Nursing (Adult or Mental Health) - Pre-Registration MSc

Nursing (Adult or Mental Health) - Pre-Registration MSc

School of Nursing


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    2 years with Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or 3 years full time*

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Pre-registration

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

Studying the MSc Nursing programme will enable graduate students to practice effectively within a professional values base in a variety of health and social care settings: emphasising compassion, communication and dignity in care. You’ll gain an advanced understanding, knowledge and the skills required in becoming a first level qualified nurse with a sound portfolio of clinical and interpersonal skills, preparing you for your preferred career pathway.

Successful completion of this programme will lead to a dual academic and professional qualification:

Academic - MSc Pre-Registration Nursing (180 credits at Level 7)
Professional - Registered Nurse (Adult or Mental Health) - registered with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council)

UCAS Codes 
  • MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Adult) – UCAS Code: G7S5
  • MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Mental Health) – UCAS Code: S2M9

*Please note the Nursing and Midwifery Council validated pre reg nursing programmes are no less than 3 years in duration unless prior recognised learning (RPL) is used.


Entry Requirements

On entry to the programme, all applicants must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for literacy, numeracy, good health and good character. Applicants will be selected based upon the following:

  • Assessment at Course Interview
  • Occupational Health Medical Screening
  • Disclosure and Barring Service criminal background check (previously known as CRB)
  • Satisfactory Reference, indicating suitability for the course

In addition to the above selection criteria, all candidates must demonstrate achievement of the academic entry requirements, as follows:

  • 1st Degree (2:2 or above) in health related subject (other subjects may be considered for the 3 years programme)
  • GCSE Mathematics (Grade C/4  or above) or equivalent
  • GCSE English (Grade C/4 or above)  or equivalent
  • IELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 7.0 in each component
  • Settled Residency Status, for three years or more prior to commencement of the course

(For international student enquiries please visit our international pages)

For 2 years programme application with RPL

RPL can be demonstrated by providing evidence of having undertaken and learned from a minimum of 800 hours relevant work as a health care assistant, support worker, voluntary or other caring responsibilities in relevant field  plus evidence of study commensurate with level 7 that will meet year 1 learning outcomes.

The intention to apply for recognition of prior learning must be made on application to the course and more details about RPL application and evidence requirements will be provided following successful completion of an interview.

Programme at a Glance

Adult Nursing Field

Year 1

  • Module 1: Exploring the context and culture of nursing & health
  • Module 2: Foundations of Adult Nursing 
  • Practice: 2 x 9 week practice placements

Year 2

  • Module 3: Developing and applying clinical practice in Adult Nursing
  • Module 4: Evidence for Practice
  • Practice: 2 x 10 week practice placements

Year 3

  • Module 5: Developing the Autonomous Practitioner
  • Module 6: Dissertation
  • Practice: 1 x 10 week & 1 x 12 week practice placements

Mental Health Nursing Field

Year 1

  • Module 1: Exploring the context and culture of nursing & health
  • Module 2: Foundations of Mental Health Nursing
  • Practice: 2 x 9 week practice placements

Year 2

  • Module 3: Developing and applying clinical practice in Mental Health Nursing
  • Module 4: Evidence for Practice
  • Practice: 2 x 10 week practice placements

Year 3

  • Module 5: Developing the Autonomous Practitioner
  • Module 6: Dissertation
  • Practice: 1 x 10 week & 1 x 12 week practice placements

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 23 June 2019

Further Information

This course aims to prepare graduates for future employment as a registered nurse, primarily within the NHS and independent health care sectors.

Registered nurses have a wide variety of career pathways open to them, which include:

  • a wide variety of clinical specialisms
  • advanced practitioner / therapist
  • non-medical prescriber
  • practice / service development
  • senior management
  • educator: mentor / preceptor / supervisor / lecturer
  • mental health researcher
  • consultancy roles

The School of Nursing is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to this programme. Our approach aims to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

UCLan is one of the foremost providers of health and welfare education in the UK and is committed to excellence in learning, teaching and research. But don't take our word for it… we have been awarded the highest independent quality assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for the design, content and management of our curricula, student achievement and standards of teaching.

Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy. The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is consistent with the NHS values i.e. working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives, and everyone counts.

Service users, carers and the wider community are actively involved in the development, delivery and running of this programme. Service users and carers share their experiences with students at the University and are involved in providing students with feedback in clinical practice, as well as being involved in recruitment and assessment activities.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university and career pathway ambitions.

Please Note: Applications for this full-time course should be made via UCAS

  • MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Adult) – UCAS Code: G7S5
  • MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Mental Health) – UCAS Code: S2M9

Direct on-line applications will NOT be accepted for this course for entry in September 2016 onwards.

For further information about this course, please contact the appropriate Course Field Leader:

Mental Health Nursing:

Nick Bohannon
Tel. 01772 893709


Adult Nursing:

Marlis Haumueller 

Tel: 01772 893645 

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU), £13,950 per year (International Students)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Healthcare education funding for postgraduate students

Please note that fees for the MSc Pre-Registration Nursing course were not applicable in 2017/18.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Industry Links

The School of Nursing is one of the largest providers of healthcare education in the North West region and as a result we have developed close links with healthcare providers across the whole of the central Lancashire area including NHS Trusts across Preston & Fylde Coast; Fleetwood & Blackpool; Blackburn; Burnley; Chorley; Southport & Ormskirk, and many more. We can also place students with private healthcare providers, independent and voluntary sector organisations, and these learning environments provide our students with a unique insight into how healthcare is managed in all settings, not just within the NHS. 

All clinical placement providers are audited according to the Nursing & Midwifery Council professional regulatory requirements for learning & teaching in clinical practice and each area has a dedicated member of academic staff attached to the placement, so that students may access support and advice. Academic staff work in close contact with the NHS Trust Practice Education Facilitators and the development of these close links with practice partners enable our students to feel confident that their practice experiences are supported throughout their course.

As part of your clinical experiences you can expect to work full-time alongside a clinical mentor who will support your learning journey throughout each placement area. All students are expected to work closely with their mentors which may entail a range of different shift patterns throughout the year.

Professional Accreditation

Successful completion of the course will lead to professional registration as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme will be delivered within the UCLan Preston campus, with placement experiences being provided within NHS and independent clinical practice settings. 

The student’s performance will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods, which will include: 

  • Written assignments e.g. essay, critical dialogue
  • Creative assessments e.g. storyboard
  • Practice-related assessments e.g. OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examination), DONAs (Direct Observation of Nursing Activities), practice competencies
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation 
  • Professional portfolio (demonstrating cross-field learning experiences) 


This programme will include 2 x 9 – 12 week placements within health care settings in each academic year, during which the student will develop and demonstrate a series of practice competencies. 

There will be an opportunity to undertake a 4-week international placement in the latter part of Year 2 of the programme.

Successful completion of the programme prepares the graduate for future employment as a registered nurse (Adult or Mental Health). The School of Nursing’s related and well-established BSc(Hons) programme has shown high levels employability for course graduates.