Postgraduate Course

MSc Nursing (Adult)

(Pre-Registration)

MSc Nursing (Adult)

Overview

The details
Nursing (Adult) (Pre-Registration)
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Colchester Campus

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 Social Care, 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.

The cost of required uniform will be fully covered by the school.

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.

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.

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

Our expert staff

We are delighted to be the first department in the University to have obtained the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality. This award recognises initiatives we have in place such as our mentorship system, our additional promotion of flexible work and study options, and our work to recognise the barriers to opportunity for BAME and LGBT members of our community.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care 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 Social Care, 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.

96% of our postgraduate School of Health and Social Care students are in professional employment or further postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017).

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Our applicants should have:

  • A relevant honours degree, minimum classification: Lower Second Second (e.g. 2:2 in a life or social science such as biology- psychology, sociology, or sports science)
  • Successful performance at interview, which includes an assessment of literacy and numeracy.

You must also have: two satisfactory references (including an academic reference and one work-based). Don't worry if you cannot provide your reference when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide this at a later stage. References should be recent and verifiable, on official institution paper, signed and dated by the referee.

If a referee wishes to provide an email reference, it must be sent from the referee’s email account.

You must also have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) and a Occupational Health Check - both of these are organised by the University.

A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

The following documents should be submitted with your online application:

  • A personal statement (no more than 500 words)
  • A current CV
  • Academic transcripts

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 honours degree but the criteria are quite broad.

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 November 2018 to July 2019 for the September 2019 intake. If you are selected for interview, you will be required to sit a literacy and numeracy test.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

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.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience. If you do not meet our MSc Nursing (Adult or Mental Health) requirements, you may be interested in our BSc Nursing courses: Adult or Mental Health.

Structure

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.

Ongoing patient pathways in adult nursing

With such a vast range of long term medical conditions that affect people around the UK, this module will deepen your understanding of the concept of independent living and end of life care. This requires nurses to have strong knowledge of pathophysiological changes, diagnostic processes, management interventions and multiple pathologies.

View Ongoing patient pathways in adult nursing on our Module Directory

Nursing Practice Assessment 1

This module is assessed whilst you are on your placement. You will spend 95% of your time in clinical practice and will need to provide evidence that you have completed the clinical skills required to progress with the programme.

View Nursing Practice Assessment 1 on our Module Directory

Nursing Practice Assessment 2

This module is assessed whilst you are on your placement. You will spend 95% of your time in clinical practice and will need to provide evidence that you have completed the clinical skills required to progress with the programme.

View Nursing Practice Assessment 2 on our Module Directory

How People Function

Build your understanding of the biopsychosocial functions of the human body and develop your ability to analyse any changes in the psychological and/or physiological functioning of the individual.

View How People Function on our Module Directory

Delivering Compassionate Care as an Adult Nurse

As an adult nurse, establishing a positive nurse-patient relationship is pivotal. This module will look at how showing compassion and having effective communication skills are all essential to delivering high quality care in a pressured environment.

View Delivering Compassionate Care as an Adult Nurse on our Module Directory

Critical Patient Pathways in Adult Nursing

Develop your knowledge and skills relating to the care of people with acute physical health problems. This module explores the journey of a critical patient pathway and the importance of accurate assessment, care planning and collaborative working.

View Critical Patient Pathways in Adult Nursing on our Module Directory

Leadership and Preparation for Practice

Prepare for your future as a leader and a manager of nursing care in the clinical setting. As a registered nurse, you are responsible for managing resources from people to physical resources. This module will encourage you to explore the wider sphere of health care policy in relation to clinical practice.

View Leadership and Preparation for Practice on our Module Directory

Nursing Practice Assessment 3

This module is assessed whilst you are on your placement. You will spend 95% of your time in clinical practice and will need to provide evidence that you have completed the clinical skills required to progress with the programme.

View Nursing Practice Assessment 3 on our Module Directory

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

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250

For more information about fees and funding for our pre-registration postgraduate courses, please visit our department pages.

International fee

£19,300

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold 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.

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.

Applications for September 2018 entry will be closing at 5pm GMT on 31 July 2018. Applications not fully submitted with all documents enclosed will not be considered.

Additional Documents

Official transcript(s), in English or a certified translation of your academic results to date, showing marks or grades, must be provided at the time you make your application. (Transcripts are not required from current or previous University of Essex students, or from students who have previously completed a degree at Colchester Institute awarded by the University of Essex).

A personal statement with a 500 word limit to support your application saying why you wish to undertake the course and what you hope to achieve from it. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with us, your personal statement should refer specifically to your reasons for wishing to study in the UK, and why you have chosen your area of study.

An up to date CV must also be provided with your application.

We will also require two references during the application process; one verifiable academic reference, dated, signed and on official institution paper. The second reference must be work-based and this will be dependent on which course you are applying for, it could be for example, from a registered nurse or equivalent outlining the care duties that you perform and to what standard.

Don’t worry if you cannot provide references when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide these at a later stage.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

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.

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