MA Nursing Clinical Leadership (PgCert, PgDip)

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (3 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £8,100

Home (per credit): To be confirmed

About this course

As a Registered Nurse, you can study either full or part-time on our MA Nursing Clinical Leadership post-registration degree.

  • Enhance your teaching and learning through education in practice skills
  • Syllabus of core modules helps you to develop your thinking and knowledge base
  • Improve patient care through your nursing education and research

The programme team on this Nursing Clinical Leadership programme has a depth and breadth of clinical and academic knowledge designed to ensure you can gain the knowledge and skills to develop personally and professionally. 

Our School’s city centre location is part of the University's ambitious capital investment plans and is undergoing a major renovation, which will incorporate the brand new simulation suites and equipment to further enhance your postgraduate and continuing professional development experience.


MA Nursing Clinical Leadership is one of four new pathways in LJMU's MA Nursing framework. You may also be interested in:

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

Fees and funding

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 to move up the career ladder, for other to change direction and for many simply to update their skills and/or enhance their knowledge. 

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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, a nurse’s personal and professional development. Key to this is lifelong learning strongly supported by the regulatory body the Nursing and Midwifery Council through revalidation. 

This programme offers progressive, practice focused learning and development within a constantly evolving clinical world.

The student experience

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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.

All of the modules on the course are Core. This means all students on the programme study them as they are mandatory and meet the 180 credits required for the Masters award.

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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.

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.

Negotiated Work-Based Learning
20 credits

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

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.

Research Ethics and Governance
10 credits

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

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 up 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.

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

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.

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The programmes’ assessment strategy utilises a wide range of assessment methods to ensure that you are able to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. Assessment tasks are designed to enable you to develop 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 will ensure that assessment tasks are relevant and meaningful to you and your work and offer appropriate preparation for development. Hence, there is a strong reliance on methods that relate to reflexivity, evidence-based practice and consideration of ‘real-world’ 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 Leadership provides an exciting opportunity, in line with the new NMC future nursing standards (2018) and the Leading Change, Adding Value: Nursing Strategy (2016), for students to gain enhanced clinical leadership knowledge.

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

International students entering on a Student visa cannot study part-time.

For further information, or an informal discussion about the programme, please contact: Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott   E: 

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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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