Nursing (Adult) with NMC registration at University of Derby - UCAS

University of Derby

Degree level: Postgraduate

Nursing (Adult) with NMC registration (Taught)

Course summary

On completion of this programme Newly Qualified Nurses will be assessed as fit for practice within their chosen field and prepared for delivering high quality innovative complex care within a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Our nursing programmes are approved to the NMC’s new Future nurse: Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses
  • This is a flexible course with routes to both Postgraduate Diploma and the full MSc possible within just two years of full-time study
  • Both the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc routes lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council at the end of the two-year course, as long as you meet the NMC’s requirements
  • You will adopt a person-centred approach to care, develop critical evaluation skills and develop the caring professionalism required to thrive in your career as a nurse
  • Reflecting the postgraduate nature of this degree, you’ll have an increased level of autonomy, with the choice of an option module in the second year
  • The course will equip you with vital nursing skills and our use of clinical supervision throughout the course will enable you to develop resilience and reflective practice
This course is underpinned by the desire to deliver kind, compassionate nursing care. It is a two year, full-time degree and supports those with a prior degree (2:2 or above) to become a registered nurse at an accelerated pace. You will also need prior work experience in a service user context, allowing you to demonstrate the skills that underpin professional nursing registration. Your prior experiences will contribute to the learning opportunities within the course and together these will provide eligibility to register as a nurse with the NMC, as long as you meet the NMC’s requirements. We are proud to support the workforce needs of the local region – our course is delivered in the context of the local health care environment and we aim to support our students to practice as qualified nurses locally. By studying this course you can be confident that you will meet the Future Nurse standards and proficiencies specified by the NMC (2018). The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Nursing is an intensive course and you will need commitment, motivation and a desire to succeed. The programme holds high expectations that you are engaged and ready to be an independent learner and that you are able to meet the theory and practice hours required by the NMC that reflect a full-time programme of study.


Stage 1: knowledge and skills for professional nursing practice; care across the lifespan in adult nursing. Stage 2: research skills for evidence based practice; complex care delivery across the life span in adult nursing. Stage 3: leading and managing innovation, improvement and enterprise in nursing (adult); you will also choose a 20 credit option module, such as:; clinical supervision; principles of long term condition management; developing positive approaches for people living with dementia; at the end of academic year 1 you will be invited for academic counselling regarding whether you wish to undertake the independent scholarship module. if you choose to study independent scholarship (60 credits) you will begin this module at the start of the second academic year.; independent scholarship (triple module).

Assessment method

The opportunity to gain assessment feedback support will encourage dialogue, enabling students to make the most of their feedback, provide action plans and utilise academic, student and practice support staff as required. The choice of assessment task is aligned to the unit outcomes, appropriate learner outcomes with the intention of building a range of academic skills and role development. The assessment strategy is designed to provide a diverse range of assessment approaches, with feedback and feedforward mechanisms designed to help students make the most from assessment and continue to develop.

Entry requirements

You will need: Education: Essential: Grade C (or Grade 4) maths and English (or equivalent); Essential: Honours degree 2:2 or above; Desirable: Grade C science; Experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred. Work Experience: Essential: 450hrs of work experience* (equivalent to 12 full-time (37.5 hrs weeks) in a service user context** obtained in the last five years; Desirable: Paid employment. *you must be working within a contractual relationship this can be educational, employment or voluntary **you must demonstrate you were working in a setting where you have personally supported the health and/or wellbeing needs of service users In addition: You will be expected to complete two electronic portfolios to evidence how your past experiences are relevant to a career in nursing; one practice portfolio to evidence your 450 hours of work experience, and one theory portfolio to evidence how your prior educational experience is relevant to nursing. Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. If English is not your first language you must have achieved at least level 6.5 in the written element of IELTS and level 7 in the remaining 3 elements (listening, reading, and speaking). Please note: Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, please contact the programme team to discuss if you have any queries about your education/work experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14900* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £14900* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Nursing (Adult) with NMC registration at University of Derby - UCAS