MSc Nursing (Research) and MSc Health Studies (Research)

Considering a research active career?

The MSc Nursing and MSc Health Studies Research named award is designed to develop health and social care professionals who have the skills and competence to conduct high quality, effective research.

This Masters degree provides a comprehensive introduction to research methods. It will enable students to make informed decisions about appropriate research design and methods and will equip them to carry out a piece of original empirical research.

For those who wish, it will prepare them for further study such as a PhD.


It is delivered entirely online, and is designed for national and international students from a range of health and social care related disciplines (nursing, midwifery, social work, and allied health professions such as physiotherapy, radiography). The programme's distance learning approach allows students to study in their home country whilst engaged in practice.

Students undertake four taught online modules, and a double-weighted dissertation module.

PN50111 Critical Appraisal Skills - semester 1 every year

PN50098 Developing Research and Evaluation Skills - semester 2 every year

A professional module from our portfolio e.g. PN50112 Leadership, PN50132 Practice Development: Independent Study, PN50114 Quality and Clinical Governance, and others.

An option module from our module portfolio.

You will also be required to undertake a double-weighted research dissertation

Core modules must be taken.
All modules are 30 points, except for the Dissertation, which is worth 60 points. NB: All programmes are run subject to minimum numbers of students.

For further information please contact the Academic Lead Dr Andrew Symon or the admin team at