MSc Nursing (Adult)

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.  Our Allied Health: Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy is ranked in the top 25% of UK universities for research impact (Research Excellence Framework, 2022)

Frontline Experience: Gain clinical experience working alongside experienced senior nursing staff through placements in Hertfordshire and London.

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 practise anywhere in the UK.

About the course

The MSc Nursing (Adult) course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to qualify as a registered nurse in adult nursing practice. The demand for nurses with a postgraduate qualification is increasing, with nurses at the heart of our health care provision and society. This course will enable you to pursue a career with purpose, making a daily difference to patients, their families and the health care system. 

Through this course, you will learn from expert nursing academics as well as from clinical practitioners, gaining frontline experience through our placement opportunities across Hertfordshire and London and developing the skills and experience needed to manage a variety of health conditions from prevention through acute case to end of life care. Your scientific knowledge and compassionate understanding will be enhanced with the psychology and sociology of health and ill-health, and you will develop the critical thinking skills and professional judgement needed to provide outstanding patient care. 

This master’s degree allows you to develop as a future leader in nursing, with opportunities for self-development through a range of initiatives such as research placements and student ambassadorships. The University of Hertfordshire offers a large range of Continuing Professional Development courses once you are qualified, working with many local NHS Trusts to keep developing your knowledge and providing the opportunity to specialise.   

Why choose this course?

  • Award-winning teaching: The University is 2nd in the East of England for Nursing (2023 Complete University Guide) and our Allied Health Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy ranked in the top 25% of UK universities for research impact (Research Excellence Framework, 2021)  

  • Professional qualification: this two-year full-time programme is especially designed for people wishing to become registered nurses who already hold a first degree. Graduates will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practise 

  • Placement programme – our strong partnership agreements ensure that 50% of learning takes place in a clinical setting. Placement opportunities are available in Hertfordshire and London NHS Trusts.  

  • Research opportunities – students can join research programmes, developing critical research and leadership skills and benefiting from our top 25% ranking of UK universities for research impact  

  • Employability - 100% of our students surveyed are in full time graduate level employment or further study, with many offered employment where they have carried out their placement (Graduate Outcomes 2019 / 2020) 

  • Multi-dimensional learning – as well as academic and practice settings, you will benefit from real-life learning scenarios in our on-campus simulation units  

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - The University of Hertfordshire offers a large range of CPD courses once you are qualified, working with many local NHS Trusts to keep developing your knowledge and providing the opportunity to specialise if that is something you would like to pursue

  • Go Herts Award - students can choose to undertake further curricular activities during their programme to earn a Go Herts Award (more details when course commences).

What will I study?

Students will typically study elements of nursing that are essential for personal and professional development:

  • Nursing care
  • Nursing knowledge
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Ethics of care
  • Leadership and management
  • Practical nursing care
  • Research-informed care delivery
  • Decision-making in nursing
  • Change management in healthcare.

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, with the use of simulation in our simulation labs - simulation education is recognised by the NMC as being a leading mechanism to educate student nurses in clinical skills labs. Simulation allows the student to practise skills and communication in a safe environment and to ask questions regarding any situation in a safe and supportive environment.
  • 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, seven 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
  • The use of Canvas platform for the uploading of lecture and reading materials.

As potential students of Adult Nursing undertaking an MSc programme, please note that this programme will be different to any previous degree you have undertaken.  In your previous degree, your programme was most likely based on theoretical delivery over an academic year of 36 weeks.  The MSc Adult Nursing programme incorporates both theory and practice, of which both elements carry equal importance and responsibility. The delivery of both elements will take place over an academic year of 45 weeks.  Full engagement with the programme is required from the outset. A clear focus on what is expected of you as a student nurse, and forward planning are all essential elements to ensure your success on the MSc Adult Nursing programme.

  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Nursing Practice: Knowledge and Care 30 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Nursing Care of the Adult Patient 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Nursing Art and Science 30 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
    Final Numeracy Exam 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Senior Lecturer Thomas Beary

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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Nursing (Adult) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Nursing (Adult) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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