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MSci (Hons) Nursing

Gain eligibility to register as a qualified nurse in two fields of nursing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as you develop leadership skills and benefit from extensive practice opportunities.

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      UCAS Code: Varies by pathway
      Course Length: 4 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022
      Subjects: Mental Health
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BBB-ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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      Nurses are vital to the future of meeting the health and social care needs of the population, increasing the need for registered nurses to have the ability to care for people of all ages and with multiple or complex needs whether at home, in the community or in hospitals. To meet this demand, this stimulating integrated Masters degree has been developed for caring, compassionate and highly motivated individuals who aspire to register as a qualified nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in two fields of nursing. Through your studies you will gain practical skills and experience while developing the leadership, problem-solving and confidence to provide the highest standards of integrated nursing care for a wide range of patient groups. You will graduate with the ability to think critically and apply the evidence-based knowledge associated with Masters level study that will enhance your career opportunities.

      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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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      This four-year integrated Masters degree is delivered in a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve nursing proficiencies, aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency, in two fields of nursing. These proficiencies represent the skills, knowledge and attributes that all nurses must demonstrate.

      In Year 1 you will focus on professionalism, communication, personal resilience and emotional intelligence. Registered nurses must act professionally and use their knowledge and experience to make evidence-based decisions about care. They must also continually reflect on their practice and keep abreast of new and emerging developments. These factors have influenced the theoretical content of the programme. You will engage in simulated education that will prepare you for practice placements where you will be supported by practice supervisors and assessors.

      In Year 2 you will examine research methodologies and enhance your skills and understanding in evidence-based care. There will be a focus on core anatomy and physiology to enable you to undertake assessment of the physical and mental health of patients. As registered nurses play a key role in improving and maintaining the mental, physical and behavioural health and wellbeing of people, you will also study the principles of health promotion and protection. You will engage in further simulated education to prepare for practice placements.

      Year 3 develops your confidence in evaluating care, working in teams, and empowering and supporting patients to make decisions about their health. You will also be introduced to the principles of organisational change and public policy and the development of political awareness. You will undertake practice placements where you will confirm your achievement of nursing proficiencies in a first field of nursing in preparation for professional registration.

      Year 4 offers a unique opportunity to acquire the required proficiencies in a second field of nursing, while also consolidating your learning at Masters level. There will be a key focus in Years 3 and 4 on gaining the leadership and management skills required to enable a smooth transition to professional practice.

      This programme 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. Further information about the core values can be found at

      How will I 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. 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.

      How will I be assessed?

      In each year, you will be assessed by a written assessment, oral assessment, a simulated practical assessment and an examination.

      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 me?

      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 an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.

      A Great Study Environment

      A student nurse sits at a table playing a game of bingo with an elderly patient who has dementia.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.


      Adopting a non-modular approach, the curriculum is aligned around four core progressive strands, each of which covers a distinctive year of study.

      Year 1: The Foundations of Nursing Practice (120 credits)

      The Foundations of Nursing Practice introduces a variety of concepts to empower you to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to deliver safe and effective care. You will study professional and personal concepts as you gain the foundations for the delivery of contemporary nursing practice across the lifespan and a variety of healthcare settings. You will benefit from a wide range of practice experiences as you discover the theory and application of biological, psychosocial and pharmacological factors, as well as integrated care delivery.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.

      Year 2: Developing Proficiencies for Nursing (120 credits)

      Developing Proficiencies for Nursing equips you with the knowledge and skills to safely assess, plan, lead and evaluate patient care, including safe discharge, transition and end of life care. The aim is to promote working in partnership, with an emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches, in an ever-changing health and social care environment. This year of study prepares you to undertake comprehensive assessments of physical, psychological, mental, social and emotional needs for people of all ages, across all care settings. You will also gain the skills and experience required to plan and deliver interventions that promote health and wellbeing, exploring the proactive role of the professional nurse in the provision of health promotion and prevention strategies.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.

      Year 3: Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse (120 credits)

      Preparing for the Role of the Registered Nurse provides you with the opportunities to develop a critical appreciation of the role of the registered nurse. This will be achieved through a combination of independent and guided learning in which you will develop confidence in assessment, clinical decision making, and the application of a range of related theories to support care delivery. Successful completion of this year of study will enable you to have the confidence and ability to think critically and apply knowledge and skills in the provision of expert evidence-based direct nursing care.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.

      Year 4: Contextualising Nursing Practice (120 credits)

      Contextualising Nursing Practice enables you to acquire all of the proficiencies required in a second field of nursing. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop clinical leadership skills across both of your chosen fields of nursing, ensuring you can provide truly seamless, integrated care to improve and enhance the experience of service users.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%.


      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.


      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.

      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

      Some examples of how you can achieve 120-128 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BBB-ABB;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
      • 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.

      As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

      Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Graduates from this programme will benefit from an academic and professional qualification in two fields of nursing, opening an assortment of fascinating career opportunities across both fields of practice.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council registration is recognised the world over and following registration you can pursue a career in a variety of settings, in either the NHS, private, voluntary or independent sectors. Career opportunities also include clinical practice, research, leadership, management and education. There are significant opportunities for further professional development and specialism.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this integrated Masters degree in academic year 2022/23, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

      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.

      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 students joining this integrated Masters degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. This includes a training grant of at least £5,000 a year for Nursing students, plus an additional £1,000 a year if you specialise in learning disabilities or mental health nursing where demand is particularly high.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at

      Further details of financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining Nursing degrees in academic year 2022/23 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

      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 should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding A Level and BTEC grades.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


      How to Apply

      Apply online through UCAS at

      Each pathway has a bespoke UCAS code.

      • 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

      Visit to find out more about the application process.

      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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      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      1st November 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

      The required number of UCAS Tariff points is now 120-128.

      There is no longer a requirement that eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application.

      Covid-19 - Nursing Essential Information

      Nursing Course Statement

      In line with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, delivery will consist of face-to-face delivery by lecturers. This will be a mix of live interactive teaching in an online environment and attendance on campus. Attendance in clinical practice is also an essential part of the programme. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practice learning, you will attend clinical practice where student safety has been assured. This will include learning using simulation, which will be either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will a minimum of six hours on-campus attendance on one day per week. This may include theoretical learning, pastoral/academic support and/or independent learning activities.

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