Postgraduate MSc

Nursing

School of Health and Society

Full-time

Part-time

Attendance

One year

Three year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills to advance your career and develop an evidence-based, person-centred culture.

There are eight pathways open to you, enabling you to enhance your personal, professional and academic development in one of these fields: 

Nursing (general), Education, Practice (Gastro), Practice (Neuroscience), Practice (Simulation), Practice (Tissue Viability), Practice, Research. 

You will:
  • Learn how to influence future nursing practice, education and research for the benefit of patient care.
  • Have the opportunity to complete a clinical placement.
  • Develop a mastery of contemporary nursing knowledge and practice.
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are a qualified nurse looking to advance your knowledge and critical awareness.

2.

You have a desire to prepare for progression into senior roles.

3.

You want to gain confidence in challenging and influencing practice.

Course details

All about the course

The MSc Nursing will empower you to take forward your practice and patient care through critically exploring professional biography, the therapeutic relationship and embedding an evidence-based and person-centred approach to care.

International students can apply. We also offer our MSc Nursing programme as a one year course which is taught on a blended basis, meaning that whilst you study in Salford for semester 1, the remainder of the course is taught via distance learning.

There are eight pathway options open to you as part of this programme, and your choice might depend on where you see your master's programme fitting into your career. The modules you select will vary depending on the pathway chosen (see details below).

For the PgCert, you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and one further optional module and for the PgDip you will need to study Critically Exploring Professional Practice and three further optional modules.

The pathways you can choose to follow are:

MSc Nursing

You can choose to focus on the general award in order to keep your career options open. You will have an opportunity to critically examine your practice and services and develop an evidence-based approach to improve patient care.

In addition to the core modules, you will need to complete two optional modules for the MSc.

MSc Nursing: Education

This pathway is led and taught by experts in the field. This award allows you to concentrate on teaching and learning in both clinical practice and academic contexts. You will work alongside expert teachers who will support you to develop a thorough understanding of a range of learning and teaching strategies. This option may particularly suit those in new clinical teaching roles, or those seeking a future academic career.

In addition to the core modules, you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc.

MSc Nursing: Practice (Gastro)

This pathway aims to equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills to work collaboratively in the care of patients with gastrointestinal and/or hepatobiliary disorders and to deal with clinical situations systematically.

MSc Nursing: Practice (Neuroscience)

This pathway aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge to create and implement innovative approaches to neuroscience care delivery.

MSc Nursing: Practice (Simulation)

This pathway encourages you to take creative and innovative approaches to how simulation-based education (SBE) can advance nursing practice. The pathway enables you to explore and share the diverse perspectives of discipline-specific SBE that is encountered globally that could inform professional nursing practice in your own local practice setting.

MSc  Nursing: Practice (Tissue Viability)

This pathway will develop your professional knowledge and skills in the systematic assessment, definitive diagnosis and treatment in order to optimise patient outcomes in relation to leg ulcer and wound management.

MSc Nursing: Practice

This pathway is open to nurses practising in the UK only. It allows you to build on your current skills, plan, implement and evaluate patient care at an advanced level within the context of your own workplace. There is an emphasis on combining practical skills with sound theoretical principles.

In addition to the core modules, you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc.

MSc Nursing: Research

Using the evidence-base to improve patient care lies at the heart of this pathway. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of research and have access to international expertise from our research groups.

In addition to the core modules, you will need to complete one optional module for the MSc. 

MSc Nursing

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Research Methods

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

Optional modules

Palliative and End of Life Care - MSc N

The module is designed to help you to understand the concepts of palliative and end of life care across all fields of practice and disease boundaries as well looking at this area from a broad perspective whilst trying to provide an innovative approach to teaching and learning.

Evidence Based Practice for Patient Care - MSc N

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care. 

Research Methods - MSc N

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Developing Clinical Skills for Nursing - MSc N

This module enables you to develop advanced skills relevant to your role. 

Leading Education - MSc NE

You will consider teaching and learning in an academic context. You will have supported practice alongside an experienced lecturer. 

Leading Education in Practice - MSc NE

To explore the evidence base for education in practice. You will consider the theoretical underpinning to practice-based learning and will then apply that learning in practice, teaching with support and supervision from an experienced educator. You will attend a range of theory sessions followed by four clinical teaching sessions. 

Parkinson Diseases and Movement disorders - Advancing Practice - MSc N

This module is delivered in collaboration with the clinicians who are experts within the field and from one of the largest neuroscience centres in the UK. 

Acute Neuroscience Care - Advancing Practice - MSc N

This module enables you to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpin excellence in care delivery within the neuroscience speciality. 

Non-Medical Prescribing - MSc M

This module allows midwives to study with other health care professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent prescriber. It also allows you to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence-based practice, equality, diversity and clinical governance.

Project Management and Methods of Inquiry - MSc ACP

This module helps you develop the skills needed in developing practice and policy. This module will develop your skills in different project management methodologies and methods of inquiry, enabling you to construct a business in relation to service improvement.

Multi-professional support of learning and assessment in practice (e-learning or face to face) (requires placement) - MSc M

This module develops your knowledge and skills in teaching, learning and assessment while preparing you to undertake the role of mentor and fulfil the requirements of your professional body. It is delivered entirely online meaning you can study at a time that suits you.

Critically Exploring Professional Practice - MSc N

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

End of Life Care

Develop your understanding of how to meet the end of life care needs of individuals and those close to them throughout the lifespan and across all disease boundaries.

Tissue Viability - MSc N

You will learn to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpins excellence in care delivery within the specialism of tissue viability. You will build upon your knowledge and skills to a point where you can critically apply theory and practice int he management and care of patients in tissue viability. 

Leg Ulcer Management - MSc N

This module will enable you to engage in the development of a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current practice issues within leg ulcer management. You will develop an advanced understanding of evidence-based leg ulcer management and advance your own professional knowledge and skills in the systematic assessment, definitive diagnosis and treatment in order to optimise patient outcomes in relation to leg ulcer management. 

Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Disorders

Professional learning and critical evaluation in regard to caring for a patient with inflammatory bowel disease utilising up to date relevant supporting evidence.

Management of Liver Disorders - MSc N

You will critically review and apply the relevant concepts, knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to professionally care for a patient with liver disease, utilising relevant up-to-date evidence. You will evaluate your own knowledge and skills to enable a critical appraisal of issues related to liver disease. 

Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders

Critical evaluation of the knowledge gained in caring for a patient with gastrointestinal disease, utilising relevant up-to-date evidence.

Theoretical Perspectives of Simulation Based Education - MSc N

This module aims to equip you with a systematic understanding of the range of theoretical perspectives used to develop Simulation-Based Education (SBE) and to promote a critical awareness of SBE as a pedagogical approach within discipline specific practice settings. 

Therapeutic Relationships in Nursing

This module will encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the nurse-patient relationship.            

Observational Clinical Experience and Simulated Practice

This module offers you will the opportunity to observe clinical practice and to stimulate bespoke clinical experiences in a supported experiential environment.            

Independent Learning

Students develop their own area of interest within Nursing and Midwifery. 

Work Based Learning

To enable a critical examination of the self and professional practice, through the development of a professional biography. To use the professional biography as a baseline for further personal and professional development and career planning.            

Care of the Highly Dependent Child

To develop a flexible and pro-active practitioner who is able to integrate evidence based theory and research practice in order to meet the immediate and on-going care needs of children and young people requiring high dependency nursing care.            

Developing Awareness of Dementia

To critically review and develop knowledge of dementia, examine evidence based developments to enhance the experience of living well with dementia and critically discuss the opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia.            

Practical Application of Simulation Based Education

This module will equip you with a systematic understanding of the range of SBE applications used within a variety of practice settings, as well as advancing your knowledge and understanding, to enable the development of a range of skills required to design, deliver and evaluate SBE.            

Theoretical Perspectives of Simulation Based Education

This module will equip you with a systematic understanding of the range of theoretical perspectives used to develop Simulation-Based Education (SBE).Additionally this module will promote a critical awareness of SBE as a pedagogical approach within discipline-specific practice settings.            

Online optional modules: 

Dementia Awareness

In this module, you will critically review and develop knowledge of dementia, as well as critically examine evidence-based developments to enhance the experience of living well with dementia. In addition, you will critically discuss the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia.            

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In this module you will critically review and apply the relevant concepts, knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to professionally care for a patient with inflammatory bowel disease, utilising relevant up-to-date evidence. You will also be able to evaluate the practitioners’ knowledge and skills to enable a critical appraisal of issues related to inflammatory bowel disease.            

Online Diagnosis, Classification and Prevention of Diabetes

Through completing this module you should be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of a person-centred approach to diagnosis, classification and prevention of diabetes.            

MSc Nursing: Education

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Leading Education in Practice

To explore the evidence base for education in practice. You will consider the theoretical underpinning to practice-based learning and will then apply that learning in practice, teaching with support and supervision from an experienced educator. You will attend a range of theory sessions followed by four clinical teaching sessions. 

Leading Education

You will consider teaching and learning in an academic context. You will have supported practice alongside an experienced lecturer. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

MSc Nursing: Practice (Gastro)

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Research Methods

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Management of Liver Disorders

You will critically review and apply the relevant concepts, knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to professionally care for a patient with liver disease, utilising relevant up-to-date evidence. You will evaluate your own knowledge and skills to enable a critical appraisal of issues related to liver disease. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The aim of this module is to critically review and apply the relevant concepts, knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to professionally care for a patient with an inflammatory bowel disease, utilising relevant up-to-date evidence. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

MSc Nursing: Practice (Neuroscience)

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Research Methods

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Parkinson Diseases and Movement disorders - Advancing Practice

This module is delivered in collaboration with the clinicians who are experts within the field and from one of the largest neuroscience centres in the UK. 

Acute Neuroscience Care - Advancing Practice

This module enables you to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpin excellence in care delivery within the neuroscience speciality. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

MSc Nursing: Practice (Simulation)

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Research Methods

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Practical Application of Simulation Based Education

This module aims to equip you with a systematic understanding of the range of SBE applications used within a variety of practice settings. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to design, deliver and evaluate SBE. 

Theoretical Perspectives of Simulation Based Education

This module aims to equip you with a systematic understanding of the range of theoretical perspectives used to develop Simulation-Based Education (SBE) and to promote a critical awareness of SBE as a pedagogical approach within discipline specific practice settings. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

MSc Nursing: Practice (Tissue Viability)

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Research Methods

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Leg Ulcer Management

This module will enable you to engage in the development of a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current practice issues within leg ulcer management. You will develop an advanced understanding of evidence-based leg ulcer management and advance your own professional knowledge and skills in the systematic assessment, definitive diagnosis and treatment in order to optimise patient outcomes in relation to leg ulcer management. 

Tissue Viability

You will learn to critically review and apply relevant concepts and knowledge of care that underpins excellence in care delivery within the specialism of tissue viability. You will build upon your knowledge and skills to a point where you can critically apply theory and practice int he management and care of patients in tissue viability. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

MSc Nursing: Practice

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Research Methods

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

Developing Clinical Skills for Nursing

This module enables you to develop advanced skills relevant to your role. 

MSc Nursing: Research

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice. 

Research Methods

This module explores various research methodologies, methods, ethics, critique and review of the literature and can help you to understand the significance of research to practice and how to plan a research proposal. 

Evidence Based Practice for Patient Care

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand, participate in and apply evidence to your practice for the benefit of patient care. 

Dissertation

Your dissertation topic will be decided in conjunction with your course tutor and will focus on your chosen pathway. 

What will I be doing?

A range of teaching strategies is used including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice-based assessments and peer-supported learning.

A range of formative and summative assessments will cater to your individual learning style. These include:

  • Oral assessments
  • Dragons Den style viva
  • Written theoretical assignments
  • Papers prepared for dissertation and publication
  • Practice-based assessments

Staff profiles

Dr Michelle Howarth

The programme lead for MSc Nursing. Michelle is a senior lecturer with a particular research interest in person-centred care and partnership working. Her recent publications have explored how person-centred care is delivered and experienced by the individual. Michelle is the Chair of the College Ethical Approval Panel for taught programmes and also leads the project management and methods of enquiry module.

Lyn Rosen

The module leader for the core module ‘Critically Exploring professional Practice’ and is experienced in the organisation and delivery of multi-method teaching and learning approaches. Lyn is an expert in work-based learning and the use of multi-media blended learning approaches.

The MSc Nursing staff research links with the CARe research centre and supports the development of student research.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Facilities

There are a variety of clinical ward areas in which healthcare students learn and practice essential clinical skills such as CPR, wound care, physiological observations and hand-washing.

Our state-of-the-art simulation suite is designed to replicate a real hospital environment. This facility includes the following: An adult and children’s ward, treatment room, nurse’s station, bathroom, day room, two side rooms, a midwifery home area and labour room. All of the bed spaces are equipped with oxygen delivery ports, suction points, nurse call button, emergency buzzer and bed lights, all of which mimic a real hospital environment.

There is a vast range of human patient simulators (HPS) including two fully portable wireless adults, a newborn, an infant, a child and a birthing mum.

The HPS can simulate breathing, blinking, bleeding and sweating and also have chest, heart and bowel sounds. Many different clinical procedures and scenarios can be practised using the simulators and experienced staff strive to ensure that health and social care students learn in a safe and supportive environment. Examples of simulated scenarios include cardiac arrest, psychosis, fitting, pulmonary embolism, post-partum haemorrhage, asthma and a fractured femur.

There are also soundproof control rooms where specialist technicians operate the reactions and voice of the HPS and coordinate the audio-visual requirements for the scenarios. In order to enhance the students learning there is a dedicated room for debriefing and streaming the scenarios into, which enable peer observation, learning and feedback.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

On graduation nurses will have achieved mastery of their chosen field and will be better equipped to influence the future of nursing based on current evidence. You will have the underpinning theoretical knowledge to support your innovative clinical practice.

Completing the Masters course will enable you to exercise more choice in your career and to consider applying for senior posts within your organisation with greater confidence. You will be able to move into clinical nurse specialist positions, practice education facilitator roles, research posts and management positions.

Students who have successfully completed the course have implemented practice-based innovations, which include the pioneering of a person-centred ward round within a mental health setting, which is being rolled out across the entire Trust; and the review of pharmaceutical waste within an acute medical ward, in order to make financial savings and improve systems and processes.

The MSc Nursing provides an opportunity for students to work alongside experienced lecturers and develop their research and evidence based skills.On completion of the MSc Nursing there the opportunity to progress on to Doctoral courses, Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, and traditional PhD routes.

Requirements

What you need to know

English language requirements 
International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team atapplication@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate at https://www.academic-technology-approval.service.gov.uk/

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You must be a qualified nurse with a Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK University or an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6.

For admission onto the MSc Nursing: Practice (Neuroscience) pathway, applicants will need a professional qualification and be registered with a relevant professional body. Applicants need relevant prior or current experience of neuroscience care provision.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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MSc (one year full-time or over two or three years part-time)

PgDip (nine months full-time or 18 months part-time)

PgCert (six months full-time or one year part-time)

Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020