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.

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.

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

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.
  • 2nd in the East of England for Nursing (2023 Complete University Guide).


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
  • 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
  • Further course information

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

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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