Nursing MSc

Start date
2 years, Full time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

UK: £9,500
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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, mental health nursing, or children's 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, Mental Health, or Child). 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. 


Please note:

The MSc Nursing programme is now closed to new applications for the September 2021 intake, following a high volume of applications. Applications will re-open in September 2021 for the September 2022 intake to the programme.

Graduates of the MSc Nursing in adult or mental health or children's 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 7th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2020

Please note, this programme is not accepting applications from International students for 2020 entry. 

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


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Year 1 - Part 1

  • Advancing health and nursing care
  • Developing nursing practice (field specific)

Year 1 - Part 2

  • Advancing clinical assessment, diagnostics and decision-making (field specific)
  • Nursing Practice Part 2 (non-credit bearing practice module in a field specific placement) 

Year 2 - Part 3

  • Health and social care enquiry
  • Creating and applying evidence
  • Leading and managing care teams






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.

Our Standard Requirements

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

A minimum of 500 hours verified prior experience of care provision - this can be through paid or voluntary work, and drawn from one, or a range of settings in which care of people's health and wellbeing is provided. This care may include people's physical, cognitive, social, learning or developmental needs with children, families or adults - you do not need to demonstrate experience in all these areas.  You will also need signed verification of your hours by the organisation(s) you have worked or volunteered in. 

Please note, your evidence of 500 hours prior experience of care provision does not need to be submitted as part of your initial application. If you are made an offer of a place on the programme, as a condition of your offer you will be asked to supply a small portfolio of evidence. 

GSCE's 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



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