Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£14,250 per year (2019/20)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This course is underpinned by the desire to deliver kind, compassionate nursing care. It is a two year, full-time degree and supports those with a prior degree (2:2 or above) to become a registered nurse at an accelerated pace. You will also need prior work experience in a service user context, allowing you to demonstrate the skills that underpin professional nursing registration. Your prior experiences will contribute to the learning opportunities within the course and together these will provide eligibility to register as a nurse with the NMC, as long as you meet the NMC’s requirements.

We are proud to support the workforce needs of the local region – our course is delivered in the context of the local health care environment and we aim to support our students to practice as qualified nurses locally. By studying this course you can be confident that you will meet the Future Nurse standards and proficiencies specified by the NMC (2018). The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Nursing is an intensive course and you will need commitment, motivation and a desire to succeed. The programme holds high expectations that you are engaged and ready to be an independent learner and that you are able to meet the theory and practice hours required by the NMC that reflect a full-time programme of study.

This course is also available as MSc Nursing (Mental Health) with NMC registration.

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What you will study

The course is delivered over two academic years; however it is separated into three equal parts called stages.

You will complete a range of modules to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills for safe, effective nursing practice where the interests of people using, or needing nursing services, are put first. These modules provide the foundation for you to develop a caring professionalism where you can be trusted in the care you provide.

A person-centred approach to care is fostered through in-depth evaluation of care across the life span for a range of service users with acute and long term conditions. Independent inquiry and critical evaluation skills will be fostered to underpin an evidence-based approach.

In addition to this, you will be asked to be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of individuals and society by engaging in service improvement and enterprise in health care. If you choose to undertake an extended independent piece of work (Independent Scholarship module) this will facilitate the enabling of research, innovation and further embed evidence-based practice. 

Students can complete the MSc qualification in two years. Alternatively, they can complete the PG Dip and not take the additional 60 credit module to achieve an MSc. Should students choose, they can complete their PG Dip within the two year period leading to registration then completed their final 60 credit module within their first year of nursing practice to achieve their MSc qualification. 

You are eligible to register with the NMC following successful completion of the six 20 credit compulsory modules, as long as you meet the NMC’s requirements.

You will study modules such as:

  • The Developing Nurse
  • Nursing in Practice (Adult)
  • Promoting Health and Presenting Ill Health
  • Application of Evidence within Nursing Practice
  • Complexities in Adult Nursing
  • Leading Innovation and Improvement for the Transition to Registration Adult
  • Independent Scholarship

 

If you complete your two year full-time course and gain the full 180 credits you will be awarded the MSc Nursing (Adult).

However, if you finish the two year full-time course with a Postgraduate Diploma Nursing (Adult), having completed 120 credits, you will be invited to complete the remaining 60 credits, to achieve a full MSc, as a part-time student, when it is anticipated you will be employed as a registered nurse. At this time you may either undertake the 60 credit Independent Scholarship module or the 60 credit Preceptorship module. The Preceptorship module is a year-long module which facilitates the structured transition of newly qualified practitioners into practice.  During the module you will consolidate learning, maintain competency, develop decision making skills and further expand your role as an accountable health care professional.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

So that you are fully prepared for your career in nursing, we ensure that your skills and knowledge match current working practices in health and social care. The practical abilities you develop on placement will be underpinned and extended by the knowledge you gain through lectures, tutorials, workshops and activities in the University’s own high-quality training facilities.

A range of learning and teaching strategies will be used including lectures, workshops, self-directed work, tutorials and online materials. Robust online resources will also be available to support your learning as you progress through the course.

A key characteristic of this course is the use of simulation in each stage to prepare you for practice. Simulation will use case scenarios to increase confidence and competence in both clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe environment.

There will be a range of Inter-Professional Learning (IPL) activities within the academic setting. During these activities you will engage in learning with both undergraduate and postgraduate health and social care students.

You will be required to construct and maintain a professional portfolio that illustrates an understanding for continuing professional development and lifelong learning. This portfolio will help to demonstrate safe and effective practice encouraging you to reflect on how you demonstrate the standards set out within the Code (NMC 2015). As an NMC registrant you will be required to renew your registration every three years. The portfolio you develop on this course will therefore provide you with the tools you need to support your re-validation in the future.

Within practice learning environments this course adopts a hub and spoke model. A hub refers to a practice learning experience that lasts for the duration of the programme stage you are in. A spoke refers to a secondary learning experience when you will step out of your hub area and return to the hub upon its completion. Spoke experiences 'add value' to existing learning opportunities in the hub to enable you to achieve the required standards and learning outcomes. This model helps to ensure that practice learning and assessments are not fragmented.

Practice experiences range from three to 12 continuous weeks. In addition, you will have the opportunity of an elective experience in the final stage of the course. While in these practice environments you will engage in 24 hour and seven-day care. All student nurses are supernumerary during practice learning. Supernumerary means that you will not be contracted by any person or body to provide nursing care as part of your course. However, you are expected to engage fully in the care provided by the health care team, as directed by your mentor.

Who you'll meet

Steve Kedge is a senior lecturer and registered adult nurse. Steve qualified in 1992 has worked in a number of hospitals. He specialized in Acute medical nursing with a special interest in respiratory care. Steve moved to the University of Derby in 2016 assuming responsibility for the MSc Nursing (Adult) programme in June. Previously Steve was a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University for 15 years. Steve teaches across a range of subjects in pre-registration nursing programmes. However he has areas of special interest in general medical nursing, respiratory care, professional values and evidence based health care.

Dr Charlie Whiffin is a senior lecturer and registered adult nurse. Charlie has worked in a number of specialities but predominantly neurosurgery and has a specialist interest in head injury. Charlie teaches across a range of subjects in pre-registration nursing programmes. However Charlie’s main responsibilities lie in teaching research and evidence-based practice.  Charlie holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Southampton entitled “A study of family transition in the first year post-head injury: perspectives of the non-injured members” and has published a number of papers from this thesis. Charlie’s research interests now extend to the acquisition of care experience prior to commencing nurse education.

How you are assessed

The opportunity to gain assessment feedback support will encourage dialogue, enabling students to make the most of their feedback, provide action plans and utilise academic, student and practice support staff as required. The choice of assessment task is aligned to the unit outcomes, appropriate learner outcomes with the intention of building a range of academic skills and role development.

The assessment strategy is designed to provide a diverse range of assessment approaches, with feedback and feedforward mechanisms designed to help students make the most from assessment and continue to develop.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Education

Work Experience

*you must be working within a contractual relationship this can be educational, employment or voluntary

**you must demonstrate you were working in a setting where you have personally supported the health and/or wellbeing needs of service users

In addition:

Please note: Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, please contact the programme team to discuss if you have any queries about your education/work experience.

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,250 per year

N/A

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional Fee Information

This course is eligible for funding via the Student Loans Company under the same terms and conditions as undergraduate tuition fee and maintenance loans. Please see the following webpage for more information. This course is currently not eligible for any further discounts on fees, such as the postgraduate discount.

Additional financial support is available from the NHS for this course. Please see their webpage for more information.

Additional costs and optional extras

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How to apply

Careers

On successful completion of this degree you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and go into practice as a nurse.

We offer full support to help you achieve your career goals, including guidance on applications, CVs and interview techniques. Health care organisations large and small attend our annual employer fairs as part of their recruitment drives. Some of our students are fortunate enough to have several job offers by the time they complete their course.

Our students have an outstanding employability track record. Graduates from this programme will go on to work within hospitals and in community based teams. They may also go into community care homes, forensic services or the voluntary sector. There may also be opportunities for you to work overseas.

Contact us

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Course: Steve Kedge (Programme leader) s.kedge@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591661

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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