Nursing MSc - University of Sunderland

Course overview

Nursing is increasingly a profession where higher qualifications are required for promotion. A Masters qualification can help you take on roles like nurse team manager and nurse consultant. Such roles will allow you to continue your professional development and make a bigger contribution to people’s health and well-being.

The content of this course is based on the NHS Leadership Framework, including managing people, working within teams, making decisions, evaluating impact and facilitating transformation. You will refine and practise skills and also enhance your ability to teach, mentor and manage other members of the health care team.

The course also responds to changes in the public health system. Modules include epidemiology and sociological perspectives in health. Everything that you study will be directly related to the needs of the NHS and other health care employers.

The final stage of the Masters develops research rigour as you undertake a primary piece of hands-on research. Your project will draw on our Department’s expertise, which includes patient-centred care and public health interventions.

Recent graduates from the course have gained promotion into higher-banded roles in the NHS. Other graduates have progressed to doctoral programmes and moved into lecturing and teaching.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

  • Research Methods and Project Management (20 Credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives in Health (20 Credits)
  • Epidemiology for Public Health (20 Credits)
  • Teaching, Learning, Leadership (60 Credits)
  • Masters Project (60 Credits)

All learning outcomes are specifically developed to address the needs of a strategic workforce.

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, case studies, presentations, group work, directed study and tutorials.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include essays, reports, a case study, exams and presentations.

Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

This course is based at the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from investments totalling many millions of pounds. Teaching takes place in multimedia classrooms with state-of-the-art resources for learning.

IT facilities at the University are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

University Library Services 

The University boasts a collection of more than 430,000 books with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format. Each year the University invests around £1 million in new resources.

Learning environment 

Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.


Dale Building

Sciences Complex, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold an honours degree in nursing.

If English is not your first language, you will need a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each band

After 6 April 2015 you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website. If you took your IELTS exam before 6 April 2015 this does not apply, and your qualification is still valid regardless of which test centre you used.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

Postgraduate loans

From 2016/17, tuition fee loans will be available to UK/EU postgraduate students for the first time. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.


  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

All new entrants to the nursing profession are expected to have studied for a nursing degree. So a Masters qualification is important for boosting your prospects of promotion to more senior positions. A promotion to a higher band of pay can quickly ensure a good return on investment. Within the NHS, salaries for nurse team managers are rated as Band 7 (up to around £40,000) and salaries for nurse consultants are rated as Band 8 (up to around £67,000).

Through negotiating the topic of your Masters project, you can ensure that you have up-to-date knowledge in a specialist area. This specialism will enhance your employability and also form the centrepiece of an eye-catching portfolio of research/practical work that is highly relevant to the needs of the NHS and other employers.

By the end of the course you will have a wider perspective of healthcare generally as well as a valuable network of contacts with a range of health professionals. You will also have gained additional credibility as a practitioner. As a result, you will have new and varied career options.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.


Support for your learning

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor. You’ll meet your Personal Tutor at agreed times throughout your course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Further support is provided by our technicians who help you make the most of the University’s equipment and software.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

"We ensure graduates leave with the core skills and expertise that will make them highly employable."

Kathryn King

Kathryn King - Academic

Programme Leader, Nursing (Top-Up) BSc and Nursing MSc

"We ensure our graduates leave with the core skills and expertise that will make them highly employable. As a result many of our graduates go on to gain management positions in a variety of health settings.

"Feedback from our students is very positive and we actively listen to suggestions on how to modify what we offer. Our success is reflected in the amount of word-of-mouth recommendations we get from students.

"Many of our students are from overseas, thanks to our relationships with countries such as India, China, Nigeria, Singapore and Malaysia, and to reflect this we have an excellent international support network in place.

"Sunderland is unique in the sense that there is a large degree of support built into each programme and a range of options and opportunities to choose from.

"This ensures that all our students successfully achieve their potential and leave with the expertise and confidence they need to achieve and fulfil their individual aspirations."

"Wonderful lecturers have been tremendously supportive to me throughout my course at Sunderland."

Lu Ai Yen

Lu Ai Yen - Student

Nursing MSc

"Nursing has always been my passion and studying Nursing at the University of Sunderland has been the most brilliant choice I have ever made.

"I come from a small town in Malaysia and have always dreamt of coming to a prestigious overseas university to further my studies.

"I cannot believe that I am right now living in my own dreams, studying my dream course in one of the top Universities in the UK.

"I have been blessed with wonderful lecturers who have been tremendously supportive to me throughout the course.

"Nursing is a challenging course, but with the guidance of my lecturers, helpful staff and the rich resources provided, not only did I overcome the barriers, my enthusiasm towards the course increases day by day. For this reason I chose to continue my studies to Masters level.

"I am enjoying this course so much that I might even consider staying at the University of Sunderland and continuing to study for a PhD!"

Apply for this course

You can apply online using the link below.

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Time: 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Gateway, City Campus, University of Sunderland

Contact Sunderland

For more information, contact the Programme Leader:

Kathryn King
Tel: 0191 515 3050

Contact the Student Helpline for further information about studying at the University of Sunderland:

Telephone: 0191 515 3000 

Programme Starts  
Monday 16th October 2017 Apply now

The details

Course Name Nursing
Classification MSc
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 1 year
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 16 October 2017
UK/EU Fee £4750
Intl Fee £11500

Entry requirements

A degree in Nursing

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