Children's Nursing (Pre-registration), MSc, PGCert

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #361 (QS) ,
Children’s nurses need to be able to demonstrate competence in the fundamentals of nursing care across people’s lifespan, with a particular focus on meeting the needs of children and families. We recognise that as the context of healthcare delivery is changing, it is essential for nurses to be able to work flexibly, inter-professionally and collaboratively in a way that is meaningful and relevant.


Our master's degree gives you the chance to undertake an Children's Nursing course leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The PG Cert second registration course offers qualified nurses (adult, mental health or learning disability) the opportunity to gain registration as a registered children's nurse whilst also receiving an academic award. Both courses are available part-time and full-time on the Oxford and Swindon campuses.

If you have a bachelor's degree, this three-year pre-registration Master's degree gives you the chance to undertake a Children’s Nursing course leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The course is available part-time and full-time on the Oxford campus.

Why choose this course?

  • Our programme prepares you to be a confident, professional practitioner able to care for children and families within an ever changing health and social care environment. We offer a wide variety of practice experiences throughout Oxfordshire, in hospital and community settings with children and young people with many differing health care needs and their families.
  • We provide a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn. We offer excellent teaching facilities, including dedicated space for simulated learning within clinical skills suites. 
  • Our teaching is strengthened by the involvement of service users and carers and expert lecturers from clinical practice. At Brookes, we teach the skills for evidence-based practice and encourage our students to develop a problem-solving approach to clinical practise. We instil you with confidence to enable you to use your own clinical and professional judgement to influence practice.
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction and high graduate employability.
  • We provide you with a range of support services, such as academic advisors, who support your academic development, and student support coordinators who provide a drop-in service to help answer any queries you may have about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare.
  • Information technology plays an increasingly important role in health care courses and an extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual’ - an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises
  • We offer full-time, part-time or mixed mode patterns of study.

How this course helps you develop

The Children’s Nursing MSc course at Brookes has an excellent track record of employability (100% of our students are at work within two months of finishing the course; Unistats 2015). Registered Children’s Nurses have the opportunity, post-qualification, to develop their careers in a range of settings, such as in hospital wards (providing children with medical or surgical care), paediatric intensive care units, neonatal intensive care units, and in a range of community settings such as in health visiting teams and as school nurses. You can progress in your career in many areas including in advanced clinical practice, research, nurse education and/or management. 

The newly established Oxford Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Research (OxINAHR), can provide interested nursing graduates with a structured research career pathway opportunity, developed in partnership with local NHS partners.

We also offer a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) opportunities for qualified nurses if you wish to undertake further study at post-qualifying and postgraduate level.


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


Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Programme Structure

  • Year 1 focuses on communities (local and national), health and well-being, lifespan and values. 
  • Year 2 enables you to explore specific nursing interventions, working in partnership with patients and their families to meet care outcomes. 
  • Year 3 focuses on care of people with complex health needs, including those who may have numerous problems; this requires health and social care services to be integrated to promote optimal health outcomes. The focus in this year of study is primarily in your designated field of nursing practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Full time: MSC: 2 years full time with AP(E)L (health related degree and health care experience; 3 years full time. PGCert: 1 year full time. Part time: MSC: up to 8 years. PGCert: up to 5 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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).

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home/EU - full time fee: NHS funded
  •  This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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