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Would you like the opportunity to further explore nursing practice and healthcare, whilst developing skills and knowledge in research methods and service improvement?

The MSc Nursing Leadership course will allow you to examine contemporary nursing issues from a leadership perspective. Available to nurses who hold a registration in the UK or another country, this course offers an exciting mix of theory and practical application through the use of enquiry-based learning and workshops where a range of table top exercises and simulation will be utilised to develop your practical skills and knowledge.

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to our leading facilities and dedicated Clinical Skills Centre.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
20 Months Full Time
1 other options available

Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University


September 2019

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This course will allow you to develop a range of specialist skills such as research and analysis, practice development and clinical judgement, in addition to advanced analytical skills to allow you to evaluate current care and services or propose alternative options.

You will study a broad range of subjects including leadership in transformational services, theories and health related evidence, nursing practice and knowledge, research skills and systematic appraisal of published nursing research.

Learning and teaching strategies such as lectures, seminars, experiential learning and problem solving exercises will be utilised throughout your studies, all of which will be assessed via a mix of diagnostic evaluations, case studies, assignments and presentations.

You will also complete a final dissertation under the close guidance of our academic team.

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The MSc Nursing Leadership course is taught by a team of lecturers who boast extensive experience and knowledge of general healthcare and other specialist subjects.

This knowledge is integrated into all aspects of their teaching to ensure that all topics covered within this course are relevant to the workplace and the wider healthcare industry.

They will be there to support you through every step of your course, ensuring you leave with confidence and full understanding of all aspects of this dynamic industry.

The content and teaching methods utilised on this course have been specifically designed to meet the requirements of international students and we have a vast network of support available should English not be your first language.

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This course is based at our Coach Lane campus, which houses our Clinical Skills Centre – a purpose-built facility that will allow you to develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of real hospital situations through a simulated environment.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the industry.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists. Key lectures will also be recorded to allow you to listen again.

If you are an International student you will also have access to the Academic Language Skills (ALS) programmes to help you develop your English language, academic writing and study skills.

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Being part of the MSc Nursing Leadership course will mean you are learning from a team of research-active professionals who are passionate about nursing and their individual areas of specialism.

All of this course’s modules will draw on staff specialisms and expertise, and you will be introduced to research and leadership methodologies to further enhance your knowledge.

Student-led group seminars will be facilitated each semester, with students often deciding on content that they feel to be of value.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

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This course provides both practical and a theoretical module content that reflects the nursing industry’s professional requirements and follow the QAA benchmarks for nurse education.

You will leave equipped and prepared for the changing nature of healthcare from both a national and international perspective. You will also possess the ability to play an active role in the leadership of change.

Northumbria University boasts close links with local NHS Trusts and, although we do not offer clinical placements as part of the programme, every effort is made to ensure that you leave with an in-depth understanding of how the NHS is structured, organised, financed and led.

You will also be actively encouraged to attend local and national events, providing an invaluable opportunity to meet practitioners and experts within the field of healthcare.

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On completion of this course you should possess the ability to lead on future innovative initiatives in the nursing sector, in addition to holding the attributes required to be an educator within your own professional environment.

Further study options are available should you wish to progress your studies to PhD level, and graduates may also wish to pursue careers within teaching or research.

To further enhance your future opportunities we offer ongoing career development support in the form of career guidance, CV advice, portfolio building and interview preparation. This course will also help you to develop your key employability skills.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject.

Registration as a nurse (or a license to practice as a nurse) with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board / health department.

International qualifications 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit  
English Language requirements 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000


There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Application for most courses is direct to the University via our online application form. Simply click on the 'Apply Online' button you will see on each of our course entries.

However, there are some courses where the application method is not directly to the University. These are:


Postgraduate Research
If you wish to apply for postgraduate research then please submit a research enquiry.

Application Deadlines 

Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding. Overseas students should submit applications to us by no later than 31 July for courses starting in early September or 1 December for courses that commence in January. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.

Graduate Teacher Training Courses
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by UCAS Teacher Training by the main application deadline, details of all deadlines can be found on the UTT website.

Law professional courses
For details about the selection and allocation process for the full-time Law Professional courses please see the relevant website. For the Legal Practice Course (LPC)/Common Professional Examination and the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) courses, and for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC and BPTC LLM)

 Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Master of Fine Art (MFA) We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.


Decision Making Process

Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process 

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.


Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051


International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information
The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview 2019/20


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0191 -

Academic Language Skills in Health PG (Nursing) (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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IM0721 -

Leadership In Transformational Services (Core,30 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the application of different styles of leadership, with a particular emphasis on the skills and behaviours required to lead radical and transformational change. The module will introduce you to a wide knowledge base and a range of practical skills to enable them to successfully lead future change in healthcare and other organisations.
You will explore key challenges affecting healthcare leaders which include: organisational culture, performance management, team dynamics and functionality and empowering organisations to develop innovation and creativity in their working practice.
You will enhance and develop your own leadership skill set through the practical application of evidence based contemporary knowledge, encouraging you to critically analyse and appraise the available contemporary literature. You will learn a great deal about yourself as a leader and begin to appreciate both your personal strengths and areas for leadership development, whilst understanding the factors that ensure leadership success.
Your learning will not only prepare you for leading successful change in the workplace, but will enhance your employment opportunities as you progress in your chosen career. You will increase in personal confidence, secure in the knowledge that you understand the influences and leadership characteristics that are required to achieve greater success.

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IM0723 -

Policy and Theory in Practice Development (Core,30 Credits)

This module starts with a practical research workshop that will ensure that you have the required research knowledge and skills to inform your learning on this module and to support subsequent modules on this programme.
You will learn about theories, concepts and policy in health care and how they may be applied to an area of professional practice that is of relevance to you. Areas to be explored will include models of health, changing global priorities in healthcare, an appreciation of economic drivers, and the impact of ethics, gender and diversity on health and healthcare. You will also look at theories of change, as well as models of practice development, and the use of research evidence in practice. You will consider how these might influence and enable you to critically review and change or improve practice in an area selected by you. By working to review an area of practice with which you are familiar, and considering practical plans for change or improvement, you will enhance your critical analytical skills and creativity, potentially enhancing your employability. You will develop and build on your understanding of research methods and develop the knowledge and skills needed to review, lead and evaluate changes in practice. Developing practice needs to be understood in the context of the intended outcomes of change. Planning for evaluation will enable you to further demonstrate critical analysis and project management skills.

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IM0724 -

Nursing Knowledge and Safe Practice (Core,30 Credits)

In this module you will learn about theories and concepts of knowledge, regarding the skills and behaviours required to ensure safe and effective nursing practice. You will consider how knowledge affects and influences professional judgement, clinical reasoning and decision making. You will explore a number of contemporary issues affecting safe clinical practice which include: international healthcare challenges regarding patient safety, recognition of the deteriorating patient, and the various means of addressing these within clinical practice.

You will be introduced to educational simulation and topics discussed during theoretical sessions will be explored further using a simulation technology enhanced learning approach. Your personal strengths and areas for development regarding your professional knowledge base and clinical decision making skills will be explored, whilst considering influencing factors.

You will engage in collaborative learning and working, and will be encouraged to think critically and participate in peer discussion. You will develop skills by working with others, and this will enable you to learn about yourself as a nurse, but also about the context of your own daily practice and different members of the professional team. Clinical simulation will facilitate further development of collaborative working skills.

Your professional development will be enhanced by having raised awareness of global and contemporary health issues and through the critical appraisal of evidence based knowledge, particularly the use of researcher evidence to underpin practice. You are encouraged to consider your own area of professional nursing practice throughout the module and for your summative assessment particularly you need to identify where there are gaps in the current knowledge base on the subject you have chosen. You will therefore further develop skills with literature searching, retrieving information and with critical appraisal, as well as developing critical analysis and writing skills in relation to your professional field.

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IM0726 -

Research Methods for Nursing Practice (Core,30 Credits)

This module will start with a full day research workshop that will enable those who have had minimal research tuition to have a broad understanding of the basic research principles upon which to build upon for the remainder of the module. For those with previous research instruction, the workshop will serve as a reminder (scaffolding) about the basic research tenants. Students with research experience will be encouraged to support those with less research awareness within a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

On this interactive module you will appreciate the knowledge and skills needed to undertake research. You will learn about research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing healthcare practices and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise research quality. You will gain specific skills in research proposal writing.

Specifically on this module you will learn about:
*Qualitative and Quantitative research
*Research methods, including experimental design, surveys, observational methods, mixed methodological approaches, Narrative approaches, interviews, focus groups.
*Data collection and data analysis
*Research Governance
*Research ethics

By the end of the module you will be able to prepare a research proposal on a topic of interest to yourself and of value to your professional practice.

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IM0720 -

Dissertation: Systematic Appraisal of Published Nursing Research (Core,60 Credits)

This research rich module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. You will be invited to identify a topic with which you are familiar, and in which you believe there may be scope for development or change. Through technology enriched learning you will learn about your role as a researcher and how you can make effective and systematic use of published research to inform your nursing practice and / or policy.

Through the process of a systematic appraisal (a small scale systematic review) of evidence based published research you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills, including skills of analysis and synthesis. Your systematic appraisal will address research questions which arise from your specific nursing practice/field of expertise. For example these questions might address:

• Effectiveness of single/definable interventions in order to state and recommend best nursing practice/provide evidence based guidelines for nursing practice.
• Evaluation of appropriateness/acceptability/process/outcomes of complex human services in order to improve/develop/inform nursing practice.
• The service user experience of nursing practice.
• Relationships between nurses and service users.
• Theoretical and ideological issues of relevance to nursing practice and / or policy.

The published work you include in the systematic appraisal may be either entirely quantitative, entirely qualitative or mixed method. You will critically examine the philosophical perspective of both the research question and the systematic appraisal methodology. You will work within the appropriate research governance and ethical guidelines for your professional discipline.

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