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Pre-Registration Nursing (Adult or Mental Health) - MSc

  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    3 years full time

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    03 March 2017

Course content

Studying the MSc Nursing 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.

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 It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.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.

As part of your clinical experiences you can expect to work full-time alongside a clinical mentor who will support your learning journey throughout each placement area. All students are expected to work closely with their mentors which may entail a range of different shift patterns throughout the year.

Successful completion of the course will lead to professional registration as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

The programme will be delivered within the UCLan Preston campus, with placement experiences being provided within NHS and independent clinical practice settings.

The student’s performance will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods, which will include:
-Written assignments e.g. essay, critical dialogue
-Creative assessments e.g. storyboard
-Practice-related assessments e.g. OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examination), DONAs (Direct Observation of Nursing Activities), practice competencies
-Professional portfolio (demonstrating cross-field learning experiences)

This programme will include 2 x 9 – 12 week placements within health care settings in each academic year, during which the student will develop and demonstrate a series of practice competencies.

There will be an opportunity to undertake a 4-week international placement in the latter part of Year 2 of the programme.

Successful completion of the programme prepares the graduate for future employment as a registered nurse (Adult or Mental Health). The School of Nursing’s related and well-established BSc(Hons) programme has shown high levels employability for course graduates.





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