Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice), M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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This exciting and dynamic MSc in Nursing Studies (Clinical Leadership in Practice) is offered as an online distance learning or on-campus course and is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level.


Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice) is open to UK, EU and international nursing professionals who wish to undertake advanced postgraduate study with a premier academic institution that has close links with nationally and internationally recognised clinical settings and expert practitioners.

Why choose this course?

  • One of our students said: "Every module encourages a direct relationship to the student's current / recent practice. The fact that students can choose their own scenarios for some assignments (for example) is a HUGE selling point - the knowledge students gain from this approach is fantastic."
  • Students are encouraged to develop their digital literacy and are therefore introduced to a range of technologies such as Moodle, Skype, real time classrooms, social networking and electronic bibliographic software.
  • Students are given an opportunity to develop their academic research writing with the aim of peer-reviewed publication and we offer students the opportunity to become involved with the patient-centered research that the team undertake. This is particularly within the sphere of e-health.
  • It is delivered by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region as well as colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.
  • 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 inter-professional education and collaborative practice.
  • We offer students opportunities such as the development of teaching skills and we have an established pathway for exceptional students to write for peer-reviewed publication.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Oxford Brookes Department of Clinical Health Care had 98% of research internationally recognized, with 82% of research being world leading or internationally excellent. 90% of impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent, with 80% more 4* and over double the percentage of 3* research compared to 2008.
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-cent red 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.
  • There are a range of university-wide scholarships, and a 10% tuition fee discount for alumni of Oxford Brookes University.

Distance learning

The distance learning course provides exciting opportunities if you are unable to attend university full-time but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment. In addition to accessing our virtual learning environment you will have the use of a range of technologies such as online real-time video and audio communication tools. This means that students can feel supported by a variety of staff including the libraries and learning technologists.

How this course helps you develop

The critical engagement with the academic literature and contemporary debate in the modules that you take will enhance your ability to think analytically and solve problems at an advanced level in your area of work.


This course is aimed at experienced nurses who may be working in any area of the world. The skills and knowledge you will develop will enable you to develop your career further as a nurse leader, nurse researcher or nurse educator.


Programme Structure

This MSc in Nursing Studies is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level, enabling you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. You will develop your practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow you to make effective nursing interventions.

The course covers modules in each of the following:

  • mastering professional practice (compulsory)
  • evidence-based practice (compulsory)
  • health promotion (compulsory)
  • leadership (compulsory)
  • advanced research design (compulsory)
  • dissertation (compulsory for MSc, triple module)
  • infection prevention and control (optional)
  • work-based learning (optional)
  • independent study (optional)
  • creating frameworks for learning (optional)

One optional module would be chosen from the above four to make up the 9 module MSc or 6 module PGDip. For the 3 module PGCert, you would have to do Mastering Professional Practice, Evidence-based Practice and Leadership. In addition, for the PG Dip, you would have to do all the compulsory modules (except the dissertation), plus one optional module.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
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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

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Be a qualified nurse (equivalent to UK registered nurse) with up-to-date and current registration within your country of origin and be employed within current clinical nursing practice. You must have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience either in the UK or in your home country.
  • Normally hold a UK first degree or equivalent overseas degree from a reputable institution.
  • If you do not hold a first degree or equivalent, you will be required to submit an assignment that is negotiated with the course leader and which will be taken into account as part of your application.
  • Have reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection.
  • Be able to supply an academic reference that supports your potential to study at the postgraduate level. This cannot be supplied by an employer unless you work within an educational institution
  • Have good IT skills and be proficient in the use of the internet and online communication.

You can choose to enrol at either the PGCert, PGDip or MSc level. You can enter on the basis of your undergraduate degree and/or previous appropriate knowledge and experience. A framework is available for the Accreditation of Prior (Experience and) Learning (APEL and APCL), which awards credit appropriate to the individual’s background, qualifications and experience.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. We require an IELTS score of 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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