• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 42 months
  • School: Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

An MSc with six awards, suitable for registered or licensed nurses working in UK or international health and social care contexts.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This is an exciting programme designed to offer postgraduate education of nurses in a range of clinical environments and geographical contexts. It meets the needs of both UK based and international nurses and offers a range of clinically relevant named awards at Certificate, Diploma and Master's level. The programme is invaluable for all nurses who want to develop excellence and share good practice.

This course is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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We have an international reputation for providing flexible programmes designed to offer a student-led approach to postgraduate education. Most programmes are offered on a part-time basis and delivered through high quality online distance learning. A small number of modules are also available for locally based students.

Students can choose the generic MSc Nursing award or one of the named awards. These are:

  • MSc Nursing (Leadership, Quality and Governance)
  • MSc Nursing (Long Term Conditions)
  • MSc Nursing (Older Person)
  • MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice)
  • MSc Nursing (Research)

We also offer and MSc Infection: Prevention and Control

Although this award is only available to registered or licensed nurses, the modules are shared with a wide multidisciplinary student body undertaking the MSc Midwifery, MSc Maternal and Infant Health and the MSc Health Studies. This enhances the student experience and makes the learning more appropriate to real practice environments which are rarely unidisciplinary.


Cohort Graduates Continuing students Withdrawn
2013/14 Cohort
Master of Nursing
83% * - 17%
2014/15 Cohort
MSc Nursing
9% ** 69% 22%
2015/16 Cohort
MSc Nursing
3% *** 87% 10%

*PG Diploma/MN

**PG Certificate / Diploma

***PG Certificate

As of September 2017

What are the aims of this programme?

We aim to provide an intellectual environment within which you are challenged to develop the knowledge and skills required to enhance your own health and social care practice as well as to advance practice in your own profession or role. The aim is also to support multidisciplinary collegiality and create a global community of scholars displaying postgraduate attributes of confidence, complexity, creativity, professionalism, autonomy and the articulation of novel perspectives to problem solving.

Who should study this course?

This programme will suit any graduate nurse aspiring to advance their own and others' clinical practice, as well as planning for leadership roles, both formal and informal.

I would highly recommend the MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice) award to any nurse wishing to extend their clinical role. I was well supported by a medical supervisor who really stretched my clinical thinking and allowed my to apply the theory to practice. Having a greater depth of clinical knowledge helps in daily conversations I have with patients and their relatives when discussing clinical diagnosis, investigations or disease management plan options.

Margaret Swankie
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

The programme is generally delivered online using the University of Dundee virtual learning environment My Dundee using the Blackboard platform. Some modules are delivered in a blended format and these are limited to students more locally within Scotland.

How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed using a variety of traditional and more innovative approaches. We use essays, portfolios, folders of evidence, research proposals, learning contracts, exams, OSCEs, and assessed online activities such as debates and team work. You will also be required to undertake a research-based dissertation.  

What you will study

The programme is delivered on a modular basis over a period of 3 and half years. One module is taken per semester and semesters start in September and January. There are two intakes per year.

You are required to take four modules and a dissertation in order to complete the full MSc but can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after two modules and a Postgraduate Diploma after four modules. In order to exit with a named award the award pre-requisites must be met.

Students undertaking the Diploma or MSc must take one research core, one professional core, the award core requirements and an option module where available. Some awards have two award cores and no option module can be taken.

Modules available

The module portfolio comprises a choice of two research modules, a number of professional modules relating to leadership, quality and clinical governance, and learning, teaching and assessment in practice among others.

A number of clinically relevant modules are also available depending on the chosen award. Some modules are only offered every second year and you will be helped to decide the best portfolio of modules to meet your individual needs.

Our MSc portfolio is designed to support students in achieving their career aspirations beyond their initial roles. While almost all of our students are already in professional roles, students who have completed our masters programmes in the past have gone on into management and other promoted posts as well as specialist roles such as hospital at night and clinical governance leads.

The core requirements of research and professional modules within the programmes ensure that graduates are equipped with a range of key transferable skills that promote excellence, innovation and leadership in practice. Our aim is to help students become the leaders and experts of the future in health and social care, to be adaptable, confident and challenging in their approach, and to become the change agents in their professions.

Both UK and international professionals with a current registration or a license in Nursing. Applicants also need to have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

 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.

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Home fees 2017/18
Non EU fees 2017/18
30 credit module £1000 30 credit module £2500
60 credit Dissertation module £2,000  60 credit Dissertation module £5,000
30 credit NMP module  £1200    

Programme fees are charged on a per module basis. In many cases they can be paid in full or by instalments. All prices are subject to an annual review. 

Recognition for Prior Experiential Learning will be charged at £85.

Recognition for Prior Credited Learning will be charged at £70 per 10 credits.

UoD Nursing & Health Sciences application form

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Course Contact

Miss Pauline Horton
Nursing and Health Sciences
+44 (0)1382 388534