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

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.

View the funding for Nursing and Allied Health Degrees video transcript

Mock up of a University of Derby digital postgraduate prospectus on a desktop, tablet and mobile device

Postgraduate prospectus

Explore your digital postgraduate prospectus and find out what you need to know about studying with us. When you sign up, tell us what you're interested in and we'll send you a link to information put together just for you.

Explore your digital prospectusExplore your digital prospectus

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.

Postgraduate online event wifi icon

Live Virtual Postgraduate Open Day

Join us at our Live Virtual Postgraduate Open Day on Saturday 15 May, 10am to 12pm. The event will give you the opportunity to discover more about the course you are interested in, fees and finance, careers support and much more.

Book your placeBook your place

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).

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

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 are, 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

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 £9,203 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.

Find out about funding your studiesFind out about funding your studies

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

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

Find out about the Alumni discountFind out about the Alumni discount

Students chatting to each other

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.

Find out if you're eligible for an international scholarship Find out if you're eligible for an international scholarship

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.

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.

Contact us Contact us

† 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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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.

Other courses you might like