Nursing MSc

Study level: Postgraduate
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Studied on campus or 100% online, this Nursing MSc course is designed to offer continuing education and professional development to nurses. It aims to enhance your knowledge to underpin practice in a wide range of care settings.

Year of entry



Coventry University (Coventry)
100% online study

Study mode



1 year full-time
Up to 5 years part-time

Course code

On campus - HLST306
Online - HLST307

Start date

September 2024
January 2025
May 2025

Course overview

The course is designed to provide continuing professional development (CPD) to a widening group of UK and internationally-based nurses. It aims to develop nurses in support of the global health economy and their contribution to nursing practice in a range of contexts.

  • You will have the opportunity to examine contemporary issues in nursing, and in the role and practice of the nurse. This is explored through the analysis of political, social, cultural and economic influences on health and social care needs and service design.
  • You will study some of the latest developments in a range of contemporary issues in nursing, covering a range of key areas including leadership, evidence-based practice and service delivery and improvement.
  • Particular emphasis is placed on the research and evidence base for leadership, service delivery and improvement.
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Why you should study this course

This course has been designed following extensive consultation with stakeholders and professional collaborators to ensure its relevance and ability to develop nursing leaders and agents of change.

You will be encouraged to consider how contemporary issues in nursing relate to your current practice and how what you learn can make a difference to and improve the experience of patients/service users.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to analyse approaches to support leadership, quality and service improvement and project management within policy and professional frameworks of nursing. You will also be able to demonstrate a professional approach to self-development in a broad range of competencies relevant to nursing across national borders and areas of practice including digital literacy, critical decision-making, problem-solving, presentation and teamwork.

The course may be studied on-campus at Coventry University or online.

The enhanced skills and knowledge successful graduates of this course bring to their work provide a range of benefits, not only to the student but also to their employer and patients/service users.

Student benefits:

  • Access to learning from staff who are subject and clinical experts with knowledge of the latest developments in the field (staff may be subject to change)
  • Opportunity to network with a range of students from different backgrounds and disciplines
  • Improved knowledge of some of the latest developments in clinical practice and leadership
  • Enhanced critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills
  • Demonstrable leadership skills and knowledge through project work and accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute following the successful completion of an optional Global Professional Development module.

Employer benefits:

  • Staff with developed confidence in clinical leadership
  • Enhanced ability to challenge practice and embed relevant evidence base to support quality care
  • Enhanced ability to innovate and lead clinical practice change derived from current policy initiatives and evidence bases
  • Increased commitment to achieving and leading quality care in service delivery
  • Staff who are better able to be flexible, engage in and potentially lead service developments.

Patients/Service Users/Carers receive effective and comprehensive care from a professional who is:

  • Knowledgeable and skilled in practice
  • Able to challenge poor practice
  • Committed to demonstrating and developing contemporary practice to enhance quality in healthcare and healthcare practice
  • Committed to patient-centred care.

Patients/clients have access to, and benefit from, enhanced quality in healthcare services.

Accreditation and professional recognition

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited1 by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2023-24 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost. Further details can be found under the module section and on the Professional Development module homepage.

Everything was well organised including the teaching which enabled our studies. I have learned so much and am wearing a different lens in nursing now – I love this programme.

Sela Fakatou, Nursing MSc, 2022
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What you'll study

All modules are mandatory. If you are studying part-time, module choices will be made in discussion with the Course Director.


  • This module explores the factors which influence nursing practice which supports the care of individuals with long-term conditions. It will focus on concepts which transfer across boundaries of ill health for individuals and their families living with long-term conditions. You will examine the evidence base for supporting service users to adapt to their condition and promote a lifestyle that will encourage independence and reduce the risk of further complications.


  • This module aims to promote a critical interpretation of the role of the nurse within socio-cultural, economic and political contexts. You will explore the nature and application of the knowledge base for nursing practice and analyse the contribution of the nurse to health in a range of settings. Research findings, in conjunction with your own experiences, will be used to examine factors which may influence nursing practice, including organisation of health care, professional regulation and autonomy, professional culture and identity.


  • This module aims to provide you with opportunities to study leadership, contemporary thinking on organisations, quality and service improvement, project management and to contextualize these within policy and professional frameworks. The module draws on theories of clinical leadership, applied systems thinking and learning organisation theory to promote creative entrepreneurial approaches to previously intractable dilemmas of clinical practice, ensuring that the patient or service-user is central to the management and organisation of health and social care. Experiences of healthcare organisations will be used as a foundation for analysis of quality improvement and the principles and theories will be applied to healthcare worldwide.


  • This module aims to enable you to think critically about the improvement of population health and wellbeing and the role of nursing in public health. You will analyse values, key principles, theory and concepts underlying public and global health and evaluate different strategies, interventions and challenges to improving health and wellbeing for communities and populations.


  • This module aims to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches utilised in health, social sciences and their related fields of practice. The module is designed to develop your ability to prepare a detailed research proposal relevant to your field of academic study, area of professional practice, or service improvement area. The importance of ethical, social, legal, political and economic aspects of research studies will be considered.


  • This module is designed to enable you to explore the application of educational theory to support the facilitation and assessment of learning for individuals and groups in a range of healthcare settings. The concepts of adult education and the clinical learning environment will be examined within the framework of the knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning professional nursing practice and contemporary drivers of healthcare professional education within a range of contexts.


  • This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in organisations for better health and wellbeing using a range of approaches whatever your master’s degree. You will explore, for example, the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture and the impact of health and wellbeing on organisational performance in different types of organisational scenarios. You will appraise contemporary approaches for the creation of healthy work systems with emphasis placed upon modern-day methods and the role and skills of leaders in coaching and mentoring.

    Ultimately, you will be given the opportunity to propose a series of recommendations to create and sustain a positive culture of health and wellbeing within an organisational context. Finally, the module requires you to reflect critically on your personal learning and development needs and how you work with others, from an ethical and professional standpoint to encourage your continuing professional development.


  • The dissertation module is designed to allow you to undertake an in-depth individual study in an area of interest relevant to your nursing practice which will demonstrate research at an advanced level. The study will be supervised but independently undertaken. Within the study you will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the research process including ethical, theoretical and methodological issues associated with your particular subject and to demonstrate critical evaluation. It will build on the foundation provided by previous modules on this course.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

These modules are absolutely brilliant – so relevant for nursing leadership today.

Aisling Crombie, Nursing MSc, 2022
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How you'll learn

Studied on campus or 100% online, you will be encouraged to take an independent and self-directed approach to your study and to use the range of learning resources available to support your academic development. Individual modules adopt a range of teaching/learning strategies including workshops and seminars, student presentations and lectures.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Part-time students - in discussion with the course directors - choose from three modules in each semester and the actual route varies between individuals. Typically, students studying part-time will complete one 20-credit module each semester with the remaining year devoted to study for the CMI module and the dissertation. Request further information about part-time study.

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Teaching contact hours

Full-time students will have on average 10 hours of contact teaching time per week, part-time study hours will vary depending on the number of modules you choose.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 10 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

There are also optional individual or group tutorials, which will normally be approximately 5 hours per module.

The Nursing MSc course team have developed comprehensive content for all modules to support your learning on our digital education platform.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment tools are varied and designed to maximise your opportunity to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge, critical thinking and application of theory to nursing practice.

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Service improvement plan
  • Presentation
  • Case study analysis
  • Posters
  • Independent research study for the dissertation.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

Applicants should hold at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Nursing and should have completed a qualification leading to registration as a nurse. We will consider applicants with a Diploma in Nursing and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level*.

*For information regarding what might amount to ‘evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level’ please contact our admissions team using the quick enquiry form.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

Typical entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Nursing and should have completed a qualification leading to registration as a nurse. We will consider applicants with a Diploma in Nursing and evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level*.

*For information regarding what might amount to ‘evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at master’s level’ please contact our admissions team using the quick enquiry form.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £11,200   Request fee information
EU £11,200 per year with EU support bursary**
£18,600 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £18,600   Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities4.

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Alison Gingell Building

Our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features mock hospital wards built to NHS standards, an operating theatre, critical care settings and other real-life nursing environments.

Community houses

Community houses

Learn how to work with patients outside of a hospital setting in our simulated, two full-size community homes, specifically built for teaching.


Midwifery Suite with patient in birthing pool and nursing staff around a birthing pool

Midwifery suite

Our midwifery suite is equipped with delivery facilities including water birth options. Student midwives also use mannequins to simulate routine and emergency care for mothers and babies.

Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a professional approach to self-development in a broad range of competencies relevant to nursing across national borders and areas of practice including digital literacy, critical decision-making, problem-solving, presentation and teamwork.
  • Critically evaluate approaches to and conduct of research to support the practice and development of nursing care
  • Evaluate critically the application and implementation of the evidence base to a range of national and international areas of nursing practice, and contributions of nursing to public health and community development
  • Analyse approaches to support leadership, quality and service improvement and project management within policy and professional frameworks of nursing
  • Evaluate the complex social and political nature of nursing care using an integrated approach and drawing on a range of disciplines.

This course provides an opportunity to learn from academic staff and clinical experts (subject to availability), to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills to support innovation, challenge and to develop the skills to support you in leading a clinical nursing practice.

Where our graduates work

Past students are working as nurses in a range of acute and secondary care settings in the UK and other European countries. These nurses have both senior roles as leaders and managers of teams or may be newly qualified staff choosing to achieve their master’s degree at an early stage in their career.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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