• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021 and February 2022

Course Overview

If you have already completed the PGDip Nursing (pre-qualifying nursing) and are eager to learn research skills that can be applied in clinical settings, then this course is for you

Our MSc Nursing top-up course allows you to investigate a topic important to you and your work place. We will give you the support you need to complete your dissertation while you work in the field. You will cover the whole research process, from ethics approval to writing your final report, with the guidance of an allocated supervisor.

The project you will complete will be one of the following:

  • an independent piece of research
  • a work-based project
  • systematic literature review
  • audit or service development

Course Details

Our wide range of nursing courses give students the opportunity to specialise in different areas of interest.

Supportive nursing community

We encourage you to share experiences and knowledge with your peer group. You will be part of a strong community of nurses who have the same goal of providing excellent care. The experiences you share are important to help you develop as a nurse.

Our NHS partnerships

As one of the largest providers of student nurses in the North West London area, Bucks has partnerships with a number of local NHS trusts.

We value the relationships between professionals and patients. By the end of the course, you'll share our vision of improving the access to high quality services within the NHS and local communities.

Our Trust partners include:

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

What are the course entry requirements?

Students must have completed a PGDip in Nursing (pre-qualifying) with NMC registration. Students should have 120 credits at Level 6 and 7, where 90 credits are from Level 7. Additionally you must be employed within clinical practice.

If you did not study for your PGDip at Bucks New University, you will need to show evidence of successful completion of a Level 7 research module.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Dissertation


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,450

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Teaching team


What are my career prospects

Achieving your MSc will boost your CV and make you stand out to employers. You are likely to find you have additional opportunities for employment because of your advanced skill set and commitment to your nursing career.

Some students choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Further education allows for further skill development and specialisation.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

The course will improve your critical thinking and problem solving skills through evidence-based practice. Your knowledge will be supported by your experience and you will feel confident in your skills.

You will be able to identify a suitable research topic, evaluate the literature, analyse your findings and reach conclusions. You will also understand how research findings can shape future research or influence practice.

We'll increase your knowledge and develop the way you think. You'll leave the course confident that you are prepared for the next step in your career.

You will be motivated to continue contributing to improving the quality of professional care and support within the UK

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.