Benefits of this course
On this masters in nursing you will study a range of theoretical and practical modules covering key principles and practices in adult nursing, including:
- acute care, diagnostics and treatment
- long term care, recovery and rehabilitation
- leading and managing in healthcare practice.
You will learn alongside students from other nursing pathways and professional disciplines such as Speech and Language Therapy, encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach that reflects professional clinical practice.
You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.
- Master of Science (MSc)
Who is this course for?
If you are a graduate who wants to pursue a rewarding career in nursing, this MSc will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge you need, even if your first degree is in an unrelated subject.
Master of Science (MSc)
- Full-time: 2 years (Minimum)
- 8 in total
The course has three programme stages, which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next programme stage.
The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses.
All modules are compulsory.
Foundations for Evidence Informed Nursing Knowledge and Care Across the Lifecourse (30 credits)
In this module you will examine professional values; applied biological sciences; human experience across the lifecourse and the historical, biological and socioeconomic aspects of people’s lives; communication and interpersonal skills; nursing practice and decision making and leadership, management and team working.
Practice 1- Foundations for Nursing Care (15 credits)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore, experiment and engage in a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe simulated environment, to help you prepare for the reality of practice
Integration of care for people with acute and long term needs across health and social care (30 credits)
The module is designed to integrate relevant pathophysiology, therapeutics and nursing management so that you can critically apply these in assessment, clinical decision making, planning, implementing and evaluating evidence informed nursing care.
Critical Use of Evidence to Inform Decision Making in Practice (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of research and its interpretation and implementation. This will enable you to propose new research questions and plan a future critical appraisal of the literature.
Principles of Prescribing (15 credits)
Through this module you will explore evidence-based interventions to maximise the therapeutic benefits and minimise adverse effects of medicines. You will gain an understanding of pharmaceutical knowledge; principles of medicine dosage, side effects, reactions and interactions; concordance; philosophy and psychology of prescribing.
Practice 2- Applying Knowledge and Skills for Person-Centred Care for Practice (15 credits)
This module will prepare you to effectively provide safe, person-centred care within your field of practice. You will have an opportunity to explore, experiment and engage in a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe, simulated environment.
Leading and Managing Across Health and Social Care (15 credits)
This module will develop your ability to confidently lead, manage and challenge in professional practice. There will be a focus on clinical decision making; risk assessment and management; quality improvement and change management.
Practice 3: Developing Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Professional Practice (15 credits)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore, experiment and engage in activities for advancing nursing practice in a realistic, but safe simulated environment, to help you prepare to care for individuals with complex needs in different healthcare settings.
Dissertation (45 credits)
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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Teaching and assessment
On this MSc Nursing (Adult) course, you will learn through a dynamic mix of direct, interactive and online methods, including:
- laboratory practicals
- self-directed study
- practice experience
- simulated practice
- online activities.
Our state-of-the-art facilities include our Clinical Skills Centre which is equipped with a simulated six bed ward and a range of specialist equipment to enable you to practice your skills in a realistic but controlled environment.
On this MSc Nursing (Adult) course, you will also learn how to use the latest telehealth technologies that support home-based care through our unique Technology Enabled Care Studio.
You will spend half of your time on clinical placements in a variety of settings including:
- NHS and independent sector hospitals
- general practice (GP) surgeries
- nursing and care homes
- patients' homes and community settings.
Clinical placements are an essential, compulsory part of this programme. Placement allocations are undertaken by the University.
Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers within Central, East and North East London, which will enable you to gain a detailed understanding of the local community and how services are structured.
Assessments include the following:
- Research Proposal
- Seminar Presentation and Report
- Care Study
- Critical Reflection
- Leadership and Management
- Dissertation in the form of a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT)
- Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail
Fees and funding
Fees for academic year 2023/24
Master of Science
Full-time per year
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of two percent. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
If you have already received a student loan for a previous undergraduate course, you are eligible to apply for a second undergraduate loan for this course. Find out more loan options and additional financial support for studying an MSc pre-registration nursing course.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with the NMC, which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification, enabling you to practice as an adult and mental health nurse in the UK and overseas (although additional registration maybe required in some countries).
Following registration, a range of opportunities and career pathways will be open to you, such as:
- clinical management
- advanced nurse practitioner
- clinical specialisms
- community nursing.
How to apply
To apply for this course, you must have:
- a lower second class honours degree or above in any subject.
- an awareness of health or health-related care issues.
- GSCE’s (or accepted equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language with a minimum of a grade 4 pass (C or above).
You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references may be requested. Please see the Entry Requirements page for full information.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a Recognition of Prior Theory Learning (RPL) claim in order to obtain a place on the course. In addition it is recommended that a Recognition of Prior Practice Learning (RPL) claim is also made prior to entry to the programme otherwise applicants will be required to undertake a further 500 practice hours at the end of the two year programme.
This will not be an option for those who are required to apply for a visa to come to the UK to study. Applicants with no clinical experience will still considered.
As well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend an online interview as part of the selection process, to ensure that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.
Important information regarding COVID-19 vaccination
Clinical placements are an exciting and essential part of the training required to become a qualified Nurse.
To protect students, staff and patients during these experiences, we strongly encourage our students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt).
English language requirements
GCSE English Language grade C or IELTS score 7 with 7 in each component is required.
Applicants educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold:
TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.
For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
Applications are made through UCAS using the UCAS code: 3012.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Successful applicants will be required to complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim in order to obtain a place on the course.
In addition it is recommended that a Recognition of Prior Practice Learning (RPL) claim is also made prior to entry to the programme otherwise applicants will be required to undertake a further 500 practice hours at the end of the two year programme. This will not be an option for those who are required to apply for a visa to come to the UK to study.
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process. You can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
September 2023 entry
Contact the postgraduate team
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. On occasion we also work with external professionals to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
The School's interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre is designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.
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