Queen Margaret University

At Queen Margaret University, the Division of Nursing delivers a four-year integrated master’s degree in nursing.

The course will prepare you with the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities for a successful and rewarding career in nursing. You can find out more about this programme here. You can get an overview of the other health professional courses offered at QMU here.

Students will experience a variety of practice learning opportunities during the programme and are supported by both the University and our practice partners. 

Practice Learning Experiences provide the opportunity to integrate theory and practice by working directly with people in whichever setting they are. Allocation of placements can be in a variety of settings such as the community area, a hospital or care home. These may be in the Lothians and the Borders. There are placement opportunities in each year of the course.

Read what a recent graduate said here.

If you would like to know more about our practice partners, what they do and the support they provide, please check out the NHS board section and the non-nhs sections on this website.

Practical nursing lesson in the Clinical Skills room

Alignment with programme themes

This programme will prepare student nurses to deliver safe, effective and person-centred nursing care with confidence. The design of the curriculum will ensure that students are part of a community of learners, working collaboratively with lecturers, clinical staff, service users and other students on a transformational journey towards registration. Students will actively engage in creative and critical ways of working and learning including approaches such as critical inquiry, reflection, contemplation, simulation and practice learning experiences.


Year One

Knowing self and others. This year focuses on the foundations of professional nursing care. Students will explore a range of influences on health, professional issues, skills for nursing practice, and the bio-sciences to inform person-centred care. There will be a focus on the healthy person and healthy communities. Students will begin to learn to meet the needs of people across the lifespan and what the key health challenges may be both nationally and internationally. We will also focus on supporting and facilitating their own self-care, incorporating contemplative learning approaches. Clinical skills learning will prepare students for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings with the main focus in year 1 being community and care of older people. 

Year Two

Knowing self, others and society. In this year, the curriculum will build on learning from year one and learn how to plan and evaluate care in a person-centred way. This year will also focus on facilitating and supporting health and self-care in persons/ family/ carers. Students will learn how to assess and care for people as they cope and adapt to ill health, combining science subjects with nursing care. Clinical skills learning will prepare nursing students for practice learning experiences in a variety of settings. 

Year Three

Knowing how to develop self and others. This year will concentrate on the care of people with complex needs and increasing dependency in a range of settings.  Making person-centred judgements and decisions will be a focus, while you will continue to develop leadership skills and the promotion of person-centred cultures in care environments. 

Year Four

Year four will focus on integrating your learning from the previous three years to enable you to become registered nurses with advanced skills.  The largest module is Integrated Person-centred Nursing Practice for Human Flourishing and with 60 credits aligned this module, you will synthesise all aspects of the person-centred practice framework.  Your final practice learning experiences are included in this module and we will have creative and challenging conversation in the active learning communities which will enable transformation of practice and human flourishing. We will prepare you to transition from student to registrant so that you can continue to develop and flourish.  You will be prepared to take on the role of Practice Supervisor and be ready to commence the Flying Start programme as a newly qualified practitioner.  


Master of Nursing (MNurse)

Nursing demands compassion and skill and this course will fully equip you to give exceptional person-centred care. With this degree course you will be able to register with the NMC and practise as a nurse.
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Useful QMU Documentation for Students:

PAD - Scotland - QMU.pdf

Key contacts:

Programme lead – Ruth Magowan  rmagowan@qmu.ac.uk
Associate Programme lead/Practice lead -  
Georgios Tsigkas   gtsigkas@qmu.ac.uk