MSc Contemporary Nursing

Key information

Course Leader: Carys Armstrong-Griffiths

Level: 7

Start date: Semester A or B

Mode of delivery: Blended learning - part time over 2-5 years,

School: Health & Social Work

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, any face to face classroom learning, teaching and assessment may be online through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous video platforms. Please keep up to date with current University guidance relating to Covid-19 here.

About this course

This programme enables nurses to undertake a range of clinical and professional modules that reflect their current Continuing Professional Development needs. The MSc Contemporary Nursing will develop the students’ knowledge and skills in leadership, teaching, and/or management and promote the use of evidence and technology to improve nursing care in innovative ways.

If you have qualified as a nurse and wish to enhance your skills and knowledge in your specific area of nursing practice or study modules in management, in coaching or in education, this is the course for you.


Course structure

It is possible to take this pathway as a Post Graduate Diploma or Post Graduate Certificate award.

MSc Contemporary Nursing should normally take 2-5 years to complete. PgDip Contemporary Nursing or PgCert Contemporary Nursing should normally take 1-3 years to complete.

To attain a Master’s award you need to complete 180 credits. There are also interim awards available: 

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) (60 credits) 
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) (120 credits) 

Additionally, up to 30 relevant credits may be studied from amongst the UH delivered modules or short course provision or used as Accredited Prior Credited Learning (APCL) from another university. Students will select option modules in conjunction with their employers and the Programme Leader that reflect their personal and professional career aspirations and their area of practice. Students can study up to a maximum of 45 credits as standalone modules. 


Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, posters, and practical examinations.


Entry requirements

Degree in a health-related discipline which includes a research focussed module.  Applicants with evidence of equivalent professional development or academic proficiency will be considered. If you have non-European academic qualifications you will need to supply evidence of comparability. The organisation NARIC will supply this for a reasonable fee.  You should also have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and be employed as a health care professional in an appropriate setting.


Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits in the 2021/22 academic year. This price relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us. To obtain the PG student loan, you must sign up for the whole programme and not just an individual module.


MSc Contemporary Nursing

Programme Specification

MSc Contemporary Nursing


Home and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status in the UK

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