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Ellie has worked as a Children's Nurse for over 25 years in a range of clinical, academic, and managerial settings. Her research specialisms include children's critical care, infectious diseases in children, human factors, resilience, improvement methodology, and inter-professional teaching and learning.Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
Welcome to MSc Nursing (Pre-registration - Adult)
The MSc Nursing (Pre-registration - Adult) course aims to prepare graduates for the complex, demanding, and rewarding area of adult nursing. The course provides those from a range of backgrounds with the opportunity to transfer their skills to become a registered nurse (adult).
This Master's is for graduates of a degree who aspire to qualify for eligibility to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register.
The course is underpinned by the core values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and aims to promotes critical thinking skills and the spirit of inquiry.
Over the past few decades the role of the nurse has developed due to the changing context of health and social care, resulting in a wide range of new roles and services. Registered nurses (adult) hold a significant role in terms of leading and coordinating care provision for people across the lifespan; aware of complex mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural care needs of those they look after.
This Master's degree aims to develop registered nurses (adult) who prioritise people by providing safe and effective care, educating those in their care through the use of technology, promoting health literacy to prevent ill health, and supporting healthy choices and lifestyles. The course has been developed to raise the professional values and social conscience of students to prepare them for future healthcare roles.
Nurses translate evidence-based knowledge to improve healthcare delivery while maintaining and emphasising the ethics of person centred care. Modules on this course have been designed with this in mind and aim to stimulate innovation, improve quality, manage risk, and identify areas for productive change.
The University of Lincoln, together with our practice partners, share a vision to prepare students to become dynamic nurses that are fit for practice in rapidly changing and challenging care environments.
How You Study
Collaboration is a key part of this Master's degree and students are encouraged to learn with and from other healthcare professionals. Students will be able to apply their taught learning experiences in real-world settings as the programme is structured through fifty per cent theory and fifty per cent practice.
Students can work in collaboration and partnership with academics, practitioners, service users, and other students. The course aims to empower students to become nurses that are resilient, caring, reflective, and lifelong learners to facilitate knowledge of other roles and services, inter-agency cooperation, and the confidence to work across professional boundaries.
Student as Producer
Research-engaged and evidence-based learning and teaching is at the core of the student learning experience on this course. Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The principles of Student as Producer are discovery, collaboration, engagement, and production.
Students can learn through their own research. Independent learning is promoted on each module through both directed and self-directed study, enabling students to contextualise the taught content to their field of practice and promoting independent study as a process students can use throughout their professional career.
Interprofessional working is an important part of the course. Students can work together to develop their knowledge and understanding and students can collaborate amongst professional peer groups and staff. Students are seen as partners in the production and dissemination of knowledge.
Students can develop their confidence and identity as a member of a professional community. Students can transfer and apply their learning to nursing practice, fully engaging with reflection, and the proactive identification of their own learning needs.
The course focuses on the production of professionally relevant and innovative learning outputs that can be applied and implemented within nursing practice, as well as focusing on the achievement of academic learning outcomes.
Students undertake a range of modules on the course.
First year modules:
- Essential Interprofessional Practice
- Assessing Needs, Planning and Coordinating Care
- Providing and Evaluating Care
- Leadership and Supervision in Nursing Practice
Second year modules:
- Applied Health Improvement
- Service Evaluation for Clinical Practice
- Service Transformation
- Being an Accountable Professional Registered Nurse (Adult)
- Managing Complex Care
By the end of the programme students must be able to demonstrate competence against the Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses. These include being an accountable professional, Promoting health and preventing ill health, assessing needs and planning care, providing and evaluating care, leading and managing nursing care and working in teams, improving safety and quality of care and, coordinating care.
Work placements are designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing clinical environment, whether this be a hospital, GP surgery, or community healthcare setting.
In the second year, students have the opportunity to undertake an elective placement either overseas or in the UK. Placements can enable students to focus on an alternative healthcare context and offer the opportunity to gain an insight into, and experience of, working alongside colleagues from a range of disciplines.
Please note, students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs while on placement or studying abroad.
Placements are a compulsory element to the programme and will be undertaken with a range of partner sites and departments across the county of Lincolnshire. Travel to placements will be expected and students will be responsible for all related travel costs.
"This course has made me realise the diversity of roles I could do and given me insight into the intricacies of the healthcare system. The clinical skills lectures and theory lectures have provided me with the skills and knowledge to feel confident going into placement. Being an adult nurse opens up so many doors, but being an adult nurse with a Master's degree opens up even more so I am looking forward to qualifying and seeing where this path takes me."Abbie Carter, MSc Nursing (Pre-registration - Adult) student
The University has invested £19 million in the Sarah Swift Building, a dedicated facility for the School of Health and Social Care and the School of Psychology. The course is delivered in well-equipped clinical suites for simulated practice, with separate teaching and observation areas.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Our first cohort of Nursing students graduated and registered with the NMC in January 2022. All went on to work in a wide range of healthcare settings in both community and acute services within Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and further afield in Norfolk, Bristol, and Cambridge in posts such as community staff nurse, GP practice nurse, and nurses in A&E departments.
How you are assessed
Students are assessed both formally and informally throughout the course to develop learning and autonomy. Assessments can take place both within the University and practice placement environments. Practice-based learning will be assessed as either a pass or fail. Academic work contributes towards their final grade.
Some of the assessment on the course is led by tutors, however students are encouraged to engage in peer and self-assessment to help develop the skills of reflection and evaluation which are essential for lifelong learning and continued professional development, following registration as a nurse.
Some of the assessments focus on theoretical knowledge and the application of theory, and others on the practical performance of technical skills and patient management.
Assessments throughout the programme have been designed to be relevant to professional working practices.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
- Applicants should hold an honours degree at 2.2 classification or above.
- 3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English, Maths, and Science, or equivalent qualifications. These GCSEs must be obtained prior to applying. Applicants who completed an Access to HE in Health and Social Care will be required to provide evidence of undertaking science units at level 3.
- Evidence of experience in a practice setting to include 650 hours of care related practice experience should be completed prior to application and discussed within your personal statement.
Documentation will need to be provided and verified within one month of interview (if successful). Please see below for more information.
Certificates and degree transcripts of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.
We welcome international applications although places are limited.
All international applicants require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element for students whose first language is not English. Applicants must provide a valid IELTS certificate at the point of application.
Students who have completed a UK degree within 5 years of their proposed enrolment at the University will not be required to provide IELTS.
For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses.
These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
International applicants need to obtain a recent criminal record certificate from their home country and ensure this is still valid by the date of enrolment in addition to the DBS requirements detailed below. A list of admissible certificates can be found on the UK Government website, please see:
Other requirements include:
Advice for interview- Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the role of the Mental Health Nurse in providing healthcare
- Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English.
- All students will be required to sign the subject-specific Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct on entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter.
- Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
- Entry on to the course is subject to meeting the requirements of a profession specific occupational health screening.
Evidence of Experience in a Practice Setting:
This section of the portfolio relates to the evidence you need to provide to show that you have undertaken 650 hours of care related practice experience. This will ensure that you are able to meet the required 2,300 hours of practice at the end of your programme which is a stipulation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
What do we mean by care-related practice?
In relation to Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL), practice can be defined as:
A place of work that specialises in providing services to people requiring physical or psychological support or care.
Experience can be in the following:
- A hospital, care home, or community setting and can include people of any age, undertaken on a paid or voluntary basis, within an NHS, private or voluntary organisation.
A practice supervisor will be required to verify practice hours completion, but if you have already completed 650 hours of practice, for example as a healthcare assistant, you will not have to complete an additional 650 hours. However, you will still have to ask a practice supervisor to verify that you have completed the required number of practice hours.
You are responsible for ensuring all sections of this document are completed and signed by a practice supervisor. Examples of appropriate supervisors may include the following:
- Line manager, Registered health or social care practitioner, Voluntary work coordinator/leader.
Applicants with Disabilities
We take seriously our obligation to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all students with disabilities can successfully complete their studies. All applicants will be assessed on the basis of the criteria outlined here regardless of any disability. If you declare a disability we will invite you to work with us to explore how best we can support your studies.
You must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service
I am a qualified nurse in my home country. Can I apply for this programme?
You could apply if you were considering changing your field of registration. However, this is not a post-registration Master's degree and you could make contact with the Nursing and Midwifery Council should you wish to register as a nurse to work in the UK.
If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the admissions team on 01522 886097, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.
Programme-Specific Funding and Bursaries
From September 2020, new and returning postgraduate nursing and midwifery students, and some students in allied health professions, will receive a payment of at least 5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. This is in addition to any financial support they receive through the Student Loans Company. For more information visit: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training/considering-or-university/financial-support-university.
Programme-Specific Additional Costs
Please note, students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs while on placement or studying abroad.
How to Apply
As a guide, applicants' personal statements should be around 4,000 characters and should evidence details below.
This course is for graduates of any degree who aspire to qualify for eligibility to apply to the NMC Register. We will be looking for applicants with a good knowledge of, and a commitment to, undertaking adult nursing as a profession. This must be clearly demonstrated through experience of health and social care, and knowledge of the profession in your application and at interview.
All relevant work experience that you have undertaken to date should be included and, most importantly, how this work experience influenced your decision to pursue a career in adult nursing.
You must be able to evidence a good understanding of the breadth of care delivered by nurses and scope of the nursing profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. You must demonstrate an understanding of how nursing can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care. In addition, you should be able to articulate realistic expectations of the programme and the demands of practice-based learning placements.
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