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MSc Nursing (Adult) (Pre-Registration)

Why we're great

  • Shape your future by specialising in adult nursing, where you benefit from a range of placements, working alongside skilled practitioners
  • Receive a contemporary and relevant nurse education programme
  • Learn through a range of innovative teaching and assessment strategies, including practice assessments

Course options2016-17

Duration: 2 years
Start month: September
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Health and Human Sciences
Fee (Home/EU): £14,000
Fee paid for by NHS
Fee (International): £14,950
This course is only available to applicants from the UK or EU

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 872719
Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

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About the course

Do you have experience in a healthcare role? Are you a graduate who cares about people? If you are keen to become a health professional and want to shape the future of nursing, read on to find out how we can help you achieve these objectives.

Specialising in adult nursing means that you will work with adults of all ages, with diverse health conditions. Nursing is concerned with the holistic care of an individual. The practitioner employs skills and knowledge to promote and maintain health and to restore physical, social and psychological wellbeing wherever possible. Adult nursing strives to maintain the dignity and independence of the client, supporting individuals to achieve as full a recovery as is possible.

Communication skills are essential to set patients at ease under pressurised and sometimes difficult situations, as is the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care offered to each patient. You must be willing to take responsibility for someone else’s health and wellbeing, and show the compassion needed to ensure a good nurse-patient relationship.

Unlike many of the older, traditional nursing schools, at Essex you receive a fresh, contemporary and relevant nurse education programme, integrated into a University that is one of the UK's top ten research institutions. We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research, and also host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.

There are four main types of pre-registration nursing degree – child, learning disabilities, adult and mental health. As we focus solely on adult nursing and mental health nursing, you can come to us knowing that you will graduate with the best training possible in your field.

Our MSc Adult Nursing (pre-registration) is one several options for studying nursing within our School of Health and Human Sciences, all of which lead to eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and an associated academic award; for a full list of the courses available, and information on all of the routes into Nursing available at Essex including our Return to Practice course, please see our department pages.

Placement Opportunities

In order to provide excellent clinical learning experiences for our students, we work in partnership with the NHS and with the independent health and social care sector across Essex to provide placement opportunities. You will work with experienced nurses in a diverse range of clinical settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care and specialist services).

Whilst on placement you will have a mentor allocated to you, and contact with a member of the academic team linked to that placement.

Our placements are primarily based in health care provider settings throughout Essex and the outskirts of London and they may be at health centres, hospitals, nursing homes or psychiatric units.

Location

You can choose to study this course at either our Colchester campus or our Southend campus - and your placements will correspond to the campus you choose. Colchester students will have placements in north Essex, while Southend students will have placements in south Essex.

Professional accreditation

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students, underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS, but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard and as such we expect that anyone who has any aspect of their work which ultimately cares for others, will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Human Sciences is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend campus.

We have purpose-built nursing skills labs at both our Colchester and Southend campuses.

Within our School of Health and Human Sciences, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with effective learning and the acquisition of new skills.

We offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials. You can take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library. The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.

Your future

We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.

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Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. These carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore, question, and create powerful ideas. Picked to give you an extensive and in-depth education, they’ll equip you with the specialist knowledge, vital transferrable skills, and the confidence to make a genuine difference to the world around you.

There are four terms per year, two of 12 weeks and two of 11 weeks. The programme introduces and develops the wide variety of Adult nursing skills. You will work with experienced nurses in a diverse range of clinical settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care and specialist services), and are encouraged to adopt a critical stance in the exploration of contemporary Adult nursing practice.

Alongside this experience, you are given the opportunity to rehearse practical skills in a safe environment. Attendance at all parts of the programme is compulsory and must be evidenced in order to register as a nurse.

We’re reactive, we’re pioneering, we never stand still, so modules might change from year to year in response to new developments and innovation. Those listed below show how a typical course might look, but more detail on course structure, including details of all optional modules, is available on our Programme Specification.

Year 1

The emphasis in this module is on learning the basic nursing skills to prepare you for practice. You will be introduced to the core values of the nursing profession and explore a wide range of topics including communication, health and illness, cultural sensitivity, nursing approaches to physical and mental ill health, service user input and reflective practice.

Complex medical issues can be best addressed when interprofessional teams work together. The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of collaborative working practices by exploring current policy drivers, barriers and opportunities for team working, with the aim of improving patient care.

You will have the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge of research by exploring a variety of methodologies. This will prepare you for your second year of study when you will conduct your own original research project in an area of interest that is relevant to health care practice.

The aim of this module is to develop your ability to support and care for an individual who lacks capacity or who has compromised capacity to make decisions for themselves. You will explore a wide range of topics including the legal and ethical issues related to mental capacity, the major problems faced by such patients and the nursing approaches used to address them.

Building on the introduction to bioscience gained in an earlier module, you will develop a deeper understanding of the human body and the physiology of healthy and diseased organs so that you can learn how this relates to the assessment, accurate diagnosis and treatment of diseases and an improved patient outcome.

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental concepts and key skills in public health and primary healthcare delivery including epidemiology, health promotion, community health needs assessment, community nursing and General Practice. You will also work on developing your communication and interpersonal skills and encourage health-promoting behaviour through education, role modelling and effective communication.

Year 2

How does the structure and organisation of the NHS affect you as a health professional? What influence does NHS policy and the regulatory policies guidance have on your practice? You will explore and debate these topics, critically analyse national health policy and examine how patient care and safety could be improved.

The aim of this module is to further advance your research and problem solving skills enabling you to carry out your own research in your future practice. This will involve the critical appraisal of research from a variety of sources to inform your own practice.

The role of the registered nurse demands the development of leadership and management skills to ensure safe and effective delivery of care. The aim of this module is to help you develop your knowledge and skills in this area so that you can meet the individual needs of patients within a variety of clinical settings.

This module enables you to develop the relevant skills and knowledge required when caring for patients with acute physical health problems associated with acute care settings. You will look at the importance of accurate assessment and care planning, collaborative working and appropriate referral within the relevant care environment.

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge of ongoing diseases which affect people at every stage of the life span, and those who require clinical intervention. This will enable you to develop your critical analytical skills in assessing clinical data, making judgements and responding to patients who need support.

Teaching

  • Teaching staff include clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy, as well as health psychologists, medical sociologists, social policy, informatics and management specialists
  • The multidisciplinary nature of our School and its rapid growth has fostered a dynamic and innovative learning environment
  • Half of your study time is spent on the University campus and half working in clinical settings – for example, a ward, a health centre, in clients’ homes

Assessment

  • You are assessed through coursework, presentations, essays, case studies/portfolios, reflective accounts, OSCEs, examinations and direct observation of practice by the mentor in clinical settings
  • You also conduct a research dissertation

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Qualifications

UK entry requirements

Please be aware that we are not able to accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

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
  • For those students for whom English is not your native language, you would also need to successfully complete the IELTS testing with a score of 7.0 with no element below 7.0

You must also have: 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.

In order to gain entry to the programme you must demonstrate that you have both academic achievement and appropriate voluntary/occupational experience (see below “Successful sign-off of the APEL process”).

Successful sign off of the APEL process

The requirements for the practical part are 575 hours in a care type setting. The APEL form states: ‘An appropriate setting is one that enables you to demonstrate types of practice i.e. health care assistant or working with children or adults in another setting’. The requirements for the theory are 575 hours from the third year of your undergraduate but the criteria are quite broad.

Eligibility, Fees and Funding

Access is supported by Health Education East of England consequently the course is only available to applicants classified as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ students for tuition fee purposes. In addition, applicants must also be able to meet the NHS funding criteria that you can find in the Frequently Asked Questions on the NHS bursary website.

NHS Constitution and Values

As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that an adult nurse is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values (you can find further information on these on the Health Education East of England website and the Gov.UK webpages.

Interviews

Interviews will take place from January to July 2016 for the September 2016 intake. If you are selected for interview, you will be required to sit a literacy and numeracy test.

Continuing Professional Development

If you are already a registered nurse, please see Continuing Professional Development on the Health and Human Sciences web pages.

Interviews will take place from January to July 2016 for the September 2016 intake. If you are selected for interview, you will be required to sit a literacy and numeracy test.

International and EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

IELTS entry requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 7.0

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

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Visit us

Open days

We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates.

Your application cannot be processed without these documents, so please ensure you read the guidance notes you will find in Help with your application in the drop down list next to the online application form.

Applications for September 2016 entry will be closing at 5pm GMT on 15 July 2016. Applications not fully submitted with all documents enclosed will not be considered.

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