MSc Adult Nursing - Preregistration

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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Key facts

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A career in adult nursing can be as varied or specialist as you choose. Working with every age, from young adults to the elderly, it could see you caring for people recovering from illness or living with a disability, as well as those who need extra support to stay mentally and physically well.

Our innovative, accelerated course is ideal if you already have a degree and care experience and are looking for a fast-track into nursing. Split 50/50 between theory and practice, our Master’s programme will build on your prior experience and enable you to qualify as a professional nurse in just two years. You’ll discover all aspects of adult nursing and gain hands-on experience working with patients in a variety of clinical settings.

When you graduate, you’ll be equipped with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to get your career off to the best possible start – and ready to have a positive impact on people’s lives.


With the NHS Constitution at its core, our MSc Adult Nursing programme will provide you with the rigorous training you need to become a brilliant nurse.

Our Master’s course has been designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree and experience caring for others. Your time with us will help you develop into a nurse who’s not only committed, but who is also able to deliver the highest quality of patient-centred care.

The course is evenly split between learning and practice. It will develop your high standards of care and clinical nursing skills, as well as your leadership and research skills, enabling you to excel in the way you work with service users, their families and their carers – and maximising your contribution to the healthcare team.

Throughout the course you will undertake professionally-supervised placements in a wide variety of care settings. Working closely with adult patients, placements are a fantastic opportunity to apply and develop your knowledge and skills in a clinical environment.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the course that was due to start in January 2019. We envisage the next intake onto the course will be in February 2020. Details about the application process for February 2020 will be announced on the website as soon as they have been finalised.

Course Structure

We firmly believe in the importance of transferrable skills. Once you join the course, our first priority will be to build on your prior experience and learning, so they can be applied to nursing.

Our course structure will enable you to study a range of modules, all highly relevant to adult nursing. During your two years you will also study four core modules. Each module is followed by a practice placement, so that you can undertand patient journeys of care across a range of healthcare settings. This means you’ll spend half of your time getting to grips with the theory, and the other half applying it in practice.

Year 1

In your first year we’ll lay the foundations of nursing practice with an emphasis on essential nursing skills, exploring ways of working as a professional in a range of care contexts. You’ll investigate the concepts of empowerment and health promotion in nursing practice, and how they can be used in the development of therapeutic relationships.

Taking a lifespan approach, you will examine the impact of illness and disability on people’s lives. You will gain an understanding of the unique needs of individuals living with long-term conditions, and the interventions required to support them as they adjust to their condition. You’ll also learn how to support their families and carers, and how to ensure that the service user is able to continue to function at their full potential.

Year 2

You’ll spend your second year further building on your knowledge and skills, demonstrating your ability to effectively deliver nursing interventions and to communicate with individuals with complex needs. This will include leading in the assessment of individuals with complex health issues, and promoting informed choice in situations where somebody’s autonomy is compromised.

Year two will develop your critical thinking and reasoning skills, so that you are increasingly able to manage individuals with complex needs. From your practice placements you will also learn how to identify the relevant questions to ask, how to use them to formulate your critical literature reviews, and how they can inform the way you deliver service improvement in practice.

As you move through the programme towards professional registration, you’ll explore what your role means in relation to enhancing both nursing practice and service delivery. At this stage we place an emphasis on the knowledge and skills you’ll require as a resilient nurse, for clinical decision making in complex situations, and as a nurse leader. As a future leader in practice, you’ll also focus on how to deliver service improvement.

Teaching and Learning


We take a ‘blended’ approach to teaching and learning, in order to address a variety of learning styles and to promote your engagement and enjoyment. Our approach is also designed to help you work in partnership with others, and support lifelong learning.

Classroom time includes core lectures and seminars, as well as experiential student-led learning strategies such as Enquiry Based Learning (EBL). Our EBL sessions actively encourage participation, and are conducted with the guidance and facilitation of a lecturer. You will also take part in Peer Assisted Learning and interprofessional learning events, as well as mentorship during practice placements.

We emphasise the need to build on your research skills throughout the course, enabling you to question practice and seek out best practice evidence, ultimately improving patient outcomes. We will also develop your leadership qualities, so that you can become a leader in practice, and deliver the highest quality nursing care.

Clinical Practice Placement

In practice you will be supported by a mentor to apply the knowledge and skills from the classroom to patient care. You will develop your understanding of a wide range of care settings and how organisations deliver care. You will experience different coaching approaches to learning and these will maximise your learning and opportunities in the practice setting

Independent study

Throughout your two years we will support and encourage, helping you become a confident independent learner. We’ll provide self-directed study time, during which you’ll be able to prioritise your learning in relation to each module. You’ll also be able to use this time to develop your skills of enquiry, exploring specific areas at greater depth.

The course also includes three additional independent learning weeks at the end of each of its two years. This time is designed to allow you to make up any required practice or theory time, to undertake additional skills practice, or for independent study.


Our course is evenly split between the classroom and placements, so we use a range of methods to assess you in different areas. These include written assignments, examinations, presentations, practice-based assessments and portfolios.

Equal weighting is given to the assessment of theory and practice.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

If you have completed the requisite number of practice and learning hours by the end of your two years, you will have the opportunity to undertake a self-funded two-week elective placement, anywhere in the UK or overseas.

After the course

You will graduate with an MSc in Adult Nursing and full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. And you’ll be equipped with the clinical, communication, research and leadership skills that will enable you to provide high quality, patient-centred care.

Nursing is both a rewarding and exciting career, and the qualities and qualifications you’ll possess will open doors to a huge range of care settings, in the UK and internationally.

As a UEA graduate, you will continue to foster the lifelong learning skills to ensure you develop professionally throughout your career, making you a qualified professional who will always be in demand.

Career destinations

  • NHS
  • Private Sector
  • Voluntary sector
  • Nursing management
  • Education
  • Research

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Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional course costs here

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 90 credits:

Name Code Credits

Students must study the following modules for 90 credits:

Name Code Credits


The module supports students developing their 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 of the module blended and shared learning approaches continue to support students to meet the module outcomes. Students will concentrate on the acquisition of field knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of people with acute and complex needs. Within this module students will be building on their knowledge and skills to demonstrate they 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. They will demonstrate their 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. Central to the module is increasing student autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning 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.

Further Reading

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.

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.


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.


Applications are no longer being accepted for the course that was due to start in January 2019. We envisage the next intake onto the course will be in February 2020. Details about the application process for February 2020 will be announced on the website as soon as they have been finalised.

Course Open To

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

How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for the course that was due to start in January 2019. We envisage the next intake onto the course will be in February 2020. Details about the application process for February 2020 will be announced on the website as soon as they have been finalised.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

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