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What will I learn?

The MSc Nursing programme is part of the School of Health Sciences postgraduate portfolio. This portfolio enables students to complete credit bearing continuous professional development modules, a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma or a master’s degree. The award of the MSc Nursing can be made on the successful completion of 180 postgraduate module credits.

The MSc Nursing programme aims to nurture innovative professional practitioners, prepared to advance their knowledge and develop nursing within their specialist fields. The programme is delivered through a series of modules, which address the four cornerstones of professional nursing at an advanced level. The MSc Nursing provides a solid foundation for the further development of nursing careers, and is suitable for people wishing to become specialist nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators and nurse researchers.

The MSc Nursing is led by a small team of experienced and dedicated nursing staff who work as part of a larger team of healthcare experts within the School of Health Sciences. All teaching is evidence based, and is informed by relevant research. Where appropriate, learning is enhanced by a multi-professional approach to teaching, which is informed by the research expertise of staff.

The MSc cohorts are small, and teaching sessions are interactive, thus enhancing each student’s learning experience by way of facilitating discovery of and engagement with a range of perspectives, ideas and backgrounds. This approach to learning and teaching promotes the value of critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork, team leadership and lifelong learning skills- all of which are highly desirable qualities valued by employers. This also helps develop the student’s sense of academic rigour.

The programme content exposes nurses to key issues and ideas relating to communication, leadership, education and research. The modular structure of the programme also allows nurses to focus their postgraduate studies on their own area of professional interest, and the dissertation module gives them an opportunity for in-depth study of their topic. A full time MSc nursing degree programme will normally be completed in 12 months of full time study.

Career prospects

The taught postgraduate programmes provide opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop, specialise and extend the scope of their skills into new areas, to meet the constantly evolving service demands for advanced practitioners. The students who exit our taught postgraduate programmes usually take up senior clinical/management positions within the NHS. We have students from multi-professional backgrounds as we encourage interprofessional learning and education as appropriate to foster understanding of the roles of colleagues.

The taught postgraduate programmes provide opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop, specialise and extend the scope of their skills into new areas, to meet the constantly evolving service demands. The students who exit our taught postgraduate programmes are equipped to take up senior clinical/management positions within the NHS.

The MSc Nursing provides a solid foundation for the further development of nursing careers, and is suitable for both UK and international nurses who wish to become specialist nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators and nurse researchers.

Which department am I in?

University of Liverpool

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£21,650.00 (US$ 29,798) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Liverpool

The Foundation Building,

765 Brownlow Hill,

Liverpool,

L69 7ZX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Each application is assessed on its own merits, however students will usually be expected to hold a master's degree. Previous exposure to research or thesis writing is highly desirable. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

For entry to the MSc Nursing programme, all applicants must hold a professional nursing qualification, which is registerable in their country of training. Applicants should normally hold a relevant honours degree or the international equivalent (as recognised by NARIC or the University’s international recruitment office). For nurses who have completed pre-registration studies to diploma level, this will be considered if evidence of CPD study at Level 6 or level 7 can also be provided. As this nursing programme does not have any mandatory clinical practice requirements, overseas applicants do not need to seek professional registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. IELTS overall 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) TOEFL iBT 100, with no element lower than 22

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution, with more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • A dedicated support team for international students
  • One of the top 25 UK universities targeted by employers
  • Located in one of the UK’s most iconic cities