Teesside University

Teesside University

Nursing Studies (Specialist Field)

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 experienced nurses 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 include: Advanced inquiry in nursing; conceptualisation of nursing through person-centred care; enhancing the user/carer experience through evidence-based nursing (dissertation). Optional modules (adult nurse working in acute medicine) include: Advanced acute cardiology; advanced respiratory disease management; supportive care for patients with long-term conditions. Optional modules (learning disabilities nurse working in their specialist field) include: Advancing health facilitation with learning difficulties; applied behavioral analysis and supportive interventions; principles of risk assessment. Optional modules (mental health nurse working in their specialist field) include: Contemporary law and ethics and mental health; critical and alterative discourses in mental health illness and mental health; negotiated learning. Optional modules (adult nurse working in palliative care) include: Chronic pain management; end of life care; psychosocial dimensions of death and dying.

Assessment methods

A variety of creative formative and summative assessments is included. Detailed feedback is provided in relation to all assessment criteria via the student intranet. Examples include reflective essays, oral presentations, cases studies, objective structured clinical examinations and the final dissertation project.

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 Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

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

Key information

School of Health and Social Care
Telephone number: 
01642 384176