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Clinical Nursing MSc

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Qualified nurses provide, lead and coordinate care, and high-quality nursing care is key to the success of patient recovery. Having the right mix of knowledge and skills is therefore hugely important to ensure the people you care for have positive clinical outcomes. This course supports qualified nurses to develop their knowledge and skills so they are able to take their career in nursing to the next level. The course will support you in your path to become an expert clinical decision-maker, able to autonomously manage and lead healthcare practice. The course will provide you with the knowledge you need to ensure the care you provide is compassionate, evidence-based and person-centred. You’ll also learn about the use of digital strategies in healthcare, and be able to engage with institutional and wider cultures that promote patient safety and care. This course is delivered in a hybrid way, with both online delivery and the opportunity for some optional modules to be taken on campus if you wish. Online elements are delivered online primarily via our Virtual Learning Environment. The programme also has a range of optional modules taught in a variety of modes – some online, some in-person at our London campuses, and some which use the Hyflex mode which allows students taking the module online and students attending in-person to learn together and interact with one another. The location will therefore vary dependent on the modules you study.

Key benefits

  • A high-quality curriculum covering a wide range of content that allows you flexibility to tailor your development in ways that are relevant to your specific clinical needs
  • You will be studying at the No.1 nursing faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)
  • Our courses are delivered by internationally renowned clinicians and academics with a strong focus on promoting evidence-based care and appreciation of translational research.
  • Study part-time and online, allowing you to combine study with work in a schedule that can fit around your employment
  • The breadth of the course prepares graduates for a wide range of nursing career options, and aims to build confidence for those seeking to progress to senior healthcare roles.

This Master’s course provides advanced study for those who hold a current registration as a nurse, either in the UK or an international healthcare setting. The MSc Clinical Nursing course offers a flexible study pathway that builds on your existing clinical experience and skills, enabling you to lead and support the development and subsequent delivery of evidence-based practice. The course aims to support you as you progress towards more senior practitioner level and beyond and provides a framework within which you may acquire and demonstrate both generic transferable competencies and those specific to your area of practice. Whether you want to focus on a particular clinical field or develop a wider knowledge in different clinical pathways, this course features a range of optional (elective) modules to choose from and is a great way to broaden your career prospects. Completing the course will help you to develop your existing skillset and deepen your knowledge of contemporary issues in healthcare both in the UK and internationally. It will also enable you to influence service delivery and effect change in your own area of clinical practice. If you are an international student, there is an opportunity for you to travel to the UK to observe clinical practice in one of our London-based partner hospitals.

Awarding Institutions

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King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

This course is delivered online, with the opportunity for some optional modules to be taken on campus if you wish. Online elements are delivered online primarily via our Virtual Learning Environment. The programme also has a range of optional modules taught in a variety of modes – some online, some in-person at our London campuses, and some which use the Hyflex mode which allows students taking the module online and students attending in-person to learn together and interact with one another. 

Our teaching staff are all experts in their fields, many are active in research and/or are leading clinicians at some of London’s top hospitals.

We use a comprehensive range of teaching and learning methods, each tailored to the area of study. Our teaching methods support and encourage self-development and awareness through reflection on experience.

Core modules are delivered online, via the King’s College London Virtual Learning Environment, KEATS. You will study each module through a mix of lectures and seminars, and will undertake reading and complete learning activities online in your own time, guided by one of our expert staff.

You will also study optional modules, and these are offered in a variety of modes of study dependent on the option you choose – some are delivered online only, some are delivered face-to-face only, and some offer a hybrid approach, allowing interaction between those joining online and those in the classroom.

Where you choose to study an option face to face with us in London, we will support international students to apply to visit the UK on a short-term study visa. Face to face study will give you the opportunity to interact with other qualified healthcare practitioners who are studying on our short courses.

Please note that international students taking this programme are not currently eligible for Student Visa sponsorship. Students who wish to visit the UK for a short period in order to undertake an optional module offered on campus or observe clinical practice will need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.

A typical academic workload will vary by module, but the following table gives you an indication for a 30-credit module:

Scheduled learning activities

Self-directed study

Total

45 hours of teaching over 12 weeks, split between:

3 hours of lectures per week

6 hours of seminars every two weeks

255 hours of self-directed activities, split over 12 weeks including:

e-learning activities, reading, reflection, assignment writing

300 hours

Assessment

    Each module will normally be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework assignments. The Enhancing Clinical Practice Dissertation module will be assessed by a dissertation project. This is a substantial piece of work relevant to your field of practice, which will allow you to draw together key themes of learning developed through the course.  Project options include: a critical evaluation of a practice orientated case study, the development of a patient/client-led framework for recording of illness/recovery experiences, or the development of a patient/client/other information pack.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totaling 180 credits over two academic years. The course is also available to be studied part-time, over three academic years, and you may select the study mode during your application process.

    Evidence & Research as the Basis of Care (30 credits)
    Patient Safety and Cultural Variance (30 credits)
    Enhancing Clinical Practice Dissertation (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    You will take an additional 60 credits from a range of optional modules. A range of other options are also available in our Short Courses portfolio (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/nursing-5). Please check these to determine whether they are available online or in-person. King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Clinical leadership (30 credits)
    Principles for managing long-term conditions (30 credits)
    Digital health and technology solutions (30 credits)
    Health systems management (30 credits)
    Cardiac Care: Symptoms & Management of Heart Failure (15 credits)
    Impact of illness on the individual and society (30 credits)
    Portfolio of clinical learning (30 credits)
    Diabetes: Principles of Care and Management (30 credits)
    Cardiac Care: Symptoms and Management of Heart Failure (15 credits)
    ECG: Measurement and Interpretation (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    This course attracts a far reaching international and national cohort of nurses.  With its focus this course gives you an in-depth knowledge to progress your nursing career. 

    Completing this rigorous course will you give you a competitive edge in the job market. With its practical approach you can apply your expertise immediately to your work environment. You will also have opportunities to network with professionals in your area from all over the world.

    Most of our graduates go on to work in specialised and autonomous roles in clinical practice and research, including work in a variety of clinical care settings in hospitals and the community. Other areas of employment include educational roles in clinical and university settings, as well as roles in governmental departments developing policy and legislative initiatives. Some graduates choose to go on to follow MPhil/PhD pathways.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Part time: 2 years, £4,995 per year (2022/23) / 3 years, £3,330 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Part time: 2 years, £10,650 per year (2022/23) / 3 years, £7,100 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

     

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

     

    Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

    Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

    Funding

    This Master’s course provides advanced study for those who hold a current registration as a nurse, either in the UK or an international healthcare setting. The MSc Clinical Nursing course offers a flexible study pathway that builds on your existing clinical experience and skills, enabling you to lead and support the development and subsequent delivery of evidence-based practice. The course aims to support you as you progress towards more senior practitioner level and beyond and provides a framework within which you may acquire and demonstrate both generic transferable competencies and those specific to your area of practice. Whether you want to focus on a particular clinical field or develop a wider knowledge in different clinical pathways, this course features a range of optional (elective) modules to choose from and is a great way to broaden your career prospects. Completing the course will help you to develop your existing skillset and deepen your knowledge of contemporary issues in healthcare both in the UK and internationally. It will also enable you to influence service delivery and effect change in your own area of clinical practice. If you are an international student, there is an opportunity for you to travel to the UK to observe clinical practice in one of our London-based partner hospitals.

    Awarding Institutions

    kcl logo

    King's College London and Affiliates

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    This course is delivered online, with the opportunity for some optional modules to be taken on campus if you wish. Online elements are delivered online primarily via our Virtual Learning Environment. The programme also has a range of optional modules taught in a variety of modes – some online, some in-person at our London campuses, and some which use the Hyflex mode which allows students taking the module online and students attending in-person to learn together and interact with one another. 

    Our teaching staff are all experts in their fields, many are active in research and/or are leading clinicians at some of London’s top hospitals.

    We use a comprehensive range of teaching and learning methods, each tailored to the area of study. Our teaching methods support and encourage self-development and awareness through reflection on experience.

    Core modules are delivered online, via the King’s College London Virtual Learning Environment, KEATS. You will study each module through a mix of lectures and seminars, and will undertake reading and complete learning activities online in your own time, guided by one of our expert staff.

    You will also study optional modules, and these are offered in a variety of modes of study dependent on the option you choose – some are delivered online only, some are delivered face-to-face only, and some offer a hybrid approach, allowing interaction between those joining online and those in the classroom.

    Where you choose to study an option face to face with us in London, we will support international students to apply to visit the UK on a short-term study visa. Face to face study will give you the opportunity to interact with other qualified healthcare practitioners who are studying on our short courses.

    Please note that international students taking this programme are not currently eligible for Student Visa sponsorship. Students who wish to visit the UK for a short period in order to undertake an optional module offered on campus or observe clinical practice will need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.

    A typical academic workload will vary by module, but the following table gives you an indication for a 30-credit module:

    Scheduled learning activities

    Self-directed study

    Total

    45 hours of teaching over 12 weeks, split between:

    3 hours of lectures per week

    6 hours of seminars every two weeks

    255 hours of self-directed activities, split over 12 weeks including:

    e-learning activities, reading, reflection, assignment writing

    300 hours

    Assessment

      Each module will normally be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework assignments. The Enhancing Clinical Practice Dissertation module will be assessed by a dissertation project. This is a substantial piece of work relevant to your field of practice, which will allow you to draw together key themes of learning developed through the course.  Project options include: a critical evaluation of a practice orientated case study, the development of a patient/client-led framework for recording of illness/recovery experiences, or the development of a patient/client/other information pack.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totaling 180 credits over two academic years. The course is also available to be studied part-time, over three academic years, and you may select the study mode during your application process.

      Evidence & Research as the Basis of Care (30 credits)
      Patient Safety and Cultural Variance (30 credits)
      Enhancing Clinical Practice Dissertation (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      You will take an additional 60 credits from a range of optional modules. A range of other options are also available in our Short Courses portfolio (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/short-courses/nursing-5). Please check these to determine whether they are available online or in-person. King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Clinical leadership (30 credits)
      Principles for managing long-term conditions (30 credits)
      Digital health and technology solutions (30 credits)
      Health systems management (30 credits)
      Cardiac Care: Symptoms & Management of Heart Failure (15 credits)
      Impact of illness on the individual and society (30 credits)
      Portfolio of clinical learning (30 credits)
      Diabetes: Principles of Care and Management (30 credits)
      Cardiac Care: Symptoms and Management of Heart Failure (15 credits)
      ECG: Measurement and Interpretation (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      This course attracts a far reaching international and national cohort of nurses.  With its focus this course gives you an in-depth knowledge to progress your nursing career. 

      Completing this rigorous course will you give you a competitive edge in the job market. With its practical approach you can apply your expertise immediately to your work environment. You will also have opportunities to network with professionals in your area from all over the world.

      Most of our graduates go on to work in specialised and autonomous roles in clinical practice and research, including work in a variety of clinical care settings in hospitals and the community. Other areas of employment include educational roles in clinical and university settings, as well as roles in governmental departments developing policy and legislative initiatives. Some graduates choose to go on to follow MPhil/PhD pathways.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Part time: 2 years, £4,995 per year (2022/23) / 3 years, £3,330 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Part time: 2 years, £10,650 per year (2022/23) / 3 years, £7,100 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

       

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

       

      Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

      Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 27 May 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

      All Applicants: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

      Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.

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