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Faculty of Medical Sciences


Master of Science In Nursing

About the Programme

Advance your nursing career! 
The Master of Science in Nursing programme focuses on the integration of research, theory and advanced nursing practice to advance your nursing career in the roles of nursing educators and nursing administrators.

What Will I Study?

You will discover:
  • Application of theories and concepts to classroom and clinical
  • The art and science of advance specializations in nursing
  • Leadership and strategic management in educational and clinical settings
  • Development of mentoring and coaching skills
  • The relevance of computer technology in healthcare and nursing


Career Opportunities

If you want to:
  • Transition into a faculty position in a nursing programme
  • Advance to a staff development role within your institution
  • Advance your career into a leadership role in an educational institution or allied healthcare institution

Possible careers include:
  • Nursing Tutor/Instructor
  • Health Educator
  • Staff Development Officer

If you want to:
  • Advance to  leadership positions in clinical, chronic and complex care in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings.

Possible careers include:
  • Senior Nurse Executive
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Recruiter
  • Nurse Entrepreneur

Then this degree is for you!

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment. Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies. We welcome local, international and regional students.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: Full time: 1 year| Part-time: 2 years


Programme Details

There are 16  approved courses in the Faculty of Medical Sciences which must be taken.

These courses include:

  • Research Methodology (Quantitative)
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Nursing Science and Theory
  • Mental & Physical Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Nursing and Health Information Systems
  • Policy and Ethical Issues in Nursing/Health
  • Nursing Research Project

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We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. 

Local (Barbadian) applicant: BDS $25,000.00
Non-National applicant: BDS $30,000.00

For further information on:
Scholarships and Funding

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year.

The MScN programme is offered to general or psychiatric trained nurses who hold registration/licensure in their current jurisdiction of practice; can verify first licensure/registration if it is different from that which is currently held, and is eligible for licensure/registration in any of the countries served by the UWI.

Candidate should:

1) Have a total of five (5) years post RN licensure/registration clinical practice as a registered nurse in an approved recognized agency, institution or organization where Primary, Secondary, Tertiary or Extended Health Care services are offered. Students requiring admission to Advanced Nursing Practice must have five (5) years current clinical practice. The time spent on any educational programme is not included in this five (5) year practice requirement.


Meet one of the following requirements

2) Hold an undergraduate degree with normally not less than second class honors
3) Hold a graduate degree


4) Hold approved technical and/or professional qualification(s) awarded by an approved body and approved by this University and currently holds a middle level position


5) Have in the opinion of the University, other qualification(s) and experience of special relevance to the programme.
Within the Regulations, every effort will be made to facilitate the individual student’s academic goals, professional and career expectations, and employment realities.

An applicant may be required to:

1) Sit an entrance examination and/or
2) Attend an interview and/or
3) Have a period of orientation appropriate to their programme of interest, BEFORE admission

An applicant will:

1) Have the relevant educational transcripts sent directly by the educational institution to the UWI
2) Complete a portfolio relevant to nursing education/practice/experience on the form(s) provided
3) Have two (2) referees complete and send their respective recommendation on the prescribed UWI form directly to the University of the West Indies
4) Provide any other documentation requested
5) Meet the deadlines stated for the submission of documents

Faculty of Medical Sciences
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