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Study Mode Distance learning
Year of Entry 2020/21
MSc

Nursing Studies

Distance learning Nursing and midwifery

Specialise, excel and gain an advanced qualification in nursing by topping up your existing qualifications.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £2,750 per stage
International: £2,750 per stage
How long will I study? 20 Months
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • Top up your postgraduate diploma to a full masters degree
  • Study part-time, with flexible start dates and distance learning options, perfect for practising nurses
  • Develop academically with research-based study, and contribute to the development of practice
  • Benefit from workshops, electronic resources and regular meetings with academic supervisors

This course is aimed at registered nurses who wish to specialise and enhance their skills. You'll undertake a rigorous academic programme including an independently researched dissertation project, and top up your existing postgraduate diploma or undergraduate degree to masters level.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Laura Makey talk about this course.

You plan and undertake a challenging 15,000 word study on a subject of your choice, within a framework of independent learning and research. To do this, you'll have access to a wealth of facilities, both electronic and on-campus, as well as the support of academic tutors and workshop sessions. There are no timetabled study days: you can visit campus, meet your tutor and attend workshops at your convenience.

You learn through:

  • independent research
  • regular meetings with academic tutors
  • workshop sessions
  • virtual learning facilities

Course leaders and tutors

Paula Procter
Paula Procter
Professor of Nursing Informatics

There are many aspects to what Paula does: she is a line manager for a group of highly skilled and enthusiastic lecturers and senior lecturers, an active member of t … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

The course involves you completing a 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits) on a subject of your choice, within a framework of independent learning and research. This might be primary research, a systematic/critical literature review or service development.

Initially, you submit a proposal for academic approval. This rigorous formality ensures that your work meets all the criteria for a dissertation. Once approved, you can begin your dissertation and have up to three years to complete it.

Before you can start the dissertation, you need to have completed a postgraduate level research module. If you have not previously studied one, you can take our research methods for practice module (15 credits) and a 45 credit dissertation (12,000 word dissertation).


Future careers

Previous students have reported that taking the course has benefitted them by

  • extending their professional knowledge and expertise
  • enhancing professional-decision-making
  • contributing to evidence based practice
  • encouraging innovation
  • developing leadership skills

You may also wish to progress to doctoral studies.

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning


Learn more about your department

Take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities that enrich student learning in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

Entry requirements

All students

You must hold a degree in any subject and a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing from a pre-registration course along with a registered (NMC) nurse status.

You normally progress directly to the 60 credit dissertation, but we will advise you if you need to take a research methods module prior to the dissertation. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation 45 Credits Credits: 45
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting distance learning study in 2020/21 is £2,750 for a 60 credit stage.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting distance learning study in 2020/21 is £2,750 for each 60 credit stage.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2020

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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