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International Nursing and Leadership MSc

Creating nursing leaders for a global market; this yearlong Master’s programme is aimed at overseas nurses who have demonstrated a potential for leadership, who wish to study in the UK to develop new skills and knowledge to enhance healthcare in a global market. 


*This course is subject to validation*

Reasons to study International Nursing and Leadership at De Montfort University:

This newly developed programme, with a focus on leadership and global health challenges, has been designed to meet the needs of overseas nurses who have demonstrated excellence in their field and have an aspiration to lead healthcare services in the future.

The topics covered in this programme include research methods for healthcare professionals; leadership in contemporary healthcare; health promotion and public health; leadership in practise and global challenges to healthcare. Studying each of these subjects will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake an independent dissertation, supported by our experienced academic supervisory team, on a topic of the student’s choice related to leadership and nursing. 

  • Enhance your career in the international healthcare industry
    with a course specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage and lead
  • Learn in an environment with over 50 years of nursing experience
    and study in one of the fastest growing international communities in the UK
  • Broaden your understanding of the global challenges facing nursing and nurse leaders
    and develop insights into other healthcare systems
  • Develop invaluable skills 
    that could enhance healthcare services and patient care in your home country
  • Undertake research, supervised by an experienced academic supervisor
  • DMU is a university ranked Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF),
    the only Government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education. [ Office for Students, 2017]
  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [ Office for Students, 2017]
  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding:  For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £14,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

The entry requirements for this programme are:

  • Nursing registration with the Professional Statutory Regulatory Body in the student’s home country;
  • Evidence of recent practice experience (in the last 18 months);
  • A first degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2:2);
  • IELTS 6.5 in all criteria

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements above, but have significant experience and other evidence of ability to study at this level will also be considered.

Work experience: If an applicant has not studied on an academic course within the last 5 years, they may be asked to undertake an academic piece of writing as part of the selection process.

English language requirements: Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be offered support on an English language course prior to commencing the programme.

Interview: Applicants will be required to have a Skype interview as part of the selection process.  

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and learning



Semester 1:

  • Research methods for healthcare professionals: this module will introduce students to all aspects of the research process, with the assessment being a research proposal that they will be encouraged to take forward in semester as the dissertation
  • Leadership in contemporary healthcare: this module focusses on the role of leaders in change management
  • Health promotion and public health: this level-6 module is shared with other students and focusses on health promotion and public health

Semester 2:


  • Leadership in practise: This module will expose students to leaders in healthcare in order to support their theoretical learning, which they will write up as a case study


  • Advancing Health and professional practice through independent Study: In this module students explore an issue relating to health and professional practice as independent study, supported by an academic supervisor
  • Global challenges to healthcare: This module focusses on the challenges facing global healthcare

Semester 3:

  • Dissertation: In this module students will undertake their primary research, supported by an academic supervisor and produce a final dissertation


Teaching and learning

A variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods will be used for this programme. Learning is supported by a strong system of teaching teams and a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Enquiry-based problem solving
  • Independent e-learning
  • Action-Learning sets
  • Individual research supported by an academic supervisor

The university has a policy of Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) and all learning materials will be supported with on-line material. 




A variety of assessments will be used in this programme including a research proposal; assignments; cases studies; presentations; posters; reports and a final dissertation of 20,000 words based on the student research. 





Facilities and features

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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.




We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Opportunities and careers



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 > 


Graduate Careers

Graduates of the MSc International Nursing and Leadership programme will develop the knowledge and skills required to enable them to pursue their future careers in senior positions in healthcare. 

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