Taught course

Nursing (Adult)

Keele University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

The MSc Adult Nursing programme recognises that prior learning and experience is integral to the student’s learning.

  • A first honours degree (normally 2:2 or above) in any subject
  • English Language and Maths GCSE at grade A* - C (discuss with admissions team if you have equivalent qualifications)
  • We welcome applications from international students. You can find more information on studying at Keele as an international student, here.
  • Any overseas qualifications should be equivalent to UK qualifications which meet our entry requirements. If you have completed your degree outside the UK, we will require a clear copy of your degree documentation to ensure NARIC comparability. Please note that all applicants who are invited to interview will be required to present their original degree documentation.
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0, including least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. The University may be able to accept alternative English Language qualifications from applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a case by case basis in line with the appropriate Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 770 hours paid healthcare experience (approximately six months full-time work).
  • Please note that you will be required to have obtained the academic entry requirements before applying.

If you do not have all the advertised entry requirements please contact us to discuss your graduate studies and care experience on an individual basis at nursing.admissions@keele.ac.uk


  • All applicants are required to make a Recognition of Prior Learning claim to demonstrate how their previous care experience and graduate studies have equipped them to undertake an accelerated nursing programme RPL to the MSc nursing programme will be 770 hours practice and 770 hours theory= 1540 hours.
  • Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of evidence and to confirm the relevance of your theoretical knowledge and practice experience, applicants are required to map their evidence to the programme learning outcomes, NMC Platform Proficiencies.
  • An opportunity to attend a workshop and documentation will be provided to support this process following successful interview.
  • All applicants must be of good health and good character.
  • All applicants selected at interview will have a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check as well as Occupational Health Clearance.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

Adult Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career choice. It’s one in which you can make a real and positive contribution to people with long and short-term health problems who are facing some of the most challenging experiences of their lives. Please note applications for this programme are made via UCAS.

If you're a highly motivated graduate with care experience who wishes to become a registered adult nurse and gain an MSc in an accelerated two year timeframe, the MSc Nursing graduate entry programme is perfect for you.

Information for international students


If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.

During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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