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Clinical Nursing MSc

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Get all the benefits of studying in London, without being tied to the UK healthcare sector. This one-year course allows you to develop the skills to manage and deliver healthcare anywhere in the world.

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Key benefits

  • Spend 10 days on clinical placement at one of our renowned partner organisations
  • Learn from renowned clinicians and academics in our inter-professional community
  • Study at the number one nursing faculty in the UK, and number two in the world (2019 QS World University Rankings)
  • We’re based in central London, close to world famous hospitals, and all the sights of the city
  • Get the most out of your year with guest lectures, student societies, and other extracurricular activities

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year full-time, September to September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 25 FT.

Course leaders Dr Ehsan Khan, eu.khan@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

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Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Course detail


The Clinical Nursing MSc course is 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 begins with the core modules Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice and Developing Professional Leadership. 

The 12,000-word dissertation gives you a chance to put your new analytical skills to use. You can choose between a systematic review or, if you’re more clinically focused, a service evaluation.

The course lasts one year, from September to September. It includes a 10-day placement at one of our partner institutions.

You will also have the freedom to choose from a range of additional optional modules to reflect your choice of research pathway. You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September, taking modules totalling 180 credits, with 60 credits coming from a dissertation of around 15,000 words. The programme also includes a 10-day period of specially arranged clinical observation in the UK.

The programme also includes 10 days of supervised practice, personalised to the student’s needs.  The placement takes place within one of the university’s partner healthcare organisations and will focus on developing competences appropriate to the particular clinical setting. 


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

The course has a combination of lectures, seminars, and independent study. Your contact time will be 24 academic weeks, with 31 weeks for self-study.


The degree programme is delivered across the four King’s College London campuses. This includes three Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Course purpose

Maybe you want to discover how research can improve your clinical practice. Perhaps you’re thinking of moving into an academic career. Or you might be a recent graduate wanting to reinforce your knowledge before starting work. Whatever your goals, an MSc from King’s is a great start to achieving them.

You’ll learn how to put research into practice and how to develop your leadership ability. King’s experts and your clinical placement will also help you improve your clinical skills during the course. We run core modules in key areas, and you can also choose from a range of optional subjects based around your interests.

We’re a friendly, diverse community, with students from a huge range of countries. With our student societies, extracurricular seminars, and London on your doorstep, it will be a rewarding year to put on your CV.

The course is flexible – whether you want to improve your clinical skills, become a clinical leader, or work towards a research career, there are modules to suit your interests. We focus on evidence-based practice, so the exciting research at King’s will inform your work. Research isn’t the main aim of the course, but we believe understanding the current thinking is vital for your career progression.

Further literature

For further information about our postgraduate opportunities, please visit our Faculty Postgraduate Study handbook here.

Course format and assessment

Because our students come from such diverse educational backgrounds, we try to provide a range of assessment formats to suit different learning styles. You might have written assessments like essays and portfolios. Some modules include presentations or written exams.

Course accreditation (may not apply)

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Year 1

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Measurement & Evaluation for Healthcare Practice (15 Credits)
  • Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare (30 Credits)
  • Advanced Assessment Skills for Non-Medical Prescribers (30 Credits)
  • Developing Professional Leadership (15 Credits)
  • Dissertation (60 Credits)
Optional Modules

You will take an additional 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may include a selection of clinical specialities and other generic modules.

Example modules:

  • HIV Care (15 credits)
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Cardiac Care: Heart Failure Assessment and Management (15 credits)

If you have already studied clinically-focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's, you may be able incorporate the research into this programme.  Modules studied elsewhere may be included through accreditation of prior-certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim). Additional modular choices from another faculty at King’s College London may be available, and the inclusion of a particular optional module in your chosen study pathway is subject to the approval of the programme director. You will be permitted to take additional credits up to the maximum allowed by regulations.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Applicants who have already studied at a level equivalent to a UK Master's programme will be assessed primarily on the basis of achievement at this level and would be expected to demonstrate a clear pass (55% or above in the UK grading system).

Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered: if you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Professional and work experience   Applicants wishing to apply for this programme must be qualified nurses accredited by their country's governing body and have a minimum two years' clinical experience. 


Important note: 
This programme is only open to overseas and non-UK EU applicants.

Students will only be allowed to commence their placement once they have undertaken DBS check and received Occupational Health clearance.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

In addition, please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.

Please note that as part of the application procedure you will be required to submit a current vaccination record if you wish to undertake the clinical observation option.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's College modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes

Please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £24,850 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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


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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 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.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Students completing this programme would be expected to work in specialised and autonomous roles in clinical practice and research; this includes working in a variety of clinical care settings including hospitals and the community. Other areas of employment would include educational roles in clinical and university settings and roles in governmental departments developing policy and governmental initiatives. This programme also may provide a pathway towards more advanced academic study ie MPhil or PhD.


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