MSci 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: B700
    Course Length: 4 Years Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2020, September 2021
    Subjects: Mental Health and Counselling
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BBB-ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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    Subject to validation.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council published new standards for nursing education in May 2018. As a result of this, we will be introducing a new nursing curriculum from September 2020.

    If you are joining this programme in September 2020, you will study the new curriculum from the start of your course. Details of the new curriculum are currently being finalised and will be published soon.

    As the number of children and adults who have a range of health conditions rises, the need for registered nurses to have the ability to care for people of all ages across a variety of care settings is increasing. 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 have chosen. You will graduate with one of the following award titles:

    • MSci Nursing Dual Field (Adult and Child)
    • MSci Nursing Dual Field (Adult and Learning Disabilities)
    • MSci Nursing Dual Field (Adult and Mental Health)
    • MSci Nursing Dual Field (Child and Learning Disabilities)
    • MSci Nursing Dual Field (Child and Mental Health)
    • MSci Nursing Dual Field (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities)
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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    This four-year degree integrated Masters degree is delivered in a supportive learning environment. You will have the opportunity to achieve the national standards for proficiency for registered nurses, develop leadership and decision-making skills and discover how to contribute to the advancement of nursing.

    During Year 1 you will study towards achieving national generic and field-specific proficiencies related to professional values, communication, interpersonal skills and nursing practice, ensuring the foundations for nursing practice are met. Teaching and learning will be underpinned by theory, practice, skills and simulation.

    Year 2 builds upon the concepts introduced in the first year while enhancing the level and complexity of analysis. You will examine research methodologies to increase your understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice, consider the complexities of holistic assessment and care, and discover the benefits of multi-professional working.

    Your studies in Year 3 will be dedicated to preparing you for the role of a registered nurse. You will develop your confidence to make evidence-informed decisions and acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to empower and support patients to make decisions about their health.

    Year 4 offers a unique opportunity to acquire all of the proficiencies required in an additional field of nursing, while also consolidating your learning at Masters level. There will be a key focus 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. 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 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. 

    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?

    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?

    Teaching is delivered by nursing academics 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, ensuring you gain an understanding of the impact care has on individual groups.

    A Great Study Environment

    A Nursing student talks to a young patient in the clinical skills simulation suite.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.

    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 128 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BBB-ABB;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
    • 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 up 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 or EU student who will be joining this integrated Masters degree in academic year 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 integrated Masters degree 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. This includes a grant of at least £5,000 per annum for Nursing students, plus an additional £1,000 per annum 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 and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at


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    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.

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


    How to Apply

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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.