MSc Nursing in UK: Course Guide for International Students

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    Offered by over 80 Universities in UK, MSc in nursing is considered essential for career advancement and development within the healthcare sector. MSc. in Nursing in UK is a one-three year program depending on the chosen field of specialization, the mode of study, and the institution. The average cost of pursuing a master's degree in nursing from universities in UK is around 10,000 GBP to 40,000 GBP. Indian students planning to pursue nursing in UK will pay an average of 9-37 Lakhs on tuition fees. 

    A master’s degree holder in nursing is considered a higher authority in the medical field saddled with the role of handling special cases and dissecting unfamiliar challenges in the workplace. The program helps the practitioner to be exposed to advanced health science, advanced research on curative and preventive medicine, and general knowledge.

    MSc in Nursing in UK allows you with an opportunity to work under NHS (United Kingdom National Health Services), and the starting salaries for graduates are from Band 5 (24,000 to 30,000 GBP) to Band 7 (37,000 to 72,000 GBP).  You can indulge in careers like nurse team managers and nurse consultants that offer handsome salaries and promotions to higher band roles. 

    Why pursue a MSc in Nursing in the UK?

    • 94.2% of nursing graduates were employed. 87% were working as nurses and 9% were working as midwives. 
    • All the top ten universities in the UK offering Masters in Nursing also offer scholarships to international students.
    • The social care sector in the UK employs 1.48 million people with a greater percent being nurses and the sector will have half a million extra jobs available by 2030. 
    • Average annual salary packages in various states of the UK are as follows:
    Nurses Salaries in UK

    Top Universities offering MSc in Nursing in UK

    MSc in Nursing in UK is available in some top-ranking UK universities and colleges. These universities are outlined below according to the course ranked by the QS world ranking platform along with the program specialization, duration of study, and program fee. 

    Global Ranking University/College Program/Specialization Program fee (GBP)
    #20 The University of Edinburgh Master of Science by Research in Nursing (1-year) 22,850
    #33 King’s College, London Master of Science in Clinical Nursing (1-year) 24,850
    #67 University of Glasgow Master of Science in Advanced Nursing Science (1-year) 21,920
    #78 University of Sheffield Masters of Medical Science in Nursing Studies (1-year) 19,000
    #96 University of Nottingham Master of Science in Advanced Nursing (1-year) 19,170
    #181 University of Liverpool Master of Science in Nursing (1-year) 19,900
    #302 University of Dundee Master of Science in Nursing (1-year) 18,150
    #531-540 Coventry University Master of Science in Nursing (1-year) 14,700
    #600-650 Ulster University Master of Science in Nursing (1-year) 14,480
    #701-750 Northumbria University Master of Science in Nursing (1-year to 20 months) 15,500
    #801-1000 University of Salford Master of Science in Nursing (1-year) 14,670
    #801-1000 University of Central Lancashire Master of Science in Nursing (1-year) 13,200 (for full time)
    - University of Sunderland Master of Science in Nursing (1-year) 13,500

    Otherwise stated, all the programs listed above are full time. Although some schools like the University of Salford offer part-time master’s program in nursing which spans for up to three years. 

    MSc in Nursing in UK: Program Details

    Masters in nursing is one to three years program for graduates of nursing or other medical field practitioners who wish to pursue a master's in Nursing. The primary specializations offered include;

    • Clinical Nursing
    • Pediatrics
    • Mental Health
    • Palliative Care
    • Psychology and Neuroscience of mental health.

    While some institutions offer more specializations in nursing, others have fewer specializations depending on the facility and their curriculum. Learning with nurses from other countries and other specialties means students will develop an awareness of different cultural approaches and ways of working. In addition, there will be some opportunities for work experience in an NHS, research, or educational setting, giving applicants first-hand insights into how healthcare is provided in the UK. In 2019, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) announced that all universities that offer nursing courses must implement new education standards.  Students pursuing MSc in nursing in UK gain an excellent grounding in the UK’s four Pillars of Practice of Nursing: clinical practice, facilitation of learning, leadership and evidence, and research and development. 

    MSc in Nursing in UK: Admission Process

    International applicants who wish to pursue a master’s program in core nursing or any of its fields of specialization in the UK are required to meet some of the general admission criteria. These criteria vary slightly across different institutions but nonetheless, most criteria are similar across board. The details of the admission processes are explained in the section below

    Where to Apply: Apart from University of Dundee where the admission process is done through UCAS portal, admission in other Universities on the top list is done via the school admission portal or the department website

    MSc in Nursing in UK: Eligibility

    Applicants interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Nursing in the UK must meet the following general eligibility:

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing or healthcare-related fields with a grade point of 55% (equivalent to UK’s second class lower). 
    • Other institutions require applicants to possess 75% and above (equivalent to UK’s first-class or second-class upper honors) from a recognized institution in the world.

    Other university-specific admission requirements are as follows:

    University/College Degree Requirements UG Score Requirements Other Requirements
    King’s College, London PGDip in Nursing with Registration in home country or country of study 75-80% for Indian graduates, equivalent of 8.5-9 CGPA on a scale of 10. Excellent supporting statements, brief project outlines, and CV can also be accepted.
    Ulster University UG in relevant study areas 70% for Indian Applicants
    70% in Boards English
    Must be a registered nurse in their country of practice
    University of Salford Four-year bachelors NA NA
    University of Central Lancashire Relevant UG degree NA Registration from your home country is required. References from employers will also be sought.
    University of Sunderland Four years of bachelor’s degree NA The core subjects required are Mathematics and English.
    The University of Edinburgh UG in relevant areas 60% or more Relevant experience is recommended
    The University of Sheffield Relevant UG degree 75-80% in XII standard. NA
    University of Glasgow Relevant professional UG degree NA Applicants are required to possess two years' experience post-qualification.
    University of Bradford Bachelors in relevant subject NA Nursing registration with the professional body in the home country;
    Applicants who have incomplete requirements but possess relevant experience will be considered.

    MSc in Nursing in UK: Application Requirements

    Applicants for MSc in nursing in the UK are required to submit the following document for admission consideration:

    1. First Degree Certificate: The UG degree acquired in a relevant area of subjects.
    2. Transcript: Transcripts of UG and standard XII. 
    3. Other documents: Documents that are also required by these universities are: 
      1. Proof of registration as a registered nurse, 
      2. Proof of experience, 
      3. Recommendation letter, 
      4. Statement of intent, 
      5. A motivation letter is also called a statement of purpose or motivational statements.

    The demand for these documents, however, varies amongst universities

    • Proof of Language Proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English must provide results of an English language proficiency examination, such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc. The minimum scores of some of the top universities are detailed below:
    University TOEFL iBT IELTS Other Test
    King’s College, London 109, with 27 writing and 25 in other skills 7.5 overall (7.0 band score) PTE: 75
    University of Liverpool 100, (at least 22 in each module) 6.5 (6.0 band score) INDIA Standard XII: 75% or above from Central and Metro State Boards
    Northumbria University 92 (at least 20 in each module) 6.5, (6.0 band score) PTE: 61 (51 sectional score)
    Ulster University 80 (with no section lower than 17) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 Trinity ISE: Pass at level III
    University of Salford 80 (with no section less than 17) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 Trinity ISE: Pass at level III
    University of Central Lancashire 88 (at 21 in Reading and writing, 20 in Listening, and 22 in Speaking) 6.5 (6.0 band score) PTE Academic: 59
    University of Sunderland 92 (at least 20 in each module) 6.5 (5.5 in each band) 180 in Cambridge CPE
    The University of Edinburgh 92 6.5 ( 6.0 in each band) PTE Academic: 61
    University of Nottingham 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking) 7.0 (no band less than 6.0) PTE Academic: 67
    University of Sheffield 88 6.5 PTE: 61
    University of Bradford 80 6.5 (band score 5.5) PTE: 55

    For students who need to improve their English before the start of their academic program, the University's English Language Teaching Centre provides long- and short-term English preparation programs.

    Admission Decisions for MSc in Nursing

    Admission into a master in a nursing program in the UK is highly selective due to the high number of applications received every year and the limited space available. Thus, Tier 4 visa applicants are advised to apply earlier. The applications for all the universities are carefully reviewed taking into consideration the program requirements. The decisions are most often released a few weeks after submission of application.

    Three types of offers of admission can be made:

    • Unconditional - if you have already obtained the necessary entry requirements
    • Conditional - if you still need to obtain the qualifications specified in the offer. If you obtain these, your offer will change to unconditional, meaning you definitely have a place.
    • Rejection - if you are not suitably qualified

    MSc in Nursing in UK: Cost of Study

    International Masters applicants interested in studying in the UK must have sufficient funds which are distributed into three categories- the pre-arrival cost, the cost of study and the cost of living. It costs an average of 17,000 GBP - 65,000 GBP to study a master's program in nursing in the UK.

    Pre-arrival cost

    The table below shows the pre-arrival cost for international students. pre-arrival costs are mostly inclusive of expenses UK student visa fee, application fees, fees for exams required to study in UK, and similar expenses that you will spend before leaving your home country. 

    Type of Expenses Amount (GBP)
    Program Application Fee 40 – 100
    UK student Visa Application Fee 348
    Health Insurance 300
    IELTS fee 162 – 180
    TOEFL fee 120 – 188

    Note: Most universities in the UK do not have application fees.

    MSc. in Nursing in UK: Post Arrival Expenses

    The post-arrival costs will include the tuition fees for studying MSc in nursing in UK and the cost of living in UK. Given below is an image comparing the overall cost involved while pursuing MSc in Nursing in UK:

    MSc Nursing in UK: Cost of Study

    Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of study. Thus, applicants are advised to factor this into their budget while making a financial plan for a master’s program. 

    As per the graph, it can be concluded that University of Sunderland has the highest cost and University of Salford has the lowest. The range of these expenses lies between 21,754 to 47,708 GBP. For an Indian student, this will mean an overall cost of around  20 to 44 Lakhs. If the cost seems too much to cater, you can apply for the scholarships available to study in UK.  

    Note: Most institutions require International students to pay a tuition fee deposit of at least 2,000 GBP as part of the enrolment and visa process.

    MSc in Nursing in the UK with Scholarships

    The UK Government has announced that nursing, midwifery, and many allied health students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least 5,000 GBP a year. The funding will be available from next year and will not have to be repaid. In Addition to this, other scholarships available to international students in UK are presented in the table below.

    Scholarships Amount Offered (GBP) University
    King's International Scholarship 25,000 King's College London
    Chevening Scholarship varies University of Liverpool
    Global Excellence Postgraduate Taught Scholarship 5,000 University of Dundee
    International Postgraduate Scholarship 2,000 Ulster University
    International Academic Excellence Award 1,500 Coventry University
    Year of the Nurse and Midwife Scholarships 2,000 University of Salford
    Excellence Scholarship for International Students 3,000 University of Central Lancashire
    Helen McArdle Nursing Scholarship 1,200 per year for a maximum of three year (3,600) University of Sunderland
    The Glenmore Medical Postgraduate Scholarship Varies University of Edinburgh
    International Postgraduate Taught Scholarship 2,500 University of Sheffield
    UK International Postgraduate Excellence Award 4,000 University of Nottingham
    University of Glasgow International Leadership Scholarship 10,000 University of Glasgow
    International Academic Excellence Fee Scholarships Varies University of Bradford

    MSc in Nursing in UK: Job Prospects

    International graduate students in the UK can apply for a work permit to enable them to get a job in the UK after graduation. As per Prospects.UK, shortage of nurses has resulted in introduction flexible hour smaller shifts and there is an availability of freelance work. Working privately as nurses through agencies can help you earn higher payments. Additionally, pursuing your degree from UK will make you prepared for the job opportunities available around the world. Some of the opportunities available for graduates in MSc nursing in UK are:

    Job Prospect Average Salary per Annum (GBP)
    Critical Care Nurse 107,000
    Clinic Manager 129,000
    Clinic Navigator 80,700
    Clinical Application Specialist 112,000
    Care Assistant 75,000
    Care Coordinator 130,000
    Caregiver 81,300
    Nurse Educator 108,000
    Nurse Midwife 112,000
    Nursing Coordinator 100,000
    Nursing Director 141,000
    Nursing Services Instructor 112,000
    Nursing Supervisor 110,000
    Nutrition Assistant 111,000

    MSc Nursing encourages qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors from all fields of practice to develop high levels of reflection, decision-making, and criticality in nursing theory and research. This is particularly useful for nurses who wish to develop their careers and strive for promotion, particularly those aspiring to higher roles in research, leadership and education.

    Pursuing a master’s program in nursing in the UK is essential to the advancement of one’s career. Post an MSc. in nursing in UK a student experiences a hike of around 29% in comparison to the annual salaries offered to a bachelor’s degree-holding professional.


    Ques. Can I pursue Masters in Nursing in UK after completing my bachelors in India?

    Ans. Yes, a variety of graduate courses are available for pursuing higher level education in nursing. You can purse an MSc/MA or MRes degree in nursing in UK after completing your bachelors in nursing in India. However, to pursue a career in UK you will have to register as a nursing professional in UK.

    Ques. Which is the best college to pursue masters in nursing in UK?

    Ans. King’s College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Sheffield, University of Liverpool, University of Nottingham, University of Salford, and many more top-ranking universities in UK offer MSc in Nursing.

    Ques. Will the NHS pay for my University fees? 

    Ans. Only the students who have been living in UK for at least 3 years by program (masters) start and fulfill the eligibility criteria are offered NHS Bursary. This means international students who have completed their bachelors in UK may be offered the bursary depending on the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria. 

    Ques. Do top universities offering MSc in nursing in UK offer scholarships to international students?

    Ans. Yes, a variety of scholarsips are available to international students. The awards offered under these scholarships can range from 1200 GBP to 25,000 GBP. Apart from the univeristy-specific scholarships, there are various scholarships programs of which is UK is a participating country, such as Chevening Scholarships, you can also look for such scholarships when planning to pursue MSc in nursing in UK. 

    Ques. What is the eligibility for pursuing MSc in nursing in UK?

    Ans. International student must fulfill eligibility criteria such as have a relevant bachelors degree (bachelors in nursing or midwifery) with at least 60-70%. Along with this they are required to have language proficiency scores (IELTS/TOEFL exam). The score required for IELTS can range from 6.0-7.5 and for TOEFL range from 88-100

    Ques. How much can I earn with a MSc in nursing in UK?

    Ans. As per NHS, the salaries for a MSc in Nursing graduate in UK working in the sector can range between 24,000 GBP to 72,000 GBP. This is equivalent of 22 Lakhs to 67 Lakhs per annum. The salaries depend highly on the job role and promotional hierarchy.   

    Ques. How much does a MSc in nursing in UK cost?

    Ans. MSc in nursing costs between 21,754 to 47,708 GBP including your tuition and cost of living. This is equivalent to 20 to 44 Lakhs.   

    Ques. How long does it take to complete MSc in nursing in UK?

    Ans. MSc in nursing in UK is mostly 1 year full-time program and 2-3 year part-time program. However, some universities may offer a 20-24 months long full-time program.