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Course Content

Course content

This adult nursing course provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved.

Adult Nursing aims to provide graduates holding a health-related degree the opportunity to study at Level 7 – the theory that underpins nursing practice and develops knowledge and skills through evidence-based learning. Practice experience is gained in both hospital and community settings. On successful completion of this programme students will be able to enter Part one (Adult) of the Register held by the NMC.

The Adult Nursing course has been developed to prepare students to be safe, effective and caring practitioners who are ready to work with adults with a variety of care needs across a range of dependencies, with a wide diversity of needs and in a varied range of care settings as well as their carers and supporters.

The Adult Nursing course provides students with the skills, knowledge and experience to care for adults across a range of health care settings. The course focuses on acute illness, older people and the care and management of patients with long term conditions. In addition, the delivery of public health interventions and the care of people at all stages of their life, including end of life care is explored across a range of modules and practice learning experiences.

Course structure

The framework for the MNurs Award has been specifically designed to permit Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as described by the NMC with a view to preparing students who are already graduates and/or who have relevant clinical experience for registration. APL / APEL will involve students making a written submission to detail how the requirements of the course have been met through prior study as well as providing evidence of relevant practice experience in a health care support worker role.

The course involves continuous assessment of both theory and practice. A variety of assessment methods are used including practical examinations, case studies, essays, written examinations and presentations. Students are also assessed against the NMC’s competencies for registration during a series of practice placements in hospital and the community.

The Nursing (Adult) MNurs course prepares successful students for a career as a registered nurse in the relevant field of practice. Newly qualified nurses can apply for posts within a hospital or community setting. This course may also enable individuals to develop a clinical research career within the NHS.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Module Overview
Year One/Two
NS0502 - Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Care (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0503 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0504 - Care, Compassion and Communication within Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0505 - Development of Fields within Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0502 - Study Skills for Professional Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0503 - Foundations of Safe and Effective Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Three
0610 - Developing Knowledge and Skills within Adult Nursing Care (NC, 20 Credits)
AA0611 - Applying Knowledge and Skills within Adult Nursing Care (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0602 - Public Health in Contemporary Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0603 - Applied Life and Nursing Sciences (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0601 - Evidence and Research for Professional Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0602 - Developing Skills for Safe and Effective Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Four
AA0707 - Values and Principles for Nursing People in Later Life (NC, 20 Credits)
AA0708 - Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Needs (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0700 - Leading and Improving Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0701 - Preparation for Working Life (NC, 30 Credits)
PR0700 - Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice (NC, 30 Credits)


We take your placement profile very seriously and all students are provided with practice learning experiences based on Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council requirements.


When you want to get hands-on experience within Healthcare we can support you. We teach in the Clinical Skills Centre, which has been established for 10 years, and is the result of our continued commitment to create an interactive environment in which health related students can be equipped with a diverse range of skills.


More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

Visit the Nursing (Adult) - MNurs page on the Northumbria University website for more details!




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