MSc Masters in Nursing (International)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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This newly developed one-year full time Masters in Nursing (International) course is specifically designed for nurses from overseas looking to develop personally and in their professional nursing careers. Access and integration of technology and innovations are changing nursing practice globally. Nurses need to embrace change and innovation to become more adaptive and resilient to the challenges facing healthcare.

The course reflects contemporary practice in the UK. It focuses on integrated approaches to care with an emphasis on health promotion, improving patient outcomes and promoting wellbeing in patients with long-term conditions within an ageing society with transferability to other international healthcare settings.

Studying at London South Bank University offers students from other countries opportunities to access UK professional, educational and values-based expertise delivered by experienced nurse educators.

The course will further develop and enhance the practitioner’s clinical assessment and decision-making skills and provide them with the leadership and research skills to lead and promote evidence based practice in their own countries.

Why Nursing at LSBU?

LSBU is one of the largest providers of post qualifying nurse education in London for over 25 years.
Dedicated facilities: We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus.
Ranked joint 1st for graduate prospects in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020).
No.1 in London for learning community (National Student Survey 2019).
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


The structure for the course comprises eight compulsory modules running over two semesters commencing in September.

The course consists of 7 x 20-credit modules and 1 x 40 credit module.

  • Contact Teaching hrs: 30-36hrs
  • Blended Learning hrs:14-20 hrs
  • Student self-directed study: 144-156hrs

Semester 1

  • Ethics and values for healthcare professionals
    This module prepares students to become critical thinkers and develop their professional and ethical leadership skills, and promotes patient autonomy within the clinical setting.
  • Contemporary approaches to healthcare
    This module focuses on multiple aspects of nursing within complex healthcare environments including concepts such as: integrating physical and mental health, health promotion and public health priorities.
  • Research in health and social care
    This module consolidates and extends students' knowledge of research approaches and methods, and enhances their ability to be critical users of research evidence.
  • Healthy ageing enablement and frailty
    This module considers multiple aspects of ageing and is underpinned throughout with an enabling and empowering approach to care.

Semester 2

  • Dissertation
    This 40-credit module enables the student to plan and undertake an investigation of a topic contributing to development of their professional practice.
  • Leading continuous quality improvement
    The module explores challenges in care provision and management strategies to encourage and facilitate continuous improvement in health and social care service to enable practitioners to improve services/patient care.
  • An integrated approach to long-term conditions
    This module utilises an integrated approach to long-term conditions designed to facilitate the practitioner to become knowledgeable and engaged in caring for this group of patients.  
  • Enhanced assessment and clinical decision making for healthcare professionals
    This module prepares students to undertake proficient clinical assessments of the acutely unwell patient that complements and enhances their existing practice.


It is anticipated that students will return to their own countries and this

Award will enable staff to make a positive impact on patient care and service innovation in their own areas of practice.

Transferable knowledge gained from an understanding of the initiatives used in the UK to improve on areas of care including health promotion, aging and complex care will provide students with the knowledge and skills to advance and contribute to evidence care in these areas.

This MSc does not give accreditation with the UK Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and there are no practice placements attached to this course.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

The programme utilises a number of different approaches ranging from classroom-based lecturers, seminars, tutorials and simulation.

A range of assessment strategies will be employed to reflect the programme across academic and clinical assessments. This includes the use of written essays, presentations and OSCEs.

Students are supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) using Moodle, along with excellent library facilities onsite and a Learning Resource Centre at the Southwark campus. All face-to-face delivery will be complimented by e-learning activities.


Entry requirements

A first degree in Nursing at Upper Second class (2.2) or higher, or the international equivalent.

Students will also be required to have registration with the relevant professional body in their home country with a minimum of 6 months professional experience.

Students must be able to evidence proficiency in English have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent (with at least 5.5 in each sub-tests) – please see here (PDF File 124 KB) for more details on accepted English language qualifications.

How to apply

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

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Chinese nationals

Chinese nationals who are applying through our partner Beijing Huatong Guokang Foundation (BHGF) should submit their applications through BHGF’s nominated administrator for the programme.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


MSc Nursing (International) (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £0International fee: £14900
AOS/LSBU code: 5554Session code: 1FS00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 160 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

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