Teesside University

Teesside University

Nursing (Specialist Field)

This course is designed to ensure that nursing professionals are well placed to deal with the globalised challenges arising in current and future practice. These include changes in population and demographic trends, shifts in patterns of health/illness and wellbeing, and political, professional and organisational working cultures. Currently specialist fields exist within learning disabilities, mental health and adult nursing. The course adopts an evidence-informed nursing approach by reviewing, synthesising and incorporating contemporary professional and political drivers to ensure that the profession remains dynamic, proactive and responsive in delivering safe, confident, competent and compassionate quality care and excellence in nursing practice. This course offers students the opportunity to develop their personal and professional autonomy within their areas of practice. The course develops: leadership skills to promote the professional voice of nursing and to disseminate new knowledge and skills to enhance patient/client care; advanced knowledge and skills to facilitate person-centred care and to enhance the patient/client experience; advanced decision-making skills and application of nursing practice in complex, demanding and unpredictable environments; intellectual and professional independence associated with mastery; knowledge and skills to inform and advance nursing practice; a critical understanding of research methodologies and evidence-based practice to contribute to the generation of knowledge for advanced nursing practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants must: be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; have an Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject or evidence of study at degree level (opportunities for individual APEL are available on application); be employed by a healthcare organisation within your specialist field of nursing.

Course modules

Core modules: advanced inquiry in nursing; conceptualisation of nursing through person-centred care; enhancing the user/carer experience through evidence-based nursing (dissertation). Option modules (adult nurse working in acute medicine): advanced acute cardiology; advanced respiratory disease management; supportive care for patients with long-term conditions. Option modules (learning disabilities nurse working in their specialist field): advancing health facilitation with learning difficulties; applied behavioural analysis and supportive interventions; principles of risk assessment. Option modules (mental health nurse working in their specialist field): contemporary law and ethics and mental health; critical and alterative discourses in mental health illness and mental health; negotiated learning. Option modules (adult nurse working in palliative care): end-of-life care; psychosocial dimensions of death and dying. Modules offered may vary.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment strategies depend on the module. Examples include presentations, assignments, vivas and objective structured clinical examinations.

Sponsorship information

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information relating to funding will be updated on Teesside University website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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School of Health and Social Care
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