Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

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.

  • Our nursing programmes are approved to the NMC’s new Future nurse: Standards of Proficiency for registered nurses
  • The MSc course leads to registration with the NMC at the end of the two year course, as long as you meet the requirements
  • You will learn from a highly experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who are dedicated to providing you with the support you need to help you achieve your ambitions
  • You will be supported to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to deliver high quality, innovative, effective care and our use of clinical supervision throughout the course will enable you to develop resilience and reflective practice
  • As part of the programme you will gain practice experience by undertaking clinical placements in a wide range of learning disability settings, including: Community, inpatient, forensic, respite and child services
Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

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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. 

*Placement hours are subject to change.

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).

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

The assessments you will complete will have support underpinned into each task. You will be encouraged to exchange dialogue 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 include: Exams, OSCE's, practical assessment of professional competence, problem-solving tasks and varied writing tasks and oral assessments. 

Who you’ll meet 

Joanne Skellern is the programme leader for the MSc Nursing (learning disability) with NMC registration programme.

Learning, teaching and assessment activities are also provided by visiting professors and specialist clinical practitioners who are experts in the field of learning disability nursing and the service-user involvement group to enhance your experience during the programme.

Entry requirements

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

Essential

  • Level 2 English qualification (GCSE Grade 4-9, GCSE Grade A-C, Level 2 Functional Skills English, Key Skills Level 2 Communication or equivalent)
  • Level 2 Maths qualification (GCSE Grade 4-9, GCSE Grade A-C, Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, Key Skills Level 2 Application of Number (Numeracy) or equivalent)
  • Honours Degree 2:2 or above
  • Recognition of prior experiential learning

Desirable

  • Science qualification (GCSE Grade 4-9, GCSE Grade A-C,or equivalent)
  • Educational study within the last 5 years

In addition

  • The applicant will be expected to complete two electronic portfolios to evidence how the applicant's past experiences are relevant to a career in nursing. One practice portfolio needs to evidence 450 hours of work experience and one theory portfolio that needs to evidence how the applicants’ prior educational experience is relevant to nursing
  • The applicant must be working within a contractual relationship, this can be educational, employment or voluntary
  • The applicant must demonstrate they are working within a setting where they have personally supported the health and or wellbeing needs of service users
  • Applicants must complete an occupational health assessment and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the selection process and any offer made will be subject to satisfactory outcome of these
  • If English is not your first language you must have achieved an IELTS score of at least level 6.5

Interview information

Covid-19 vaccination requirements

The University does not require students to be vaccinated as part of their programme. However, some placement providers may request the University to confirm vaccination status prior to students being allocated to them on placement modules. In this instance, we may need to ask students about their vaccination status.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)

TypeFull-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

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:

  • £1,000 towards childcare costs
  • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit
  • £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

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

  • Mental health nursing
  • Learning disability nursing
  • Diagnostic radiography

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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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


This programme is not currently accepting new applications. We may look to open for a further pool of applications beyond this deadline however this cannot be guaranteed.

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.

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.

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 provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees
  • Uniforms
  • Markers
  • Name badges and ID holders
  • DBS check
  • Occupational health check
  • Mandatory vaccinations training
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
  • Suitable shoes that comply with uniform policy approx £40
  • Travel expenses to placements
Optional costs not included in your fees
  • Travel to elective placement in year three if the student chooses to go out of usual placement locations
  • Textbooks to supplement anything available through the library - various prices depending on the content
  • Printing costs of course materials if a hard copy is desired approximately 5p per sheet
  • Students may opt to engage in international trips and activities that are not fully funded, though bursaries may be available
  • Optional outings and trips will also require self-funding
  • Professional NMC membership required to practice

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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