Master of Nursing (MNurse)

This is a new four-year integrated master’s degree in nursing, with the option to exit with a BSc (Hons) Nursing. The course will prepare you with the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities for a successful and rewarding career in nursing.

Nursing demands compassion and skill and this course will fully equip you to give exceptional person-centred care. With this degree course you will be able to register with the NMC and practise as a nurse.

Why QMU?

  • Your theoretical learning will be complemented with practice in our Clinical Simulation Suite and in a variety of health and social care settings.
  • Small classes mean you will benefit from individual support from our highly experienced course team.
  • In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, we are ranked in the top 20% of UK universities for Nursing (15th out of 72). 

About the course

As a nurse, you will be at the forefront of healthcare, meeting a broad range of people who truly need your expertise and empathy. Nurses are involved in promoting health and preventing illness in addition to caring for sick and dying people. This can take place in a variety of environments, which include health centres, homes, residential/care homes and hospitals. A career in nursing can take you into leadership and management, education and research, at home and overseas. Wherever you choose to specialise in the future, as a nurse you will be an advocate for the people in your care. You will make a difference.

This course will prepare you to confidently deliver safe, effective and person-centred nursing care. It will offer you the chance to be part of a community of learners, working collaboratively with lecturers, clinical staff, service users and other students on a transformational journey towards registration. You will actively engage in creative and critical ways of working and learning including approaches such as critical inquiry, reflection, contemplation, simulation and practice learning experiences.

Year One: Knowing self and others. This year focuses on the foundations of professional nursing care. You will explore a range of influences on health, professional issues, skills for nursing practice, and the bio-sciences to inform person-centred care. You will focus on the healthy person and healthy communities. Students will start to develop research and academic enquiry skills in Year One and these are embedded throughout the programme.You will begin to learn to meet the needs of people across the lifespan and what the key health challenges may be nationally and internationally. We focus on supporting and facilitating your own self-care, incorporating contemplative learning approaches. Clinical skills learning will prepare you for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings.

Year Two: Knowing self, others and society. You will build on learning from Year One and learn how to plan and evaluate care in a person-centred way. The year focuses on facilitating and supporting health and self-care in persons/family/carers. You will learn how to assess and care for people as they cope and adapt to ill health, combining science subjects with nursing care. Clinical skills learning will prepare you for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings.

Year Three: Knowing how to develop self and others. Year Three concentrates on the care of people with complex needs and increasing dependency in a range of settings. Making person-centred judgements and decisions will be a focus. Leadership skills will be further developed and the promotion of person-centred cultures in care environments. You will explore healthcare governance and research evidence relating to effective, compassionate nursing practice. Further clinical skills learning will prepare you for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings and you will develop knowledge of the integration of health and social care through engagement with the voluntary sector.

Year Four: Focuses on integrating previous learning to enable you to graduate as a registered nurse with advanced skills. There will be completion of a portfolio and development of research themes related to current healthcare priorities to support development of a dissertation/ final project. Final year skills work will involve more advanced assessment and practice learning experiences. This will prepare you for registration and include preparation for prescribing in the future and supervising students when registered.


Students will commence their studies with a view to graduating with a Master of Nursing (MNurse) in four years. There is an option for students to choose a BSc (Hons) route at the end of Year Two and complete the final two years at that level. For both routes, students will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC as a registered adult nurse.

Over the four years you will complete a total of 4,600 hours of theory and practice experience that is split equally. The hours will be the same for the BSc (Hons) and master’s route. The main difference is the credit level of the academic work that will be higher in the master’s to allow for a higher level final qualification.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our aim in developing our new nursing course was to use a range of creative ways of teaching and learning to promote self-development and the skills for interacting with others. You will be facilitated to learn in lectures, seminars, practical laboratories and have practice learning experiences. Outside of timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning through self-study.

We aim to include creative ways of assessment that may involve student choice. Assessments include practical and written exams, assignments and group work.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.


Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.


Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.


Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.




The course content is aligned both to the NMC Standards for Future Nurse Education and to the Person-centred Framework for Nursing (McCormack and McCance, 2019). We therefore focus our learning units on parts of the framework which are: Metaparadigms, Pre-requisites, Care Environment and Person-centred Processes. These themes are developed across the four years and include group learning within a learning set and this is where you will build a personal portfolio of your learning in practice and in university.

Year One

  • Exploring Nursing’s Metaparadigm in a Local Context
  • Pre-Requisites for Person-Centred Practice 1
  • Exploring Care Environments
  • Person-Centred Processes in Nursing 1
  • Active Learning Communities 1

Year Two

  • Analysing Nursing’s Metaparadigm in a Global Context
  • Pre-Requisites for Person-Centred Practice 2
  • Developing Person-Centred Teams and Cultures
  • Person-Centred Processes in Nursing 2
  • Active Learning Communities 2

Year Three

  • Applying Nursing’s Metaparadigm in Person-Centred Contexts
  • Pre-Requisites for Person-Centred Practice 3
  • Developing as a Person-Centred Facilitator and Leader
  • Person-Centred Processes in Nursing 4
  • Plus....BSc (Hons) route: Active Learning Communities 3(Non-Assessed) OR MNurse route: Active Learning Communities 3/ Research Skills for Person-centred Practice

Year Four

BSc (Hons) route:

  • Integrated Person-centred Nursing Practice for Human Flourishing
  • Dissertation/Workplace Project
  • Person-centred Assessment Skills

MNurse route:

  • Integrated Person-centred Nursing Practice for Human Flourishing
  • Master’s Research Dissertation/Project
  • Advancing Person-centred Practice

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.


Practice Learning Experiences provide the opportunity to integrate theory and practice by working directly with people in whichever setting they are. Allocation of placements can be in a variety of settings such as the community area, a hospital or care home. These may be in the Lothians, Borders and Fife. There are placement opportunities in each year of the course. Edinburgh Napier University manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course.

The teams are always looking at widening opportunities for students and we are increasing the variety of available placements all the time. Introduction of third-sector placements and opportunities to work with specialist research nurses are being developed.


Exchange opportunities

There are no specific exchange placements available within the course However, we promote available opportunities to students and these may include Erasmus exchanges for a limited number of students and also volunteering opportunities which can be done in Summer break. 


This course will give you the confidence and expertise you need to succeed in the field of nursing that you choose. Your professional prospects will be excellent. Our graduates are now working in acute medical and surgical areas, oncology, haematology, critical care, research, care of older people and rehabilitation, in the UK and overseas. Many have moved outside the traditional idea of a uniformed nurse in a hospital to forge careers in the community, the forces and postgraduate studies.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBB, Minimum - BBBC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

International: IELTS of 7.0 with no element lower than 7.0

Required subjects: All combinations of qualifications must include a science and discursive subject at Higher or A Level. Science may include Chemistry and Physics as well as Biology or Human Biology. Discursive subjects include English, Philosophy, History, Modern Studies or Religious and Moral Education. You should have Maths and English at Nat 5 (B) if not studied at Higher level.

Mature/Access: Related Access course, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Applicants with Access qualifications must demonstrate a strong academic profile. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant experience and qualifications.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC in Care Practice with A in the graded unit (see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications for details)/ Level 1 Diploma in Higher Education, Nursing Route+

Year Three

  • Level 3 Diploma in Higher Education, Nursing Route+

For details of related HNC and HND courses, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

+This would be dependent on previous placement hours.

Other requirements:

  • You will be offered immunisation against Hepatitis B.
  • A satisfactory criminal records check is required. The NMC requires you to complete a declaration of good health and good character each year.
  • Applicants are required to take part in an interview.

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Professional registration / accreditation

Successful completion leads to eligibility to register (Registered Nurse {Adult}) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council)NMC.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change. 


Course Overview

On campus
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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