University of Northampton

University of Northampton


This course builds on the existing knowledge and experience of graduate nurses to develop the confidence and competence required for advanced roles within nursing. This award facilitates the development of higher level skills in 4 key areas: nursing; research; teaching; leadership and management, to provide a comprehensive and stimulating programme that reflects the needs of nurses studying at higher levels. The programme is supported by opportunities for students to undertake practical work related activities relevant to their particular areas of interest to enhance career development and employability. Students study a range of modules within each theme and are encouraged to undertake practical activities to support their understanding. These activities are personally negotiated with an assigned academic tutor and support personal and professional development. They may include: clinical exposure visits; work experience; work shadowing; volunteering; teaching practice; or engagement with research activity within the university. A record of a student's personal achievement will be developed through portfolio/CV building.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold all of the following: a Bachelors degree in nursing or related subject; registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (or equivalent if from overseas). Where an applicant does not have English as their 1st language, evidence of IELTS at 6.5 in each area is required.

Course modules

Students study modules totalling 180 credits at Level 7. This consists of 6, 20 credit modules and a project worth 60 credits. There may be some choice within modules but usually all students will study: the art of nursing; advanced pathophysiology for nurses; facilitating teaching and learning; comparative health systems; leadership; research methods in health and social care; research methods in health and social care; professional project.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessments are used to guide students. These are designed to provide variety and stimulation and to develop the range of skills needed to thrive in the work setting; they include written assignments, presentations, a clinical management plan, teaching activity and project work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 5 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

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