Clinical Nursing MSc

Postgraduate (12 months full-time)


January, September

This course is open to international students. If you’re NMC registered and wish to study this course please see the part-time MSc Clinical Nursing.

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Our Masters course is ideal for registered nurses who wish to develop their careers. It explores the challenges facing nursing today as it builds on its essence as a caring profession, while incorporating new technologies, ideas and approaches to healthcare.

Full description


In order to study on our course, you will either be international or employed within local health care trusts. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to 
confront the challenges of healthcare and shape the future of your practice within your locality. Gaining a Masters degree will give you the potential to take your career in alternative directions such as healthcare leadership, research or education.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Applied Leadership & Management
    This module provides an innovative exploration of leadership and management in healthcare, and examines their impact on organisations including wider considerations in the external environment. This module will enable students to assess and analyse the roles that leaders and managers play in a range of organizational contexts; and to apply the principles and techniques of leadership and management in a range of contexts.
  • Major Project
    The Major Project is central to the Masters award and enables you to demonstrate your ability to synthesise learning from previous modules. You will use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This is the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your chosen topic and a critical understanding of research methods and their relationship to knowledge. You will also be in a position to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in your research or professional practice and to expand existing knowledge to contribute to the development of best practice.
  • Research Methodology
    With the increased emphasis on research in contemporary healthcare, it’s essential that people who wish to undertake higher educational courses are conversant with research methodology and the application of theory informing evidence-based practice to their field of interest. The ability to critically analyse and synthesise research is a necessary skill for all who undertake higher education, in order to be able to apply research in all areas of specialist interest in the delivery of effective patient care. This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and synthesis. You’ll also have the opportunity to critically appraise the ethical dimensions of research studies that seek to develop, improve and advance healthcare services.

Optional modules (subject to availability)

  • Advanced Management of Persons with Diabetes across the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Settings
    This module is aimed at all practitioners, especially those with an interest in the management of adults and children with diabetes. It will help you enhance your existing knowledge and skills for delivering evidence-based diabetes care and exercise your higher levels of judgment, discretion and decision making. Key aspects of diabetes care will be explored including the epidemiology, pathophysiology, novel biomarkers and diagnosis criteria of diabetes; main types of diabetes and short-term and long-term complications. You will analyse key standards required to improve diabetes care either in a primary or secondary care setting.
  • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Care
    Explore current issues in mental health from both a national and global perspective. Together we’ll address a number of issues related to mental health and society. The way in which mental illness is portrayed through the media and the impact this can have on interpretations of mental health and mental illness within a given society will be explored. This includes examining how mental health is represented in the news, on social media and within fictional sources including films and literature. The delivery of culturally appropriate health care will also be examined and how the knowledge gained can be applied to current or future practice.
  • Contemporary UK Healthcare Practice
    As a non-UK healthcare practitioner, you will gain an overview of contemporary healthcare practice in the UK. You will be given an overview of the National Health Service, understanding of the role of medical, nursing and allied health professions in the UK and the professional bodies that regulate them. You will explore legal and ethical concepts such as confidentiality, autonomy and advocacy that underpin UK healthcare practice. You will undertake 100 hours of observational practice visits. No direct or indirect patient care will be undertaken on these visits. These visits will be dependent on your areas of interest and negotiated with the course leader. The assessment for this module is a 15-minute seminar presentation and a 3,000-word written critical reflection. If you choose this module you’ll be required to satisfactorily complete a DBS check and occupational health clearance.
  • Enhancing Care for the Adult Patient
    The needs of an individual will change on admission to hospital. In order to assess and interpret the patient’s needs and to provide high quality nursing care, nurses require particular skills and knowledge. This module will enable the student to enhance the skills necessary to assess and plan holistic care in a hospital setting, taking into account the biological disorders, multi-cultural needs and the diverse patient population that the students will be used to caring for in their own areas of clinical practice.
  • Pain Management
    This module will consider the nature of pain, and will focus on the physical, social and psychological theories and issues that underpin the management. The module will introduce key concepts and issues to develop the student’s awareness, knowledge and skills to promote up to date pain management. The role of the individual healthcare practitioner in the management of pain will be explored however there will be emphasis on interprofessional team work. The focus of the module is upon contemporary theory and the main approaches to pain assessment and management including; the medical approach, behaviour change approach, educational approach, client-centred approach. The module will empower students to develop the necessary communication skills. The students will be given the opportunity to use their own experiential understanding within their own local context which will include the choice of speciality in assignment topics. On completion of this module the knowledge and skills acquired are transferable to a number of areas enabling the development of skills, which will promote care of patients with both acute and chronic pain experiences.
  • Palliative and end of life Care - Management of Symptoms in Advanced Disease
    Understand the various causes and management of symptoms and learn how to communicate sensitively about end of life concerns. In order to meet the needs of dying patients, you need to understand the various causes and management of symptoms and also learn how to communicate sensitively about end of life concerns. This enables module enables you to provide high-quality, holistic end of life care, and to know when specialist input is required.
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
    In this module you will study explanations of child abuse and safeguarding children and young people, and critically reflect upon the findings. An examination of personal reflections related to children and young people, and the relevant issues, will also offer professional insight into current policy and procedure. It will enable you to critically evaluate your own knowledge and the skills which underpin your current practice and to take a more proactive and innovative stance when promoting the safeguarding of children and young people.
  • Specialist Mental Health Care
    Develop specialist knowledge on certain mental health skills, interventions and an understanding of the therapeutic milieu. You’ll begin to understand and comprehend various specialised aspects of the ‘craft of caring’ for people with a serious mental illness. You’ll have the opportunity to explore more specific aspects of professional care and it will give you the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of more complex individualised care, helping to improve the quality of care the patient receives. Explore the specialisms of forensics, older people, learning disabilities, carers, child and adolescence mental health care needs, as well as specialist services in community and inpatient. Alongside this you’ll be encouraged to consider an international perspective.
  • Wound Management
    To use ever changing wound healing technologies correctly and cost effectively, you need to be able to make informed decisions about products and care strategies. This module will give you the necessary knowledge to manage wounds on a day to day basis in both primary and secondary care settings. You will explore current wound care issues and develop a sound knowledge of aetiology, physiology & care and management of the individual with tissue viability needs.


To find out more details about the modules including teaching dates and locations please take a look at our Continuing Professional Development course listings page.

Assessments are your chance to show your achievement of learning outcomes, we make sure that we use different methods to adapt to different learning styles. Assessments vary from module to module and will include: essays, online activities, portfolios of evidence of work-based learning, OSCEs, competency frameworks for practice learning, viva voce, unseen examinations and posters. The assessment have been designed to give you freedom to explore your own areas of interest and develop specialist knowledge and skills in your practice. The appointment of a mentor in practice will ensure that you are assessed suitably throughout the whole course.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)


UK students starting 2021/22 (per year)


UK students starting 2021/22 (part-time, per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)


International students starting 2021/22 (per year)


International students starting 2021/22 (part-time, per year)


How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. This information also applies to EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for postgraduate students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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