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MSci Nursing (All fields) course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus between 26 and 29 September.

Can we remind you that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.

To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. At such short notice, the OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department based in Wigan and it’s your responsibility to ensure that you attend.

Please note that most of our placement settings will require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Important: Introducing Learning Edge and Blackboard

When you start your programme at Edge Hill University you will be using Edge Hill’s online environment for aspects of your learning and teaching.  This environment is called Learning Edge and part of this is the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

It is on the VLE that you will find your programme area and your year of study areas. These areas will contain all the information you need so it is very important that you become familiar with how to access and navigate them.

Please access the below links to information and videos that will help you to learn how to use the VLE.  You will not be able to access the full VLE until you have enrolled but you can take some time now to familiarise yourself with the terminology.


Professional Standards

The regulatory body for the MSci Nursing programmes is

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The NMC have produced standards of proficiency that have to be met in order for you to be able to register, practice and remain registered as a nurse. The NMC are the professional regulatory council for Nurses and Midwives in the UK and Nurse associates in England. They do not register any other professions under their regulations.

What do the NMC do?

  • They maintain the register of Nurses and Midwives who meet the requirements for registration in the UK
  • Set the requirements of professional education that supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for entry to, or annotation on, our register
  • Investigate serious concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates fitness to practice and take action if needed
  • Shape the practice of professionals in developing and promoting standards including the code, and lifelong learning through revalidation

Your tasks – to be completed

We will be looking at professional standards and professionalism in much more detail during the first two weeks of your programme. Make a note of any questions you have, we would love to hear them.

Task one

Task two

Task three


Suggested reading

This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.

Before you begin, you can prepare for your studies by reviewing some of the core texts recommended in the link below. You are not expected to buy all of the books as Edge Hill University has an extensive library service and access to electronic resources. At Ormskirk, the library and learning services can be found in the Catalyst.

Core texts

Learning Disability Nursing

Adult Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Children’s Nursing


Suggested materials

Before you begin you’ll need:


Things to do now

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.

This MSci degree provides the opportunity for you to gain a comprehensive education in nursing and develop into a confident, autonomous, compassionate and research-aware practitioner, in the field of nursing. The programme includes an exploration of leadership and management in healthcare and will enable you to critically evaluate evidence to inform decision making and apply analytical and creative problem-solving approaches to complex situations. You will be fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to deliver excellent care as a nursing professional.

As an MSci student, you will work towards the same professional nursing requirements as undergraduate level students. However, as you will be undertaking a higher level of study, there will be more emphasis on independent learning. The course comprises of an equal balance of theory and practice-based learning.

Learning whilst undertaking the MSci Pre-registration Nursing Programme requires enhanced critical thinking skills, as well as being able to hold a supported, substantive argument and critically analyse sources or data.

In preparation for this course you will need to build upon the foundations of these skills, so that you can prepare yourself for the challenges of embarking on level 7 studies.

Shortly after you start with us in September, you will have a week-long induction to introduce and familiarise you with University life.

Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:


Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself