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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

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  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time

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  • Last Updated

    30 October 2019

This degree prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career at the forefront of modern healthcare. City is ranked 1st in London for student satisfaction in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2020)

Who is it for?

The MSc in Adult Nursing is designed for people who already have a degree and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.

Throughout the course, you will develop your knowledge, skills and interests in both hospital general medicine and surgery, care closer to home and a variety of other specialist areas. You will learn through a range of methods including academic study, simulated practice learning and clinical placements where you will have the opportunity to work alongside other healthcare professionals in a multidisciplinary team.


The MSc in Adult Nursing prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for adults of all ages who have had injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs.

Adult nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession; as an adult nurse you need to be committed and dedicated with a willingness to give time to others with care and compassion. You will learn the skills of clinical decision-making that are supported by knowledge and experience of providing healthcare to a diverse population.

The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience gained at some of London’s leading hospitals, trusts and community settings. The School's facilities feature an excellent Clinical Skills Centre, including simulated wards, where you can prepare for your practice experience. Whilst on clinical placements you will also benefit from exposure to the capital’s diverse population.


This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC, which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.


Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining clinical practice experience through laboratory based simulated practice and through clinical placements in a variety of health care settings.

Clinical placements can take place in settings such as:

  • NHS and independent sector hospitals
  • General Practice (GP) surgeries
  • Nursing and care homes
  • Patients' homes and community settings.

eaching and learning

The course is taught by academics who:

  • have a background and expertise in adult nursing and an up-to-date knowledge of clinical practice
  • have an advanced level of knowledge of the biological and social sciences and public health, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the delivery of care
  • are specialist Clinical Practitioners who have contemporary knowledge of their field including up-to-date research evidence.

You will also work with service users who have an insight and understanding of the requirements of care delivery by nurses from a personal perspective.

Course activities include the following:

  • Lectures delivered by experts in their field of practice
  • Biological science laboratory work
  • Seminar presentations
  • Development of clinical skills expertise
  • Professional issues workshops
  • Interactive learning using biological science and clinical skills online packages
  • Simulated practice of clinical experience in the Clinical Skills Centre
  • Workshops to develop understanding of different fields of care such as Learning Difficulties, Mental Health and Dementia
  • Personal and group tutorials
  • Inter-professional education (IPE)
  • Clinical placements in a variety of settings

Assessments include the following:

  • Research Proposal
  • Examination
  • Seminar Presentation and Report
  • Care Study
  • Critical Reflection
  • Leadership and Management
  • Clinical OSCE
  • Dissertation in the form of a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT)

Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail


The underpinning philosophy of your nursing programme is ‘Person Centred Care’. The aim of the Programme is to develop nurses who will lead high quality evidence informed person-centred care to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, their families and their communities throughout life.

Six principles have informed the curriculum: (1) ethics, equity and diversity, (2) working in partnership, (3) evidence informed practice, (4) leadership, (5) communication and caring and (6) professional attributes.

These principles are explored in the context of acute and long-term care and later in the course there is an emphasis on leading and managing in professional practice. The course has three programme stages, which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next programme stage. The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students study at HE Level 7 throughout the programme and are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses. All modules are compulsory.

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

Career prospects are excellent with Postgraduate Diploma students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with Trusts including Barts Career prospects are excellent with MSc Nursing students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with NHS Trusts including; University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and East London NHS Foundation Trust.

By joining a nursing course at City, University of London you will become a CapitalNurse, a link with all nursing students across London; giving you support to develop your nursing career in the capital.

Through this relationship with CapitalNurse, our final year nursing students are currently offered a special streamlined employment scheme by all NHS Trusts in North Central London. This provides a supportive and straightforward way of moving into their first nursing roles after completing the degree. Find out more about this offer and the other work of CapitalNurse.

Nursing is a lifelong career and there are excellent progression opportunities in clinical management, education, research and clinical specialisms and many and varied career pathways ranging from ward manager, community nurse, nurse director and academic.

Visit the Adult Nursing (pre-registration) - MSc page on the City, University of London website for more details!




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