MSc Contemporary Nursing

Key information

Course Leader: Dr Aileen Wilson

Level: 7

Start date: Semester A, B or C

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

School: Health & Social Work

About this course

This programme enables nurses and nursing associates 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 or nursing associate and wish to enhance your skills and knowledge in your specific area of practice or study modules in management, leadership, coaching or 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 Leadership in Health and Social Care (PgCert) (60 credits) 
  • Postgraduate Certificate Contemporary Nursing (PgCert) (60 credits) 
  • Postgraduate Diploma Contemporary Nursing (PgDip) (120 credits) 

To obtain your award you will accumulate your credits from the compulsory and optional modules available on the programme. Additionally, up to 45 relevant credits may be studied from amongst other 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

Applicants will normally need a degree in a health-related discipline. Applicants with evidence of professional development or academic proficiency equivalent to level 6 (degree level) study will be considered but will first need to meet with the admissions tutor, Aileen Wilson, to discuss their application.

Applicants with no previous level 6 study, or equivalent, will be required to complete a level 6 bridging module.                                                                       

If you have non-UK academic qualifications you will need to supply evidence of comparability. The organisation ECCTIS 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 setting which is appropriate for the modules you plan to complete. 





Course Leader

Dr Aileen Wilson

Start date

Semester A, B or C

Mode of delivery

Blended learning - part time over 2-5 years,


Health & Social Work


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

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