Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Choose a degree which can supply you with the tools to make a real difference to the lives of others.

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • The Developing Nurse 
  • Nursing in Practice Learning Disabilities
  • Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health 
  • Application of Evidence within Nursing Practice 
  • Complexities in Learning Disability Nursing
  • Leading Innovation and Improvement for the Transition to Registration Learning Disabilities
  • 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.

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 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 practice hours required by the NMC that reflect a full-time programme of study.

How you are assessed

The assessments you will complete will have support underpinned into each task. You will be encouraged to exchange diaglogue which enables students to make the most of the feedback providing action plans. Some of the types of assessments that you may be asked to complete are, Exams, OSCE's, practical assessment of professional competence, problem solving tasks and varied writing tasks and oral assessments. 

Who you’ll meet 

The teaching staff on this course includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nurse education. Visiting professors in the field of Learning Disability, specialist practitioners in the workforce and experts by experience all enhance the learning, teaching and assessment experience.

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

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

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.

How to apply

UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

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.

Our students have an outstanding employability track record locally, nationally and internationally: in 2015 100% of our graduates were employed or in further study within six months of completing the course. 

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, you can also go into the forensics community, acute sector, prisons, child and adolescent mental health and behavioural support services.

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 or the voluntary sector. There may also be opportunities for you to work overseas.

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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.

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.

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