Taught course

Nursing/Registered Nurse: Adult Nursing

University of Cumbria · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Applicants need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, achieved in one sitting which must include English Language and Mathematics (Functional skills level 2 Mathematics and English also accepted).

Applicants must have a minimum 2:2 in a relevant degree (for example health and social sciences such as psychology or sociology). Please see below for examples of current students who had the correct requirements for entry.

Applicants for this course must have a minimum of 500 hours of verified hands-on care experience with patients & clients (bathing, feeding, moving & handling, toileting etc.) in a designated health and/or social care setting in the UK. This may be in a hospital or care home or in a residential establishment.

All applicants will be subject to a face to face interview (In-person or online) and must successfully complete a Portfolio of Evidence prior to commencing the course.

International applicants require an IELTS certificate that confirms a minimum score of 7 in writing alongside a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, so long as the minimum overall score of 7.0. Alternatively, an OET examination certificate that confirms the achievement of at least a B grade in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.

Months of entry


Course content

Did you know you can become a nurse in just 2 years? On this accelerated programme you can become a confident, competent, caring, and compassionate nurse with all the skills you need to take the next step in your career. You'll learn in a supportive, forward-thinking, and well-connected environment. Explore all aspects of nursing, from the fundamentals of providing care to caring for patients with complex needs.

You'll develop specialist skills including communication, decision-making, team working, leadership, management and upholding professional values so that you can achieve your full potential as an adult nurse.


The MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration) course aims to prepare graduates for the complex, demanding, and rewarding area of adult nursing. The course provides graduates from a range of backgrounds with the opportunity to transfer their skills to become a registered Adult Nurse. Build on your undergraduate experience and become a fully-qualified nurse in two years. Become eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified adult nurse.

To gain vital real-world experience; 50% of your course is spent on placement. Your placement will be spent across a varied range of clinical environments for example, accident and emergency, medical/surgical, older adults, orthopaedics, palliative care and hospice nursing. Obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with a NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary.


    • Develop the skills and knowledge to practice as a confident, competent and caring Adult Nurse as well as the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding career in an area of your choice!
    • Learn through the support of experienced practice assessors/supervisors whilst on placement and from nursing staff and academics in both the classroom and simulated clinical environments.
    • Be a part of an intimate cohort so that you will benefit from close tuition from the nursing team who will be on hand to support you through your studies and help facilitate your learning.
    • Have access to a range of technology to enhance your learning. These include clinicalskills.net; OCULUS - a virtual reality headset for simulated activities; and a Pharmacology and Prescribing Resource.
    • Exit with a MSc in Nursing and be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (RN)


The MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration) course aims to prepare graduates for the complex, demanding, and rewarding area of adult nursing. The course provides those from a range of backgrounds with the opportunity to transfer their skills to become a registered nurse (adult). Adult nurses work across a wide range of clinical and community settings. Some of these include working in Theatres & Recovery, Medical-Surgical, Palliative Care, Intensive Care, Accident & Emergency, District Nursing, GP Practices and a wide range of specialisms.

This master's is for graduates of a degree who aspire to qualify for eligibility to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. The course is underpinned by the core values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and aims to promote critical thinking skills and the spirit of inquiry.

Over the past few decades, the role of the nurse has developed due to the changing context of health and social care, resulting in a wide range of new roles and services. Registered nurses (adult) hold a significant role in terms of leading and coordinating care provision for people across the lifespan; aware of complex mental, physical, cognitive, and behavioural care needs of those they look after.

This master's degree aims to develop registered nurses (adult) who prioritise people by providing safe and effective care, educating those in their care through the use of technology, promoting health literacy to prevent ill health, and supporting healthy choices and lifestyles. The course has been developed to raise the professional values and social conscience of students to prepare them for future healthcare roles.

Nurses translate evidence-based knowledge to improve healthcare delivery while maintaining and emphasising the ethics of person-centred care. Modules on this course have been designed with this in mind and aim to stimulate innovation, improve quality, manage risk, and identify areas for productive change.

The University of Cumbria, together with our practice partners, share a vision to prepare students to become dynamic nurses that are fit for practice in rapidly changing and challenging care environments.

Year one

  • Concepts, Theories and Practice in Professional Nursing
  • Pathophysiology and Nursing Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • The Evidence Base for Adult Nursing Practice
  • Public Health and Nursing in Communities
  • Part 1 Practice Assessment (Year 1)
  • Part 2 Practice Assessment (Year 1)

Year two

  • Pharmacology for Contemporary Nursing Practice
  • Managing Complexity in Adult Nursing Practice
  • Transforming Care in Nursing
  • Part 3 Practice Assessment (Year 2)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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