M.Sc. Children's Nursing (Pre-registration)

Oxford Brookes University | Oxford , United Kingdom
We are introducing a new pre-registration master's degree course in Childrenís Nursing, which will provide those with a relevant bachelorís degree, with the opportunity to undertake a Childrenís Nursing course leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.



We are introducing a new pre-registration master's degree course in Childrens Nursing, which will provide those with a relevant bachelors degree, with the opportunity to undertake a Childrens Nursing course leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. There are two stages to this course, the first being the one year Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Care and the second a two year MSc in Childrens Nursing. Applicants with a nurse registration (other than childrens nursing) may apply directly to the 2 year MSc. Alternatively you may be able to apply for some or all of the credit for the Graduate Diploma through submission of evidence of relevant certificated or experiential prior learning (AP(E)L).

Childrens nursing is a challenging but highly rewarding career choice. The focus of contemporary childrens nursing is working in partnership with parents to promote the health and wellbeing of the infant, child or young person, and, when necessary, provide direct care interventions. This is in a multidisciplinary context and includes working closely with other members of the care team, including doctors, physiotherapists, health visitors, social workers and teachers.

Studying children's nursing at Oxford Brookes is very popular. One reason for this is the significant investment that has been made locally in children's services. The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has a flagship hospital, dedicated to children's treatment and care. This provides an exceptional clinical environment in which to experience high-quality care of the child and family across a range of specialisms. In addition to the Children's Hospital, Oxford offers a broad range of other general and specialist children's care settings.

During your studies you will work in primary, acute and community care settings, with infants, children and young people with many different health care needs. The teaching team are all expert practitioners themselves and maintain very close links or hold joint appointments with your placement areas.

Why Brookes?

  • We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
  • We have our own osteopathic clinics: Mill Court in Headington, Oxford and at Ferndale Campus in Swindon, offering a full range of osteopathic treatments to students, staff, NHS staff and the general public.
  • Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
  • We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
  • Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
  • We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement and interprofessional education & collaborative practice.
  • Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 270 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Course length

Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: 5 years (maximum). Part-time route is not available to applicants entering the first year of the programme.

The course will be taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BSc (Hons) Childrens Nursing course offered by Oxford Brookes University.

Working at masters level, you will focus on developing a knowledge base in childrens nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

During Year 1, you will undertake a graduate diploma and then progress onto the masters route for Years 2 and 3. You may be able to enter directly into Year 2 by providing evidence of prior experience (AP(E)L) - this may include having a degree in a health/nursing related subject. If you wish to study part-time, you can complete the course over a maximum duration of seven years, undertaking the graduate diploma over two years and the master's route over five years.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of childrens nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field. You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in relation to childrens nursing. Your learning will be enquiry focused, helping you to develop as reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware practitioners.

You will complete a masters-level research project involving primary data collection; a critical review of the literature; or other scholarly output.

Graduates from the course will contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Upon successful completion of the MSc in Childrens Nursing , you will be able to:

  • Deliver high-quality essential care to all.
  • Deliver complex care to children and families.
  • Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards.
  • Practice in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively.
  • Act on their understanding of how peoples lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing.
  • Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness
  • Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.
  • Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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  • A good honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a health/science related subject. We will however also consider applications from graduates with non health-related degrees.
  • GCSE Maths, Science and English at grade B or above.
  • Two recent references, at least one academic.
  • Experience of paid or voluntary work within a health care environment or relevant to your chosen field.
  • Successful performance in the selection process (including an individual interview).
  • All applicants must be screened for fitness to practise.
  • A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be made.

English language requirements

If English is not your main language then you will also need to show that your English is at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

You will need

  • IELTS 6.0-7.0 (normally with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and speaking);
  • TOEFL ibt 78-95 overall (with 20 in reading, 19 in writing, 18 in listening and 21 in speaking),

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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