Nursing Studies

Why study this programme?

Discover the many reasons why you should study this programme at Edinburgh.


The MSc Advanced Nursing is an innovative and new programme that offers advanced study for nurses working within a global context to enhance practice at the local level. The programme is designed with career prospects in mind, so students have the flexibility to shape their programme depending on whether they would like to develop their careers further in clinical practice, education, research or leadership. The programme draws on current theory, practice, research and innovation in nursing, health and social care practice to develop a critical understanding of contemporary health care. The programme will equip nurses to develop advanced specialist knowledge and skills and to enhance skills to be a professional and critically reflective practitioner able to provide evidence-based practice in both a local and international context.

This programme builds on the success of our previous MSc Advancing Nursing Practice, which is  updated in the new MSc Advanced Nursing to more fully reflect the changing context of nursing research, theory and pracice in a globalising world. In particular, we have included a range of new innovative courses and we now offer students the opportunity to undertake empirical research as part of the dissertation.

Our MSc Advanced Nursing is designed to allow students flexibility to chose from a wide range of different courses or to follow a specific pathway: leadership, clinical research* or education, or follow a flexible generic programme with the opportunity to study a range of relevant courses from across the School of Health in Social Science and the wider university. Nursing, health and social care research underpins the whole programme.

Students will all begin the MSc at the same entry point, but depending on the pathway they would like to undertake, have the opportunity to exit with a range of different degree titles: MSc Advanced Nursing; MSc Advanced Nursing (leadership); MSc Advanced Nursing (education); or, MSc Advanced Nursing (clinical research).

*The clinical research pathway is only available for students who are registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council in the UK to practice in a clinical setting.

Why study at the University of Edinburgh?

Top ranked
Nursing at the University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked among the top ten institutions in the UK.
This programme is extremely flexible, providing the opportunity to set your own learning objectives. This means you can follow your own personal and professional development needs and interests, whether you have specialist or generalist areas of practice.
Strong Research Profile
Our team of academics are very active in their research areas, which cover a wide range of interests.
High Profile events
You can attend high profile seminars, workshops and conferences exploring contemporary issues in the field.
We support Early Clinical Career Fellowships (ECCF)
Early Clinical Career Fellowships are a programme run by NHS Education for Scotland.