Postgraduate study

Build and develop your nursing career with us. Over the past 20 years the University of Birmingham has developed a reputation for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, underpinned by a programme of leading health-related research. Our programmes are designed to meet the current demands of the nursing profession, giving you the skills, experience and knowledge you need to become effective, patient-focused healthcare professionals of the future. As a Russell Group university, our programmes bring together world-class research and cutting edge facilities to produce exceptional results.

Dr Cara Bailey, Postgraduate Lead in the School of Nursing, talks through some of the courses and study options available for those who want to further their nursing career.

Dr Cara Bailey - Postgraduate opportunities in the School of Nursing

Postgraduate programmes in the School of Nursing

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship - Level 7

The Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7) programme represents a new and exciting opportunity to gain an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, supported by employers and funded by the Degree Apprenticeship Levy. The  programme facilitates the development of highly skilled registered allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to enable delivery of clinical practice to an advanced level within a variety of clinical specialities and practice areas.

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Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert

The Advanced Clinical Practice programme offers the opportunity for you, as a nurse, midwife or advanced health professional, to advance your practice through a selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice. Invaluable to your career progression it will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice.

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Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

The Advanced Practice in Healthcare (Global) course is a multi-professional programme is designed to enable you to advance your practice and develop skills essential to the role of the advanced practitioner and clinical team leader. The opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional modules will allow you to explore and advance your specialist area of practice.

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Clinical Health Research MRes

The Clinical Health Research programme provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health-related research component with their career. You will undertake a research project and gain confidence in using research methods, project management and research governance.

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MSc 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. 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. 

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.

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Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (40-credit course)

The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing course equips nurses, pharmacists, midwives, physiotherapists and podiatrists with the skills required to manage and prescribe for patients safely and effectively. The course is designed around the core principles of safe and effective prescribing practice for application across therapeutic areas and clinical specialities in a variety of settings. On successful completion, you will be awarded the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

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Postgraduate programmes for nurses available in the wider College.

Continuing Professional Development

From April 2016 all nurses and midwives in the UK have to go through the process of revalidation to maintain their registration with the NMC. Many of our modules within our programmes can be taken as short courses either with no academic accreditation for CPD purposes or with accreditation that can be counted at a later date. Find out more about revalidation.

You can try many of our modules as stand-alone modules for CPD or to try Masters level study before committing to a full programme. 

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