Taught course

Adult Nursing (Pre-registration)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Entry requirements

All applicants must have achieved a minimum of a first degree (2:2 or above), and should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including mathematics, English language, science, and provide evidence of IT skills through a formal qualification or the completion of a self-assessment questionnaire.

We will accept GCSE science, biology, additional science, applied science, physics or chemistry. BTEC Level 2 science (Pass) as an acceptable equivalent.

If you don't currently have your maths or science GCSE, there may be an opportunity to complete one of the equivalency testing courses before enrolling, to help secure your place.

Applicants must evidence recent study within the last five years. Plus, evidence of relevant, practice related experience through the pre-entry portfolio (detailed below).

International applicants must have achieved an overall score of 6.5 in the academic version of IELTS. You should not achieve less than the equivalent of an IELTS academic score of 6.5 in each of the sections of reading, listening and speaking and 6.0 in the section of writing as an alternative to GCSE English Language.

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this programme. In addition, students who have resided outside the UK will be required to provide evidence of a satisfactory overseas police check. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course.

Satisfactory occupational health clearance is also required to participate in this course.

Interview attendance

All applications are considered by the admissions team on an individual basis; consideration throughout the application process and during interview is also given to relevant additional educational achievements, life experience and transferable skills, alongside references, personal statements (utilising values-based recruitment criteria set by the NHS) and the overall interview score.

All shortlisted candidates are required to attend a group interview remotely.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is expected to demonstrate an insight into your chosen field of nursing, including an understanding of care environments and current issues in contemporary nursing or health care, and should include an understanding of the NHS core values.

You should describe the concept of a professional attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, and an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses. An awareness of the NMC code and the vision for the training of the future nurse and how this can support the delivery of high-quality person-centred care should be included. You should convey your ability to work both independently and as part of a team and demonstrate motivation and a commitment to preparing to study as a nurse, demonstrating an ability to solve problems and to think creatively in conveying a capacity for leadership and how this is important in the nursing profession.

Pre-Entry Portfolio: mandatory prior study and relevant experience

Download the Pre-Entry Portfolio here.

What is the portfolio and why do I need it?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requires all students on pre-registration nursing programmes to undertake a minimum of 4,600 hours of theory and practice combined to enter the professional register.

This is normally achieved over a period of three years on a BSc pre-registration course. In order to ensure students on the accelerated two-year MSC programme can meet the NMC requirements for registration, you’ll need to complete 1,000 hours of both theoretical and practice related prior to entry.

You’ll document and evidence your 1,000 hours in your pre-entry portfolio. We’ve designed the portfolio to assist you with both understanding the pre-entry requirements and compiling the evidence to help prepare you for the programme.

What does the portfolio consist of?

The pre-entry portfolio amounts to 500 hours of practice related experience (practice) and 500 hours of academic-related study (theory) associated with the programme outcomes.

For your practice-related experience, you can undertake paid or voluntary work experience in a variety of care and health settings. For independent theoretical learning, we will provide candidates with access to online learning resources following your group interview if required.

For full guidance on gaining relevant experience and what evidence you’ll need to provide, please see the Pre-Entry Portfolio here.

How long will it take to complete the portfolio?

If you have existing care experience amounting to the required hours:

  • we advise it may take between 4-6 weeks to complete

If you do not have existing care experience amounting to the required care experience hours:

  • we advise it may take between 12-14 weeks to obtain the 500 hours and complete the portfolio

When should I complete and submit the portfolio?

You do not need to start your portfolio until after receiving your offer.

You can download the portfolio prior to application but you must have submitted a UCAS application to Manchester Met in order to gain access to the supporting learning resources.

Following your application and successful group interview, you'll receive further guidance on what to include in the portfolio from our admissions tutor. Any offer will be conditional on the completion of the assessed portfolio guidance.

What happens once I have completed the portfolio?

Once you have completed your portfolio and supporting evidence, you’ll submit it by email to the health admissions team.

An academic panel and external examiner for the programme will assess your portfolio and advise if you have met the required criteria. You may be requested to provide further evidence if the panel feel you have not demonstrated sufficient evidence.

Please submit the portfolio in Microsoft Word format.

You’ll find full guidance on Pre-Entry Portfolio here.

Satisfactory DBS and occupational health clearance are required to participate in this course.

Months of entry


Course content

Nurses are the professional face of healthcare, the calm voice explaining a procedure.

They are the go-to figures providing unwavering support, the ones ensuring patient safety and giving care no matter what the circumstances.

We’ve designed our MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration) course around the core values of the NHS constitution so that you understand what’s required in caring for and supporting vulnerable adults.

The MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration) is an accelerated postgraduate course developed for those who have already graduated with an undergraduate degree. You'll gain the experience and skills required to practice as an adult nurse in two years, rather than the traditional three-year route.

Our aim is to make sure we prepare you for the challenges you may face and develop the expertise you’ll need to become a leader in nursing. You’ll learn how to assess your patient’s needs and provide sensitive support, and how to collaborate with colleagues across a range of professions (including doctors, physiotherapists and dieticians).

You’ll spend half of your time studying in clinical placements or in simulation based learning incorporating a variety of settings, with support from a practice supervisor/assessor or academic throughout. This may include an operating theatre, accident and emergency, a community health centre, an intensive care unit, an outpatients department or a nursing home.

When you're on campus you'll be based in our award-winning Brooks building, equipped with hospital-standard, specialist health facilities and simulation technology.

Working in small groups in our clinical simulation suite, you’ll learn many skills to support the development of your practice. It’s here that you’ll work on simulations of a patient’s journey from admission to discharge.

All of our teaching team in the School of Nursing are registered nurses, health visitors, advanced practitioners and academics. Many have won awards in their own specialist areas and are recognised and respected in the region and nationally for their contributions.

Our School of Nursing has been recognised in the Student Nursing Times Awards and the Guardian League Tables which celebrate the very best in student nurses and nursing education.

Information for international students

We provide further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding options, please visit our website to find out more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969