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 the 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.

Module list

The Art and Science of Nursing; Developing Nursing Skills; Practice Learning Experience Part 1 (MSc); Inter-professional Working: Context, Organisations and Practice; Promoting Values-based Nursing in Contemporary Practice; Person-centred Adult Nursing; Global Health; Enhancing Nursing Skills; Practice Learning Experience Part 2 (MSc); Leading and Managing Complex Care in Adult Nursing; Dissertation; Practice Learning Experience Part 3 (MSc).

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Due to significant demand, applications for this course are now closed to international applicants for January 2022. Please consider our following intake in January 2023.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
28 Months
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 28 Months 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
28 Months
Jan 2023
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 28 Months Jan 2023 GCU Glasgow Enquire

Minimum academic requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a non-adult nursing discipline. English and Maths at Standard grade, GCSE, National 5 (or equivalent). Two satisfactory references (one of which should be academic). Evidence of recent assessed study or relevant CPD activities within the last five years. Evidence of digital literacy. If successful, you will be shortlisted and invited for an interview.

We have a very limited number of places available on this course for students from outside of the European Union. These places fill up very quickly and we are unable to process applications more than 12 months in advance. If you would like to enquire as to whether places are available before making your application, please use the Enquire option above.

Please note that the January 2022 entry for this course is now full.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

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 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in the other three components.

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.

This course is accredited by the NMC.
This course includes a work placement.

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

Annual full-time tuition fees

Scottish (Home) and RUK: £7,623
International: £16,500

Scottish (Home) and RUK: £7,623
International: £13,500

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

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 Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks or uniforms. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms. 

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms: approximately £16 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £325
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.  

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements


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 £2 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).