Master of Nursing at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

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Course summary

This four-year integrated master’s degree will prepare you with the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities for a successful and rewarding career in nursing. Why QMU?

  • Specialist facilities to enhance your learning: Your theoretical learning will be complemented with practice in our Clinical Simulation Suite and in a variety of health and social care settings.
  • Supportive learning environment: Small classes mean you will benefit from individual support from our highly experienced course team.
  • Creative learning and teaching methods: In our approach to learning and teaching, we use a range of creative ways to promote self, your self-development and skills for interacting with others.
  • Professional recognition and registration: The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Successful completion leads to eligibility to register (Registered Nurse {Adult}) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council) NMC.
  • Ranked highly in the UK: There is 100% overall satisfaction with our Master of Nursing (MNurse)/BSc (Hons) Nursing course (NSS 2023).
The course in brief: 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, both 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. The course content is aligned to both the NMC Standards for Future Nurse Education and 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. 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). On this course you will:
  • Be able to register with the NMC and practise as a nurse.
  • Be able to confidently deliver safe, effective and person-centred nursing care.
  • Become part of a community of learners, working collaboratively with lecturers, clinical staff, service users and other students on a transformational journey towards registration.
  • Actively engage in creative and critical ways of working and learning including approaches such as critical inquiry, reflection, contemplation, simulation and practice learning experiences.
  • Carry out invaluable practice learning experiences (PLEs) that will enrich your learning.
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.


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 3 (BSc (Hons) only) Person-Centred Processes in Nursing 4 (MNurse only) Active Learning Communities 3 (MNurse only) 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

Assessment method

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.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 entry is under review but if available the entry criteria will be as follows: Successful completion of year 1 of Nursing Degree (including evidence of 555 clinical placement hours completed) Level 1 Diploma in Higher Education - Nursing route+ HNC Care and Administrative Practice or Healthcare Practice (with A in graded unit) through West Lothian College or Borders College (including evidence of 555 clinical placement hours completed) International – normally 3 year Nursing Diploma (including evidence of placement hours completed)

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international and EU applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here:

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 7.0 and with no individual component less than 7.0.

QMU English Language Requirements

Student Outcomes

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Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland: full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free. International fees for undergraduate courses within the School of Health Sciences are £15,500. The following courses however are £8,000 for international fee payers: BSc Food Science & Innovation, BSc Nutrition and BSc Public Health. Please note: there are some Health Sciences courses that are not open to international applications. Please check the individual course pages on the QMU website before applying.
Master of Nursing at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS