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Nursing MSci (Hons)

UCAS code: Varies by pathway

Fuel your passion for helping people and develop leadership skills on our nursing degree. Benefit from plenty of practice opportunities and gain eligibility to register as a qualified nurse in two fields with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBB-ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Nursing
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Nursing and Midwifery
Student nurses practice performing injections in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.

Nurses are vital to the health and social care needs of the population. There’s an increasing demand for registered nurses with the ability to care for people with multiple or complex needs of all ages – whether at home, in the community or in hospitals.

This stimulating integrated Masters-level nursing degree has been developed for compassionate and highly motivated individuals who want to pursue this meaningful career. At the end of our degree, you’ll be able to register in two fields of nursing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

During your MSci Nursing we’ll give you practical opportunities, both simulated and on placements, to help you become an effective leader capable of problem-solving successfully. Build your knowledge of anatomy and feel confident in providing professional standards of integrated nursing care.

Enhance your career opportunities with a capacity to think critically and apply the evidence-based knowledge gained during this Masters level degree.

On successful completion of the programme, your final award will reflect the fields of nursing you chose at the point of application. You will graduate with one of the following award titles:


  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Child)
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Learning Disabilities)
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Mental Health)
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Child and Learning Disabilities)
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health and Child)
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities)



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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

What you'll study

This course adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations.

In Year 1 you’ll explore The Foundations of Nursing Practice to understand approaches for delivering safe and effective care. Build the communication skills, personal resilience and emotional intelligence required for a career in professional nursing practice. Get hands-on experience in our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, as you prepare for your placements. You’ll have the support of a programme team throughout your time with us.

Our second year of MSCi (Hons) Nursing builds on your knowledge with Developing Proficiencies for Nursing. Focus on nursing processes by planning, implementing and evaluating the care you deliver. You’ll see how nurses can lead and improve care quality. Engage with research and how it informs nursing practice. Apply your knowledge in simulated situations, and take on placements where you provide care which meets the complex needs of clients and their families or carers.

Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse will help get you ready for life after university. You’ll add to your knowledge with a focus on developing your clinical reasoning in care provision, leading teams, and supervising others to ensure the best care for your clients. Explore political, legal, organisational and prescribing frameworks, and practise your clinical approaches within simulated scenarios and placements, focused on your primary field of registration.

In your final year, Contextualising Nursing Practice builds on the knowledge and skills you’ll need in your career as a nurse, proficient across two fields of practice. Learning from registered practitioners, you’ll focus on the core concepts of your second field of choice. At the same time, we’ll help you develop expertise consistent with study at Masters level.

How you'll study

Seminars, lectures, work-based learning, tutorials and case studies 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.

You will develop clinical skills confidence through a combination of simulated education and extensive time in practice undertaken in hospitals and community settings within the NHS, local authorities, and independent and voluntary organisations. Practice settings will be drawn from our network of more than 600 placement locations across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. You will be supported by a practice placement assessor and supervisor.

Placements will include weekend, 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. There is also an opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, within the United Kingdom or internationally.

Throughout the programme you will undertake placements related to your primary and secondary fields of nursing. In addition, there will be opportunities to undertake dual field placements.

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

In each year, you will be assessed by written coursework, an oral task, a simulated practical exercise and an online time-limited assessment.

While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies.

Who will be teaching you

All lectures are delivered by professionals within the field of nursing as well as specialists from other areas who have expertise relating to multi-professional learning and practice.

The programme team represent a range of qualified, research-active professionals with extensive experience of working within the health and/or social care sector.

Most importantly, service users, carers and their families will be involved in facilitating your learning so that you gain an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 120-128 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

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 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 BBB-ABB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
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 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit or 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.

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

Each pathway has a bespoke UCAS code.

UCAS codes for MSci (Hons) Nursing pathways

  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Child) – B7L1
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Learning Disabilities) – B7L2
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Mental Health) – B7L3
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Child and Learning Disabilities) – B7L4
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health and Child) – B7L5
  • MSci (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities) – B7L6

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

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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

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

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.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see our EU student finance page for further details.

Your future career

Graduates of our MSCi (Hons) Nursing degree will start their careers with an academic and professional qualification in two fields of nursing. This makes our students highly employable in areas such as:

  • GP surgeries
  • A&E departments
  • Care settings for children with learning disabilities
  • Clinical practice
  • Research
  • Education

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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