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MSc Adult Nursing

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
MSc Adult Nursing
Duration
2 Years Full Time
Entry requirements
We require an undergraduate degree with at least an Upper Second in any subject.

We also require:

  • GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE English Language grade B/6 or above
  • GCSE Science subject (grade B/6 in subjects such as Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science. 

We also require 575 hours of health care related experience in a care setting, eg a care home or hospital volunteering, and 500 hours of prior learning, which will be assessed via a portfolio.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
21
How to apply
As this is a pre-registration course, you need to apply through UCAS  (UCAS code B742).

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course overview

  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the world and 2nd in the UK for Nursing (QS World University Rankings 2021).
  • Study in a department that has produced leading nurse practitioners, researchers and policymakers.
  • Gain experience in a wide range of learning environments at nearby Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, including leadership, education and research.
  • Work alongside internationally renowned clinicians and nurse consultants in a wide range of specialties including wound care, digital health, emergency medicine, infection prevention and control and clinical decision making.
  • Please note this course is subject to NMC approval.

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits .

For course specific events please contact  ug.nursing@manchester.ac.uk  

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £9,250
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £19,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

As per the recent government announcement, all nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back.

The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing and midwifery students, and to many allied health students, from September 2020. More information is on the GOV.UK website .

Find out about the financial support available to students starting at Manchester here .

One fees-only widening participation scholarship may be available for each intake. For further information, please contact ug.nursing@manchester.ac.uk

 

Additional expenses

There are no additional expenses. Although you will be required to travel to placement settings, these costs will be reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Nursing Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4700
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/nursing
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an undergraduate degree with at least an Upper Second in any subject.

We also require:

  • GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE English Language grade B/6 or above
  • GCSE Science subject (grade B/6 in subjects such as Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science. 

We also require 575 hours of health care related experience in a care setting, eg a care home or hospital volunteering, and 500 hours of prior learning, which will be assessed via a portfolio.

English language

We require IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

As this is a pre-registration course, you need to apply through UCAS  (UCAS code B742).

Advice to applicants

Please refer to the links below for further guidance on:

  • how to apply;
  • how your application is considered;
  • personal statement guidance;
  • interview requirements.

Application process  (PDF)

Core competencies (PDF)

Guidance and procedures (PDF)

How your application is considered

Please refer to this document (PDF) for specific information on how we consider applications.

Interview requirements

We shortlist applicants for interviews for this course. Please refer to  this document  (PDF) for more information.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (completed prior to registration). The health screening comprises completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and also a medical appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Tel: 0161 275 2858 Email: millocchealth@manchester.ac.uk

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For further information, including the process, see  DBS checks (PDF, 104 KB) 

Course details

Course description

The MSc Adult Nursing is a two-year pre-registration course that will lead to registration as an adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The course is a collaboration between The University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. The purpose is to prepare graduates from any discipline for an exciting career in nursing leadership, education or clinical academia. The MSc comprises a 50:50 split between theory and practice. The theory component blends face-to-face and online learning, and self-directed study. Theory is delivered by experienced and internationally renowned academics and clinical colleagues, with a focus on translating high quality research evidence into practice.

Practice placements are in Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, supported by simulated practice, and clinical and mandatory skills teaching on campus. In Year 1, these will introduce you to the fundamentals of nursing practice. In Year 2, you will develop practical skills in leadership, teaching and learning, and research.

The Adult Nursing (MSc) is for students with an undergraduate degree in any subject. If you do not have an undergraduate degree, see: BNurs Adult Nursing.

Please note this course is subject to NMC approval. 

Special features

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Our Values - Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

The course is a partnership between two centres of excellence: The University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. The collaboration sets this MSc in Adult Nursing apart from similar courses locally and nationally.   

The University of Manchester was home to the first degree in Nursing in England (1974), led by the first Professor of Nursing Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff. The department has a long history of excellence in teaching and research.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) chief nurse Professor Cheryl Lenney has been awarded an OBE for outstanding nursing leadership in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2020. MFT works in close collaboration with Citylabs, a world-class hub for health innovation and precision medicine, and part of Europe's largest clinical academic campus.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a range of blended approaches, including:
  • traditional lectures;
  • seminars;
  • interactive workshops;
  • online activities and discussions;
  • group work;
  • presentations;
  • problem-based learning.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed entirely through coursework. This may include:
  • presentations;
  • vlogs;
  • literature reviews;
  • care studies;
  • critical reflections;
  • traditional essays.

Course content for year 1

The first year explores the core aspects of nursing knowledge through lectures, seminars, workshops, simulation, conferences and fieldwork. You will begin to develop a portfolio of learning and reflect on your knowledge, skills and practice experiences.

You will learn about:

  • the person in the patient whose health is impacted by their environment and social circumstances;
  • an holistic approach to nursing care with the patient and family firmly at the centre;
  • health psychology and behaviour change; ethics applied to nursing and the dilemmas nurses face; and digital health and informatics;
  • biosciences applied to nursing including: anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology.

You will also develop critical understanding of underpinning theory and research evidence.

Practical skills will be developed through on-campus experiences and three practice learning experiences in Greater Manchester.

Students in clinical practice also have the opportunity to undertake spoke placements. These are short and discrete opportunities for practical experience to aid learning about other fields of nursing practice.

While in your practice learning environments you will be supervised and assessed in accordance with the NMC (2018) standards framework for nursing and midwifery education.

A wide variety of practice learning environments will be provided to ensure you meet all the components of the NMC standards.

The course unit details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Course content for year 2

In addition to consolidating your clinical skills, the second year focuses on developing skills in decision making, leadership, teaching and learning, and research.

In Year 2 there are three practice learning experiences, further practice on campus/clinical skills simulation sessions and three theoretical course units (including a dissertation).

A wide variety of practice learning environments will be provided to enhance your learning including opportunities to spend time with nurse leaders, educators and researchers.

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Decision Making in Professional Practice NURS60055 15 Mandatory
Knowledge & Skills for Nursing 1 NURS70011 45 Mandatory
Knowledge & Skills for Nursing 2 NURS70012 45 Mandatory
Dissertation- Research in Professional Practice (Major Project) NURS70120 45 Mandatory
Nurse as Leader, Manager, Co-ordinator NURS70130 30 Mandatory

Course collaborators

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

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Emily talks about her experience at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

There will be extensive career opportunities for graduates of this course, reflecting the strong partnership between the University and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Upon completion of the programme and successful registration with the NMC, you would be guaranteed employment from your host trust (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust), which has a national reputation for excellence in leadership and research.

Graduates from this course will be in a strong position to pursue careers in clinical nursing leadership (eg as a Consultant nurse, nurse led services, nurse specialisms), teaching and learning (in higher education and the NHS), and clinical academia (combined clinical and research careers).  

Click here to hear first-hand from members of the team about their careers at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Accrediting organisations

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the UK regulator for nursing and midwifery professions.

The primary purpose of the NMC is protection of the public. It does this through maintaining a register of all qualified nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK and by setting national standards for their education, training and conduct.