MSc Nursing (Pre-Registration Adult)

  • Professional Practice Placements
  • Professional Accreditation


UCAS Code:P060577
Course Length:2 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, April 2020, September 2020, January 2021
Department:Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
Location:Edge Hill University

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Please note, this programme is closed to further applications for September 2019 entry.

  • Gain a critical appreciation of the professional values necessary for person-centred compassionate care;
  • Enables you to register as a qualified adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
  • Develop into a competent and accountable practitioner with leadership and project management skills.

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers to enter, and more importantly, it is a privilege. Adult Nurses work with people who have a diverse range of health conditions, some of whom will be facing the most challenging life events. As an Adult Nurse you will need to deliver care to a range of clients with acute and complex care needs, while meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment.

This Masters degree provides the exciting opportunity for graduates to enter the nursing profession. You will gain a comprehensive education in nursing and develop into a confident, autonomous, compassionate and research-aware practitioner, specialising in adult nursing. The programme includes an innovative 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 modern-day nursing professional.

In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 provides the opportunity to achieve national generic and field specific competency outcomes. These include professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice, decision making, leadership, management and team working. The programme will immerse you in health promotion, prevention strategies and best practice for service users and their families. A comprehensive introduction will also be provided to the research process.

Year 2 continues the development of field-specific competencies, with a particular focus on managing adults with complex care needs. In addition to this, you will develop the leadership and management skills required for the transition to professional practice.

This programme adheres closely to the NHS’ six core values. 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. Further information about the core values can be found at

How will I study?

You will be taught using a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials, work-based learning and technology enhanced learning. The theory part of the programme is delivered during the normal working week (Monday to Friday). 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 spend 50% of your time in practice which will be undertaken in hospitals and community settings within the NHS, local authority, independent and voluntary organisations. You will be supported by a practice placement mentor/supervisor and a practice education facilitator.

Placements 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 may also be the opportunity to undertake a practice learning experience outside the region, either within the United Kingdom or internationally.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous, assessed against national outcomes and generic and field competencies, with students required to demonstrate evidence of their achievement. A range of assessment of theory procedures is in place including assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations, online learning activities, case studies and portfolio work.

Who will be teaching me?

All lectures are delivered by professionals within the field of nursing as well as specialists in other areas. The pathway 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 learning so that an understanding is gained about the impact care has on individual groups.

A Great Study Environment

Students prepare tablets and medicine for patients.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding 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.

The leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at more than 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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Year 1

PUP4001Care Coordination in Evidence Based Practice (30 credits)

Care Coordination in Evidence Based Practice introduces you to the many demands that promote health and best practice for service users, their carers, families, the government and health care systems. The module explores chronic health and illness across the lifespan and introduces you to more complex situations within health care practice. You will critique current care provision and utilise evidence-based research. There is a particular focus on the proactive role of the professional nurse in the provision of health promotion and prevention strategies, in relation to long term conditions, which involve behavioural interventions. You will also consider current research, as well as key legal and health policy and its impact on service delivery.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PUP4002Critically Appraising Research Methods (30 credits)

Critically Appraising Research Methods enhances your knowledge of the research process through recognition of the fundamental stages of research design. You will be introduced to the principles of critical appraisal and modes of critical analysis. The module will focus on research design, including the research question, methods, ethical issues, data management and analysis strategies, as well as the reporting of findings. A clear understanding of the research process is central to develop competence in the critical appraisal of evidence which underpins the delivery of care and enables the effective, informed application of knowledge to practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PUP4095Developing Competence in Inter-Professional Practice (20 credits)

Developing Competence in Inter-Professional Practice facilitates the development of a critical appreciation of the nurse’s role and the professional constraints in which nurses operate within inter-professional teams in order to deliver safe, compassionate, person-centred evidence-based nursing practice. Practice learning is a key component of the module and you will be expected to safely demonstrate fundamental skills and activities with care, compassion, underpinning knowledge and appropriate attitudes under close supervision. You will also enhance your skills in critical writing and reflection.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

PUP4096Enhancing Competence in Inter-Professional Practice (20 credits)

Enhancing Competence in Inter-Professional Practice continues to develop your practical and professional skills through a process of critical reflection both on and in practice.  The aim is to equip you with a skill set that demonstrates your ability to practice autonomously.  Exposure to both field-specific and generic practice learning opportunities will enable you to contextualise your experience. A key focus in this module is engagement with users, carers and their families in a range of inter-professional practice settings. You will develop a systematic understanding of the challenges associated with team dynamics within the context of inter-professional care delivery. During practice placements, you will be expected to consistently demonstrate skills and activities at an emerging level of competence with care, compassion, underpinning knowledge and appropriate attitudes. Your mentor will encourage you to take responsibility and develop autonomy for care delivery with less direct supervision.

Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

Year 2

PUP4099Achieving Competence in Inter-Professional Practice (20 credits)

Achieving Competence in Inter-Professional Practice provides the opportunity to develop your practice through a process of critical reflection, to analytically appraise and synthesise your current skill acquisition and identify areas for professional development. A key focus of the module is to develop advocacy skills reflective of your developing leadership, management and supervisory style in order to foster and promote innovative practice. Practice experiences in this module will enable you to develop increasing confidence to meet the more complex and coexisting needs of people within your field of practice. You will be expected to consistently demonstrate and promote evidence-based care with compassion, confidence, competence and appropriate attitudes, taking increasing responsibility for care delivery and offering support to your peers studying at earlier stages of the programme. The level of supervision should reflect your developing autonomy. There will also be the opportunity to gain experience of international health care provision.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

PUP4100Managing Adults With Complex Care Needs (30 credits)

Managing Adults With Complex Care Needs addresses the management of adults with acute and complex care needs arising from ageing, as well as cognitive impairment and acute and long-term conditions. You will enhance your knowledge and understanding in early recognition of the deteriorating adult and managing the holistic care of adults with complex care needs. The module will focus on the legal and ethical issues that underpin complex care and develop your ability to critically analyse potential dilemmas. The importance of providing quality, patient-centred care will be considered, along with the need for effective communication with adults, their carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Written Exam(s): Pass/Fail Element.

PUP4104Leadership in Professional Practice (30 credits)

Leadership in Professional Practice enables you to prepare for professional practice and develop the innovative leadership capabilities necessary to improve services and enhance service user safety. The module employs active learning strategies which are designed to stimulate the development of clinical leadership and change management skills. The importance of engaging with service users and their families at all stages of service planning, delivery and evaluation will be emphasised. The key aim of the module is to support you in becoming an autonomous practitioner who can work within complex teams to enhance service users’ experience of health care and support ongoing professional development of both yourself and others.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. 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 or evening of the week.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this MSc you should have a degree equivalent to UK second class honours (2:2 or above) in a health-related subject. Other subjects may be considered on an individual basis.

You will also need GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics. Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application and be able to demonstrate relevant voluntary/work experience. An interview forms part of the selection process.

Pre-registration nursing programmes are typically three years in duration so, in order to join this two-year MSc, you will be required to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will be in the form of a portfolio of evidence which will also confirm that you have met a minimum of 500 hours of appropriate health related occupational or voluntary experience. Further details about RPL, including guidance on the development of your portfolio, will be sent to you upon successful completion of an interview.

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.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The complex and dynamic landscape of modern nursing requires nurses who can work creatively and innovatively, who can lead and inspire, who can make decisions in challenging situations and who can contribute to the advancement of nursing.

Career opportunities are excellent. NMC registration is recognised the world over and following registration as an adult nurse you can pursue a career in a variety of hospital and community settings.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this programme in academic years 2019/20 or 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

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.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this programme can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please note, if you are applying to study an MSc Nursing pathway, for student finance purposes you should apply for financial support as if you are an undergraduate Nursing student rather than for postgraduate funding.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.


How to Apply

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Course Changes

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