Nursing Studies (By Research), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #23 (QS) ,
MSc by Research in Nursing Studies offers research training including taught courses and a dissertation. It may be taken as a stand-alone degree or as an element in progression to PhD studies.


Students pursuing this degree are part of the larger community of postgraduate research students in Nursing Studies and in the School of Health in Social Science.

Distinctive features of the degree include:

  • integration of discipline-specific and generic social-science research training

  • opportunities for shared learning with students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds

  • participation in the research culture in Nursing Studies and the School of Health in Social Science

  • potential for progression to PhD studies

  • individual supervision

  • choice and flexibility of courses

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme should:

  • have practical competence in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods

  • understand the epistemological basis and implication of different approaches to research

  • be able to present a reasoned argument linking problem, theory and method in a research proposal

Programme Structure

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, practical training in data collection and analysis, and independent study. Some learning may be web-based.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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 (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

Normally a good honours degree or equivalent in Nursing Studies or related area. Other evidence of ability to undertake the work of the degree may also be considered.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time Tuition Fee 2 Years:

  • EU:£3,500;
  • International: £8,700

Part-time Tuition Fee 3 Years:

  • EU: £2,335
  • International: £5,800

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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