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University of Sunderland

100% online MSc Nursing Studies

Equip yourself for transformational leadership in senior nursing roles with a university ranked top 5 in the UK for Nursing courses*.

Apply By 28 December 2021
To Start 11 January 2022
  • 180 Credits
  • 2 years part-time
  • £7,200 total fees
  • Top 5 in UK for Nursing courses*

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online MSc within 24 months
  2. Top 5 in UK for Nursing courses*
  3. Nursing courses ranked 1st overall and 1st for employability**
  4. 5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
  5. More than 50% of Nursing research rated ‘world leading’ or of ‘international importance’***
  6. Ranked 9th in UK for international****
  7. £7,200 total fees, option to pay £600 per module
*Guardian University rankings 2018
**UK Engagement Survey 2018
***Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
****WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019

A flexible online master's designed for a global audience of leaders and aspiring leaders in Nursing and healthcare

In its career progression tips, the Royal College of Nursing emphasises the value of Nursing MSc degrees and the importance of building your professional network.

The 100% online MSc Nursing Studies from the University of Sunderland has been designed to equip registered nurses in the UK and across the world with the knowledge, skills and network to succeed in senior nursing, midwifery and healthcare roles and to advance to higher pay bands, or develop greater depth and understanding within their current roles and scope of practice.

This is a master’s degree that builds on your current experience to further develop your knowledge, skills and capacity in the four pillars of advanced practice (as defined by Health Education England) – education, research, clinical practice and leadership – through a combination of studying key theories, approaches and the available evidence base, using case-based analysis and critical appraisal skills.

The content of the course is aligned to the four pillars of advanced practice outlined by Health Education England (HEE) and the multi- professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England.

Learn from skilled professionals recognised for excellence in teaching and research

Whilst studying the MSc Nursing Studies at the University of Sunderland, everything that you learn will be directly related to the needs of the NHS and other healthcare employers.

You’ll be taught by a team of experienced and highly-skilled professionals who each have at least one specialist area of both clinical and teaching expertise. The team are experts in patient-centred care and have a unique relationship with our Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) group who take part in a variety of activities to support learning.

The academic team are also actively involved in healthcare research and consultancy work, and this is reflected in our faculty research credentials, with over half of the nursing faculty research at the University of Sunderland rated ‘world leading’ or of ‘international importance’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework. The University of Sunderland teaching accolades include being rated 5 stars out of 5 for teaching by QS in 2019. Our firm belief is that it is precisely this specialist teaching and research excellence that has led to the University of Sunderland being ranked in the top 5 in the UK for Nursing courses (Guardian University rankings 2018).

What will you study?

Studying for the MSc Nursing Studies, you will learn how to critically evaluate current research and advance scholarship that is specifically related to nursing and healthcare, including teaching and learning, leadership and service or practice development and improvement.

This master’s course allows you to specialise in a field of interest and develops your skills of self-direction, problem solving, decision making and originality in complex and unpredictable situations. You will learn how to autonomously plan and implement tasks and continue to advance your knowledge and understanding of advanced nursing and innovation in healthcare, developing new skills to a high level.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • Leadership and management in a healthcare context
  • Quality improvement, innovation and change management
  • Health inequalities and determinants of health
  • Digital literacy in healthcare
  • Supporting diversity
  • Strategic approaches in global health and care policy
  • Workforce development and maximising workforce potential
  • Patient carer and public involvement concepts and policies
  • Innovation in healthcare

A flexible online master's course designed to fit around the busy lives of healthcare practitioners around the world

The reason that the online MSc Nursing Studies is so ideally suited to ambitious individuals in healthcare is because the bespoke flexible design of the programme enables you to access academic content on demand, at whenever is convenient for you. It can be studied around work and family commitments and has been designed to fit around the challenging schedules of healthcare professionals.

This enables you to continue in your current role and apply the knowledge and skills that you develop in real time, earning whilst you learn rather than putting your career on hold.

Within a carefully tailored and collaborative online learning environment you will join a vibrant community of nursing and healthcare leaders and aspiring leaders from across the world. This provides you with a highly effective route to making key contacts and expanding your global professional network, potentially a key contributor to unlocking career progression. You will interact with PCPI members and fellow students via discussion boards, forums and group learning activities, representing opportunities to learn from the experiences of nurses from diverse backgrounds.

From the moment you enrol to the moment you graduate, you will be supported by a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will be tasked with the sole aim of helping you to succeed in your studies.

A university with a global outlook and a culture of collaborative learning and diversity of thought

Our diversity credentials and global outlook are underlined by the fact that we have nearly 6,000 international students studying with the University of Sunderland. We’re immensely proud of our campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, as well as our many global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. Our teaching and learning philosophy is based on encouraging diverse learner cohorts of professionals to collaborate within a bespoke learning environment, benefiting from different cultures and perspectives. It is clear to us that this provides students with a broader set of insights and leads to a richer and more meaningful learning experience.

We believe that this culture and outlook were key reasons that we were voted in the top 10 in the UK for international (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019) by our students.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • Registered with NMC or equivalent
And have
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate honours degree or UK master’s degree in nursing or a health-related discipline (or international equivalent)
  • A third-class or UK ordinary degree with 18 months of relevant work experience

This programme does not lead to NMC qualification or to qualification as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

English language requirements
  • NMC registration is accepted as proof of English language ability.


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £600.