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

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
Oxford Brookes University ,
The MSc in Children's Nursing (Pre-registration) is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. Children's nursing is a challenging but highly rewarding career choice, and the programmes offered at Oxford Brookes University are very popular.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


You will focus on developing a knowledge base in children’s nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

Graduates from this Children's Nursing (Pre-registration) course at Oxford Brookes University contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Why choose this course?

  • Facilities in Oxford and Swindon both include state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites.
  • Oxford Children's Hospital provides an exceptional clinical environment. There is a wide range of other children's care settings in Oxford.
  • 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.
  • 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 maintain excellent practice links with specialist practice areas locally and regionally.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

Programme Structure

You will focus on developing a knowledge base in children’s nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

During Year 1 you will undertake modules at Level 6 (honours level), and in the subsequent two years your modules will be at Level 7 (masters degree level). You may be able to complete the degree in less that three years if you offer evidence of relevant prior learning (AP(E)L). This may have been achieved through relevant degree level study and/or experience. If you wish to study part-time, you can complete the degree over a maximum duration of five years.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of children’s 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 children’s nursing. Your learning will be enquiry focused, helping you to develop as a reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware practitioner.

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 96 months
  • Credits
    270 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Entry requirements

Honours degree 2.2 or above (or equivalent) preferably in a health or 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 or equivalent
  • One recent academic reference
  • 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).

Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment or a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible.

If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements
This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Tuition Fee

From 2017/18, new students on nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses (which lead on to qualification with one of the health professional regulators) in England will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students, rather than getting their fees paid by Health Education England and receiving an NHS bursary.


Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students

  • Postgraduate support scheme 2015
  • John Henry Brookes Scholarships
  • Santander Scholarships
  • Faculty or Department Taught Masters Scholarships
  • de Rohan Scholarship 2015
  • Alumnus, Friends and Family Discount Schemes
  • Bursaries from External Organisations 2014-15
  • University Research Studentships
  • Public funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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