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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MSc Indicative duration: 2 years
Start date: Tuition fee: £11,836 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

The demand for skilled nurses across the world continues to grow, as do the demands placed on those already within that profession. In order to thrive within nursing, a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development is a must. This course has been developed to allow you to gain new skills and knowledge alongside your existing responsibilities as a nurse.

Designed for those hoping to progress to senior nursing roles, this course combines healthcare modules with a grounding in management and leadership. Not only will you improve the care you offer to your patients, you will also improve your ability to manage sensitive situations in different healthcare contexts – and to improve your management skills for the benefit of your position, organisation or region. A key part of the course will include producing a professional practice portfolio which will provide proof of your autonomy and your ability to develop your skills through reflective practice.

Our modules have been designed to be relevant globally, regardless of country or context, and you can choose from a range of optional modules to enhance your knowledge in certain areas of theoretical practice, such as:

  • the management of disease, including pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • the principles of pain management
  • the theoretical knowledge required to support the management of diabetes care both in primary and secondary healthcare settings
  • the role of nurses in meeting the needs of vulnerable individuals, groups and communities
  • the scientific concepts underpinning infection control and prevention
  • contemporary models and strategies to guide the design of effective health promotion activities
  • practical leadership skills underpinned by a critical appreciation of leadership theory

Towards the end of your course you will have the opportunity to produce a piece of original research in the form of a dissertation on an issue within nursing which you find interesting. You will investigate, analyse and report on your results effectively and ethically.

Why we’re great

  • Delivered online and part-time, this course allows you to improve your practice while continuing in your current role.
  • Our range of optional modules means that, whatever your clinical background or future career goals, you will find topics of relevance to you.
  • This course contributes towards your required CPD and will allow you to further your skills and knowledge.

Gain the core skills you need to excel in your career, with this exciting module. You'll take a close look at your clinical practice, current role and learning to aid your continuous professional development. And upon completion, you’ll have the confidence to support and lead others, while demonstrating a deeper understanding of lifelong learning. 

Evidence-based practice plays a key part in nursing. From critiquing research approaches to working with others to achieve evidence-based care, this in-depth module covers all aspects of critical thinking and research to help you improve healthcare outcomes within your own organisation.

Have you considered the principles and practices surrounding management and organisational behaviour in healthcare environments? This exciting module also introduces you to ethics and sustainability issues influencing managerial decisions – and upon completion, you’ll be able to connect your management thinking to wider themes within social science.  

Form a fundamental understanding of the key sciences linked to disease management with this informative module. You’ll study a wide range of topics – including physiology, pathology and pharmacology – and on completion, you’ll feel empowered to evidence clinical manifestations of disease and their management.   

Throughout this insightful module, you’ll discover how health promotion activities can drive positive health-related behaviours. Engage with case studies from peer-reviewed literature to further examine how health promotion can be applied using real-world scenarios. 

How do effective management and leadership skills drive healthcare organisations towards their objectives? In this innovative module, you’ll look at the theory behind leadership and ways to successfully judge performance using diagnostic tools. Then upon completion, you'll create your own personal development objectives based on assessments.  

This engrossing module provides you with the required knowledge to deliver the highest quality diabetes care. You’ll explore epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation in relation to the condition, as well as prevention methods and frameworks – so you can develop a strong understanding of therapeutic approaches for diabetes management. 

What part does pain management play in your current role? In this informative module, you’ll learn about the human perception of pain, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, psychological support and future trends in pain management. Ultimately, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of pain management – allowing you to better support patients within your organisation.  

Supporting and protecting vulnerable individuals is a huge part of any nursing role. This thought-provoking module explores the concepts and theories of vulnerability, as well as mental health, alcohol and substance misuse, and hard-to-reach groups. By the end, you’ll have a strong understanding of empowerment in healthcare and the various approaches to helping the vulnerable. 

This innovative module provides an in-depth overview of infection control across healthcare and clinical settings. You'll consider a range of infection control interventions and quality improvement tools, giving you the ability to explain the importance of control for staff and patient protection, as well as the wider impacts on public health.  

This in-depth module introduces you to both the theoretical and practical issues in the research process, with a strong emphasis on health and social care. By the end, you’ll have developed a critical awareness of the ethical issues that can arise and be able to successfully demonstrate both quantitative and qualitative analysis upon completion.  

Take your studies to the next level with this defining module.  Align a topic of interest within your postgraduate journey with an independent research project and develop a valuable array of transferable skills, such as time management, organisation and communication.  

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our MSc Nursing has an indicative study duration of 2 years, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Our MSc Nursing will help you begin your progression from wholly clinical roles to middle and senior management positions within nursing. Potential job titles may include: Ward Manager, Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager, Senior Staff Nurse or Nursing Officer.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

Because of the work-based nature of the programme, all students must be working in clinical practice as a registered nurse or with a license to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board.

 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our MSc nursing programme students must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health or social care related subject from an approved institution
  • working in clinical practice as a registered nurse or licensed to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board

 

 Work experience entry route

Students who do not have a degree may be eligible for entry and will be considered on an individual basis. In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our MSc Nursing, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least three years’ post-qualification work experience as a registered nurse or licensed to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board, supported by appropriate references

 

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £11,836 (2022-23) Δ

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.  

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

If you are based in the UK, you may also be able to access funding from external sources to contribute towards your tuition fees. This Health Careers website contains some resources you can look into.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course. We think you’ll love it! But if, within the first 21 days, you decide it’s not for you, you’ll receive a full refund.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our MSc Nursing are experts in the field of healthcare.

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