Nursing Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or SCPHN), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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As a University of Southampton student when you complete your Post Graduate Diploma you have the option to return to ‘top-up’ the Diploma to MSc. Nursing Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or SCPHN) aims to enhance your knowledge base and skills to be a critically aware practitioner able to appraise and, if necessary, challenge practice.


You will be enabled to use effectively a philosophy of care that is based on evidence, to develop and lead service provision that meets the needs of a 21st century health and social care service. This is a part time programme which commences each September. You need to commence the programme within three years of completing your Post Graduate Diploma.

There are two top up programmes:
  • MSc Nursing Studies (programme code 4032). This programme is only open to those students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (pre-registration) adult, child or mental health pathways.
  • MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Studies (programme code 5470). This programme is only open to those students who have completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing [SCPHN] (all pathways) September 2012 and on.
Structure of the Nursing Studies (Top-up for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or SCPHN) programme from University of Southampton
As you have achieved your Post Graduate Diploma the programme consists simply of two ‘induction’ days and the dissertation module.
  • Induction days
  • These will run on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2015. In these two days you will cover the following content:
  • Introduction to the dissertation module
  • What is nursing research?
  • The evidence-based practice approach
  • Empirical research
  • Practice inquiry research
  • Research ethics
  • Q and A opportunities
  • It is possible to study remotely; the module resources will be available via Blackboard and you can email or skype your supervisor. Do take in to account other responsibilities that you may have/may take on in the next 2 years as these can impact on your ability to study.
Key Facts

The MSc Top-Up is an effective way to achieve an MSc. It will demonstrate your ability to study independently and undertake a critical exploration of a topic, analysing it from multiple dimensions, using evidence from a wide range of sources, and drawing conclusions from the project to disseminate to practice.

Programme Structure

Induction DaysThese will run on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October
Dissertation ModuleYou must also successfully complete the compulsory 30 ECTS dissertation module: HLTH 6059. The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake an independent research project relevant to your own field of practice. You can select any topic which is important to you and your practice. You can undertake an empirical study OR a practice inquiry study OR an evidence based study. The study will include; formulating an appropriate question, planning and undertaking a project, analysing data or critiquing evidence and submitting a paper in a format suitable for publication in a peer reviewed academic journal.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Successfully achieved the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing with Registration on the NMC nurse part of the register (formerly Parts 12 (Adult), 13 (Mental Health) and 15 (Children)) studied at the University of Southampton according to the curriculum validated in March 2002.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15920 International
  • GBP 9000 EU/EEA


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