Nursing Studies (International)
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September or January
Faculty of Health Studies
Nurses worldwide are at the forefront of innovation and development in health and social care delivery. There are increasing demands on nurses to cope with advances in technology and role change whilst drawing on evidence-based practice and working in dynamic environments to ensure the best-quality outcomes for their patients.
In the current climate of international mobility, the ability to work effectively with people of varied cultures has become essential, as healthcare delivery may conflict with patients’ cultural beliefs, standards and practices.
The MSc Nursing Studies (International) is a theoretically focused programme, developed specifically for the international student working towards an advanced practice role. The vision for this Award is to develop nurses/midwives who are able to actively engage in lifelong learning, work effectively with people of varied cultures, beliefs and practices and evaluate evidence-based practice and literature to inform, advance and lead practice and service delivery.
Through the use of face to face teaching, alongside technology enabled learning, the Award will provide a rich learning environment and opportunity for exchange of perspectives and experiences on many levels for international students, not just culturally but also around service developments and the challenges for nursing care delivery.
Furthermore, the Award will provide a diverse and enriching opportunity for students, as part of a nursing/midwifery community of practitioners, to examine barriers to health care. By advancing and facilitating levels of strategic thinking, debate, criticality and analysis, the Award will impact on students area of practice, professional role and provide the necessary knowledge to underpin developments in nursing/midwifery.
- This programme aims to attract students from a rich mix of cultural and academic backgrounds, which should add to the international focus, reflecting the reality of today’s global public health agenda
- These programmes, whilst developed largely with registered nurses in mind, provide the student with the opportunity to study alongside other health and social care professionals, voluntary sector personnel and service users for some modules
- Continuing professional development funding may be available for some modules and courses. However, access to funding for part or all of an award cannot be guaranteed
- Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- A first degree in a relevant subject area, NVQ level 6 or equivalent or a relevant postgraduate qualification
- Nursing registration with the Professional body in the student’s home country
- Students whose qualifications do not meet the entry requirements above, but who have significant experience and other evidence of ability to study at this level will also be considered
English language requirements:
Students must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent (with at least 5.5 in each of the sub-tests), if English is not their first language.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
Learning activities and assessment
Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods - these methods are dependent on modules studied. However, student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills. There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning.
The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, advance your knowledge and critical thinking and develop technical skills. The modules offer you the capacity to acknowledge and build upon the knowledge and skills you may have acquired through previous learning experiences including those in the work place.
Your course of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes. The teaching approaches that are used across the Faculty of Health Studies are informed by the University core values which are for teaching and learning to be:
You may experience these across your choice of modules in order to meet both the aims of the programme and your learning outcomes which may include any number of the following:
Lectures: to a group of students where information will be presented and discussed whilst informed by the core values.
Facilitated seminars and group discussion: where learning will be through the interpretation and critical application of information and group learning.
Tutorial: where small group number of students reflect and discuss issues related to their learning.
Use of Web based virtual learning environments, such as Blackboard or Ning, to access information and to interact with other students undertaking group work or developing wikis.
Distance learning packages where clearly defined directed study and tasks are available for the student to undertake.
Directed reading: where set reading may be recommended.
Self Directed learning: Where student are expected to develop their own learning by identifying areas of interest and areas in which knowledge needs to be developed.
Undertaking a research module which is shaped by your own self-directed learning needs and the learning outcomes at MSc level.
You will be expected to develop an autonomous learning style and become self-directed as a learner.
Your learning will be assessed against the learning outcomes and programme aims through the use of a range of different assessment techniques which may include one or more of the following approaches:
- Written essay
- A Reflective Case study
- Computer based /Multiple Choice Question examination
- Computer based open book examination
- Seminar Presentation
- Written project report
- Completion of a Dissertation
- Research paper/executive summary
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- International: £15,600
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Students applying to study a Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) module or programme, and who work for an approved provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, may be able to access funding through Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Contract for the cost of their course fees. This funding is subject to availability.
Students who wish to apply for the above funding will need to provide a funding letter from their employer (on a letterhead) confirming their employment in that organisation and that their employer supports their studies.
Alternatively, please complete one of the funding forms attaching a compliment slip or stamp to verify employer support as part of the application process:
Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email email@example.com to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Nursing Studies (International)
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.