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MSc Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice)

MSc Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice)*

(Reg. no. 251337)

Programme Overview

The overall aim of this MSc Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice) programme is to enable students in the Nursing sector to gain the knowledge and skills they need to develop and transform themselves, their colleagues and their organisations to respond to an ever changing and challenging working environment.

It is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level, enabling you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. Students will develop their practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow them to make effective nursing interventions. The course addresses fundamental aspects of nursing such as mastering professional practice, health promotion, infection control, leadership, and evidence-based practice.

Programme Schedule

The programme is taught using blended learning with three 6-day intensive schools and one 3-day intensive school during the programme of study. The intensive schools are made up of lectures, group work, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Students are well supported between intensive schools by e-mail tutorials and feedback on an outline and one full draft for each of the assignment. Our teaching team aims to deliver a programme of the highest quality and to use innovative and up-to-date methods for teaching and learning.

In order to avoid conflict with students’ working schedules, the programme provides flexibility to working professionals. Depending on their duty, students can choose to attend either the morning (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) or the evening (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) session on each seminar day.

Module Description**

Advanced Health Promotion

This module will explore practical aspects of health promotion, including how to develop strategic and action plans for health promotion. Students will be introduced to behavioural theory as it relates to changes in health behaviour and lifestyle, as well as looking at the larger social dimensions related to lifestyle. The module will also provide tools for assessing community health needs, planning health promotion activities, using participatory methodologies that engage communities in developing their own healthy lifestyles, while also examining the pitfalls of participatory processes.

Advanced Research Design

This module aims to equip students with skills to find, appraise and utilize research, as well as plan and design a piece of research work. It seeks to prepare students to define a suitable research question and to use this as a basis for identifying appropriate research methodologies for a small-scale research project or dissertation. This module is designed to impart the skills to enable students to plan and outline a rationale for a literature review. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for health and social care practice, and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in health and social care policies and working environments.

Evidence Based Practice

This module aims to explore and critique theories, models and strategies for evidence-based practice, with application to the health and social care setting. Examination of the purposes, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice, with consideration of political and economic dimensions. Consideration of the concepts of decision-making from the practitioner, purchaser, provider and consumer perspectives. Exploration of some available tools for critical-appraisal and the transfer of evidence to professional knowledge. Sharing of the work of experts, researchers and the student group for discussion and critique.

Infection Prevention and Control

This module will enable students to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the complexity of infection prevention and control. It will be applicable to students working in acute, community and mental health sectors. Influential factors such as clinical governance, risk management and change will be included. This will enable practitioners to make informed decisions that are cognisant of the many factors that will influence the outcome.

Leadership in Health and Social Care

This module offers students the opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge, conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective leader within health and social care environments, both in the public and private sector. Through a range of assessment and learning opportunities such as seminar, group work and guided personal study, students will deepen their awareness of key theories and the research evidence on leadership practice and its application at a personal, organisational and inter-organisational level.

Mastering Professional Nursing Practice

This module enables registered nurses to analyse and debate key theories and issues in the advancement of their professional practice. Students will examine developments within their professional field and in relation to their own role, particularly their role when caring for patients from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, students will be supported in the enhancement of self-awareness and personal/professional growth through the use of strategies that include reflective practice and critical thinking. This will enable students to demonstrate how they have mastered (advanced) their nursing practice through the development of their transcultural nursing knowledge.


The Dissertation will involve the students in a piece of investigative research and provides an opportunity to demonstrate the development of their scholarship skills. The students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to focus on a specific research question(s) but also display a wide appreciation of the context of the chosen topic. The research design used will be an in-depth, critical literature review. The investigation should encompass systematic collection and analysis of data and reflect awareness of the implications of the research for practice, theory, education, management and future research. Students are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and receive individual research supervision.

* It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead
** Module offering is subject to change