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Clinical Nursing MSc

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The Clinical Nursing MSc course is designed to help international-qualified healthcare practitioners develop the knowledge and skills to research, manage and deliver healthcare practice and education outside the UK.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the No.2 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 5th in the world (2018 QS World University Rankings).
  • Internationally renowned clinicians and academics providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience in a multi-faculty environment.
  • Located in the heart of London, across three of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.
  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

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

  • Before you apply: Use our Enquiry Form

  • After you applying: Use the King's Apply messaging service or call us on +44 (0)20 7848 1648

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.

Initially, you will undertake modules in Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice, Evidence-based Decision Making in Healthcare, as well as modules covering Advanced Assessment Skills for Non-medical Prescribers and Developing Professional Leadership. You will then 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. 


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and self study.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.  


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

The aim of this programme is to enable students who are qualified healthcare practitioners to acquire advanced understanding, knowledge and skills to deliver, manage, develop and research healthcare practice and education in a setting outside the UK.

Further literature

School Graduate Programmes brochure

Course format and assessment

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. This can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations. In addition, some modules will require you to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an unseen written examination or a computer-based assessment.

Course accreditation (may not apply)

Regulating body

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

Extra information

(non-home applicants only)


Year 1

Required Modules
  • Measurement and 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)      


Optional Modules

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

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Academic Requirements:

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). 

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.

 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. 

English language requirements: All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the School of Nursing & Midwifery: see www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/requirements/language.aspx

Important note: 
This programme is only open to overseas and non-UK EU applicants. If you are a "home" applicant then you may wish to consider applying for the Advanced Practice programme

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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

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.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and 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 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

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 UK fees: £9,900 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,320 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 


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 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
• If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
• If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

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


Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

Applicants from developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start the MSc Clinical Nursing taught postgraduate programme in the academic year of September/October 2017 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenane allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship scheme 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.


Next steps

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