Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,700 per year (2021/22)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Choose a degree which will help you make a positive difference 

This course is underpinned by the desire to deliver kind, compassionate nursing care. It's 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'll 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 their requirements.

This short video gives you the key facts behind the new NHS bursary, showing you just how affordable a degree in Nursing or an Allied Health Professional can be and what student finance is available.

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • The Developing Nurse 
  • Nursing in Practice Children
  • Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health 
  • Application of Evidence within Nursing Practice 
  • Complexities in Children's Nursing
  • Leading Innovation and Improvement for the Transition to Registration Children's
  • Independent Scholarship

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.

*Placement hours are subject to change.

You will be prepared for leadership positions and be prescriber-ready. The course has a focus on public health issues and a clear understanding of the changing demands and care needs of the population, with the ability for high-level discussion in the application of nursing theory to practice.

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 standards and competencies contained within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse (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 practise hours required by the NMC that reflect a full-time programme of study.

How you are assessed

Our assessments are aligned with the unit outcomes, appropriate learner outcomes with the intention of building a range of academic skills and role development. Our assignment approach will include: practical projects focused on specific workplaces, management and technical reports, reflective writing, problem-solving tasks, exams, viva voce and practical assessment of professional competence.

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.

This programme operates within the University’s Postgraduate Regulatory Framework and conforms to its regulations on assessment for Postgraduate degrees. Due to the professional and practice-based nature of this programme, derogations are required for compliance with NMC approval requirements. These apply to all students on the programme.

Who you'll meet

Our teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nurse education. We also have visiting professors in the field of Children’s Nursing and specialist care, specialist practitioners in the workforce and experts by experience all enhance the learning, teaching and assessment experience.

Trudy Cowan, Programme Leader, has been part of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing team since December 2008 and previously worked as a paediatric nurse with a focus on ensuring children's issues are being addressed.

Student nursing learning nursing theory in the simularion suite
A female nurse checks her patient in a mock-ward
Female student nurse and male nursing lecturer during a lesson

Who will teach you

Trudy Cowan
Programme leader

Trudy has been part of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing team since December 2008. As Branch Leader for School Nursing, she supports students academically and while out in practice. As a paediatric nurse, her skills are also utilised within the ADNS, ECP and MSc programmes, with a focus on ensuring children issues are being addressed throughout all Nursing programmes.

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Entry requirements

Students applying for this programme will need to meet the University of Derby general entry requirements for Post Graduate Education.

Essential

Desirable

In addition:

Interview information

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

TypeFull-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International/EU

£14,700 per year

N/A

Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional fee information

Funding for Nursing and Allied Health courses

By studying on this programme, you are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

From September 2020 all new and continuing nursing and allied health students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

In addition to this non-repayable grant, you are also able to access a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 per year to support your studies, giving you access to over £17,000 per year of funding.

Read the full press release on the Government website

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

AwardCredits
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits
MSc 180 Credits

Additional costs and optional extras

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply

UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

English language entry requirements must be achieved and evidenced as part of an application and before an interview can be offered for this programme.

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for a postgraduate degree

Important information for applicants

To be considered for an offer to study, the following must be 'evidenced' as part of your initial application submission:

  • GSCE English language and maths at grade C/4 or above or the equivalent
  • International applicants can demonstrate their English language from any of the accepted qualifications or by taking the Derby English Language Test.

After application submission and providing all entry requirements and initial evidence is satisfactory, suitable candidates will then be required to complete a portfolio. Applicants who are invited to submit a portfolio will have 3 weeks to do so. The portfolio element of your application must be submitted and passed in order for you to be shortlisted for interview.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory virtual interview in order to gain a place on the programme. Non-attendance will result in your application being withdrawn. 

The next application deadline date for this course is Friday 12 November 2021. We may look to open for a second pool of applications with an application deadline date of Friday 28 January 2022, should this go ahead, however this cannot be guaranteed. 

We ask that applicants ensure all requirements can be met before an application is made.

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.

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, the voluntary sector, acute, community, CAMHS, school health, safeguarding or specialist roles. There may also be opportunities for you to work overseas.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

Students can complete the MSc qualification in two years. Alternatively they can complete only 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.

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, excellent 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.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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