• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Increase your knowledge, skills and expertise, enhancing your clinical practice, enabling you to develop nursing practice and patient care.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework
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Ranked in the Top 100
Universities for Nursing
(QS World University Rankings
by Subject 2018

This course has been designed for registered nurses from all specialties.

It will offer you a supportive, international learning environment where you will learn alongside nurses at various stages of their careers. Welcoming students from both the UK and overseas, this course will provide you with an excellent grounding in the UK’s four 'Pillars of Practice: clinical practice, facilitation of learning, leadership and evidence, research and development. 

This full-time, 12-month course is based at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, which is a research-active school. Not only do our staff utilise contemporary nursing research, our staff and our students are generating research findings which are shaping current and future healthcare for individuals, families and communities.

Through learning with nurses from other countries and other specialties, you will develop your awareness of different cultural approaches and ways of working. In addition, there will be some opportunities to undertake a workplace experience in an NHS, research or educational setting, enabling you to gain first-hand insights into how healthcare is provided in the UK


Study in the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences which has over 25 years of experience of teaching international students and is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere.

The course is based on the realities of clinical practice and evidence and includes many opportunities for debate and discussion, with fellow nurses, your lecturers, other student groups and topic experts.

The course consists of four modules and a dissertation, which may be based on a workplace experience. During the course, you will critically review your professional practice and use this as a platform for future professional and personal development. You will also learn how to critically appraise and analyse research, evaluate theory relating to leadership and change and demonstrate detailed knowledge, skills and values relating to professional education.

By the end of the course, you will have gained a wide range of generic, transferable skills, flexibility, independence and the confidence to take the next step in your nursing career. You will be able to use your newly-acquired skills to create positive outcomes and to develop and introduce innovative methods of working, providing leadership in your own setting.

I would highly recommend the programme. It has provided me with a deeper understanding of the profession which is definitely aiding me to grow into the best nurse I can be. This programme has given me more confidence and allowed me to gain valuable theoretical and evidence-based knowledge which I can use in practice.

Jemma Messenger

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Small group session
  • Directed study using MyDundee and independent study time
  • Masterclasses and seminars with invited speakers

In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply for a range of workplace experiences that could form the basis of your dissertation.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework, including written assessment work, presentations and dissertation
  • Written examinations

What you will study

Exploring Professional Practice: You will critically review your professional practice, using this as the basis for planning your professional and personal development.

Research for Practice: You will develop your knowledge and confidence so you can find, appraise and apply evidence to your nursing practice. This module will also enable you to attain the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse the research process and debate the potential for research to influence practice.

Education for Practice: You will develop your knowledge, skills and values in relation to your professional education, while also developing a critical understanding of educational theories and concepts and how these can be applied in different cultures and contexts.

Leadership & Change: You will develop your leadership skills within the context of your own practice, including developing an understanding of leadership models, change management and applying traditional and recent theories within healthcare settings.

Dissertation: To develop your knowledge and understanding of research, you will undertake an evidence review or a research proposal relating to your area of professional practice or an optional workplace experience.

Work based module - available September, January & May

SCQF Level 11

This module is available in 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 credits maximum

Depending on student/programme requirements, credits to be undertaken will be negotiated with Module Leader and Programme Leader ( if applicable)

Available: 3 times per year, September, January & May

The module is a stand-alone or optional module for a postgraduate programme within the University.

Target Audience

All Health Professionals

Mode of Delivery

Students will negotiate their topic and learning outcomes with the module leader and work based mentor (if appropriate). Time to undertake relevant activities related to the module learning will also be identified.

On line support and discussion will be available to students. Topics for the discussion boards will be negotiated with students. Students will also be able to access peer support through the associated online community and will get 1:1 support from their academic supervisor.

Students will be largely responsible for organising their own learning. Guidance and tutorial support will be given to develop the learning contract which will require the formation of learning outcomes, details on how the learning experiences will be gained and the assessment plan and methods. Building upon a trigger to learning, for example a study day, practice update, workshop, information session or professional review the student will be provided with tutorial support (to a maximum of 4 hours, plus assignment advice of 1 hour) to produce learning outcomes for the learning contract and review progress. The negotiated learning contract will provide a framework for the all the different activities, including progress review and will culminate in the agreed assessment methods The student will utilise a range of student centred learning strategies that is deemed appropriate to their learning needs e.g. networking, shadowing, clinical supervision group tutorials, also flexible learning materials e.g. hand-outs, workbooks, literature searching and critiquing to meet their learning needs. An optional Practice Learning Log is encouraged and in the case of some professional accreditation is required.

This log should normally reflect the notional effort aligned to the module. E.g. 150 hours (approximately). Practice based learning, if an integral part of the learning contract will take place at the students' workplace or placements.

Discussions led by the work place learning are encouraged to problem solve and reflect on practice. Feedback on the elements of the learning contract will be provided on an on-going basis so that students' participate in a critical and reflective evaluation of progress

Module Aims

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain academic credit through learning applied in a variety of settings. The module will enable students to identify their learning needs and negotiate learning to develop skills or strategies that aim to push boundaries and pioneer change in the workplace to improve effectiveness and outcomes in their organisations, This could include service users and / or carers, teams, customers, clients and /or themselves.

Module Overview

On completion of the module students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Review in depth and analyse critically their own learning needs in relation to the selected work based learning topic
  • Based on identified learning needs, propose and negotiate appropriate personal learning outcomes at postgraduate level.

Subject specific practical and intellectual skills and attribute

  • Critically review the relationship between theory and their workplace practice, extending knowledge, skills or practices.
  • Critically analyse relevant evidence, synthesise the findings and apply this learning to their workplace practice

Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes

  • Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and leadership skills to meet deadlines
  • Identify creative solutions from research based evidence to expand their knowledge, skills and understanding gained in the work place through application of theory where appropriate.

Assessment Strategy

Negotiated assessment

The assessment is negotiated and agreed between the student, academic supervisor and / or mentor and includes:

  • Formative assessment
    • Development of a learning contract, including negotiated personal learning outcomes and identification of appropriate learning strategies
  • Summative assessment
    • Portfolio will consist of 1000 words per 10 credits of learning. (Up to 6000 words for 60 credits)

The portfolio should include:

  • Learning contract, including personal learning outcomes written to meet SCQF level 11
  • Critical reflection on learning and evaluation of the learning process.
  • Critical reflection and evaluation on how achievement of the learning outcomes enhanced personal practice or service delivery.
  • The portfolio should be underpinned by relevant evidence

Module eligibility requirements

If students are undertaking as part of a programme, then students should meet the programme entry requirements.
If international student language requirements should be met.

Module Contact

For further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk

This course will develop your skills and expertise in all four areas of the four 'Pillars of Practice', ensuring you become a flexible thinker with highly-transferable skills, giving you opportunities in new areas of nursing, promotion and leadership.

This course will also enhance your career by exposing you to different cultures and the many different contexts of nursing around the world, further enhancing your nursing practice, knowledge, skills and values.

You'll need to have a ordinary Bachelor's degree or equivalent and be a registered nurse. For information about equivalent qualifications for entry, please email the course contact.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowNursing & Health MScP060506

Course Contact

Charlie Middleton
Nursing and Health Sciences
+44 (0)1382 388534

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