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MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate Nursing (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)

Entry Year:
Developed for registered nurses, this course will enable you to study at an advanced level and lay the foundations for a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018
and January 2019

Academic year dates


Full-time MSc: one year
Part-time MSc: two years
Postgraduate Diploma: one to two years
Postgraduate Certificate: one year


Full-time: £8,000 *

Part-time: £4,000 per year *


Full-time: £16,000 *

Part-time: £8,000 per year *

Application period

Until August for October start. Early December for January start. You may apply for this programme at any time.


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Who is it for?

The course is for all graduates who are registered nurses. It will provide you with the opportunity to study complex issues in a supportive and multi-professional environment. Guided by academics who are also expert clinicians, you will learn how to critique and apply research, and grow your leadership skills, while keeping your client and their family the central focus in all that you do.


This flexible, professionally orientated programme will help you:

  • Prepare for a research-focused profession that will help revolutionse health provision to better meet society’s changing health needs.
  • Develop the skills you need to be an autonomous professional leader.
  • Understand how to use new technologies and innovative, creative practices.
  • Choose from a wide range of optional modules to meet your goals.
  • Apply new, efficient and ethical ways of working that will offer better quality nursing by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making.
  • Understand how to respond to the increasing pressures on the current healthcare system.
  • Take part in debates around nursing provision in multi-professional contexts.
  • Recognise the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to nursing.
  • Develop your research skills and critical thinking and conduct your own research under expert supervision.


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Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you need to hold a Bachelor’s degree with lower second-class honours or above.

If you do not have a first degree, your application will still be considered, however, you will be required to successfully complete a degree-level module in biological sciences.

You will also require an NMC registration or the equivalent from another country.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, in addition to the listed entry requirements you will also need IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6:5 in all components.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI’s list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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City offers excellent, realistic facilities to rehearse your caring skills.
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More about fees

MSc (1 year full time, 2 years part time)

  • Home/EU full-time 2018/19: £8,000 per year
  • Home/EU part-time 2018/19: £4,000 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) full-time 2018/19: £16,000
  • Non EU (overseas) part-time 2018/19: £8,000

PG Diploma (1 year full time, 2 years part time)

  • Home/EU full-time 2018/19: £7,500 per year
  • Home/EU part-time 2018/19: £3,750 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) full-time 2018/19: £15,000 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) part-time 2018/19: £7,500 per year

PG Certificate (1 year part time)

  • Home/EU part-time 2018/19: £4,000 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) part-time 2018/19: £8,000 per year

* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is:

  • Full time: One year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).
  • Part time: Two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is:

  • Full time: One year's taught programme for full-time students.
  • Part time: Two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is:

  • Part time: One year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis. The maximum period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is two years.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Financial assistance

Some employers are willing to provide financial assistance for part of, or even the entire, programme. Speak with your Trust regarding funding support.

Students are invited to apply for the School of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, worth £2,500. The Scholarship is awarded to students who show academic and/or clinical excellence in their application.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval. For further details visit the City Finance website .


School of Health Sciences scholarships and bursaries

At the School of Health Sciences, we believe that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships and bursaries available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

To find out more, visit the School of Health Sciences Postgraduate funding page.

Learn more about the course

School of Health Sciences - Excellence in Clinical Skills and Research

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers you excellent clinical training facilities.

You will have access to a simulated six-bedded high-dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including:

  • Piped oxygen
  • Call bells
  • Medicines and emergency equipment.

In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.


We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught by experienced academic staff from the School of Health Sciences, supported by clinical colleagues. Most of the modules are worth 15 credits (or 1/8 of the total programme). However, some modules are worth 30 credits.

A range of teaching and learning strategies are used, depending upon the nature of the material. These will include lectures and small group tutorials, group work, simulated practice and visits.


The assessments are equally as varied, and will include course work, online projects, invigilated examination and practical examination.

Your dissertation is worth 60 credits (1\3 of the entire programme) and is a piece of research undertaken with the supervision of an academic member of staff with a special interest in your topic. They are appointed by the programme director or the module leader.


The exact sequence of modules is negotiable, and will depend upon your availability to study (in the case of part-time students), your electives and the occurrence of the modules.

Core modules

In the first year, you are advised to undertake the following core compulsory modules:

  • APM001 Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice (15 credits) during PRD1
  • HRM001 Introduction to Research Methods & Data Analysis (30 credits) during PRD1 or PRD2

There are also discipline-specific modules, which are:

  • APM022 Pathophysiological Approaches to Advanced Practice (15 credits) normally taken in PRD1 of the first or second year.
  • NMM024 Medicines Management (15 credits) normally taken in PRD2 of the first or second year.

Each of the discipline-specific modules involves one day a week at City, University of London for five to seven weeks, plus an additional 100-120 hours private study.

The dissertation module represents the pinnacle of your scholarly achievements, and is usually undertaken last (60 credits).

Elective modules

You may select up to three elective modules, and undertake them in any sequence that is compatible with the timetable.

Example electives may include:

  • NMM400 Child Protection: Working Together Risk & Resilience (15 credits).
  • NMM053 Diabetes (15 credits).
  • NM011 Diabetes Care (15 credits).
  • NMM048 Asthma and COPD (15 credits).
  • APM028 Intensive Care (15 credits).
  • APM003 Psychology for Health & Social Care (15 credits).
  • APM014 Balancing Risk and Safety (15 credits).
  • APM004 Assessing & Understanding Mental Health Problems (15 credits).
  • NMM109 Leading & Facilitating Learning in Practice (15 credits).
  • HRM004 Developing Complex Interventions (15 credits).
  • APM017 Engaging Technology (15 credits).
  • APM028 Intensive Care Core Skills (15 credits).
  • APM029 Intensive Care Role Development (15 credits).

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Nursing is a varied profession, and includes multiple exciting career opportunities. Holding this higher degree will enhance your career opportunities in leadership and management positions and as a teacher or clinical specialist, or in research.

Health trusts are increasingly asking for nurses to hold a higher degree for posts that are autonomous and have a great influence over the health and quality of life of many people, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.

This course will equip you with the analytical and scholarly attributes you will need to make the most of the opportunities available to you, and to deliver excellent, evidence-based care to your clients.

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