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MSc Adult Nursing / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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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