Advanced Nursing MSc (Online Learning)
The University of Edinburgh
2 - 3 years
GBP 15,200 / per year *
31 Jul 2024
Earliest start date
09 Sep 2024
* for 2023/24
Our innovative part-time programme offers advanced study for nurses working within an international and UK healthcare context. We offer the flexibility for you to choose either a broad programme of study by drawing on international expertise across the breadth of the university or to focus on a more specialised area of nursing care.
We recognise that mental health and trauma-informed care is an under-developed area in advanced practice for Adult nurses and so we are delighted to offer you the opportunity to choose option courses in these areas, as well as our core courses in nursing and global health policy, political leadership and research. You can choose a range of option courses within Nursing Studies including leadership, public health, policy, person-centred care and clinical decision-making. Health and social care research underpin the whole programme.
The programme is suitable for nurses who are registered to practise in their own country and 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.
All of the teachings on the MSc are delivered entirely online, allowing for flexible and responsive approaches to learning, assessment and support of our students and reaching a wide range of graduates and professionals from all over the world.
The online teaching methods include:
- video lectures
- online tutorials
- discussion boards
- online conferences
- films and videos
- independent study and research
The University's full range of online learning resources will be available to students; for example, web conferencing software, e-books and online academic journals.
Please note that students enrolled on this programme would not be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 15th in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
- 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 knowledge and understanding of nursing leadership policy and research-informed leadership practice
- 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 research skills for working in an evolving landscape of nursing, health and social care
This programme offers a flexible online postgraduate degree designed for graduate nurses who are interested in studying at an advanced level.
The programme is designed to be completed part-time. The minimum period programme can be completed in two years, with a maximum completion time of three years.
Students must take two core courses (40 credits) and then can choose from a wide range of option courses offered in semesters 1 and 2 (80 credits). Supervised Reading is also offered in the summer semester (20 credits). In addition, students must complete a dissertation following the completion of their taught courses (60 credits). There is a choice of one of two different dissertations – a research proposal or an e-portfolio.
For students undertaking the 2-year programme, they will usually take one or two 20-credit courses each semester, so that a minimum of 60 credits are completed in year one and the remainder in year 2. Their dissertation will be completed towards the end of their second year.
For students undertaking the 3-year programme, they will usually take one or two 20-credit courses each semester, so that a minimum of 40 credits are completed in year one and the remainder in year 2 and/or year 3. Their dissertation will be completed in year 3.
For students taking the programme over 4-6 years, a flexible schedule will be worked out with the programme team, that will include at least 20 credits of courses taken each year.
The compulsory courses form the core part of the MSc are:
- Nursing and Global Health Policy: Developing Your Political Leadership
- Research Methods in Health
You can choose optional courses from those on offer within the School of Health in Social Science or across the wider university. These vary across years depending on the specific courses on offer, but some of the current nursing online optional courses include:
- Leadership – exploring your potential
- Global Public Health: a critical approach to health improvement
- Person-Centred Care in Practice: relationships and emotion
- Supervised Reading
We are also delighted to offer a range of option courses with our colleagues in Clinical Psychology and Counselling and Psychological Therapies. This enables you to learn from our team of international experts to inform advanced nursing practice about mental health and trauma-focused health care.
These option courses include:
- Online Counselling Practice and Process
- Developmental Wellbeing
- Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Applied Developmental Psychology
- Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context
For the latest information available, please see the DRPS.
The programme has been designed to enhance the career development of graduate nurses: the employment prospects for our postgraduate nurses are excellent and opportunities are wide-ranging.
The majority of students who complete a postgraduate taught degree at the University of Edinburgh go on to practise in their own country as senior nurses, choosing to work in a range of different settings, including education, advanced clinical practice or clinical research.
The postgraduate degree equips students for a leadership role or for further study, towards a Doctorate Programme to extend subject specialisms and/or research competency.
In addition, the integration of the health and social care field also offers a range of opportunities for an international career. Several postgraduate students go on to develop their careers in global public health, working in health education, patient advocacy, and health promotion in the UK and around the world. Some of our postgraduate students have gone on to work for the World Health Organisation and other global governance organisations in policy and advisory roles.