Nursing & Midwifery - Advanced Professional & Clinical Practice

This 16 month taught Masters programme nurtures talented and innovative professional practitioners, placing practice at the forefront. The programme is delivered through ten specialist pathways, enabling students from different professional backgrounds to review and update their practice and benefit from shared learning and then contribute to improving the quality and effectiveness of health and social care provision globally.

This programme produces exceptional practitioners who have:
• Skills necessary to promote and enhance innovative and emerging practice
• Intellectual and transferable skills necessary in positions of leadership
• Skills enabling the review and application of contemporary evidence to practice

The programme and pathways will appeal to practitioners working in a wide range of practice areas who are committed to their own personal and professional development. Graduates of this programme move into senior practice roles, management and leadership positions, or progress onto a career in research or education.

The specialist pathways are:
MSc (Critical and Acute Care)
MSc (Cancer Nursing: Supportive and Palliative Care)
MSc (Leadership and Management)
MSc (Mental Health Care)
MSc (Care of Older People)
MSc (Midwifery Care)
MSc (Care of Children & Young People)
MSc (Intellectual Disabilities)
MSc (Practice Education)
MSc (Maternal and Family Health)

Admission to a specialist pathway may require applicants to have current or recent practice experience in the related area. The Programme Co-ordinator will provide individual advice on module choices at enrolment.

The programme is offered on a full-time basis only and combines face-to-face teaching with online delivery.

We work closely with our local Healthcare providers to design bespoke clinical experiences for our Masters students. Each student will undertake 225 hours' clinical experience in a setting relevant to their studies to allow them to develop their ideas to completion. Students undertake clinical placements within regional centres of excellence, and many develop contacts and friendships that continue throughout their careers.

There is an additional fee for placements, this is currently £4000 but may be subject to change for the academic year 2024-25.

Subjects taught

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2023/24). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Year 1
Core Modules
Dissertation (60 credits)
Clinical Practice (0 credits)

Optional Modules
Enabling Inter Professional Practice (20 credits)
Advances in Health Evidence and People with Intellectual Disabilities (20 credits)
Principles of Critical Care in Midwifery (20 credits)
Complexity in Pregnancy: Midwifery Care for Women and their Families (20 credits)
Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
Practice teaching and learning for health and social care professionals (20 credits)
Health Assessment (20 credits)
Contemporary Care Delivery in Intellectual Disability Practice (20 credits)
Theories and principles of practice education (20 credits)
Simulation based education, theory and practice in health care (20 credits)
Nursing Care of Older People (20 credits)
Implementing Continuity of Midwifery Carer (CoMC) for All Women (20 credits)
Mental Health Essentials (20 credits)
Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute/Critical Health Care (20 credits)
Holistic Approach to Cancer Care (20 credits)
Leading in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
Perinatal Mental Health (20 credits)
Perspectives of family centred health & social care (20 credits)
Frailty, Rehabilitation and Enablement (20 credits)
Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
Enhancing care and practice for children with complex health care needs (20 credits)
Successful leading for health and social care professionals (20 credits)
Independent Study Module (20 credits)
Enhanced Person-centred Practice (20 credits)
Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Healthcare (20 credits)
Applied Biomedical Aspects of Cancer Care (20 credits)
Pharmacotherapeutics for Practice (20 credits)
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
Heart Failure Nursing (20 credits)
Cancer Services, Design and Strategic Involvement (20 credits)
Acute Cardiac Nursing (20 credits)
Health and Well-being in Later Life (20 credits)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a professional qualification in Nursing or Midwifery. They shall normally hold a relevant 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants with a 3rd Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) plus level 7 Post Graduate study will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students can elect to join a pathway or remain on the general Master’s programme. Admission to a specialist pathway often requires students to be working or have experience in a related area and may be dependent on viable numbers. Further details on the pathways and any professional prerequisites are available under Course Content on the course webpage here

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for advice.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

Assessment Info

Students must successfully complete six modules including one compulsory research module and a dissertation. The pass mark for all taught modules and the dissertation is 50 per cent. Each module is assessed by coursework (some modules have a written examination). All students must also successfully complete a clinical placement.


16 months (Full-time), 3 years (Part-time)

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
This Masters programme offers an opportunity for students to develop skills of analytical thinking within a clinical context. Alongside this, the programme facilitates the student's continued professional development. Graduates of this programme progress into management and leadership roles, or continue into a research or education capacity.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with our local world-class healthcare providers helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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