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Nursing, midwifery and social work

Further your career in health care at a University ranked 3rd in the world for nursing (QS World Rankings 2019).

Taught master’s in nursing, midwifery and social work

We are a recognised international leader in education for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social work and provide a range of high quality pre- and post-registration courses.

Our courses give you the opportunity to study at postgraduate level so you can enhance your practice by acquiring, developing and critically appraising your knowledge and skills.

These include specific courses for continuing professional development (CPD), many of which can enable you to earn credits to put towards a full postgraduate qualification.

Prepare for leadership

Our Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice courses are aimed at nurses, social workers and allied healthcare professionals who want to take the next step in their professional development.

You will learn contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality, developing practice, and developing self and others through a coherent programme of professionally relevant study.

I'm already applying a lot of the skills that I'm learning, especially in the Developing Practice and Managing Change unit. Because my team at work knows that I am doing this unit, they give me a lot more responsibility and I can see the ways in which it's going to help me progress in my career already.

Rachel Hunter / MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Develop your research skills

Our research-focused master's courses are ideal for roles that involve research in clinical and health and social care settings. Many of our other courses also offer research-specific units to help you develop this skillset alongside units in another area of interest.

You'll also benefit from studying in a research-intensive environment. Our nursing and allied health professions research was deemed excellent in the REF 2014, and researchers are among the teaching staff on our postgraduate courses. Find out more about our nursing, midwifery and social work research.

Researcher in a hospital lab

Find your speciality

If you want to specialise in clinical nursing, mental health, paediatrics or oncology, our postgraduate courses can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make your next career move.

"I have received the right amount of support from both the course facilitators who have been contactable and helpful throughout my modules, and also a lot of support from fellow students."

David Wright / MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer)



Qualify as a social worker

Our MA in Social Work will give you a nationally and internationally recognised professional social work qualification, and eligibility to register as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.

"The interventions module was really useful when hypothesising on what kind of support might suit certain people and applying solution-focused brief therapy to each case, as well promoting approaches like cognitive behavioural therapy."

Eric Boateng / MA Social Work

Our courses

Professional development courses

Courses leading to a professional qualification

Mental health courses

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Pharmacy courses

Research-focused courses

Specialist and advanced clinical practice courses

Other courses

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Continuing professional development (CPD)

Some of the units from the above postgraduate courses can also be taken as standalone CPD courses in areas such as cancer care, leadership and research.

We offer additional CPD courses such as Independent Prescribing and CAR-T Cell Therapy.

Find out more about our CPD courses in nursing, midwifery and social work.

Physiotherapy CPD

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General postgraduate taught enquiries

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