Taught course

Adult Nursing

University of Essex · School of Health and Human Sciences

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have: - A relevant honours degree, minimum classification: Lower Second Second (e.g. in a life or social science such as biology- psychology, sociology, or sports science) - Successful performance at interview - Two satisfactory references (including an academic reference and one work-based) - A satisfactory Work Health Assessment/Occupational health check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS formerly known as CRB) – both of these are organised by the University.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Adult Nursing is one of four options for studying nursing within our School of Health and Human Sciences, all of which lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and an associated academic award.

Our programme aims:
1. to provide a comprehensive teaching environment that facilitates the development of safe and effective adult nurses;
2. to develop the capacity in you to work autonomously in contemporary health settings and within associated legislation;
3. to enable you to demonstrate client-centred communication and interpersonal skills when working with people in distress;
4. to assist you to value theoretical understanding and practice evidence based decision making in adult nursing;
5. to instil reasoned comprehension of professional values and the role of reflection in continuous professional growth as an adult nurse; and
6. to develop within you the capacity to lead, manage and work within multi-professional team.

We have offered pre-registration nurse education since 2004, unlike many of the older, traditional nursing schools. This means that, by choosing to study nursing with us, you receive a fresh, contemporary and relevant nurse education programme; integrated into a University that is one of the the UK's top ten research universities.

We also educate pre-registration physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists and oral hygienists - to name a few - as well as providing on-going professional education for qualified health and social care staff. This means that you not only study alongside other health professionals learning with them, but you also get the opportunity to learn expert knowledge from them!

All of our Masters level pre-registration programmes are offered as accelerated programmes. This means you have the advantage of interprofessional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other - an understanding that helps to ensure our students have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of their service user needs, and ensures that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard.

Our School offers a multidisciplinary environment with an excellent reputation for research and teaching. We submitted with our Department of Sociology in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and were awarded joint first in the UK. Within our School, our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having staff that are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.

A unique feature of our school is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice. We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern to health policy and practice and related fields.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 7.0

Fees and funding

Students who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom are eligible to have tuition fees paid by the Workforce Development Confederation. They are also eligible for a means-tested maintenance bursary from the NHS.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Professional practice100

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719