Taught course

Adult Nursing

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require an undergraduate degree with at least an Upper Second in any subject. It is also suitable for candidates who wish to change a field e.g. mental health, children's or learning disabilities nurses that would like a qualification in adult nursing.

We also require:

  • GCSE Maths grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE English Language grade B/6 or above
  • GCSE Science subject (grade C/4 in subjects such as Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science.

We do not accept other Level 2 qualifications as equivalent to GCSE English or Maths (eg Functional Skills) and will only consider specific international qualifications as equivalents.

We also require 695 hours of health care related experience in a care setting, eg a care home or hospital volunteering, and 500 hours of prior learning, which will be assessed via a portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Adult Nursing is a two-year pre-registration course that will lead to registration as an adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The course is a collaboration between The University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. The purpose is to prepare graduates from any discipline for an exciting career in nursing leadership, education or clinical academia. The MSc comprises a 50:50 split between theory and practice. The theory component blends face-to-face and online learning, and self-directed study. Theory is delivered by experienced and internationally renowned academics and clinical colleagues, with a focus on translating high quality research evidence into practice.

Practice placements are in Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, supported by simulated practice, and clinical and mandatory skills teaching on campus. In Year 1, these will introduce you to the fundamentals of nursing practice. In Year 2, you will develop practical skills in leadership, teaching and learning, and research.

The Adult Nursing (MSc) is for students with an undergraduate degree in any subject. If you do not have an undergraduate degree, see: BNurs Adult Nursing.

Please note this course is subject to NMC approval.

Information for international students

English language

We require IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Nursing Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 529 4563