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The Master's in Nursing is a challenging postgraduate qualification for Nurses (all fields), Midwives or Health Visitors.


The Masters in Nursing is a challenging Post Graduate qualification for Nurses (all fields), Midwives or Health Visiotrs. This course will assist the student develop professionally and personally and engage with evidence completing a large project which typically takes a full year to completed, September to September.

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About this course

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This course builds upon the learning and development of the PG Cert. and PG Dip. The student will undertake the Masters Project aided by a supervisor. They will develop knowledge, skills ands values to allow the stduent to succesfully complete an indepth study which will be presented in either a 20,000 word dissertation or by a paper for publication and a 5,000 word literature review.


The Masters Procect is a dissertation module and as such there are no face to face classes but there are regular supervisions sessions between student and supervisor, these will be arranged between supervisor and supervisee and take place throughout the year long period the project will run over.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Person-centered Practice

Year: 1

This module focuses on person-centred nursing as a form of practice that holds central the personhood of everyone involved in health and social care ? staff, service users and care partners. This module focuses on how person-centred concepts and theories are applied in nursing, public health and palliative care contexts. The module will be underpinned by the Person-centred nursing Framework of McCormack & McCance (2010), a theoretical framework that will enhance understanding of person-centredness and its translation into practice.

Leadership in Professional Practice

Year: 1

This module will develop the capacity to critically engage with theories of leadership and to apply this knowledge to leadership in healthcare practice. It will encourage the development of effective leadership strategies, based on best evidence to meet the challenges faced by healthcare professionals and promote the development of cultures of compassionate leadership. Assessment is by presentation, discourse and coursework

Advanced Nursing Practice in Primary Care 1

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 7 module provides an opportunity for students to develop an in-depth understanding of the role of the advanced nurse practitioner in primary care. Students will develop an enhanced knowledge of applied pathophysiology and use this as a basis for the assessment, planning, management and evaluation of whole care episodes for people in primary care. During this module, students will concurrently undertake clinical practice under the guidance of a clinical practice supervisor. Assessment is by coursework and examination.

Professional Decision Making and Accountability

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module develops students? understanding of the major components and complexities of professional decision making and accountability and the central role this plays in the design, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective compassionate care for people within services in hospital and community settings. Within the module. students will critically analyse the relationships between professional decision-making, accountability, governance and patient safety within an interdisciplinary context. Assessment is by coursework.

Therapeutic Communication Skills for Health and Social Care Professionals

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will develop the capacity to critically engage with theories of communication and to apply this knowledge to the development of advanced communication skills within health and social care practice. It will encourage the development of evidence-based communication strategies to promote compassionate person-centred care. Assessment is by 100% coursework.

Independent study module

Year: 1

This module is optional

This postgraduate module enables students within a specialist area to build on the more general specialist modules already completed and to develop their knowledge within a more focused area of professional practice. Students work independently with the guidance of an academic tutor and prepare written work for discussion at each meeting with their tutor. Assessment by coursework.

Advanced Nursing Practice in Children's Nursing 1

Year: 1

This module is optional

The term ?children? includes all children aged birth to 18 years of age
This module recognises that Children?s Advanced Nurse Practitioners (Children?s ANPs) need in-depth knowledge and understanding of physiological principles if they are to provide safe, effective contemporary care at an advanced level commensurate with the domains and Competencies of Advanced Nurse Practitioner practice. The module will therefore use an integrated concept-based approach to enable students to learn about physiological principles such as maintenance of homeostasis, and the ?normal? human response to internal and external variables. This is a core module for the Children?s ANP programme.

Assessment and Diagnostics in Advanced Nursing Practice in Emergency Care

Year: 1

This module is optional

This is the first clinical specialist module for the Advanced Nursing Practice in Emergency Care student, and the focus is on the assessment, clinical examination, and diagnostic investigations of patients presenting with a range of acute illness and injury presentations across the age and acuity spectrum. Assessment is by coursework, examination, and Objective Structured Clinical Examination.

Year two

Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module will develop the capacity and capability of professionals to use demographic statistics and epidemiological data and analysis to improve public health. Through the assessment framework students are enabled to apply their learning to specific chronic diseases within population groups.

Advanced Nursing Practice in Primary Care 2

Year: 2

This module is optional

In this Level 7 module students will further enhance their knowledge and skills to facilitate autonomous advanced nursing practice in primary care. The module will follow a systems based approach underpinned by the principles of person-centred practice. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to manage clinical complexity in order to provide safe and effective care. During this module, students will concurrently undertake clinical practice under the guidance of a clinical practice supervisor. Assessment is by OSCE and examination.

Advanced Nursing Practice in Children's Nursing 2

Year: 2

This module is optional

This is the second pathway module which introduces students to the practice of advanced health assessment. The module aims to broaden and deepen students? knowledge of life sciences, in the application of anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. The core content is integrated with, and explicitly linked to, clinical practice. Clinical scenarios will reflect the reality of a child?s presentation. An integral part of this module is facilitated advanced clinical decision-making skills. On successful completion of this module the practitioner will have the ability to undertake an advanced assessment of an infant, child or young person, discriminating the normal from the abnormal.

*The term ?children? includes all children aged birth to 18 years of age

Advanced Methods in Research and Development in Health and Social Care

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module builds upon previous study of research methods and enables students to develop and apply theoretical and scientific knowledge and problem solving skills, extending their understanding of the philosophical and practical aspects of research, service evaluation and practice development. In particular, it examines quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs for collecting, recording, analysing and interpreting data with the ultimate goal of further developing their research and development skills.

Scientific Knowledge

Year: 2

This module is optional

Scientific theories and research methods have a series of interconnecting ideas that underpin them. It is important to have knowledge of this in order to make coherent choices about research designs. This module serves as an introduction to the subjects that make up these frameworks. Along with this there is a long tradition of considering the role theory plays in the development of knowledge in the professions and the subsequent impact this has on decision making. This module will help students uncover the theoretical base of their profession?s knowledge.
Assessment is by presentation, discourse and coursework.

Management of Patients in Advanced Nursing Practice in Emergency Care

Year: 2

This module is optional

This is the second clinical specialist module for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Care student, and the focus is on the monitoring and management, and appropriate referral, of patients presenting with a range of acute illness and injury presentations across the age and acuity spectrum. Assessment is by coursework, examination, and presentation.

Advanced Nursing Practice Portfolio

Year: 2

This module is optional

The Advanced Nursing Practice programme at Ulster University requires students to complete a 258 day period of practice learning where they work under the supervision of a Clinical Practice Supervisor from the clinical area and a Pathway Leader who is a member of staff at the university. This practice learning component of the programme runs alongside the theoretical component allowing students to develop, practise and consolidate their clinical skills. During this module, students will demonstrate an advanced level of practice, knowledge and decision-making that is commensurate with the advanced nursing practice role and reflects the requirements of the Advanced Nursing Practice Framework as set out by the DHSSPSNI (2014). Course regulations state that the academic award of MSc Nursing ? Advanced Nursing Practice is wholly dependent on the completion of this ANP portfolio.

DHSSPSNI (2014) Advanced Nursing Practice Framework: Supporting Advanced Nursing Practice in Health and Social Care Trusts. Belfast: NIPEC.

Year three

MSc research project

Year: 3

This module is optional

This is a required component of a programme leading to a MSc. The student completes, under supervision, a research proposal with successful submission to appropriate ethics committee/s and completes a research project which makes a contribution to the knowledge base for professional practice. This is assessed by coursework.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

A qualified Nurse, typically with a Degree and completion of application form. For those who do not have English as a first language they will need to have IELTs at 6.5 with no band score less than 6.5 (or equivalent).

Students will typically already hold a Degree, and are already a qualified Nurse, Midwife or Health Visitor.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band score less than 6.5.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching, learning and assessment take a variety of forms across the suite of modules. The strategies used are based on principles of adult learning such as self-direction and a capacity to draw upon experience.

The course assumes that students have experience in practice or are currently situated in practice and thus uses teaching, learning and assessment practices that foster student engagement. The rationale behind this is based upon andragogical principles and respects students as individuals and professionals. Teaching strategies are selected by the nature of the intended learning outcomes. The learning experience is designed to encourage students to become active and motivated learners, who can seek information, question and analyse its validity and draw appropriate and logical conclusions. Students are encouraged to make connections between theoretical content and professional experiences thus facilitating an ability to move from understanding practice and applying skills taught to questioning and critiquing practice and proposing possible research or innovation that would contribute to developments or enhancements in practice. This serves to help students understand the symbiotic link between theory and practice. Teaching methods on the course include:

  • Lectures that provide students with the necessary knowledge base to develop their insight into practice and thus inform skill development. Lectures also provide an excellent opportunity for experts to be invited in to teach students about current practice and developments in their field
  • Seminars are encouraged that enable students to take responsibility for leading discussions on practice based issues and reviewing the current literature in their field
  • Tutorial sessions enable small group work to be carried out that facilitates a specific focus
  • Small group working is encouraged throughout the course to enable students to engage with problem based learning
  • Creativity is encouraged to enable students to develop a flexibility of approach

Student performance and progression in modules are assessed through coursework Assessment methods in the course are designed to measure the student’s achievement of the intended learning outcomes. On-going formative assessment that has a significant diagnostic function occurs throughout where students are encouraged to discuss their progress and actively plan to address identified learning needs. Formative assessments in all modules are compulsory.

Assessment has been constructively aligned to the learning outcomes of each of the modules and all contain a combination of formative and summative assessment. Modules have a coursework element designed to test knowledge and understanding, integrate and apply information, and encourage the development of skills. Assessments include essays, presentations and literature reviews.

Exemptions and transferability

There are no expemptions from the Masters Project.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

It is felt the Masters in Nursing will assist any graduate with their career.

Work placement / study abroad

It is assumed that students are in employment. No work placement or study abroad is required in this course.

Academic profile

All staff contributing to the programme hold or are working towards a teaching qualification.

  • The School has achieved “earned autonomy” from monitoring exercises carried out by Mott MacDonald on behalf of the NMC
  • The School has an active Educational and Professional Issues Research Group which links with the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP, formally Centre for Higher Education Practice CHEP)
  • Several members of staff have received funding from CHEP/CHERP to undertake projects designed to develop and enhance teaching, learning, assessment and feedback strategies within the School and Faculty
  • The School encourages all staff to seek accreditation with the Higher Education Academy
  • Members of the teaching staff have been included in the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF2014) submission
  • Many of the teaching staff are full or associate members of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research
  • Teaching is informed by the research activities of staff


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty administrative contact regarding admissions and application process:

Karen McCarroll

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8983


Course Director: Mr Iain McGowan

T: +44 (0)28 7176 5231