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Nursing MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

The Nursing course meets the advancing professional needs of nurses wishing to progress in to senior positions within healthcare organisations or higher education institutions worldwide. It also helps you advance current practice, undertake further research or progress to PhD study. Many of our graduates have gone on to teaching and senior clinical and management posts.

Overview

Reasons to study Nursing at DMU:

  • Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments
  • Receive continuous support throughout the duration of the course
  • Study modules that are tailored to your specific career interests
  • Enhance your specialist knowledge and explore topics of current interest in the field including research philosophy and methods, theoretical perspectives on practice, clinical governance and patient safety and communication in intercultural contexts
  • Our experienced practitioner-and research-based academic staff are involved in leading healthcare projects worldwide, ensuring your learning is at the cutting-edge of developments in the sector
  • Inter-professional education means you benefit from learning alongside specialist doctorate and professorial staff and students from around the world - share experiences and learn from colleagues across a diverse range of interests and develop your transferable skills
  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B70076

Duration:
One year full-time or three to six years part-time

Attendance:
Full time: one year starting in September 
Part time: First year - core modules, Wednesday pm
Second year - optional modules Wednesdays pm/variable (depending on choice of module)
Third year - Dissertation

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £6,300
Part-time £6,300
15 credit taught module £525
60 credit dissertation £2,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for International students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B70076

Duration:
One year full-time or three to six years part-time

Attendance:
Full time: one year starting in September

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £12,600

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

Standard entry requirements: 

  • You must hold a professional qualification as a nursing practitioner and most be currently registered with the relevant health care professional body 
  • You should be able to supply two references, giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability
  • Have an honours degree (2:2 or above) awarded by a British University or other equivalent approved degree awarding college/body
  • Submit a summary of approximately 750 words setting out your research proposal in preparation for the dissertation.  This summary should include the purpose of the research and the research methods you might use. This proposal is regarded as an initial outline rather than a summary of the final dissertation.

In exceptional circumstances, consideration may be given to a student who:

  • Hold a professional qualification as a nursing practitioner and is currently registered with the relevant health care professional body 
  • Is able to supply two references, giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability
  • Demonstrate expertise through publication, change management and/or leadership as well as successful study at third level or above through Professional Portfolio
  • A summary of approximately 750 words setting out your research proposal in preparation for the dissertation. This summary should include the purpose of the research and the research methods you might use. This proposal is regarded as an initial outline rather than a summary of the final dissertation.

Entry for international students:

  • Registration as a nurse is not a requirement, but the first diploma / degree must be in nursing or a subject closely allied to nursing
  • Is able to supply two references giving emphasis to academic and clinical ability
  • The equivalent of a UK Bachelors (2:2 or above) in a health related subject from a recognised University
  • If English is not the first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (academic) or equivalent when starting the course is essential. A minimun of 6.5 must be achieved in the bands of listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • Those wishing to “Earn as they Learn” within the local NHS will be required to achieve an IELTS average score of 7.0
  • A summary of approximately 750 words setting out your research proposal in preparation for the dissertation. This summary should include the purpose of the research and the research methods you might use. This proposal is regarded as an initial outline rather than a summary of the final dissertation.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

CORE MODULES ARE:

  • The Essence of Nursing (15 credits) – This module discovers the essential elements of nursing care that are crucial in reducing lengths of stay, adverse events, and litigation leading to nurses having a measurable and significant impact not just on safety, quality, and economic outcomes but also on patient satisfaction and engagement 
  • Nursing Leadership: Exploring your potential (15 credits) - This module explores the theory and practice of effective leadership and management as it applies to leading in diverse contexts  in contemporary healthcare
  • Research Designs for Nursing (30 credits) – This module develops a thorough grounding in both the philosophical and methodological processes of research in preparation for the dissertation module
  • Dissertation (60 credits) - This module allows students to undertake small-scale research projects and to develop recommendations for improving future nursing practice

OPTIONAL MODULES INCLUDE (60 CREDITS TO BE TAKEN):

  • Developing Nursing Skills in Clinical Assessment (30 credits) – This focus of this module is aimed at nurses who wish to enhance their clinical consultation and examination skills.  It aims to develop and raise students’ knowledge on history taking, theoretical knowledge regarding clinical examination of four major body systems and how to formulate a differential diagnoses
  • Integrated Care: The care and management of people with non-communicable diseases (30 credits) –  The aim of the module is to provide the student with the opportunity to examine and critically analyse the appropriate principles, concepts, research and contemporary evidence related to the management of long-term conditions.  Students will learn the variety of long term conditions patients may be affected by: the different approaches employed to support patients and their families; different therapeutic approaches, new medications and lifestyle modifications.  They will also be able to demonstrate an ability to apply their knowledge to the effective management of long-term conditions in the context of global, national and local perspectives
  • Advancing Health and Professional Practice through Independent Study (30 credits) – This module allows the student to explore and analyse an area of health and professional practice with the emphasis on enhancing service delivery
  • Health Promotion and Public Health (30 credits) - This module reviews the development of health promotion/public health and considers underpinning concepts, principles and methodologies. It examines the policy context for health development, protection and promotion and introduces students to leading theoretical frameworks and models for guiding and analysing intervention. Topical case studies are used as a vehicle for the exploration of important themes and debates in the new public health discourse

Teaching and assessment

Our teaching approach is ideally designed for studying at home and in the workplace. Study materials are available online in the DMU virtual learning environment. We suggest you will need to spend about 10-15 hours per week week studying the course material and undertaking assessment.

There is some attendance required at the university for UK-based students:

  • An induction day, as you start the course, to introduce you to the programme team, the study facilities available to you, the course requirements and patterns of study.Two study days per year, where you will have small group tutorials about the assignments, do some further study in groups, and maybe sit a study day assessment, depending on the module

If you choose the independent prescribing option in the diploma stage this is taught partly by face-to-face teaching at DMU over 11 study days and two assessment days.

Assessments include written reports, clinical interventions, CPD cycles, presentation of patient cases and care plans. If students study the Independent Prescribing module, assessments also include OSCEs, oral examination and a reflective journal.

Assesment

This is a modular course and each module is individually assessed. A variety of assessment strategies are used including essays, reports, assessed seminars and a research dissertation.

There is the expectation that you will take responsibility for your learning and will seek support from the academic team as necessary. The philosophy of the course reflects the belief that you will manage your own learning independently with support from the course tutors.

It is also possible to exit with a post graduate certificate or diploma.

You can get more information from the DMU website (PG Courses).

Academic expertise

Staff are also involved in carrying out research of national and international significance. You are also fortunate to benefit from the expertise of staff from the healthcare sectors who contribute to teaching.

 

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

 

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Graduate careers

Supports your career progression in to senior posts within healthcare organisations or higher education institutions worldwide. It also helps you to advance current practice, undertake further research or progress to PhD study.

Many of our graduates have gone into teaching, and senior clinical and management posts.

 

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of the postgraduate open evenings or events that take place all year round. If you can't visit the university in person, you can also sign up for one of our online chats. Find out more.

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De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.

 
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