MSc Nursing 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 four 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.
Applicants will 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 the applicant´s first language is not English, evidence of IELTS at 6.5 in each area
MSc Nursing is structured around four themes:
Research and enquiry
Leadership and management
Teaching and learning
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 your 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 your personal achievement will be developed through portfolio/CV building.
Students study modules totalling 180 credits at Level 7. This consists of six 20 credit modules and a professional project (60 credits).
On completion of this programme we would expect you to have:
Advanced insight into the nursing management of complex health needs
The ability to provide evidence based practice
Skills for leading and managing individuals and teams
Skills to teach others
Clear understanding of the research process, and the skills to carry out a clinically focused project
We have developed this programme following extensive experience of working with overseas students of nursing. The University of Northampton has supported several hundreds of international nurses through Masters degrees, Bachelor degrees and the ONP and Adaptation programmes. Our team is highly skilled in meeting the needs of this group.
The Art of Nursing
Advanced pathophysiology for Nurses
Facilitating Teaching and Learning
Comparative Health Systems
Leadership: The People Challenge
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
From September 2012, pre-registration nursing curricula within England will educate and train Professional Nursing to all degree status. Clearly many of these graduate professionals will aspire to leadership, teaching or research positions throughout nursing hence the development of the MSc in Nursing is both timely and opportune to support this career structure.
In addition, employment opportunities in Nursing are favourable in many countries across the world within public and private healthcare services, social services, special education and the voluntary sector.
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