MSc Adult Nursing - Preregistration

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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Nursing is a great option if you're looking to make a difference. Listen to some of our students talk about their experience, together with tips and advice for your future career.

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Emily Bowden is a third year Adult Nursing student at UEA. As a mature student, she juggles being a parent with the demands of the course and placements. But Emily has always been keen to ‘give back’ to society, so she, her husband Gerry (who is also an experienced nurse and Advanced Care Practitioner) and their children joined the charity, Big Life, in Calcutta.

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What are the best things about nursing? What type of Nurse do you want to be? Watch our video.

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Key facts

(REF, 2014)

Make a difference to people’s lives, right when they need it most, when you become an adult nurse.

Adult nurses work across the whole spectrum of health care from young adults, to the middle aged, to over 90's and beyond, from those living with long-term illnesses, recovering from illness or living with a disability, to those needing help to stay mentally and physically well. On this innovative and accelerated programme, you will discover all the different aspects of adult nursing and be supported in getting your career off to the best possible start.

This course is ideal if you already have a degree but are looking for a fast-track way to get into Nursing. With the NHS Constitution at its core, our Adult Nursing programme provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


Learn your new profession in one of the top nursing schools in the UK

  • Train at one of the best schools for nursing (7th in the UK for nursing and midwifery -The Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Gain eligibility for nursing registration as well as a Master’s degree
  • Study and train alongside a broad range of health and social care professionals, including nurses from other disciplines, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists, Paramedics, Doctors, Physician Associates and Pharmacists
  • Graduate with excellent employment opportunities – we have 98% employment record on our Nursing degrees
  • Enhance your employability with training in leadership, management, service improvement, research consumerism, entrepreneurship, public health and key population and demographic issues
  • Live locally, train locally and work locally. UEA is proud to part of a large network of healthcare practices across East Anglia


You will experience placements in a variety of settings under the supervision of a professional, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment, while working closely with adult patients, clients and their families.

Is this course for me?

This course is designed for graduates with a degree in another discipline who are looking for a route into nursing. The programme structure is 50% theory and 50% practice to ensure you are appropriately prepared for the role of a registered adult nurse.

If you already are a nurse this course is not suitable and you may wish to consider our other professional nursing courses delivered at Degree and Master’s level, we also have a selection of high quality Continuing Professional Development courses to support your career development.

Please note: Health care experience is essential to meet the APL/NMC requirements for eligibility onto the two year programme. This will require you to identify a suitably qualified person such as a nurse, doctor or physiotherapist who has directly observed your competency in basic care skills in order for them to be signed off to meet the NMC requirements. Please read our Fact Sheet for more information. 

The varied life of an adult nurse

It’s no secret that nursing plays a significant role in the UK healthcare system. Your patients might be young adults, those in their middle and later years or people who may be in their nineties or beyond. As an adult nurse, you will be compassionate, determined and have the communication skills to provide care at all levels.

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution Values are an integral part of everything we do; they underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students in the university and in the practice setting. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Starting your career as an adult nurse 

As a qualified adult nurse, your skills will be in great demand. You will graduate equipped to work with adults of any age, and ready to find employment. Our courses are specially designed to ensure our local health services are staffed with the highest calibre of nurses. That means that if you wish, there will be no need to relocate in search of work – you can start making a difference right here in East Anglia.

As well as going on to enjoy a challenging but highly rewarding career within acute and community NHS Trusts, you could also work within private, charitable and voluntary sector services, industry, education, management and leadership, research, armed forces, school nursing, prisons and public health.

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Any questions? Download our FAQ sheet.

Find out what prior experience you'll need before you start the course. Download our APL fact sheet.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 90 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module develops your understanding of the unique needs of individuals living with a long-term condition. Using a strengths based approach, you will evaluate interventions to support the adjustment needs of people, living with long term conditions including their families and carers to enable them to function to their full potential. Key concepts and content will focus on management of long-term conditions, self-management, pathophysiology of illness, communication, social inclusion, reasonable adjustments, legislation, capacity, pharmacology, reflexivity, health and social policy, and end of life care. Essential nursing skill development will continue. In the first 8 weeks blended and shared learning approaches will support you to meet the module outcomes. You will have a practice learning experience in addition to spoken learning experiences. During your 11 week practice learning opportunity you will have 8 days of directed study in School to integrate theory and practice learning. The focus will be on working in partnership with a range of individuals who have long-term conditions, their families and carers to maximise self-care and self-management. This will also include consideration of the wider needs of people who have a learning disability or are living with a mental health problem. The contemporary care of adults, their families and carers during end of life care will be analysed, including how treatment goals and individual choices may alter during differing stages of progressive illness, loss and bereavement. You will continue to gain experience in pre and postnatal care and child development over the course of this module. The 3 independent study / learning weeks that follow this module are for learning identified by you and your advisor to achieve NMC progression requirements, this could be additional theory or practice hours.




This module explores and applies the concept of empowerment and health promotion in nursing practice, with an emphasis on therapeutic relationships. You will develop your skills and knowledge related to identifying changes in health status, health crises and coping strategies. This will form a key part of your learning and you will receive support with the transition to Masters level studies. Interprofessional learning is also undertaken with a range of other healthcare professional students from the faculty. Essential nursing skill development is a key feature of this module. In the first 7 weeks, you will experience blended and shared learning approaches, which will support you to meet the module outcomes. There are 11 weeks of practice learning experience, which includes one study day in school per week to integrate theory and practice learning. You will learn the principles of maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing across the lifespan. The context of health and wellbeing for adults will be grounded in public health principles investigating and analysing the relationship between lifestyle and health, detecting and responding to health changes and exploring the nature of health screening. You will research the impact of illness and disability, following patient pathways as they move between primary and secondary care. There will be an emphasis on the ability to safely apply a range of diagnostic skills and the appropriate technology to assess the needs of the individual. The complexities of forming therapeutic relationships within a range of adult health service delivery settings will be critically analysed. You will learn about the normal biopsychosocial process of pregnancy and gain experience of perinatal care. In a similar way, you will learn about the normal physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological development of children and young people gaining experience in practice over the course of the year. There will be examination of the impact of illness and disability on people's lives across the life span. The assessment of nursing needs and planning of interventions are a key theme.



Students must study the following modules for 90 credits:

Name Code Credits


The module supports your increasing autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning, focussing on developing your ability to prioritise the requirements of people with acute and complex needs. Building on previous skills there will be an emphasis on effective communication in diverse and challenging situations. Themes will include influencing others, managerial and leadership strategies and the effectiveness of the interprofessional team. In the first 9 weeks, blended and shared learning approaches continue to support you to meet the module outcomes. You will concentrate on the acquisition of field knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of people with acute and complex needs. You will be building on your knowledge and skills to demonstrate you can effectively deliver nursing interventions and communicate with individuals with complex needs. This will include leading assessments of individuals with complex health issues, promoting informed choice in situations where autonomy is compromised and demonstrating nursing practice that protects vulnerable individuals. You will demonstrate your ability to develop appropriate plans of care, critically evaluate the efficacy of nursing interventions, formulate risk assessment management plans and safely use invasive and non-invasive procedures, relevant medical technology and pharmacological interventions to provide information. A 12-week continuous practice experience forms part of this module.



Professional Practice and Leadership

In this module students will critically consider the effective and efficient use of resources required to deliver nursing outcomes in an interprofessional arena. As students move towards professional registration they will explore their role in relation to the enhancement of nursing practice and service delivery, with an emphasis on the knowledge and skills of a resilient nurse, and being a nurse leader. Key themes will include evidence based practice, change management, service improvement, conflict management and decision making in complex situations. The opportunities for their involvement in policy making and implementation will be critically reviewed. In the first 9 weeks of the module blended and shared learning approaches continue to support them to meet the module outcomes. They will concentrate on the acquisition of field knowledge and skills to prepare them for future practice. They will consolidate and review the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice. Contemporary legislation and policy will be considered in the light of existing knowledge and experience with an emphasis on future autonomous practice. Self-management in complex and challenging situations will be a key theme. They will also be expected to contribute to the management of an adult nursing practice learning environment and use the knowledge gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice to members of the wider interprofessional team. This is supported with a 12 week placement. The 3 independent learning weeks that follow this module are for learning identified by the student and their mentor such as to make up practice/theory time, or independent study/reading.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject All subject areas considered
  • Degree Classification Minimum 2:2 or equivalent; Degrees should normally have been completed within the last 5 years, although other recent, relevant study may be considered. If you already are a nurse this course is not suitable and you may wish to consider our other professional nursing courses delivered at Degree and Master’s level.
  • Alternative Qualifications The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.
  • Special Entry Requirements Health care experience is essential to meet the APL/NMC requirements for eligibility onto the two year programme. This will require you to identify a suitably qualified person such as a nurse, doctor or physiotherapist who has directly observed your competency in basic care skills in order for them to be signed off to meet the NMC requirements.

Entry Requirement

Complete applications (including all supporting documents and 2 references) must be received by 11 June 2018. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

IELTS (SELT): 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)


Applicants who pass the initial screening stage will be considered for interview, which will take place in June/July 2018.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests DO NOT form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts.

The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and follows a multi mini-interview format across four stations. There will also be a 5 minute presentation on how your prior experience can be applied to nursing. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Successful applicants will be selected following interview and offers will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced disclosure check (formerly CRB), meeting the APL/NMC requirements; and eligibility for NHS funding (if applicable).

Special Entry Requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL): Applicants are required to make an APL application and provide evidence of at least 1225 hours of relevant prior learning and experience via a portfolio.  It is anticipated that the evidence of prior learning will be via the applicant’s degree transcript and may be complemented by other relevant education and training activity.  This learning will usually have been completed within the last 5 years. Prior experience will be supported by evidence of recent, relevant health care practice (also usually within the last 2 years).

These hours must be divided into health care practice experience hours and hours of relevant theoretical knowledge.

The APL portfolio must provide evidence of:

•           A minimum of 390 (maximum 610) hours of health care practice experience

•           A minimum of 610 (maximum 840) hours of relevant theoretical knowledge

Applicants will be required to have NMC Progression Point 1 skills signed off by a qualified health professional to confirm competency, advice and documentation will be given to support this activity.


The start date for this course is in January each year. There is no September intake.

Course Open To

Currently the course is only open to Home and EU applicants.

Fees and Funding

January 2019 entry

Fees for the course for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year


Following a consultation on healthcare education funding, the government is due to release details of funding for pre-registration MSc programmes in the near future.

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How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

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