MSc Nursing Studies Adult (Pre-registration)

This new and exciting MSc route offers graduates from any background the opportunity to transfer their graduate skills and harness them in becoming a nurse.

Recognising the changing context of healthcare and the profile of nurses needed, the MSc Nursing Studies aims to equip graduate student nurses with advanced critical thinking skills, as well as practical skills and competencies to deliver compassionate, competent, person-centred, effective, safe and high quality health care.

MSc graduates will be expected make a significant contribution to ‘improving lives’ at an individual, community and global level. While working in partnership with health and social care professionals to meet the needs of patients, clients and service users, they will also contribute to public health outcomes through education and health improvement interventions.

The programme benefits from a strong emphasis on interprofessional education whereby students are able to learn with and from other health professionals.

The MSc also offers a unique opportunity for graduates to progress academically to Masters level while gaining registration as an adult nurse.

Graduate opportunities include employment in a diverse range of healthcare settings within the United Kingdom and internationally.
To prepare students for their future role they will engage and become active participants within the learning process, learning collaboratively and individually. This will include use of the virtual learning environment and the state-of-the-art inter-professional simulation suite where student nurses will develop the skills to prepare them for the variety of clinical learning experiences they will encounter throughout their programme.

Applications from UK and EU applicants after the 17 May 2019 can be submitted, but we cannot guarantee they will be considered.

International students can still apply.

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
28 Months
Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
28 Months
Jan 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 28 Months Jan 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 28 Months Jan 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) completed in the last five years in a subject other than nursing. Maths and English at Scottish National 5, GCSE or equivalent. If successful, you will be shortlisted and invited for interview.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold an academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 7.0.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £6835
RUK: £6835
EU: £6835
International: £15120

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Additional costs for fee paying students

Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:

  • Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
  • Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
  • Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

Assessment is viewed as an integral and core element of the learning process. Students are encouraged to discuss, interpret, analyse and evaluate information at a depth appropriate for their academic level, and in doing so, become active, self‐directed participants in the educational process.

Assessment strategies include care studies, essays, patchwork assessments, reflective portfolios, OSCAs and OSCEs, examinations, seminars, presentations, debates, vivas, projects and dissertations.

Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse – Adult Nursing (RN1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).