Nursing MSc

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Build on your experience, knowledge, and skills of nursing and take your career to the next level. Develop understanding of health needs that directly relate to the NHS and other employers. Gain a wider perspective of healthcare and a valuable network of contacts with a range of health professionals.

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This Masters course builds on the knowledge, skills and experience you have already gained from an undergraduate degree in nursing. Nursing is increasingly a profession where higher qualifications are required for promotion, so a Masters qualification can help you take on roles like nurse team manager and nurse consultant.

This will allow you to continue your professional development and make a bigger contribution to people’s health and wellbeing.

Why us?

  • Winner of Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration) at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018
  • The content of this course is based on the NHS Leadership Framework
  • 95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
  • Everything that you study will be directly related to the needs of the NHS and other health care employers

Course structure

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and self-directed study. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests in considerable depth, with guidance and inspiration from our supportive tutors.

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, case study, exams and presentations.

Core modules:

  • Health Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (30 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives and Global Health (30 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Epidemiology and Health Measurement (30 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Health (30 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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This course is based at the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment. Teaching takes place in multimedia classrooms with state-of-the-art resources for learning.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in Nursing

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.5 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK or EU and studying full-time
  • £13,000 if you are from outside the EU and studying full-time
  • £361 per 10 credits if you are studying part-time (UK/EU applicants only)

Please note, we are unable to accept international applicants for the part-time course who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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A Masters degree boosts your prospects of promotion to a more fulfilling role and a higher band of salary.


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 and salaries for nurse consultants are rated as Band 8.

Varied career options

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.

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  • Studying Nursing at the University of Sunderland has been the best choice I have ever made.
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