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MSc Nursing - 100% Online

Delivered 100% online and part-time, so you can fit studying around your existing work and family commitments

University of Essex Online


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Study method
Online, self-paced
24 months
Level 7 Master of Science (MSc)
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The demand for skilled nurses is growing worldwide, as are the demands placed on those already within the profession. So for nurses, a commitment to ongoing professional development is essential. This course has been designed to provide you with new knowledge and skills to help you thrive in your existing role as a nurse and enable you to progress your career to senior roles.


Level 7 Master of Science (MSc)
Awarded by University of Essex


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This MSc Nursing will drive you to improve the care you offer patients, as well as your ability to handle sensitive issues in different healthcare contexts. You will also develop management and leadership skills which not only benefit you professionally but also your organisation. At the end of your studies you will have the confidence and ability to take on more senior nursing responsibilities.

Who is this course for?

This degree is designed to develop your specialist knowledge and transferable skills to enable you to progress your nursing career.

You will learn and be assessed wholly online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so no need to travel to assessment centres. This means you can easily and flexibly fit your professional development ambitions around your personal life, and you won’t need to take a career break. Though you will study exclusively online, on successful completion of your MSc Nursing, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus.


At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our MSc Nursing, which take into account both academic and work-based experience.

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Career path

This course will help you to progress from wholly clinical roles to middle and senior management positions within nursing. Potential job titles may include: Ward Manager, Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager, Senior Staff Nurse or Nursing Officer.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.