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Advanced Nursing MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Advanced Nursing

This innovative programme offers advanced study for nurses working within a global context to enhance practice at the local level.

You can either choose 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.

You will begin the MSc at the same entry point as all other students, but depending on the pathway you 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)
  • MSc Advanced Nursing (clinical research)

Who is this programme for?

The programme is suitable if you are a nurse registered in any branch of the profession to practice in your own country and you want to critically examine the ways that evidence-based research, theory and knowledge can advance nursing in the global context.

The degree also provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate research e.g. a doctoral degree, or to advance their professional career.

*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.

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered in a range of engaging and interactive formats by academic and specialist staff working in the contemporary health care environment.

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutor-led online learning environments

Full-time students

As a full-time MSc student, you will take two core courses and two option courses each semester.

There is a choice of one of three different dissertations:

  • empirical
  • research proposal
  • e-portfolio

This is to be completed during the Semester 3.

You can follow one of three different pathways: leadership, education or clinical research, or can take a generic pathway, depending on career aspirations and areas of interest.

Part-time students

As a part-time student, you can choose one or two courses each semester and have a choice of dissertation in your final year.

You can also follow the three different pathways or take a generic pathway.

The compulsory courses form the core part of the MSc and are:

  • Global Leadership in Nursing: Policy, Informatics and Innovation
  • Designing research in Nursing, Health and Social care

You can then choose 4 optional taught courses before you go on to undertake the dissertation.

Optional courses

Optional courses can be chosen from those on offer within the School of Health in Social Science or across the wider University and are dependent on the pathway that the student chooses.

Optional courses vary across years depending on the specific courses on offer, but some of the current optional courses available include:

  • Clinical Decision Making and Professional Judgement Teaching Practice Attachment
  • Leadership - exploring your potential (distance)
  • Global Public Health: a critical approach to health improvement
  • Conducting Research in Nursing, Health and Social care
  • Health Research Methods workshops
  • Homeless and Inclusion Health
  • Cancer Care
  • Transplant nursing
  • Community nursing
  • Person Centred Care in Practice: Relationships and Emotion

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScAdvanced Nursing1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2024/25

The programme will enable you to:

  • develop advanced specialist knowledge and skills to be able to interrogate nursing, health and social care research, scholarship and practice within the context of a globalising world
  • develop extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in either leadership, education or clinical research
  • enhance skills to be a professional and critically reflective practitioner able to provide evidence-based practice in both a local and international context
  • develop advanced skills in critical analysis for working in an evolving landscape of nursing, health and social care

This programme will facilitate career progression for those working in any branch of nursing to develop advanced nursing knowledge, skills and understanding.

As a student, you will develop research skills to enable you to apply for progression to doctoral level study upon successful completion of the programme.

In addition, if you are taking a specific pathway, you will develop specialist skills in leadership, education and clinical research to progress your career in these areas.

These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 Oct 2024.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, and a nursing qualification.

We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component. We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries (non-MESC).

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than five years old* at the beginning of your programme of study. (*Revised 05 March 2024 to extend degree validity to five years.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScAdvanced Nursing1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScAdvanced Nursing2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScAdvanced Nursing3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

To find out about scholarships and funding, please visit our student funding site.

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School (Doorway 6)
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG
Programme start date Application deadline
9 September 2024 31 July 2024

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School (Doorway 6)
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG