Short Courses & Professional Development

Undertaking further education to continue professional development can help with:

  • Your career progression
  • Maintain your professional registration
  • Your revalidation requirements
  • Keeping pace with the rapidly changing health and social care needs of the 21st century
  • Prepare you for further study
  • Reintroduce you to academic study

We offer a range of innovative, professional education programmes and short courses which include a suite of contemporary based modules which can be taken as standalone modules.

Most of our modules/ short courses can be taken for academic credit which can contribute to a University award if you decide to continue your studies. If you are interested in obtaining a University award please ensure you explore all of our options or contact our programme leads listed below.

I have a nursing degree and United Kingdom NMC registration

BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Nursing

BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Nursing is a professional 'top-up' degree programme for qualified nurses who are already graduates and wish or need to gain an honours degree for career development or access to a relevant masters-level programme. To be eligible for the honours degree award, nurses who are registered with the NMC need to gain an additional 120 points of academic credit. It is also possible for Students to count points gained in the previous 4 years through appropriate GCU modules.

Students can choose from a catalogue of modules to develop an individual pathway to final award; however the 40-point Honours Dissertation is a compulsory requirement of the honours degree. Academic support and guidance is provided by the programme leader to help students identify appropriate modules. Modules normally cost £330 per 20 points; although there is a range of modules where individual fees apply.

Most students will normally take 3 modules per year in two years of part-time study. However it is possible for studies to be completed over a 4yrs period where personal / professional circumstances dictate. The programme has start dates in September and January each year.

Students undertaking a minimum of 30 points of part-time study in any academic year (Sep-Aug) who earn less than £25,000 per year may also be eligible for assistance with course fees via the SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant, which equates to approximately 90% of the total fees.

There are two entry points for the course: September and January.

MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice

The MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice recognises the ever-changing complexity of care and offers a range of flexible and elective study options, which are educationally responsive to changing direction of UK policy. Contributing staff on the MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice programme are active in leading research and policy development in collaboration with groups such as; Health Protection Scotland; The Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Institute; Association of Advanced Practice Educators (AAPEUK).

Students can choose from a catalogue of modules specific to programme or from our MSc Advanced Practice framework to develop an individual pathway to final award; which includes PgCert (60 credits), PgD (120 credits) or the full Master degree (180 credits).  

However the core module MMB723191 Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice must be undertaken as part of the PgD and alongside the Dissertation module for a full MSc. Academic support and guidance is provided by the programme leader Evelyn.McElhinney@gcu.ac.uk to help students identify appropriate modules which take into consideration their professional and academic ambitions. Modules normally cost:

  • Postgraduate 15 M Credits. Home £450. International £1000
  • Postgraduate 30 M Credits. Home £900. International £2000
  • Masters Dissertation. Home £1250. International £4000

Most students will normally take 1 module per Semester if part time (15 or 30 credits) and 2 -3 modules (60 credits) per semester if full time to complete in 1 year (over Semester A, B, C). However it is possible for studies to be completed over a 5yr period if part time where personal / professional circumstances dictate. The programme has start dates in September and January each year.

If you are alumni of Glasgow Caledonian you should be eligible for a 20% discount please ensure you make this clear on your application. 

I have a nursing degree and my registration is from another country

BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Nursing

BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Nursing is a professional 'top-up' degree programme for qualified nurses who are already graduates and wish or need to gain an honours degree for career development or access to a relevant masters-level programme. To be eligible for the honours degree award, nurses who are registered or licensed with the regulatory body in their home country need to gain an additional 120 points of academic credit. It is also possible for Students to count points gained in the previous 4 years through appropriate GCU modules.

Students can choose from a catalogue of modules to develop an individual pathway to final award; however the 40-point Honours Dissertation is a compulsory requirement of the honours degree. Academic support and guidance is provided by the programme leader to help students identify appropriate modules.

Students will normally take 4 modules and the Honours Dissertation in one year of full-time study. Normal international student fees apply (please see GCU website). The programme has start dates in September and January each year.

There are two entry points for the course: September this year; and January 2017.

Applicants should submit a completed application form for whichever of these is appropriate to undergraduate@gcu.ac.uk  at their earliest convenience. There is no need to indicate module choices at this stage.

MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice

If you on a nursing register and have an ordinary degree outside the UK you can apply to the programme and your application will be reviewed by the admissions team. You will be required to state why you believe you are capable of working at Masters level and you may be asked to provide an enhanced CV which demonstrates the clinical experience that you consider prepares you for Masters level study. The admissions team will also review your nursing qualification and degree for equivalency to our BSc programme.

If you have an honours degree you will fulfil that aspect of our entry criteria and your application will be reviewed to ensure you fulfil the rest of our criteria, for example ILTs score of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 on any category. View fees information.

I am a registered nurse with United Kingdom NMC registration but no degree

BSc Professional Studies in Nursing

BSc Professional Studies in Nursing is a professional 'top-up' degree programme for qualified nurses who wish or need to gain a degree or honours degree. To be eligible for the degree award, nurses who are registered with the NMC need to gain a maximum of 60 points of academic credit (normally 3 modules). It is also possible for Students to count points gained in the previous 6 years through appropriate GCU modules.

Students can choose from a catalogue of modules to develop an individual pathway to final award. Academic support and guidance is provided by the programme leader to help students identify appropriate modules. Modules normally cost £330 per 20 points; although there is a range of modules where individual fees apply.

Most students will normally take 3 modules in one year on a part-time basis. However it is possible for studies to be completed over a 4yrs period where personal / professional circumstances dictate. The programme has start dates in September and January each year.

Students undertaking a minimum of 30 points of part-time study in any academic year (Sep-Aug) who earn less than £25,000 per year may also be eligible for assistance with course fees via the SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant, which equates to approximately 90% of the total fees.

There are two entry points for the course: September this year; and January 2017. I have attached application forms for each entry point. Applicants should submit a completed application form for whichever of these is appropriate to undergraduate@gcu.ac.uk  at their earliest convenience. There is no need to indicate module choices at this stage.

MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice

If you do not have a degree you may still be considered to do a standalone module at Masters level to assess you are able to academically achieve a pass at this level. Any individual module you successfully complete which belong to the programme or the MSc Framework can be used towards the programme should you choose to join after successfully completing an individual module.  Alternatively you could undertake a module at honours level to possibly link to the MSc programme.

Individual modules cost

Postgraduate 15 M Credits. Home £450

Postgraduate 30 M Credits. Home £900        

Please contact the programme leader to discuss Evelyn.McElhinney@gcu.ac.uk

I have no nursing degree and my registration is from another country

BSc Professional Studies in Nursing

BSc Professional Studies in Nursing is a professional 'top-up' degree programme for qualified nurses who are already graduates and wish or need to gain an honours degree for career development or access to a relevant masters-level programme. To be eligible for the honours degree award, nurses who are registered or licensed with the regulatory body in their home country need to gain an additional 120 points of academic credit. It is also possible for Students to count points gained in the previous 4 years through appropriate GCU modules.

Students will normally take 6 modules in one year of full-time study; and can choose from a catalogue of modules to develop an individual pathway to final award. Academic support and guidance is provided by the programme leader to help students identify appropriate modules.

The programme has start dates in September and January each year.

Applicants should submit a completed application form for whichever of these is appropriate to undergraduate@gcu.ac.uk  at their earliest convenience. There is no need to indicate module choices at this stage.

MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice

If you do not have a degree you may still be considered to do a standalone module at Masters level to assess you are able to academically achieve a pass at this level. Any individual module you successfully complete which belong to the programme or the MSc Framework can be used towards the programme should you choose to join after successfully completing an individual module.  Alternatively you could undertake a module at honours level to possibly link to the MSc programme.

However please note it is unlikely you would receive a Tier 4 student visa to study one module you may be able to do a module online which does not need a tier 4 student visa.

Please contact the programme leader to discuss Evelyn.McElhinney@gcu.ac.uk.

Further information

If you require further details, please contact Dr Roseanne Cetnarskyj: roseanne.cetnarskyj@gcu.ac.uk.

For Return to Practice enquiries, please contact Irene Kennedy: Irene.kennedy@gcu.ac.uk. Visit NHS Education for Scotland for further information.