research Dissertation





Career path

Attainment of an MSc Nursing in today’s health care environment provides nationally and internationally recognised eligibility to apply for higher level clinical, educational, leadership / management roles within NHS, private healthcare provider organisations and overseas health care organisations are increasingly identifying job specifications which require essential or desirable characteristics the applicant be studying for or have attained a Master’s Degree.

Educational opportunities:

Completion of the MSc Nursing will provide access to several Higher Degree programmes:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Professional Doctorate (PDoc)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Entry requirements


A recognised nursing qualification with current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration to practice or with the equivalent if from overseas.


A first degree (2.2) in a nursing or related subject area. Students who do not have a first degree, but have successfully completed Level 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, or who can provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully the PGCert or MSc may be considered eg completion of an approved preparation course for level 7 study. Such applicants will be invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader to determine suitability for study at master’s level.

Overseas Students:

If English is not the applicant’s first language they will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or above in each of the IELTS categories.

Applicants for specific Pathway’s will be expected to meet separate ‘pathway specific entry criteria’ in addition to the generic criteria outlined above.

The course commences with a one day course Induction , which you will be expected to attend, where you will receive a bespoke preparation to the course including preparation for academic writing and study skills.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £6,250 £13,000
Part time £3,125

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (// If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (// for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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