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Nursing MSc

Start date
2 years, full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

Annual Tuition Fees 2024/25:
UK: £10,530
International: £29,340

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Start your journey to nursing

This two-year postgraduate programme leads to eligibility to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery council in either adult nursing or mental health nursing.



This programme will provide graduates meeting the entry requirements the opportunity to undertake a two-year postgraduate Master of Science degree in Nursing.

With a thorough grounding in concepts of health derived from the study of the biological and social sciences, professional studies and communication skills, you will develop the professional disciplinary knowledge and understanding of your preferred field of practice of nursing (adult or mental health). This is underpinned by the acquisition of the professional leadership and research skills you will need to practice and manage evidence-based person centered care as a registered nurse.

Graduates of the MSc Nursing in adult or mental health programme will have developed a critical understanding of a diverse and complex body of knowledge applied to and developed through nursing practice. Much of this knowledge will be contemporary and at the current boundaries of the discipline. The first year of the programme is focused on advanced nursing practice, developing the student's ability to deliver safe and compassionate care, with a focus on undertaking in-depth assessment and clinical decision making, together with the evaluation of nursing practice.

Why study this course?

  • Gain your Nursing and Midwifery Council professional registration in just two years.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to study at a global university at the heart of an ambitious city.
  • Gain experience treating patients from a wide range of different backgrounds and cultures in one of the UK's largest healthcare regions.
  • Your prior care-giving experience contributes to your clinical hours.
  • Nursing at Birmingham is ranked 14th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2023.

If you do not already have a degree, you may wish to consider our Undergraduate Nursing (BNurs and MNurs) programmes.


Year 1 - Part 1

  • Advancing Health and Nursing Care
  • Developing Nursing Practice (field specific)

Year 1 - Part 2

  • Research and Improvement Methods in Practice
  • Co-ordinating Complex Nursing Care
  • Nursing Practice Part 2 (non-credit bearing practice module in a field specific placement)

Year 2 - Part 3

  • Health and Social Care Enquiry
  • Advancing Clinical Assessment in Urgent Nursing Care 
  • Leading and Managing Care Teams


Annual tuition fees - 2024/25:

UK: £10,530
International: £29,340


A range of financial support is available for eligible student nurses. The NHS Learning Support Fund provides you with financial aid whilst you train and gain professional registration. Every eligible student nurse studying or starting their course from September 2020 will receive at least £5,000. Please view the NHS Learning Support Fund website for eligibility criteria and further details. 


Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan

How To Apply

How to Apply for a Postgraduate Degree - Taught programmes

Application deadlines

MSc Nursing will close for applications for September 2024 on 5th April at 5pm.

Making your application

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours or above - preferred subject areas of Science or Social science, but other degree areas will be considered.

The MSc Nursing (adult or mental health field) has been designed as a two-year taught programme. After application and before starting the course you will need to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your prior learning. The portfolio provides evidence of prior graduate learning and care experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, values and caring behaviours equivalent to year one of an undergraduate nursing programme. The evidence you present in your portfolio will demonstrate how your graduate and experiential learning and skills are equivalent to the development of year 1 nursing proficiencies. 

Please note that we will require that you submit 20% of your portfolio prior to interview. If that 20% of the portfolio is of a satisfactory standard, we will call you to interview. Providing you are successful at the interview; you will be asked to complete the remaining sections of the portfolio as a condition of the offer. The full portfolio needs to be completed by June/July. Help and support are available in completing both the 20% and the full portfolio.

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GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Self-declaration of health and character.

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health assessment.

International Students - English Language Requirement

English to IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in any band.



As a student at the University of Birmingham, you will learn from world-leading academics and researchers, as well as from your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

You will be taught through a variety of different methods; face-to-face, online, in lectures, in seminars and also individual tutorials.  Also, you will spend a minimum of 1800 hours in clinical practice, across six different placements.  Placements will be both hospital based and in the community in the Birmingham area. The course also uses a variety of different assessment strategies, reflecting the different needs of our learners. Students will be assessed by OSCEs, essays, exams, projects, posters, presentations and a dissertation.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Programme lead

Dr Chris Wagstaff 

On graduation and qualification, you will have a highly regarded degree and eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a Registered Nurse in the adult or mental health field.

Our graduates are highly valued and the majority seeking nursing positions have secured employment or pursued further career-related training on completing the programme. Many of our graduates stay in the Birmingham area and work in the NHS, others move on to take up appointments in the UK and overseas. There are many varied career opportunities for nursing in clinical practice, management, research and education. Extensive restructuring in nursing as a profession and within the NHS means that a good career structure is now in place.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

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