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MSc Adult Nursing

  • UCAS Code:
    B742
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Our new Master’s degree course in Adult Nursing, with professional registration, is open to applicants with a first-degree or a higher degree. The programme makes use of the Nursing & Midwifery Council’s (NMC) provision for prior learning to allow students to complete the academic award and achieve professional registration as a nurse via a two-year postgraduate level course.

The NMC’s Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (2018) require programmes leading to registration to be delivered over 4600 hours, with 50% of this theory and 50% practice. The NMC do however permit prior learning, in any subject, to be recognised where this can be mapped against the programme outcomes and requirements. Students applying for this programme will therefore need to demonstrate, through an entry portfolio, that they have the relevant experience and learning prior to entering the course.

Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the art and science of adult nursing. Communication and interprofessional team working are key in health and social care and you’ll develop a range of interpersonal skills that enable you to work effectively with a wide diversity of clients and within a variety of complex settings.

Your placements will see you work in a number of exciting and diverse locations, from NHS hospitals to care homes, private clinics to community nursing teams, giving you the experience you need to grow in both confidence and competence. In addition, the MSc has a focus on research skills and leadership, which meet required practice gaps. You will also be prepared for continued study at PhD level. 

Successful applicants will undertake some of their studies alongside undergraduate students completing the BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing, but will also complete dedicated study at Master's level to achieve a postgraduate qualification. 

Students enrolling on this course are eligible to apply for loans from the Student Loans Company. These cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 per year and support living costs. These loans are the same as those available to undergraduate students.

Please note that when applying for this course via UCAS, you will need to search for it in the undergraduate category.

Find out more about the course by attending one of our undergraduate or postgraduate Open Day events, as the MSc Adult Nursing programme is represented at both. 

Not sure which nursing course is for you? Read our guide to nursing courses at BU.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

2 years full-time, including mandatory placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in any subject. 

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components. The NMC also accept the Occupational English Test (OET).

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

The MSc Adult Nursing course is part of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Nursing Framework which also offers three BSc degrees and the MSc Mental Health Nursing course. We have developed this course as part of a co-ordinated suite of nursing courses to enhance student learning and prepare you for practice.

Our approach to interprofessional education means that throughout the course students will take part in shared workshops, lectures and learning events with other students on health-related courses, including those on the both the BSc and other MSc nursing pathways.

However as a Master’s level adult nursing student, there will be aspects of the course where you will be taught by staff who have specific nursing experience in this area and you will be taught in groups with other adult nursing students, so that your learning is tailored and specific to your chosen field of expertise. Your placements and assessments will also be field-specific and you will use adult nursing case scenarios to apply learning to adult nursing practice. Your academic tutor will focus on your individual development at Master’s level.

You will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the units. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Students must have a first degree to be eligible for this course. We also offer a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing if you don’t have a degree.

Download the programme specification (pdf 479kb)

Placements

As a nursing student, you will spend half of your time in a practice placement setting, gaining experience of caring for clients in a variety of settings such as older, medical, surgical, community and critical care. You’ll experience at least 2,300 hours of placements (including elements accredited via Recognition of Prior Learning) which is required by the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (2018). The course duration is a minimum of two years to ensure you gain this valuable experience.

Your application

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in adult nursing as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Have undertaken relevant work experience
  • Have a clear understanding of the profession
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course.

Some healthcare experience and prior learning is required to be accepted on this programme. Please see full entry requirements for more information.

Please note that when applying for this course via UCAS, you will need to search for it in the undergraduate category.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

After completing this course, you will possess the necessary skills and knowledge to continue into an academic career or secure employment in a range of organisations.

The emphasis on core practical skills will give you extra marketability in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a rewarding career.

Costs and fees

Students enrolling on this course are eligible to apply for loans from the Student Loans Company. These cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 per year and support living costs. These loans are the same as those available to undergraduate students. Further funding information for those studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions is available here

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.