International Nursing Studies MSc

Postgraduate (1 year full-time)


January 2017, September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip


If you’re an overseas nurse and want to expand your experience for the benefit of your current role, our MSc will help you achieve your goals.

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Full description
In the future I want to be a nursing expert and improve nursing in my country. This course will help me do that.


Studying alongside colleagues from around the world will have helped you to understand and work with people from different cultures. You’ll return home with improved career prospects, having gained valuable knowledge, skills and attitudes on the course.

Links with industry and professional recognition

Our course and facilities have been designed with NHS input and our teaching staff are recognised as committed, enthusiastic and professional by the NMC.

Work Placements

A fantastic opportunity is now available for our MSc International Nursing Studies students. In addition to an excellent academic experience and our state-of-the-art clinical facilities, there’s a chance to practice with our nursing and healthcare teams (subject to the number of students opting for the module being sufficient).

Located in major hospital centres in Essex and Cambridgeshire you will engage in a six-week (approximately) nursing practice placement in the second or third semester of your course, subject to occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service clearance. We’re offering our international nursing students, not intending to register in the UK, a rare opportunity to observe and experience UK nursing practice as part of our highly skilled nursing, medical and inter-professional care communities.

You can be certain of a warm welcome from our nursing teams who are keen to share their nursing knowledge, as well as learn from your nursing experience. A uniform is provided and travel expenses (public transport) to your clinical placement are covered as part of your course fee. Please note that travel from our campuses to hospital partners will need to factored into your daily arrangements and will be subject to placement location.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Leadership and Management in the Global Context
    This module will provide the students with the knowledge, underpinning evidence and skills, required to enhance clinical nursing practice within their international care settings. As change management is an essential skill to drive practice development forward, students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become effective agents of change. The module will enable students to accept change, responsibilities and develop further the complex skill set which facilitates effective practice development within the international nursing arena.
  • Research Proposal
    This module provides a critical overview of research philosophy and the major methodological and design approaches to research in order to equip you to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of published research, whether in your specialist area or in the health, welfare and social care field.
  • Major Project
    The Major Project, which is central to the Masters award, enables students to demonstrate their ability to synthesise learning from previous modules and use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate: the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism; depth of knowledge which may involve working at current limits of theoretical and/or research understanding; critical understanding of research methods and its relationship to knowledge; awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice; the ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory; the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge to develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development to best practice; the ability to communicate these processes in a clear and sophisticated fashion; the capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. In the course of your studies with us you may generate intellectual property which is defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else. By registering with us on your course you automatically assign any such intellectual property to us unless we agree with the organisation covering the cost of your course that this is retained by them. In consideration of you making this assignment you will be entitled to benefit from a share in any income generated in accordance with our Revenue Sharing Policy in operation at that time. Details of our Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines can be found on My.Anglia under Research, Development and Commercial Services or by contacting this Office for a hard copy.

Optional modules

  • Promoting Normal Childbirth
    This module addresses one of the major national and international concerns about childbirth, the rising rate of intervention, and will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and confidence required to modify this situation. You will be encouraged to develop your existing knowledge and skills by exploring the concept of normality and determining how this might be promoted during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods. Both international and local perspectives will be analysed, enabling you to apply your learning to your particular position whilst deepening your understanding of alternative situations.
  • 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.
  • Advancing Decision Making for Healthcare Professionals
    The aim of this module is to advance your decision making skills through critical reflection particularly in the area of advanced organisational practice. The demands of modern healthcare systems require the development of roles for confident autonomous organisational practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing health sector environment and to play key roles in service development. This is particularly important in advanced organisational practice and you will be encouraged to focus on new or advanced areas of service developments and consider issues such as ethics, legislation and quality assurance. You will need to be able to utilise both strategic and operational decision making skills within an area of advanced organisational development and/or practice and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process, either as an individual or within a team/organisational context.

You will choose two optional modules out of the above list. Modules are subject to change.


You’ll be assessed in a number of ways to challenge your creative and critical thinking. Forms of assessment will include written essays, patient assessment and handover, research proposals, systematic literature reviews and poster presentations.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

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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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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