MSc Adult Nursing - Preregistration

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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Key facts

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Studying Adult Nursing at UEA prepares you for a career that can be as varied or specialist as you choose. Working with people of every age, from childhood to older age, it could see you caring for people recovering from acute illness or living with a disability, as well working alongside and supporting people to stay mentally and physically well.

Our innovative, accelerated course is ideal if you already have a degree and are looking for a fast-track into the nursing profession. Exposing you to theory and practice, our Master’s programme will build on your prior life experience, graduate attributes and enable you to qualify as either an Adult nurse in just two years.

You will explore all aspects of nursing, gain experience working with people receiving nursing care in a variety of settings, while working alongside other health and social care professionals.


With the NHS Constitution at its core, our MSc Adult Nursing programme will offer you the excitement and challenge to achieve your very best and provide you with the rigorous training you need to become a dynamic nurse.

Our Master’s course has been designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree and who demonstrate the personal attributes and commitment needed to pursue a career 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 person-centred care. Informed by the four pillars of Advanced Practice you will be exposed to theoretical and practice-based learning addressing themes of Clinical Practice, Research, Education and Leadership ensuring you are equipped to pursue a variety of exciting career opportunities at the point of qualification. The course entails learning in the University setting, independent online learning, self-directed study, simulated practice and placements in a variety of health and social care settings.

The course will help you develop high standards of patient centred care, as well as clinical nursing, education, leadership and research skills. This will enable you to excel in the way you work with service users, their families and carers – and maximising your contribution to the multidisciplinary healthcare team. Throughout the course you will undertake professionally-supervised placements in a wide variety of care settings. Working closely with service users, placements provide a fantastic opportunity to apply and develop your knowledge and skills in a clinical environment. Placements will also enable you to appreciate the importance of research, education and leadership in providing quality care.

Course Structure

Our course structure will enable you to study a range of concepts and undertake practice experiences, all highly relevant to Adult nursing. Across the two years, you will also study six core modules and be exposed to placements reflective of the patient journey across a range of healthcare settings. This means you will spend time getting to grips with the theory and then applying it in practice.

Year 1

In your first year, we will lay the foundations of nursing, with an emphasis on developing your knowledge and understanding of fundamental nursing theory and concepts. You will investigate a range of concepts including person-centred care, empowerment, public health and health promotion among others. Essential nursing skills will be taught through simulation in the University’s skills labs, through online learning and  through practice placements where the emphasis will be on you developing core nursing skills, whilst giving you the opportunity to explore the nurses’ role within a multi-professional team.

Year 2

The second year focuses on enhancing your practical knowledge and your ability to translate theory into your nursing practice. You will be able to spend more time in practice and specialise during placements by spending time with other members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

You will build on your knowledge and skills, demonstrating your ability to effectively deliver nursing care and communicate with people with complex needs. Using a range of educational and leadership skills you will assess the needs of people while protecting their rights to privacy, dignity, respect and autonomy.

In Year two you will complete a project that draws together the four pillars of advanced practice. This will enable you to develop a high level of critical thinking and reasoning skills, so that you are increasingly able to support people with complex needs.

As you move through the programme towards professional registration, you will explore what your role means in relation to enhancing the quality of care, nursing practice and service delivery. As a future leader in practice, you will also focus on how to apply research, education and leadership theory to lead, develop and improve service and care provision.

Teaching and Learning

We take a ‘blended’ approach to teaching and learning. This includes asynchronous and synchronous online learning activities such as core lectures, as well as some classroom-based activities in order to promote engagement and develop your critical thinking.

Our approach is designed to help you work in collaboration and partnership with others and support lifelong learning.  

You will have the opportunity to engage in peer learning opportunities and experiential student-led learning strategies such as problem-based learning (PBL). Our PBL sessions actively encourage participation and are conducted with the guidance and facilitation of a lecturer.  

We emphasise the need to build 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 education and leadership skills, so that you can become a leader in practice, and deliver the highest quality nursing care.  

In light of the Covid19 pandemic it is possible that course delivery may have to be amended to accommodate any changes to Government public health advice, for example guidance on lockdown and/or social distancing. Any such changes will be communicated with you via UEA email.  

Clinical Practice Placement

In practice you will be supported by a practice supervisor, practice assessor and academic assessor to apply the knowledge and skills from the classroom to practice. You will develop your understanding of a wide range of care settings and how organisations deliver care. You will experience different approaches to learning and these will maximise your learning to enable you to develop and demonstrate competence in a variety of nursing skills and interventions

Independent Study

We will support and encourage you to think critically about your practice, so that you become a confident, reflexive independent learner. We provide self-directed study time, during which you will be able to engage with our Virtual Learning Environment and prioritise your learning. You will also be able to use this time to develop your skills of critical enquiry, so that you are able to explore specific areas in greater depth.


Our course will use a range of methods to assess your progress. This will allow you to achieve the necessary academic credits needed to be awarded a Master’s degree qualification and ensure you demonstrate achievement of the competencies required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) to be eligible to register as an Adult Nurse. For each module, you will have the chance to test your skills with formative (practice) assessment that help you prepare for the summative (formal) assessments. These include applied written assignments, examination, oral presentations, practice-based assessment and use of professional portfolios.

Feedback: You will get feedback on your formative (practice) assignments from your lecturers. The purpose of the feedback is to help you improve your work before your final summative (formal) assignment and we encourage you to discuss your feedback with your lecturers. For formative (practice) assignments we always aim to give you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in. For summative (formal) assignments we aim for within 20 working days of hand-in. Your practice assessment is divided into three parts over the two-year course. You will receive formative and summative feedback from your practice supervisor, practice assessor and academic assessor.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Placement opportunities will be provided across the two years of the programme.

After the course

You will graduate with an MSc in Adult Nursing and full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will be equipped with the clinical, communication, research, education and leadership skills that will enable you to provide high quality, person-centred care. Adult Nursing is a rewarding, challenging and exciting career, and the qualities and qualifications you will possess will open doors to a huge range of settings, in the UK and internationally. As a UEA graduate, you will continue to enhance your lifelong learning skills to ensure you develop professionally throughout your career.

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.

You can find information about scholarships, bursaries and the UK Government Postgraduate student loans here.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


The focus of this module is on leading care and promoting safe practice. The aim of this module is to develop your insight into leadership and education principles to enable you to explore how these concepts impact on health care, service delivery and organisational wellbeing. The module will prepare you to lead in increasingly changing health care systems through promoting an awareness of the current challenges facing health services; the importance of clinical and organisational governance; factors influencing organisational change and strategies and approaches to transform care, services and systems. In doing so, the module takes a person-centred and service-based approach to improvements in the patient experience.




Person-centred Nursing Practice spans year one of the Adult Nursing programme encompassing core and field specific learning with professional values central to design. It provides the learning opportunities for students to achieve of Part One of the programme through completion of the PAN Midlands Yorkshire and East Practice Assessment Document (MYEPAD). The central focus of this module is to develop knowledge, skills and practice in preparation for registration with the NMC.




This module will prepare students to become evidence-based practitioners, able to critically consume, deliver and develop, health related research. Following the research process, the first year of the module will focus on both applied and theoretical aspects of health research. In doing so, it will explore the basis of clinical research questions, the theoretical underpinnings of research methods and evolution of health research, the application of research techniques and the ethical considerations at each stage. Ultimately, students will be able to understand and implement core research methods and appraise and discuss other people's research. The module culminates in the submission of a research protocol, written by the student. Students are supported in this module by established researchers.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to apply leadership, management and education principles in a variety of settings and learn about how quality leadership, management and education leads to improved outcomes and transformation of services and practices for more effective health and social care provision.




Nursing Practice in Context spans year two and supports achievement of parts two and three of the programme through completion of the PAN Midlands Yorkshire and East Practice Assessment Document (MYEPAD). The central focus of this module is to further develop knowledge, skills and practice in preparation for registration with the NMC. This module continues to build on theoretical and practice learning from year one combining learning in the practice setting with simulated practice alongside theoretical learning. Students will develop skills of leading and co-ordinating care working towards becoming an independent autonomous practitioner who is able to respond flexibly to a range of complex situations. As preparation for future practice, knowledge, understanding and skills related to physiological states will be integrated with theory of drug actions, pharmacology and the optimisation of medicines to further develop clinical focus during the module. This year long module comprises of three blocks of practice experience: two periods of ten weeks in clinical practice will support achievement of proficiencies identified in 'Part 2'of the MYEPAD; and a further twelve-week block of clinical practice will focus on achievement of Part 3 proficiencies in the MYEPAD, focussed on leading and co-ordinating care in preparation for registration.




This module will prepare students to become evidence-based practitioners, able to critically consume, deliver and develop, health research. Following on from year one, where learning concentrated on developing an understanding of the principles of research, the research process, methods and associated ethics and governance issues, the focus in year two will shift outwards, towards developing an understanding of dissemination of research findings while incorporating an element of raising political awareness within research and the role of health economics and implementation science. During this year students will put their learning from year one into practice by carrying out original research studies, culminating in the submission of a dissertation (synoptic assessment). Students are supported in this module by established researchers.




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; 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 Applicants will be required to have a minimum of GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 / C or equivalent.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 50 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact


Applicants who pass the initial screening stage will be considered for interview.

Special Entry Requirements

Following interview, successful candidates will be required to complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) online portfolio set against defined NMC outcomes (NMC, 2018), which, on confirmation of achievement, candidates will be eligible to commence the MSc accelerated programme in 2 years. Places on this course are also subject to police (DBS) and occupational health checks.


The next intake for this course will be in February 2021. 

The closing date for receipt of complete applications is 1 June 2020. This must include the relevant supporting documents and references. 


Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £9,250 (full time)
  • International Students: £16,400 (full time)

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing and allied health professional students are able to access loans from the Student Loan Company. Please note there will be eligibility criteria which must be met to receive this financial support. 

How to Apply

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

Please note the closing date for applications to February 2021 has now passed. The application cycle for February 2022 entry will open in October. 

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

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

Postgraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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