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Course summary

Course information The course aims to help you become a confident, competent, caring, and compassionate nurse. You'll learn in a supportive, forward-thinking, and well-connected environment. Explore all aspects of nursing, from the fundamentals of providing care to caring for patients with complex needs. You'll develop specialist skills including communication, decision-making, team working, leadership, management and upholding professional values so that you can achieve your full potential as an adult nurse. COURSE OVERVIEW The MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration) course aims to prepare graduates for the complex, demanding, and rewarding area of adult nursing. The course provides graduates from a range of backgrounds with the opportunity to transfer their skills to become a registered Adult Nurse. Build on your undergraduate experience and become a fully-qualified nurse in two years. Become eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified adult nurse. To gain vital real-world experience; 50% of your course is spent on placement. Your placement will be spent across a varied range of clinical environments for example, accident and emergency, medical/surgical, older adults, orthopaedics, palliative care and hospice nursing. Obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with a NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary. ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL... • Develop the skills and knowledge to practice as a confident, competent and caring Adult Nurse as well as the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding career in an area of your choice! • Learn through the support of experienced practice assessors/supervisors whilst on placement and from nursing staff and academics in both the classroom and simulated clinical environments. • Be a part of an intimate cohort so that you will benefit from close tuition from the nursing team who will be on hand to support you through your studies and help facilitate your learning. • Have access to a range of technology to enhance your learning. These include; OCULUS - a virtual reality headset for simulated activities; and a Pharmacology and Prescribing Resource. • Exit with a MSc in Nursing and be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (RN) Year one • Concepts, Theories and Practice in Professional Nursing • Pathophysiology and Nursing Assessment Across the Lifespan • The Evidence Base for Adult Nursing Practice • Public Health and Nursing in Communities • Part 1 Practice Assessment (Year 1) • Part 2 Practice Assessment (Year 1) Year two • Pharmacology for Contemporary Nursing Practice • Managing Complexity in Adult Nursing Practice • Transforming Care in Nursing • Part 3 Practice Assessment (Year 2)

Assessment method

A full range of assessment methods has been selected in order to enhance student learning and to help students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved all the module learning outcomes, and, overall, the programme aims. Each module’s learning outcomes relate to the module assessment item(s). Students have an opportunity across the programme to self-reflect on their progression and their development.These self-reflections contribute to and are evidenced in assessments through a variety of means. Types and methods of assessment will include group seminars and presentations; essays; portfolio of evidence (achievement of clinical competences and written evidence); viva, examination; OSCE/practical skills assessments; map of patient/client experience; reflective essay; community health profile; reflective incident recording; poster presentation; dissertation Modules use formative and summative assessment so that students' progress through a module in a structured and constructive way and build knowledge for practice in a coherent and logical way. Formative assessments are designed so that feedback on the individual student’s performance is provided prior to the submission of the final, summative assessment – though this does not contribute to the final module mark or the credit awarded. The wordage – or equivalent – for both formative and summative assessments is counted towards the whole module assessment wordage.

How to apply

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A degree at 2.2 or above with a minimum of 500 hours of verified hands-on care experience with patients and clients. GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above. Functional Skills at level 2 are accepted. Please note: As this programme commences in April, applicants will be unable to follow the UCAS key dates with regards to accepting a place. All decisions must be made by March 2024.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



English language requirements

IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each element and a minimum overall score of 7.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16400 Year 1

Additional fee information

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MSc Nursing/Registered Nurse: Adult Nursing at University of Cumbria - UCAS