Nursing with registered Nurse (Adult) OR (Mental Health) OR (Children and Young People) MSc

Nursing with registered Nurse (Adult) OR (Mental Health) OR (Children and Young People) 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)

  • 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 (Adult, Mental Health or Children and Young People) programme will enable graduate students to practise 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, Mental Health or Children and Young People) - registered with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council)

*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. 

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Entry Requirements

Please note: The application deadline for international applicants is the 12th of June 2020.

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
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal background check
  • Satisfactory Reference, indicating suitability for the course/field of nursing

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
  • GCSE Mathematics (Grade C/4  or above) or equivalent
  • GCSE English (Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent
  • IELTs: overall score 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, reading, listening and speaking or equivalent (to have been taken within 2 years before the course commencement date). For further information see NMC requirements.

 Please contact the admissions team if you have a query regards above entry requirements..

International enquiries: Please visit our international pages.

For 2 years programme application with Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

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 equivalent relevant theoretical learning that is commensurate with year 1 proficiencies

The intention to apply for RPL 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.

If you do not meet our entry requirements for the MSc you may be interested in the BSc adult, mental health or children’s nursing programmes.



  • MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Adult) – UCAS Code: G7S5
  • MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Mental Health) – UCAS Code: S2M9
  • MSc Pre-registration (Children and Young People)  - UCAS Code: NC10

International enquiries: Please visit our international pages.

Selection Process

The student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy and 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.

Programme at a Glance

The programmes for all three fields, adult, mental health and Childrens and Young People nursing incorporate the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new standards of proficiencies 2019. They  represent the skills, knowledge and attributes all registered nurses must demonstrate.

More detailed outlines of the programme will be published once the validation process is complete

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.

Clinical Placements

The course programme comprises of 50% practice and 50% theory. You will be allocated to one of several NHS Trusts within the Central Lancashire region as your base and from there gain experience in a range of placement areas.

The clinical placements will be interspersed throughout the two years course and you will be supervised, assessed and supported by relevant health care professionals and the University. As part of your clinical experience you will be expected to work full time alongside practice supervisors who will support your learning journey through each placement area. As a result you are expected to work a range of different shift patterns across a 24 hour, seven day period throughout the year.

There may be an opportunity to undertake an alternative or international placement during the course.

Further Information

Our students enjoy an outstanding track record of post-University employment and our commitment to excellence in teaching and research will ensure your nursing career gets off on the best possible start

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:  preceptor / supervisor / lecturer
  • 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 Student Experience at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018. UCLan’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing won the award in recognition of the emphasis it puts on the overall student experience.

In deciding on the winner, judges looked for motivational and inspiring teaching staff, high-quality resources and a focus on academic achievement, hands-on clinical skills and people skills.

For further course information, please contact our admissions office or the relevant MSc Field Lead:




How to Apply

UK Residents: Via UCAS

International applicants: Via international pages



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 2020/21

Full-time: £9250
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits

Healthcare education funding for postgraduate students

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

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the 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.


Future career

Successful completion of the programme prepares the graduate for future employment as a registered nurse (Adult, Mental Health or Children and Young People). The School of Nursing’s well-established programme shows high levels employability for course graduates.