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Advanced Nursing Studies

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This online course is ideal for nurses everywhere who want to build on their existing experience and develop new skills.
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Course description

This online course is ideal for nurses everywhere who want to develop their professional practice and move on in their careers.

This flexible course can be tailored to suit your needs. It will help you build on your existing experience and develop your skills as a professionally capable, reflective and analytical practitioner who can make decisions independently. You’ll also take part in, and contribute to, research in your particular field.

With videos, screencasts and text-based materials, your learning experience is varied. You'll get one-to-one tutorial support and regular interaction with other practitioners from around the world and be able to debate and share ideas within our virtual learning community.

Core and optional modules

Each module on this course is divided into sessions where you can explore topics relevant to your own professional interests.

The modules are suited to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and can be studied as standalone units. Visit the individual module pages below to find out more.

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Core modules

Optional modules

Choose one from the following:


The course is taught entirely online. There’s no need to attend in person. We expect you to contribute regularly to online discussion groups.


Your work is assessed throughout the course – a 3,000-word assignment for each taught unit. You’ll get feedback from your tutor. You’ll also write a dissertation.


  • 3 years part-time (online)

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:2 degree in a relevant subject. 

You must be a qualified nurse in your country of residence with at least 12 months‘ appropriate experience. You can be based anywhere in the world but you’ll need access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

If you already work with NHS patients in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber or East Midlands, funding may be available. Contact us for more information.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.