Nursing - Graduate Entry (MSc-GEN): (Child)


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Nursing - Graduate Entry (MSc- GEN): (Child) | Master of Science (MSc)
MSc, 2 years subject to previous healthcare experience (advanced standing) and starts in January
A level offer
Required subjects
Honours degree (2:2 or above) and GCSEs including English, maths and a science subject at grade C or above 
IB score
Course places
124 across Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing (graduate entry)


Using your skills from your first degree, you’ll be prepared with the essential practical skills and theoretical knowledge to deliver outstanding healthcare to children and their families in a supportive environment.
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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.

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.

Children's nursing

When nursing a child you will learn how a healthy child develops and how to minimise the impact of illness or hospital admission. This involves working in partnership with the parents, or whoever looks after the child at home. 

There are special communications challenges associated with children's nursing, for example a small child cannot articulate his or her fears and needs or where it hurts. Children's nurses need to be able to spot when a child’s health takes a turn for the worse, which can happen rapidly. Intuition, non-verbal communication skills and the ability to engage sensitively in play will be vital.

You will often be sharing your skills with others, supporting the child's carers to build the confidence and ability to carry on with the caring role at home; it's all about knowing when to stand back and when to take over if necessary. 

As a children's nurse, you will often find yourself managing distress - a child's distress and their family's distress. A desperately worried parent can often feel panic, anxiety, anger, powerlessness or guilt - so it's essential that you have a supportive approach to help them through this. 

Many children are now surviving previously fatal conditions and are reaching adulthood. Many have complex long term needs which may require care in a variety of settings; however all require child focused services (DoH Making it Better for Children and Young people – 2007). Children's nurses work in a wide range of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, and children’s own homes.

Children’s nursing is tougher and broader than some imagine it to be, but is immensely rewarding. Find out more about the different fields of nursing or see the NHS Careers website.

Financial support

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 and 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.

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 3310.

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.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Honours degree (2:2 or above) and GCSEs including English, maths and a science* at grade C or above. Please note we will not accept nursing degrees.

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.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

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).

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Notes for applicants

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.


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.



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 (Child) with the NMC.

Typical Year One 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 Healthcare 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 Two 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.
Child 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 childsettings. 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 Children 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.



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 2014, 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 £24,070 with the highest being £45,000.* 
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.


Fees and funding

Students on an undergraduate nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy course will usually have their tuition fees paid in full and receive financial support in the form of a bursary.

Eligible students will receive a non-means tested grant of £1,000 and a means tested bursary of up to £4,395. Different rates of means tested bursary will apply according to where a student lives or studies. More information can be found on the NHS Bursaries website. To be eligible you must have Home Status and meet the NHS criteria. You will not be eligible for the Reduced Rate student loan.

For information about fees and finance visit our Student Fees and Finance website.


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