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Full time | University of Liverpool | 12 months | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Join a specialist programme for qualified nurses that will build on your existing nursing expertise. We’ll enhance your leadership, research and communication skills and prepare you for advanced and innovative practice as a specialist nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator or nurse researcher.


The MSc Nursing immerses qualified nurses in key issues and ideas relating to communication, leadership, education and research.

Nurturing innovative professional practice, the programme will address these four cornerstones of professional nursing, advancing knowledge and enhancing skills in your specialist field.

The UK National Health Service will be compared and contrasted with service organisation and delivery in other countries, providing a global perspective on healthcare. You’ll also receive training in leadership and management skills for advanced clinical practitioners and receive expert insights into how to manage complex care needs.

Optional modules enable you to focus on specific aspects of patient care of professional interest. You can specialise in areas ranging from managing critically ill patients to assessing risk, promoting mental health and wellbeing, and managing the emotional impact of diagnosis.

The programme is led by a small team of experience and dedicated nursing staff who form part of a larger team of healthcare experts in the School of Health Sciences. Our interactive, small-group teaching sessions are designed to enhance your transferable skills, from critical thinking and problem-solving, to communication, leadership and teamwork.

Who is this course for?

The programme is suitable for nurses who already hold a professional nursing qualification which confers eligibility to practice in the country of training.

What you'll learn

Insight into the UK National Health Service and comparisons with global models of health and social care provision

Contemporary theories and concepts of leadership, management and education for advanced clinical practice

Complex clinical situations in patient care

How to support mental health and wellbeing needs

The assessment, care and management of critically ill patients

Therapeutic communication skills

How to assess risk and respond to the needs of vulnerable patients

How to improve the healthcare experience of LGBTQ+ patients with cancer

How to devise a population health improvement strategy

How to use qualitative research to explore current issues in healthcare

Critical understanding of palliative and end of life care


This module will provide an opportunity for students to critically explore wider, global, perspectives in health and social care. Models of health and social care service provision will be discussed which will include exploration of the UK National Health Service, but will also comprise discussion of other types of service organisation and delivery. There will be a focus on the impact of globalisation on health and social care.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

You must hold a professional nursing qualification which confers eligibility to register and practice in your country of training. You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. If you completed pre-registration studies to diploma level, this diploma will be considered if evidence of professional development at level 6 or level 7 is provided. As this nursing programme does not include any mandatory clinical practice requirements, overseas applicants do not need to seek professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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