About the course

  • The programme offers a myriad of exciting and rewarding experiences that will build on your current knowledge and life experiences and help you to make the most of the opportunities available to you as a student and eventually a registered adult nurse.
  • As a student on this programme your learning will help you to make a difference not only to the individual service user and his/ her family but to the whole health care team and organisation.
  • The programme offers students the chance to develop knowledge associated with altered anatomy and physiology as well as manage the complex challenges associated with the psychology and sociology of health and ill-health.
  • This scientific understanding will be combined with opportunities to learn how to develop human relationships effectively with a diverse range of people, many of whom are vulnerable and need support that is unique to them.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills and will be able to appraise and apply complex evidence to their learning in order to make rational decisions relating to patient care and professional judgement.

Applying to the programme

It really is important that you can articulate why you want to be an Adult Nurse when you apply. You can find out more about adult nursing by reading professional journals such as Nursing Times or Nursing Standard. These can be purchased through High Street shops or on-line. You can also visit appropriate websites such as those listed below:

  • NHS careers
  • Department of Health
  • Kings Fund, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing.

It is always useful to gain some experience in a health setting whether in a voluntary or paid capacity as this will help you to determine whether adult nursing is for you however this is not obligatory.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Nursing (Adult)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Nursing (Adult)

Why choose this course?

  • This 2 year full time programme is especially designed for people who already hold a first degree wishing to become registered nurses. At the end of the programme you will be ready to take a key role in delivering and leading high quality care for service users.  
  • You will also help service users make well-informed decisions relating to their health care needs and preferences by focussing on communication, professional, team working and leadership skills.
  • 50% of learning will occur at the university studying the theory or nursing and 50% of learning will occur in practice placements so that you can integrate what you have learned and are “fit for purpose” in today’s health care settings.
  • Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice.

Professional Accreditations

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice

Course details


Once you have completed the programme and registered with the NMC, most people get some experience as a staff nurse, usually within community or in-patient organisations operating within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors of health. The opportunities are endless but some ‘typical’ career options are presented below.

  • Some people are keen to remain working directly with service users in clinical areas and seek promotion to senior staff nurse or ward sister / manager roles where their expertise is used to lead care given by a team of nurses. Some adult nurses develop particular clinical skills and knowledge that will allow them to become specialist nurses in a given area of care (e.g. district nurse, clinical nurse specialist or nurse consultant).
  • These clinical grades co-exist within a wider career framework incorporating management roles such as Modern Matron all the way through to very senior board level roles such as Director of Nursing in an NHS Primary Care or Acute Trust. These roles involve managing multi-million pound budgets and directly leading/ managing a large number of staff as well as strategically influencing how the NHS responds to new developments.
  • Some nurses develop interest in research and education and opt to pursue educationally focussed careers within the NHS or in further and higher education institutions such as the University of Hertfordshire. They still retain their professional registration and unique identity as an Adult Nurse but are involved in advancing nursing knowledge and influence through research and education.

Wherever your career takes you, as an Adult Nurse you will never stop learning and will undertake a variety of training and education throughout your career. This might be formal education such as specialist clinical courses or PhD studies or essential skills training associated with professional practice.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including:

  • Interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures at University
  • Seminars and workshops incorporating for example ,case/ care plan presentations, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics
  • Laboratory based practical work/ experiments
  • Learning technologies for example video, podcasts, digital storyboards and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These packages are supported by an extremely well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week.
  • Individual and group based tutorials will also feature in your learning experience.
  • Supervised practice - working with qualified nurses to develop clinical skills
  • Training and education activities within the placement setting
  • Skills development activities to ensure patients' needs are met

Work Placement

You will experience a wide variety of clinical settings including for example:

  • Acute Care settings such as general and specialist surgical wards, medical wards, accident and emergency departments etc
  • Community based settings such as working with district nurses in service users own homes or in facilities such as GP practices, nursing homes or community hospitals.
  • You may be placed in settings such as hospices and other private or voluntary organisations which care for a variety of medical conditions and illnesses and health care needs. 

Placements are organised in blocks of variable duration and will be located anywhere in London. Whilst on placement, you will be supported by a mentor (a qualified nurse who has undertaken post qualifying learning in practice based education); a link lecturer (an academic from within the school who supports mentors in placement areas) and wealth of supportive services available on campus through the student union and student services.


  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Holistic Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill Adult 30 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Nursing in Context 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Nursing Adults with Long Term Conditions 30 Credits Compulsory
    Imagination and Innovation in Evidence Based Nursing Care 30 Credits Compulsory
    Health Promotion 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Nursing Care of the Adult Patient 30 Credits Compulsory
    Transitions to Professional Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

    The funding of health education is currently undergoing a transition period from student bursaries to student loans. We are currently reviewing our guidance on the funding arrangements for pre-registration postgraduate courses commencing in the 2018/19 academic year following a recent announcement from the UK government.

    Information regarding this announcement can be found on the Department of Health and Social Care website.

    Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

    The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

    For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet


    Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    • Normally a 2:1 honours degree in any subject. Consideration will be given to applicants with a 2:2 if their degree is related to nursing and they have previous care work experience.
    • GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).

    All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

    English language requirements

    All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency.


    International qualifications will be considered for equivalency using NARIC. International candidates will be required to complete IELTS with scores of at least 6.5 in the listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections and the overall average score must be 6.5 or above.

    If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    We welcome applications from international and EU students