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Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships (UK)


King's works in partnership with The Burdett Trust for Nursing and University of Edinburgh to educate nurse leaders of the future through two full time postgraduate nursing scholarships in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care.

The scholarships are generously funded by The Burdett Trust for Nursing and cover both tuition fees and living costs through a stipend of £17,425 per annum. The scholarships will have a particular focus on developing leadership and research capacity within the nursing profession.

The scholarships are available for full-time entry onto one of the relevant postgraduate courses and provide a unique opportunity for nurses who aspire to develop into senior leadership roles and improve the quality of services and outcomes for patients through building nursing research capacity both nationally and internationally.

Those successful in securing a scholarship, will be known as The Burdett Fellows.

As part of the scholarship scheme, you will be able to take one of the programmes outlined below. These two programmes lay the foundations for nurses who aspire to develop into senior leadership roles and enables them to build the knowledge and skills needed to influence national and international nursing policy.


  • MRes Clinical Research – Full-time one year

The Clinical Research MRes is a multi-disciplinary course aimed at practitioners who wish to develop their clinical or academic research careers. The course seeks to enhance the skills and knowledge needed for supporting, delivering and integrating research into clinical practice, as well as fostering evidence-based practice. Practitioners with the appropriate innovation and critical-thinking skills may be supported to undertake further study at MPhil/PhD level with the aim of developing a future clinical academic career.

  • MSc Palliative Care – Full-time one year

The Palliative Care programme will give you the skills to critically appraise research and evidence on palliative care, conduct high quality research, improve clinical practice and develop services across the world. You will have world-class teaching at one of the strongest centres of palliative care research in the world and the only purpose-built institute for palliative care. This course incorporates leading research and innovative and evidence-based practice. It is delivered by the Cicely Saunders Institute in partnership with St Christopher’s Hospice.

  • MSc Clinical Nursing – Full-time one year

The Clinical Nursing MSc will provide you with the knowledge you need to ensure the care you provide is compassionate, evidence-based and person-centred. You’ll also learn about the use of digital strategies in healthcare, and be able to engage with institutional and wider cultures that promote patient safety and care. This programme supports qualified nurses to develop their knowledge and skills so they are able to take their career in nursing to the next level. The Clinical Nursing programme will support you in your path to become an expert clinical decision-maker, able to autonomously manage and lead healthcare practice.


All nurses applying for the above full-time courses are eligible for these scholarships, including UK, EU and overseas students. Applicants should also be present in London during the academic year for on campus teaching delivery and face-to-face contact.

The scholarships will be awarded through assessment of academic performance, relevant experience (where appropriate) and the personal statement indicating reasons for applying.


All applicants should complete the King’s College London online application process for either the MRes Clinical Research, MSc Clinical Nursing or MSc Palliative Care programmes. The personal statement submitted for that MSc application must include a brief sentence stating that you have also applied for this specific scholarship and how the Burdett Fellow Scholarship would impact you and your local/professional communities.

You will be asked to submit the following documents for your application to be considered:

Supporting documents

  • A CV of no more than two pages with evidence of professional registration as a nurse.

  • Two references including at least one academic reference. Professional references will be accepted if you completed your qualifications over five years ago.

  • Personal statement. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). The personal statement should also outline how the Burdett Fellow Scholarship would impact you and your local/professional communities.

  • An outline of your research interests and potential project you may undertake as part of your studies. International applicants will need to provide a letter of support from their health institution supporting their research activities in their country (i.e. access to study sites for data collection) if you are planning to undertake a research project abroad.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a short interview to discuss your experience, reasons for wanting to join the programme, research interest and how the award may support you in pursuing your future career aspirations. Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes, held online and will take place towards the end of June 2023.

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