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Adult Nursing & Social Work MNSW (Hons)

UCAS code: BL75

Interested in becoming an integrated practitioner? Gain eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified adult nurse. You’ll also be able to apply to register with Social Work England to practice as a social worker.


Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): NursingSocial Work
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Nursing and Midwifery
A student nurse administers medication in a community setting, under the supervision of their practice supervisor and practice assessor.

What does it take to care for adults with complex and long-term conditions? At Edge Hill University, we believe in an integrated approach. Studying our integrated Masters, you’ll learn how nursing and social work go hand-in-hand, and graduate with eligibility for two professional awards.

Our teaching is delivered alongside our partners in the Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. Learn to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams. Gain confidence with practical experience. Explore health, social care, education and other related areas.

Becoming familiar with the factors that influence health and wellbeing will also be key. You’ll explore issues surrounding social justice, structural inequality, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

If you’re committed to becoming an integrated practitioner and want to develop to understand the perspectives of service users, their families, and carers, then this course is a great match for you.

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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

What you'll study

Our teaching is underpinned by the national requirements for both nursing and social work education. In Year 1, we’ll introduce nursing and social work as distinct professions. At the same time, you’ll explore the life sciences that underpin both. Developing your knowledge and practical skills will be key as you prepare for your first nursing placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Nursing
Contemporary Social Work
Foundation Science, Theory and Method in Nursing and Social Work
Foundations for Integrated Practice

Year 2 is about relating your knowledge to current practice with adults, as well as children, young people, and their families, across a diverse range of contexts and settings. Get hands-on learning experience in both areas. Explore issues in law and policy, then discuss their implications for nursing and social work professionals.

Compulsory modules:

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Adults Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Children, Young People and Their Families Within an Integrated Health and Social Care Context
Developing Capability for Integrated Practice
Law and Policy in Nursing and Social Work

Focus on working with complexity and learn how to care and support adults with more challenging needs. Keen to look at this on a local, national, and international level? You’ll have the chance to do exactly that too. Alongside further nursing placements, you’ll explore research methods, and may have the option of completing a placement overseas. And you’ll be encouraged to share your experiences with fellow students across the four fields of nursing.

Compulsory modules:

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Aspects of International Health and Social Care
Enhancing Confidence and Capability for Integrated Practice
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
Working with Complexity in Health and Social Care

In your final year, you’ll explore research development, as well as building vital leadership skills. You’ll apply everything you’ve learnt to an extended integrated nursing and social work practice placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Achieving Competence and Proficiency for Professional Registration
Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care
MNSW Dissertation

How you'll study

Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials, simulated practice and technology enhanced learning will be used to deliver this programme. While the majority of classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

Time in nursing and social work practice will be undertaken in a variety of health and social care settings within the NHS, independent and voluntary organisations. Practice learning environments range throughout the North West and neighbouring geographical areas. This is an extensive area which we would encourage you to become familiar with, as your practice experiences may be allocated from across the whole geographical area, but predominantly within the Cheshire and Merseyside region. Practice placements hours will include weekends, early morning, evening and night work to ensure access to a full range of practice experiences across 24 hour care. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The programme incorporates a range of assessment opportunities. These include essays, presentations, text analysis, group work, portfolios, simulated practice, carers’ assessments, video/audio diaries, role plays and exams. Practice learning is also assessed by appropriately qualified nursing practice assessors and social work practice educators.

Who will be teaching you

The programme is delivered by research-active professionals within the fields of nursing and social work who have expert knowledge of a wide range of service settings.

A dedicated service user and carer group collaborates with the programme team to develop, strengthen and advance the quality of the learning experience.

Contributors to the programme include people who have direct experience of services, specialist practitioners, senior managers and policy makers.

Social work education at Edge Hill University is provided in collaboration with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership. The teaching partnership comprises of four universities, eight local authorities, two community NHS trusts and one voluntary sector organisation, drawn from the partnership’s geographical footprint across Greater Merseyside, Cheshire West and Chester, and West Lancashire.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 128 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required. You will also need GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application. An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Social Work England in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level ABB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
T Level Overall grade of Distinction.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, are eligible to apply for this course.

Please note this course is not available to other international students. Please see our A-Z of courses for alternative options.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.

The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Learning resources

The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.

You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Students on this course may be entitled to the NHS Learner Support Fund if eligible. Visit the NHS Business Services Authority website for further information.

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional maintenance loan funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students, together with details of how to apply for potential funding.

Your future career

By the end of our Adult Nursing & Social Work MNSW course, you’ll have a Masters level academic qualification and two professional awards, giving you the edge when applying for roles.

Adults with complex and long-term conditions increasingly require treatment underpinned by a greater understanding from a more integrated health and social care perspective. This programme prepares you to undertake professional roles which fulfil that need.

We continue to work with prospective employers to identify future areas of employment for practitioners with dual nursing and social work registration.


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