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MSc - Pre-Registration Nursing/Registered Nurse: Adult Nursing

Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of others?

If you share our commitment to delivering compassionate care and have a 2:2 or above in any undergraduate degree, our Master’s in Adult Nursing is the perfect choice for you to become a nurse in just two years.

Join our supportive community of nursing students and tutors, and study a dynamic course that emphasises hands-on training to prepare you for a fulfilling career in nursing.


Accredited by:

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Nursing & Midwife Council

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Course Overview

We understand that real-world experience is crucial to developing your skills and knowledge as a trainee nurse. That's why 50% of your time on our MSc Adult Nursing course will be spent on placement in a variety of clinical environments, including accident and emergency, medical/surgical, older adults, palliative care, and hospice nursing.

As well as this, you'll build your confidence and gain a competitive edge by developing practical skills in simulated 'real life' settings, using our dedicated facilities. These include mock wards, simulated home spaces, and our brand-new immersive simulation room.

What's more, if you study our MSc in Nursing and are eligible for support from the Student Loans Company, you'll also be eligible to receive an NHS grant of at least £5,000 per year of study, which does not need to be repaid. See the Fees and Funding tab below for more information.

You will graduate with a highly sought-after postgraduate degree in nursing, eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and qualified to enter an NHS role with a Band 5 salary (£28,407-£34,580 per year for 2023-2024).

On this course you will...

  • Have access to first-rate placement opportunities through our excellent partner links, developed over our long history of working with the industry.
  • Be part of an intimate cohort, benefiting from close tuition from the nursing team who will be on hand to provide personalised support throughout your studies.
  • Have access to a range of technology to enhance your learning, including, OCULUS (a virtual reality headset for simulated activities), and a Pharmacology and Prescribing Resource.
  • Start making a meaningful difference from the moment you begin your course placement, and long into your career as a compassionate and person-centred adult nurse.

Course Structure

What you will learn

As well as learning on placement, you will study a range of modules that enable you to explore all aspects of nursing, from the fundamentals of providing care to caring for patients with complex needs. On this course, you won't just learn theoretical concepts – our expert tutors deliver a dynamic curriculum, balancing theory with practical applications throughout each module, so you'll be applying your learning to real-world and simulated 'real-world' scenarios at every step.

This hands-on approach will actively engage you in your learning, build your confidence, and better equip you for the clinical situations you will face in your career.


This course is also available as MSc Pre-registration Nursing/Registered Nurse: Mental Health Nursing

Year one
  • Concepts, Theories and Practice in Professional Nursing
    This module will introduce you to the legal, ethical and professional concepts which inform the complexities of decision-making in health and social care practice.
  • Pathophysiology and Nursing Assessment Across the Lifespan
    This module not only develops your in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, but there is a strong emphasis on pathophysiology and clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of patients with core clinical conditions.
  • The Evidence Base for Adult Nursing Practice
    You'll be introduced to the importance of evidence-based practice in nursing. The module covers nursing assessments and assessment tools, prioritisation of care, risk assessment and management, and developing clinical skills for practice.
  • Public Health and Nursing in Communities
    Public health forms a large part of the healthcare agenda today. This module will explore the impact of social inequality and its impact on health. There is also a core element of epidemiology and the nurse's role in pandemics and managing communicable disease.
  • Part 1 Practice Assessment (Year 1)
    You'll complete 15 weeks of placement across a variety of adult hospital and community placements.
  • Part 2 Practice Assessment (Year 1)
    You'll complete a 9-week placement.
Year two
  • Pharmacology for Contemporary Nursing Practice
    In this module you will develop a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and application of the principles of pharmacology and medicine in the management of patient care.
  • Managing Complexity in Adult Nursing Practice
    This adult nursing module will examine the holistic approaches to care across a variety of issues and illnesses; end of life care; age and ageing; dementia awareness; management and leadership of care in complex scenarios and the clinical skill needed for adult nursing.
  • Transforming Care in Nursing
    This is the dissertation module where you will identify an aspect of adult nursing practice that could be improved. This is followed by a literature review and a proposal for change.
  • Part 3 Practice Assessment (Year 2)
    You'll complete 14-week placement followed by a 12-week placement across a range of adult-focused hospital and community placements.

Attend an Open Day at Cumbria

An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

Take the next step towards achieving your dreams.
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