Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Nursing (Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs)

This MSc offers a taught programme of study that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professionals working and caring for children and young people with complex health needs and supporting families. It will meet the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary learning and research, delivered flexibly through a blended format of online and face-to-face learning.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent recognised qualification in nursing, midwifery, allied health, social care or a related discipline. In line with the University's APL procedures, applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements will be considered on an individual basis where there is evidence of experience in a relevant area. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Compulsory: childhood and youth research in practice; enhancing care and practice for children with complex health care needs; foundations and principles of caring for children/young people with complex health needs; perspectives on childhood and youth; qualitative research methods or applied research methods and statistics in nursing. Optional: childhood adversity; childhood disability and rights; children's rights and social care; delivering quality services for health and social wellbeing; economic impact of childhood interventions; foundations of children's rights; high risk infant and family development; independent study module; infant and family development; law for healthcare professionals; perspectives of family-centred health and social care; qualitative research in childhood and youth; quantitative research in childhood and youth; successful leading for health and social care professionals; systematic review and critical appraisal.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods, for example, written assignments, multiple choice exam, project reports, and contributions to online forums. Students will have the option of undertaking research work to submit as part of their dissertation. The award of MSc requires the accumulation of 120 M points from the taught modules and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, equivalent to 60 M points.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

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School of Nursing and Midwifery
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