MSc Nursing (Adult)
- New government grants available from September 2020 for new and continuing degree-level students. You may be eligible for additional support of at least £5,000 a year which you won't need to pay back.
- This course may be eligible for an additional £1,000 on top of this. You may also be eligible for an additional £1,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life.
Why choose Herts?
NMC Accreditation: You will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register to legally practice as an Adult Nurse.
Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by expert nursing academics, all recently awarded Teaching Innovation of the Year at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2020.
Work-Related Learning: Gain clinical experience working alongside experienced senior nursing staff. Previous students have worked in GP surgery placements, nursing homes, and community hospitals.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
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
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.
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 of 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.
What will I study?
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
|Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Clinical Decision Making||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Leading and Managing Nursing Care for Adult Nursing||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Co-ordinating Care in Adult Nursing||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Imagination and Innovation in Evidence Based Nursing Practice||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Nursing Adults with Long Term Conditions||30 Credits||Compulsory|
Further course information
|Course fact sheets|
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|MSc Nursing (Adult)||Download|
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