MSc Advanced Nursing (Online)

The MSc Advanced Nursing (Online) is an innovative online programme that offers advanced study for nurses working within a global context to enhance practice at the local level.

Name MSc Advanced Nursing (Online)
Start Date September
Mode of Study 2-6 years part-time intermittent study
Programme Director Colin Chandler

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The programme is part-time, fully online, and has been designed with professionals in mind; the online delivery format and part-time study options allow for nursing professionals to develop knowledge and practice whilst continuing to meet individual life and work demands. 

The programme draws on current theory, practice, research and innovation in nursing, health and social care practice to develop a critical understanding of contemporary health care. All MSc Advanced Nursing students complete a dissertation and an individual literature review/research proposal dissertation students work individually with a member of staff as a supervisor to develop a critical literature review and research proposal on a topic of their choice. 

Why study this programme? 

Studying at a world-class institution the programme will equip nurses to develop advanced specialist knowledge and skills and to enhance skills to be a professional and critically reflective practitioner able to provide evidence-based practice in both a local and international context. 

Join our extraordinary Nursing Community

Nursing offers a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment as it involves caring for and making a positive difference in the lives of others. We are one of the top ten universities in the UK to offer Nursing, and our students' experience is second to none. Find out what it's like to join our close-knit community of international students and staff at the University of Edinburgh.

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Our MSc Advanced Nursing (Online) programme is aimed at nurses who are registered in any branch of the profession to practice in their own country and who want to critically examine the ways that evidence-based research, theory and knowledge can advance nursing in the global context. The programme is suitable for people in various stages of their careers: for nurses who want to study immediately following their undergraduate degree and others who want to return to study at a much more senior stage. Our programme is designed to be relevant to all nurses, regardless of their age and stage. We welcome nurses from the UK and internationally and one of the strengths of our programme is inter-cultural learning.  The programme also provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate research, or to advance their professional career. 

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Flexible Online Learning    

All of the teaching on the MSc is delivered entirely online, allowing for flexible and responsive approaches to learning, assessment and support of our students and to reach a wide range of graduates and nursing professionals from all over the world. The programme uses a variety of online teaching methods, including video lectures, online tutorials, discussion boards, online conferences, and more. The University's full range of online learning resources will be available to students; for example, web conferencing software, e-books and online academic journals.  

Beyond the programme

This programme has been designed to enhance the career development of graduate nurses: the employment prospects for our postgraduate nurses are excellent and opportunities are wide-ranging. 

The majority of students who complete a postgraduate taught degree at the University of Edinburgh go on to practise in their own country as senior nurses, choosing to work in a range of different settings, including education, advanced clinical practice or clinical research. 

In addition, the integration of the health and social care field also offers a range of opportunities for an international career. Several postgraduate students go on to develop their career in global public health, working in health education, patient advocacy, health promotion in the UK and around the world. Some of our postgraduate students have gone on to work for the World Health Organisation and other global governance organisations in policy and advisory roles. 

Further Study Opportunities

The postgraduate degree equips students for leadership role or for further study towards a PhD programme to extend subject specialisms and/or research competency. 

Find out more about our postgraduate Nursing Studies options