2 years with Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or 3 years full time*
Mixed Mode, Full-time
Studying the MSc Nursing (Adult, Mental Health or Children**) 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)
*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.
**MSc Pre-registration (Children) will be running from September 2019, subject to validation.
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:
In addition to the above selection criteria, all candidates must demonstrate achievement of the academic entry requirements, as follows:
Please contact the admissions team if you have a query regards above entry requirements..
International enquiries: Please visit our international pages.
As per Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, an IELTS or OET as per NMC requirements.
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.
International enquiries: Please visit our international pages.
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.
The programmes for all three fields, adult, mental health and childrens nursing are in the process of being validated as per Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new standards of proficiencies. 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.
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.
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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:
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:
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:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU), £13,950 per year (International Students)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
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.
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.
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.
Successful completion of the programme prepares the graduate for future employment as a registered nurse (Adult or Mental Health). The School of Nursing’s d well-established programme shows high levels employability for course graduates.