Taught course

Nursing (MNurs) Registered Nurse (Child)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Normally a first degree of at least 2:1 in a Health related subject, plus five GCSEs at Grade C and above including Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject. Students will need to have relevant clinical experience to undertake the two year programme All offers of a place are subject to a satisfactory medical report and receipt of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved. It aims to provide graduates holding a health-related degree the opportunity to study at Level 7 – the theory that underpins nursing practice and develops knowledge and skills through evidence-based learning. Practice experience is gained in both hospital and community settings. On successful completion of this programme students will be able to enter Part one (Child) of the Register held by the NMC.

The Child Nursing Programme will prepare Children’s Nursing students to be safe, effective and caring practitioners who are ready to work with children, young people and their families with a variety of care needs in a range of settings from home to hospital. In addition, the development of the children’s nursing modules has been informed by key guidance and the contemporary issues challenging the profession and service, such as the recognition of the sick child, safeguarding of children, transition into adult care, involvement of children, young people and their parents in service development (RCPCH 2010), promotion of mental health and psychological wellbeing (DOH 2006), withholding and withdrawal of life sustaining treatment (RCPCH 2004) and standards for the development of “young people friendly” services (DOH 2011).

Continuing changes to children and young people’s health services require nurses who can adapt to new ways of working whilst being able to uphold and assure high quality nursing care for the children, young people and families in their care. A key aim, therefore, is to equip children’s nursing students to thrive in such changing environments and to understand the many factors that influence service provision.

Children’s nursing students are encouraged to be passionate, assertive and creative in working collaboratively with other professionals and families in the pursuit of excellent and innovative care for all children, young people and their families.

Programme structure
The framework for the MNurs Award has been specifically designed to permit Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as described by the NMC with a view to preparing students who are already graduates and/or who have relevant clinical experience for registration. APL / APEL will involve students making a written submission to detail how the requirements of the course have been met through prior study as well as providing evidence of relevant practice experience in a health care support worker role.

The programme involves continuous assessment of both theory and practice. A variety of assessment methods are used including practical examinations, case studies, essays, written examinations and presentations. Students are also assessed against the NMC’s competencies for registration during a series of practice placements in hospital and the community.

The MNurs programme prepares successful students for a career as a registered nurse in the relevant field of practice. Newly qualified nurses can apply for posts within a hospital or community setting. The MNurs programme may also enable individuals to develop a clinical research career within the NHS

Information for international students

All non-UK students are required to hold a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in all elements of the test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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0191 243 7900