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Adult Nursing (pre-registration) MSc

Coventry University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
January 2022

January 2023

January 2024
Coventry University

Program description

Adult Nursing (pre-registration) MSc

This new MSc course offers graduates from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to enter the nursing profession in two years.

The Master’s in Adult Nursing is a two-year programme designed to respond to the current challenges in healthcare and the complex healthcare environment where advancing technologies, contemporary research and new knowledge influences and impacts on nursing practice. The course is aimed at individuals with a prior undergraduate degree and evidence of experience in health and social care. Previous undergraduate degrees may include (but are not limited to) health-related disciplines, psychology, criminology or sociology degrees. Those with non-health-related degrees must demonstrate extensive experience in the clinical health and social care sector. It is also suitable for existing nurses looking for dual qualification.

The MSc Adult Nursing aims to give you knowledge and skills requied for the the Adult Nursing field, related to the complex care issues around the mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural impairment and other co-morbidities with which patients present in the healthcare environment. The programme will help you develop the knowledge, expertise and evidence-informed practice required to meet the needs specified and those of the patients’ lived experience, which embodies today's nursing and healthcare practices.

Clinical placements are integral to the MSc Adult Nursing course, accounting for 50% of the course. This includes clinical practice in a healthcare setting (organised by the University) and practice learning with local practice partners. You will complete placements across four practice modules in a range of areas relevant to the disciplines of Adult Nursing such as emergency, high dependency care, community and home care delivery settings and medical/surgery acute hospital experiences. Practice assessment is divided into three parts which build on proficiencies required to become an autonomous nurse practitioner.

Admission requirements

UK students

  • Applicants for the Pre-registration MSc in Adult Nursing should ideally hold a good honours degree of 2:2 or above in a health-related subject.
  • However, applicants with other degrees and relevant care experience will also be considered on an individual basis
  • As the MSc in Adult Nursing is a two-year course, there is a requirement to demonstrate completion of 460 practice hours in relevant health/care settings through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to meet the NMC standard of nursing education of 2300 practice hours. The RPL process will credit students for 460 hours to meet the stated NMC criteria. Applicants will be supported in the RPL process.*
  • You will also require GCSE Grade 4/C or above in English and Maths.

International students

You will also require GCSE Grade 4/C or above in English and Maths (or recognised equivalent)

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year 1: Theory

Research & Evidence-Informed Nursing Practice

The development of evidence-informed and evidence-based care from a solid research base is essential to the science of nursing care. The module content is organised to demonstrate the use of evidence within nursing and healthcare practice - for example, in governance policy/guidelines - and how they affect everyday nursing practice. The background understanding of how research is used to develop the evidence base for contemporary nursing practice will be examined by applying research principles to a clinically relevant action research project

Health Assessment

The module aims to enable you to develop skills in identifying and assessing existing conditions, as well as screening for factors predisposing persons to ill health. You will be able to critically apply healthcare assessment skills used in nursing across the lifespan to formulate a person-centred plan of care..

Clinical Decision-Making

Clinical decision-making in nursing requires an evaluation of many complex factors. In conjunction with a barrage of health-related information, the nurse needs to have the cognitive skills to appropriate this information to make decisions about the person’s care. This module aims to assist you in developing strategies for clinical decision-making in the context of person-centred care. The module content will be organised around a variety of subjects to include the professional, legal and ethical responsibility and other subject-theory domains that influence clinical decision-making.

Therapeutic Intervention

In health and social care environments, practitioners meet people living with complex, multiple physical and mental health co-morbidities across the lifespan. Complex care necessitates treatment from multi-professional services and service user involvement in care management and care delivery. The module aim is to facilitate you in developing the necessary knowledge and proficiency to coordinate and manage patient-centred care in the multidimensional healthcare setting. The module content will include a critical review of the current policy and legislative documents that drive, influence and enhance the coordination of complex care.

Year 1: Practice

Practice Understanding Nursing Practice

This module introduces you to the foundations of nursing practice in the workplace. The experience will provide you (under supervision) with learning opportunities which will begin to develop the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective holistic person- and family-centred care.

Practice 2: Critically Review and Evaluate Nursing Practice

This module provides further opportunity for you to review and deliver nursing practice in the workplace critically. This experience will enable you to demonstrate and promote professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to provide safe and effective holistic person-centred care. The module is underpinned by the NMC Future Nurse Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (2018); and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Professionalism and Education (2018) for nursing and midwifery.

Program delivery

2 year full-time


On successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration as an Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a registered professional in nursing.

Career opportunities

The course is a strong indication to current and potential employees that you have both the ability and the academic characteristics required for working in a variety of clinical Adult Nursing settings. The programme is developed to position you for an accelerated career pathway to become a future nursing leader, clinical expert, educator or researcher within the profession.

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Coventry University

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CV1 5FB Coventry

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