Taught course

Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). Health-related subjects are preferred but not essential. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis. An interview forms part of the selection process. Pre-registration nursing courses are typically three years in duration so, in order to join this two-year MSc, you will be required to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will be in the form of three short pieces of written work (essays) and evidence which will also confirm that you have met a minimum of 700 hours of appropriate health-related occupational or voluntary experience. Further details about RPL, including guidance on the development of your three short academic essays, will be sent to you upon successful completion of an interview. If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

Imagine having the skills to make a difference to the life chances of someone with learning disabilities. Imagine breaking down barriers they face and becoming the advocate they need to live a fulfilling life. Join us to prepare to work with people who have a diverse range of health conditions and support individuals as they face different challenges. On this MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) degree, you’ll learn how to deliver care to adults and children with learning disabilities, while also getting a broader awareness of the needs of all client groups. You’ll promote good physical and mental health alongside emotional wellbeing, with the opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt on supervised work placements. By the time you graduate, you’ll have developed the skills to help plan, coordinate and deliver care. And you’ll be able to register as a qualified learning disabilities nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Fees and funding

Course pricing can be found here - https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/course/nursing-learning-disabilities-msc/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


In each year, you will be assessed by a written assessment, oral assessment, a simulated practical assessment and an online time-limited assessment. While on practice placement, you will be supported in the development of the application of knowledge and skills, leading to the assessment of related proficiencies.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171