MA Nursing Clinical Education (PgDip, PgCert)

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode

Part-time (3 years)

Tuition fees 22/23

Home (full-time, per year): £8,100

Home (per credit): To be confirmed

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About this course

Are you a Registered Nurse seeking to develop your knowledge of nursing education?

  • Enjoy high quality teaching in a modern and evolving faculty
  • Develop your thinking and knowledge with a combination of core, optional and research modules 
  • Enhance patient care through your nursing education and research

This programme team has a depth and breadth of clinical and academic knowledge designed to ensure you are supported in developing both personally and professionally. 

Our School’s city centre location is benefiting from the University’s extensive capital investment project. This will see the installation of brand new simulation suites and equipment, ensuring that your learning environment is top quality and as unique as the educational journey you will embark on.

The MA Nursing Clinical Education is one of our four new MA Nursing postgraduate programme pathways:


nurse wearing apronYou can choose to study either full-time or part-time.

We also now offer an MA Mental Health programme for students who are not necessarily working in a clinical setting. 

Currently the MA Nursing Clinical Leadership and MA Nursing Clinical Education degrees are not open to International applicants, however, you may be interested in MA Nursing or MA Nursing Mental Health programmes.

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

Additional costs

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)

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  • 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.

After graduating with your Masters, you may choose to use your enhanced skill set to move up the career ladder, or to pursue a new direction or specialism. For many nurses, being able to implement their learning in practice is the key driver and reward.

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, your personal and professional development. Key to this is lifelong learning, which is supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council through revalidation. 

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Our suite of MA Nursing degrees offers progressive, practice focused learning and development within a constantly evolving clinical world.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

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 five compulsory Core modules, totalling 160 credits.  

The remaining 20 credits are made up of your choice of Option modules, meaning you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interest.

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Core modules

Foundations of Research
20 credits

This module encourages you to develop your skills as a potential producer of research, as well as your ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. You will be exposed to a variety of activities designed to engage with skills in applied research, based on theoretical concepts. The module is firmly based on a thorough philosophical understanding of the nature of research and its implications in health and wellbeing. It aims to:

  • provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of health and social research
  • provide a sound foundation in research design and methodology 
  • prepare you to carry out empirical and literature based research

Quality Monitoring and Improvement in Health And Social Care
30 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse the role of evaluation in service delivery within health and social care settings to develop organisation wide changes which are coherent and internally consistent.

Research Ethics and Governance
10 credits

This module aims to develop your critical understanding of the principles and processes of research ethics and governance.

Advancing Leadership for Quality
20 credits

This semester-long module enhances effective leadership and team working. Action learning is used to draw on your knowledge and skills, further developing leadership potential within your working context.

60 credits

The dissertation module offers you an opportunity to explore in-depth an area of personal or professional interest that relates to your programme of study. In doing this, you will expand your research skills and apply what you have learnt in the earlier modules to your research project.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Practice
20 credits

This module is designed to enable registered health professionals from a wide range of settings to develop their approaches in advancing teaching learning and assessment in practice.

It will also help you to develop a critically reflective approach to your own development in the application of teaching and learning theory, and apply this to your own practice.

Optional modules

Negotiated Work-Based Learning
20 credits

This module focuses on putting your theoretical learning into practical use.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Practice
20 credits

This module is designed to enable registered health professionals from a wide range of settings to develop their approaches in advancing teaching learning and assessment in practice.

It will also help you to develop a critically reflective approach to your own development in the application of teaching and learning theory, and apply this to your own practice.

Fundamentals of coaching for developing health and social care
20 credits

This module will help you to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the underlying fundamental theory and principles of coaching within Health and Social Care
  • demonstrate a critically reflexive approach to synthesising coaching theory and principles within the context of practice.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

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 by significant independent study, focused on virtual learning resources and allocated tasks.

Teaching methods

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.

Applied learning

This programme offers a blended learning approach with staff always looking for new and engaging ways to develop your knowledge and skills in your chosen pathway. 

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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.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

There is a strong focus on tasks that relate to reflexivity, evidence-based practice and consideration of ‘real-world’ practice. Assessment tasks are designed to develop your skills and encourage 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 ensures that assessment tasks are relevant and meaningful to you and your work, and offer appropriate preparation for development. 

By using a variety of assessment methods and learning styles, we’re better able to ensure that you can confidently and accurately demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have developed during your studies, and will be able to implement them in your practice.

Course tutors

Nicola Morrell-Scott

Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott

Programme Leader

Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott has worked as a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University since 2015. Prior to LJMU, Nicola worked within other North West universities in a variety of roles. Her clinical experience is in critical care, where her specialisms include cardiothoracic critical care, alongside general critical care. Nicola continues to maintain her clinical credibility through still working clinically in critical care. She currently leads the post registration critical care courses in the field.

MA Nursing Clinical Education provides an exciting opportunity, following the new NMC Future Nursing Standards (2018), for you to broaden your nursing education knowledge. You’ll develop critical thinking in line with policies and practices that inform nursing, patient care and continuous education.  

School facilities

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 café, 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.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • Registered Nurse status
  • A minimum 2:1 honours degree in a related subject 
  • You must include a Personal Statement, including two references
  • Evidence of Level 6 or Level 7 study

Additional information

  • Ideal for students wishing to undertake further academic studies (such as a PhD)
  • International applicants cannot be considered unless they hold UK NMC registration and a 2:1 in a related subject.  Two references required (one employer and one academic)
  • 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
  • For further information, or an informal discussion about the programme, please contact:                                                                                                                                Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott        E:
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International students entering on a Student visa cannot study part-time.

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our 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.

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