Graduate Entry Nursing - Adult MSc

  

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Qualification
MSc Nursing (Graduate Entry Nursing - Adult)
Duration
MSc, 2 years subject to previous health care experience (advanced standing) and starts in January
Entry requirements
Applicants must have at least a second class UK honours degree (or international equivalent) and be working in health and social care.
Other requirements
Applicants without a first degree may be considered for the course based on clinical experience and previous study subject to approval.
IELTS
7.0 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
January
Campus
Derby Education Centre at Royal Derby Hospital
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course enables those with an undergraduate degree to become a qualified, registered nurse. It's ideal for those looking to quickly retrain for a more challenging or rewarding career.

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Why choose this nursing course?

You already have a degree and want to become a registered nurse in just two years. The MSc in Nursing (Graduate Entry) programme is a three year course that is undertaken in two years though the accreditation of your undergraduate degree course and relevant practical experience. This programme leads to a masters level qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). There are excellent career prospects in to range of avenues including clinical practice, management, research and education. Previous graduates from this programme have performed extremely well in competing for sought after positions within the nursing profession.

This course is not suitable for qualified nurses. If you are a qualified nurse you may wish to consider our professional courses.

Students joining this course in January 2017 and January 2018 will still have course fees paid for by the government. See financial support below.
 

Where will I study?

The new Graduate Entry Nursing programme is offered at our Derby Centre and starts in January. View videos of our staff and students talking about the Derby Centre. You will undertake practice placement predominantly throughout the Derbyshire region in a comprehensive range of in-patient and community settings.

What will I learn?

The programme utilises an enquiry based learning approach which builds on your existing skills for learning and is underpinned by a student centred philosophy. It also encompasses shared learning with other disciplines and professions, developing your clinical leadership skills and preparing you for practice. 

Practice-based learning is a key part of the course and you will experience a comprehensive range of placements, working with healthcare professionals in a variety of areas. 

As with all our courses, you can expect to experience a stimulating blend of learning activities, from lectures and clinical skills workshops through to innovative web-based activities.

Adult nursing

Adult nurses work with people with diverse health conditions, both chronic and acute. They juggle numerous priorities and use caring, counselling, managing, teaching and all aspects of interpersonal skills to improve the quality of patients' lives, sometimes in difficult situations. Work may be based in hospital wards, clinics or, increasingly, community settings and you may do shift work to help provide 24-hour care.

Find out more about the different fields of nursing or see the NHS Careers website.

Financial support

For January 2017 entry:
Course fees are paid for all students who meet the NHS student bursaries eligibility criteria. Eligible students will receive a non-means tested grant of £1,000, a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395. Additional allowances are available for students with disabilities and dependents, but you will not be eligible for the Reduced Rate student loan.

For January 2018 entry:
Changes to the funding and financial support of students beginning nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy courses were announced in the government Spending Review in November 2015. 

Update on funding changes for graduate entry nursing
In July 2016, the government released their response to the public consultation regarding the bursary changes.

At The University of Nottingham, graduate entry nursing (GEN) is a postgraduate pre-registration course. Initially it was uncertain what financial support students on a GEN course would receive. After the public consultation there were proposals about how funding should be organised for postgraduate pre-registration students. While the government is making a decision, it has extended bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for these courses for September 2017/January 2018 entry. This is a transitional arrangement only for new entrants in 2017/18 UCAS cycle until a longer-term solution is finalised from September 2018 onwards. Further detail will be published in due course by the government.

The full consultation response is available online which also outlines additional grants for childcare and funding placement travel and accommodation expenses for students.

The Council of Deans of Health have also updated their funding clinic webpages with information from the consultation. For independent advice on student finance see Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website. 

How to apply

Applications are accepted through UCAS. Applications received before the UCAS closing date in January are prioritised however we continue to accept late applications for the remaining places. 

The UCAS code for this course is 3010.

Selection and interview

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and selection made based on academic qualifications and personal attributes suitable for nursing. Candidates will need to present a short account of how their prior learning and experience relates to nursing practice. Healthcare experience is essential to meet NMC advanced standing requirements for this this course. This will involve demonstrating a basic level of care experience (under supervision) through the submission of an online portfolio of evidence. Examples could include experience such as a healthcare assistant, mental health support worker, volunteer with healthcare charitable institutions etc.

Find out more about the selection process.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries relating to this course, please contact us on
+44 (0)1332 724 625 or email: gen-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk

Key facts

  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff
 

Course details

Entry requirements

Honours degree (2:2 or above) and GCSEs including English, maths and a science* at grade C or above. 

If you don't have a biological sciences background and you are made an offer, we will ask you to carry out pre-course preparation work.

*Anatomy and Physiology, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, and you have not attained GCSE English (grade C or above), then you must pass an approved test before you apply.

For nursing the test currently recognised is the IELTS with the following scores:

  • At least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • At least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
  • An overall score of 7 (out of a possible 9)

Notes for applicants

For all courses, selection is made on the basis of meeting entry requirements, academic potential and evidence of commitment to nursing. All offers are subject to being successful at both the selection day and interview, satisfactory health screening, disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance and eligibility for an NHS student bursary.

International students

This course is not normally available to international students as they are not entitled to an NHS Bursary. Further information regarding eligibility can be found on the NHS Bursary website.

 
 

Modules

Adult


Our modules provide a balance of nursing theory and practical application via placements and are delivered in 15 week blocks. Modules are guided by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) policies and procedures. On completion of all eight modules, students will be eligable to register as a qualified nurse (Adult) with the NMC.


Typical Year Two Modules
Foundations for Professional and Personal Effectiveness in Nursing
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore the foundations of health and illness within the context of their developing professional role. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, values and skills that place the individual at the centre of health care delivery and which are required for the safe delivery of care in a variety of settings. Learning will be primarily enquiry-based but also in the form of workshops, seminars and lectures.

 
Diverse Perspectives on Care Assessment, Planning, Delivery and Decision Making for Nursing Practice
This module gives the opportunity to experience health from the perspective of the individual and their carer. You will consider factors in infection control, self-management, communication, the impact of health on the family unit and assessment, re-integration and social inclusion.

 
The Social Context of Health Care Provision and Delivery
This module provides students with the opportunity to critically evaluate the role and practice of the nurse in a variety of settings. This includes further development of knowledge and skills in applying and evaluating appropriate and relevant nursing care and provides students with an understanding of health determinants, health inequalities and the development of skills in health promotion. You will be helping care givers by promoting independence and rehabilitation. 
 
Research Proposal (Research 1)
This module will improve your confidence when undertaking research so that you will be more prepared for the dissertation. You will select a specific topic with the approval of your tutor and critically evaluate relevant literature to support your studies. In addition you will use qualitative and quantitative study techniques while considering ethical concerns during your research.

 
 

Typical Year Three Modules
Complex Care Delivery and Decision Making for
Nursing Practice
This module gives you the chance to consolidate knowledge and the skills needed to deliver care to individuals. You will consider the evaluation and implementation of care in complex scenarios and analyse their practice in terms of ethical and legal responsibilities. You will learn through a number of lectures, workshops, discussions and seminars to develop your skills.

 
Adult Field Complex Care Delivery and Decision
Making for Nursing Practice
This module will give you the chance to consolidate knowledge and skills needed in a variety of complex adult settings. You will consider emergency care, specialist environments and the planning and decision making needed to deliver care effectively. You will work in areas of psychology and biology to deliver treatment to Adults and take into account the application of interventions to prevent health issues. You will learn through a number of lectures, workshops, discussions and seminars to develop your skills.

 
Professional development, Leadership and Innovation
for nursing practice 
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop the capacity to organise and evaluate care and the management of individuals and/or groups in order to deliver high quality holistic care. You will also consider the best innovations necessary to offer the best practice and service delivery. There will be lectures, workshops and seminars to help you progress.

 
Research Dissertation
In this module you will complete an empirical or literature based research discussion. You will give in-depth critical analysis of relevant literature and analyse different findings. In addition you will discuss the implications in your findings and offer recommendations for nursing practice. Finally you will contribute to the existing knowledge and evidence base for nursing knowledge and practice through effective written and verbal communication, effectively disseminating conclusions to a range of audiences.
 
 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

For January 2017 entry:
Course fees are paid for all students who meet the NHS student bursaries eligibility criteria. Eligible students will receive a non-means tested grant of £1,000, a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395. Additional allowances are available for students with disabilities and dependents, but you will not be eligible for the Reduced Rate student loan.

For January 2018 entry:
Changes to the funding and financial support of students beginning nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy courses were announced in the government Spending Review in November 2015. 

Update on funding changes for graduate entry nursing
In July 2016, the government released their response to the public consultation regarding the bursary changes.

At The University of Nottingham, graduate entry nursing (GEN) is a postgraduate pre-registration course. Initially it was uncertain what financial support students on a GEN course would receive. After the public consultation there were proposals about how funding should be organised for postgraduate pre-registration students. While the government is making a decision, it has extended bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for these courses for September 2017/January 2018 entry. This is a transitional arrangement only for new entrants in 2017/18 UCAS cycle until a longer-term solution is finalised from September 2018 onwards. Further detail will be published in due course by the government.

The full consultation response is available online which also outlines additional grants for childcare and funding placement travel and accommodation expenses for students.

The Council of Deans of Health have also updated their funding clinic webpages with information from the consultation. For independent advice on student finance see Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Skills and careers

At the end of the course you will have the essential practical skills and theoretical knowledge to join a new generation of nurses delivering outstanding healthcare.

Graduates enjoy careers in a range of diverse settings. Nurses are the largest group of staff in the NHS and a UK Registered Nurse Qualification is widely recognised for employment in international nursing posts. Our graduates benefit from both an academic qualification and a professional qualification that serves to enhance their employment opportunities. View further details about the range of nursing careers.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Average starting salary and career progression

A newly qualified nurse working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a salary ranging from £21,388 up to £27,901 with progression. With career progression and development there is the prospect of applying for senior clinical posts – for example, Band 6 Ward Manager/Band 6 District Nurse (salary range £25,783-£34,530) and Band 7 Specialist Nurse (salary range £30,764-£40,558).

In 2015, 100% of postgraduates in the Division of Nursing who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,785 with the highest being £27,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers Support and Advice

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.   

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 

 
 
 
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