Taught course

Nursing - Adult

Birmingham City University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:1 or better in relevant health, science or social science subject area. However, a degree at 2:2 may be considered, depending on experience. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

PlusLevel 2 qualification in Maths and English. Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no subtest below 6. An equivalent test to IELTS is acceptable and will be considered on an individual basis.

Additionally all applicants will need to demonstrate prior learning (RPL) of:

  • 500 hours of theory against some of the learning outcomes in the first year of the BSc (Hons) Nursing course
  • 500 hours of prior practice in a suitable health care environment.

A RPL mapping tool has been devised to assist applicants with this. Please contact the course leader Stephanie Paget (Stephanie.Paget@bcu.ac.uk), for advice and guidance.

No offers are made without a face-to-face interview (these are currently taking place via Microsoft Teams). We run a group interview model for this course, meaning that you will be interviewed alongside other candidates.

All offers are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service report and, registration with Independent Safeguarding Authority.

You should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our accelerated MSc in adult nursing will give you the opportunity to qualify as a registered nurse in two years. The course is aimed at people who already hold an undergraduate degree in a health or science related subject, and also have some prior experience in a care setting.

This innovative new blended learning course is supported by Health Education England to enhance the digitisation of the NHS. The majority of the theory element of the course will be delivered online using a variety of virtual and blended learning strategies. Practice placement experiences will take place in the clinical environment with our local NHS partners, supported by practice-orientated simulation activities.

Although this course is full time, the flexible course delivery enables you to balance your studies with other personal commitments. The course will also help you develop the digital skills needed to meet the demands of a changing society.

The course is aligned to the 7 platforms of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for pre-registration nursing education, which cover the following areas:

  • 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
  • Co-ordinating care.

Information for international students

This course is not open to International students.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Nursing students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. Download the funding FAQs.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595