About this course
This MA Nursing programme for Registered Nurses provides an exciting opportunity for you to broaden your nursing knowledge by developing critical thinking in the context of the policy and practices that inform nursing.
- This programme is for Registered Nurses
- Build your knowledge of current nursing practices and the theory of nursing
- Study part-time or full-time
- Positively influence patient care
The MA Nursing programme offers progressive, practice-focused learning and development within a constantly evolving clinical world.
You will enjoy high quality teaching in a modern and developing faculty. The combination of core, optional and research modules creates an environment in which you will be supported to develop your thinking and knowledge, with the aim of enhancing patient care through nursing education and research.
The programme team have a depth and breadth of clinical and academic knowledge designed to ensure you are supported in developing both personally and professionally.
Our Schools city centre location is undergoing a major renovation, which will incorporate the use of brand new simulation suites and equipment to ensure that your learning environment is as unique as the educational journey you will embark upon.
We also offer an MA Nursing Mental Health course which may be of interest to you.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Funding Part-time Study
Unfortunately, due to its three year duration, the part-time version of the programme is not eligible for Student Loans Company funding support.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
As a Registered Nurse working within your chosen field of expertise, you may already be in full-time employment. Postgraduate study is used by some students to open up career progression opportunities. For others, its as an opportunity to up-skill in a different specialism, and for many, it meets the critical need to maintain up to date knowledge.
As a degree profession, nursing sees the added value that research, learning and academic study can have on the patient journey, quality of care and of course nurses personal and professional development.
Key to this is lifelong learning strongly supported by the regulatory body the Nursing and Midwifery Council through the revalidation requirement.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
There are four compulsory Core modules totalling 110 credits.
The remaining credits are made up of your choice of Optional modules which can be tailored to your personal interest (to a total of 180 credits for the MA).
International applicants: Please note that as an international student you would not eligible to select modules which have assessments based in practice and instead will complete theoretical modules.
An insight into teaching on your course
This part-time course has a strong emphasis on self-guided study. A 20-credit module, for example, may involve 30 hours of timetabled study over a 15-week period, supported up by significant independent study focused on virtual learning resources and allocated tasks.
To maintain our professional relevance and enable you to forge key contacts for the future, we work with local stakeholders.
Some of our health contacts include Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
MA Nursing offers a blended learning approach with staff always looking for new and engaging ways to develop your knowledge and skills in your chosen pathway.
You will learn via key note lectures, case scenarios, workshops, discussions and clinical development days.
LJMU's virtual learning environment further enhances the learning experience and the use of wikis and group blog videos have received very positive feedback from students across the school. All course lectures and materials are available online.
How learning is monitored on your programme
The programme's assessment strategy features a wide range of methods to ensure that you are able to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. Assessment tasks are designed to enable you to develop skills and encourages robust feedback processes from peers and academics alike.
There are also opportunities for diagnostic assessment to enable you to anticipate, identify and action plan around your specific developmental needs.
This approach ensures that assessment tasks are relevant and meaningful to you and your work and offer appropriate preparation for development.
There is a strong reliance on methods that relate to reflexivity, evidence-based practice and consideration of 'real-world' practice.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Daniel is the programme leader for MA Nursing and MA Nursing Mental Health at LJMU. He qualified with a HE Diploma in Nursing in 2009, working as a staff nurse for six years in various roles including in SAU, Vascular, GI, Orthopaedics, and in Critical Care. In 2013, he completed a BSc in Professional Practice, working as a practice education facilitator and then as an advanced clinical practitioner before gaining a MSc in Advance Practice in 2017. He moved into academia in 2020, working as a Senior Lecturer in Pre-Registration Nursing and then as a Senior Lecturer in Advanced Practice. His research interests include Advanced Practice, Non-Medical Prescribing, Palliative Care, and Critical Care. His aim is to develop the profile of Advanced Practice within his research and to combine Advanced Practice with the interests previously listed. Daniels varied work and educational background has allowed him to develop a well-rounded understanding of many specialties and to refine his skills as a communicator and team player. He is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and has plans to eventually undertake a Professional Doctorate.
I love to see students develop and evolve as they progress through a module or programme. To watch the pieces of the jigsaw come together for them is why I love my job. To be a small part of people's development and journey is such an honour.
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
Situated in the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large cafe, IT facilities and social spaces.
LJMU's excellent educational and professional training facilities include 1.6 million practice suites which show a patient's journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We use the latest clinical equipment for simulations and developing clinical skills in child, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. We also have purpose-built, soundproof booths with video camera and playback facilities.
You will need:
Alternative qualifications considered
- UK applicants with NMC registration
- Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 7 must be achieved. A minimum score of 7.0 is required within all components
Other international requirements
- International applicants must have nurse registration in their home country
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.
You can apply now for the MA Nursing course via the LJMU online application form.
You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.