MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration)

As an adult nurse, you’ll face challenges every day. You’ll also make a difference to people’s lives, every day.

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This course will start on 18 January 2021.

We’ve designed our MSc Adult Nursing course around the core values of the NHS constitution so that you understand what’s required in caring for and supporting vulnerable adults. Our aim is to make sure we prepare you for the challenges you may face and develop the expertise you’ll need to become a leader in nursing.

On this accelerated programme, you'll gain the experience and skills required to practice as an Adult Nurse in two years, rather than three. You’ll learn how to assess your patient’s needs and provide sensitive support, and how to collaborate with colleagues across a range of professions (including doctors, physiotherapists and dieticians).

You’ll spend 50% of your time on clinical placements in a variety of settings, with support from a practice supervisor/assessor throughout. This may include an operating theatre, accident and emergency, a community health centre, an intensive care unit, an outpatients department or a nursing home.

In addition to time spent in practice on placement, you’ll have a mix of simulated and technology-enhanced learning, university attendance in shared groups, field-specific groups, or interdisciplinary learning. When you're on campus you'll be based in our award-winning Brooks building, equipped with state-of-the-art, specialist health facilities and simulation technology.

Working in small groups in our Clinical Simulation Suite, you’ll learn many skills to support the development of your practice. It’s here that you’ll work on simulations of a patient’s journey from admission to discharge.

To fund your postgraduate pre-registration nursing degree, you'll be able to access standard student loans in line with undergraduate funding for pre-registration courses. Find out more about funding your MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration). 

Features and Benefits

  • Approved course- This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Accelerated course - An accelerated postgraduate pathway into professional nursing practice, you'll gain the experience and skills required to practice as a registered nurse in two years, rather than three.
  • Become a registered nurse - As a graduate, you’re eligible to register as a nurse with the NMC.
  • Outstanding nursing facilities - We have well equipped clinical skills lab complete with computerised sim-man manikins, used to demonstrate both basic and challenging conditions and nursing interventions.
  • Taught by experts and clinicians still in practice - All of our teaching team in the Department of Nursing have been nurses, health visitors or advanced practitioners. Many are still active in practice alongside their roles at Manchester Met, helping to keep teaching relevant and up-to-date with current NHS standards.
  • Real-world experience - On this course you will spend an equal amount of time on clinical placements in community and hospital settings and at University on nursing theory. Find out more about placements in Manchester by watching this video.  
  • Guardian Top 20 UK Nursing University - we are one of the top 20 universities listed in the Guardian's Nursing and Midwifery league table for 2020. 
  • Award-winning Nursing Department - We won ‘Learner of the Year: Post-registration’ and ‘Partnership of the Year’ at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2017 and have consistently been shortlisted in various categories since 2012.
  • Unrivaled student support- Greater Manchester Pastoral Support Toolkit

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Once you’re a registered nurse, you might start your career at one of our partner NHS trusts. Or, you might choose to work in the private or voluntary sectors.

Although many of our graduates begin their careers as staff nurses in NHS hospitals in the UK, you could develop your nursing career in the Armed Forces, prisons, hospices, GP surgeries, care homes or schools.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

All applicants must have achieved a minimum of a first degree (2:2 or above), and should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics, English Language, Science, and provide evidence of IT skills. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics as an equivalent.

We will accept GCSE Science, Biology, Additional Science, Applied Science, Physics or Chemistry. BTEC Level 2 Science (Pass) as an acceptable equivalent.

We will accept the Manchester Met's Mathematics or Science Equivalency Test as an equivalence to GCSEs. We will only consider one equivalent (as outlined above), i.e. either Mathematics or Science, not both.

Applicants must evidence recent study within the last five years. Plus, evidence of relevant, practical experience through the pre-entry portfolio (detailed below).

International applicants must have achieved an overall score of 6.5 in the academic version of IELTS. You should not achieve less than the equivalent of an IELTS academic score of 6.5 in each of the sections of reading, listening and speaking and 6.0 in the section of writing as an alternative to GCSE English Language.

All successful applicants will complete a Rehabilitation of Offenders form, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health Clearance.

Interview attendance

All applications are considered by the admission team on an individual basis; consideration throughout the application process and during interview is also given to relevant additional educational achievements, life experience and transferable skills, alongside references, personal statements (utilising an annually reviewed checklist in accordance with values based recruitment criteria set by the NHS) and the overall interview score.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is expected to demonstrate an insight into your chosen field of Nursing, including an understanding of care environments and current issues in contemporary nursing or health care. You should describe the concept of a professional attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, and an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses. An awareness of the NMC Code and the vision for the training of the future nurse and how this can support the delivery of high quality person centred care should be included. You should convey your ability to work both independently and as part of a team and demonstrate motivation and a commitment to preparing to study as a nurse, demonstrating an ability to solve problems and to think creatively in conveying a capacity for leadership and how this is important in the nursing profession.

Pre-Entry Portfolio: mandatory prior study and relevant experience

Download the Pre-Entry Portfolio here.

What is the portfolio and why do I need it?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requires all students on pre-registration nursing programmes to undertake a minimum of 4,600 hours of theory and practice.
This is normally achieved over a period of three years on a BSc pre-registration course. In order to ensure students on the accelerated two-year MSC programme can meet the NMC requirements for registration, you’ll need to complete 1,000 hours of both theory and practice prior to entry.

You’ll document and evidence your 1,000 hours in your pre-entry portfolio. We’ve designed the portfolio to assist you with both understanding the pre-entry requirements and compiling the evidence to help prepare you for the programme.

What does the portfolio consist of?

The pre-entry portfolio amounts to 500 hours of care related experience (practice) and 500 hours of academic study (theory) associated with the programme outcomes.
For your practice-based experience, you can undertake paid or voluntary work experience in a variety of care and health settings. For independent theoretical learning, we will provide candidates with access to online learning resources following your interview.

For full guidance on gaining relevant experience and what evidence you’ll need to provide, please see the Pre-Entry Portfolio here.

How long will it take to complete the portfolio?

If you have existing care experience amounting to the required hours:

- we advise it may take between 4-6 weeks to complete

If you do not have existing care experience amounting to the required care experience hours:

- we advise it may take between 12-14 weeks to obtain the 500 hours and complete the portfolio

When should I complete and submit the portfolio?

You do not need to start your portfolio until after receiving your offer.

You can download the portfolio prior to application but you must have submitted a UCAS application to Manchester Met in order to gain access to the supporting learning resources.
Following your application and successful interview, you'll receive further guidance on what to include in the portfolio from our Admissions Tutor. Any offer will be conditional on the completion of the assessed portfolio guidance.

What happens once I have completed the portfolio?

Once you have completed your portfolio and supporting evidence, you’ll submit it by email to the Health Admissions team.

An academic panel and external examiner for the programme will assess your portfolio and advise if you have met the required criteria. You may be requested to provide further evidence if the panel feel you have not demonstrated sufficient evidence.

You’ll find full guidance on Pre-Entry Portfolio here.


Discover that in Greater Manchester, there's a great deal more to nursing than you might think. You'll have access to an extensive network of expertise. You'll find too, a wealth of training and career opportunities - not just for this job, but the next one, and the one after that - right on your doorstep. This isn't just nursing, this is nursing in the buzzing, connected, proud community that is Greater Manchester. 

Become a Greater Manchester nurse

Course details

This course will start on 18 January 2021.

On this two-year full-time course you'll spend 42 weeks per year at University or on placement. Your time will be split equally between practical and theory.

You’ll explore topics such as anatomy, your responsibilities as a nurse, and disease prevention. At the beginning of the course, you’ll learn practical skills, from taking blood pressure to injection techniques.

Practical sessions usually take place in our Clinical Simulation Suite, which features ward bays equipped with the same technology and patient support systems you’ll find in hospital settings.

Scenarios that we’ve set our students in the past include major trauma management, with a patient involved in a motorbike accident who needs stabilising, emergency care with a patient who has suffered a heart attack, and ward management to show you the daily life of a nurse working a shift on a busy ward.

In our simulation laboratories, you’ll find human patient simulators, which we also use for scenario-based learning. These simulators can talk, cry, sweat, bleed and blink, and they have chest sounds, heart sounds, pulses and blood pressure.

At Manchester Met, all of our teaching team in the Department of Nursing have been practising nurses, health visitors or advanced practitioners at some point in their careers. Some of their specialist areas include nutrition, stroke rehabilitation, acute and emergency care, palliative and cancer care, dementia, and mental health.

Most of our academic staff still practice and work shifts in their specialist areas, alongside their roles at Manchester Met. This helps to make sure that the skills they teach you in the classroom are real, relevant and up-to-date with current NHS standards.

In your first year, you'll cover the following units:

Core units

  • Person-Centred Nursing
  • Local and Global Health
  • Enquiry and Evaluation
  • Assessing and Planning Person-Centred Nursing
  • Resilience and Relationships
  • Delivering and Evaluating Person-Centred Nursing

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Person Centred Nursing

On this unit, we'll teach you the relevant content to enable you to understand the history and theories of person centred nursing.
You'll learn fundamental communication skills required when working with and delivering care to a diverse population. We'll teach you preparation for practice skills, enabling you to be prepared for practice and focus on how person centred nursing might work in practice, while adhering to policies which might impact it (including the NMC Code (2018), consent and legal issues which are field specific). You'll explore the importance of safeguarding, identifying issues around safeguarding and how to deal with them. You'll be offered a formative assessment ahead of each summative assessment in line with University strategy.

Local and Global Health

In this unit, you'll focus on the causal factors, implications and multi-agency responses to local and global health issues. You'll develop a critical understanding of the wider determinants of health and wellbeing and the influence of health systems and policy makers on health outcomes. And you'll explore health promotion strategies which influence and support individuals, groups and communities to develop their own strengths and abilities to protect their health and wellbeing. You'll be offered a formative assessment ahead of each summative assessment in line with University strategy.

Enquiry and Evaluation

In this unit, you'll explore applied research methods and how critical thinking skills can be developed in transferring evidence to practice. You'll examine evidence to inform decision-making and focus on examples in health screening programmes and end of life care with particular reference to wider social and family networks.

Assessing and Planning Person-Centred Nursing

In this unit, you'll focus on the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect person-centred assessing and planning of the individual’s holistic health and social care needs in nursing. You'll use evidence from clinical practice in the unit assessment.

Resilience and Relationships

Through this unit, we'll enable you to demonstrate and effectively explore professional practice issues, specifically in field specific nursing.  You'll critically examine communications skills, therapeutic engagement and working within an interprofessional team.  You'll use self-awareness and skills of reflective practice to inform the development of emotional intelligence and resilience.

Delivering and Evaluating Person-Centred Nursing

In this unit, you'll focus on the assessment, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based, person-centred, health and social care in nursing. You'll develop  knowledge and skills in managing, coordinating and critically evaluating person-centred interventions. You'll use evidence from clinical practice in the unit assessment.

In your second year, you'll cover the following units:

Core units

  • Fieldcraft Skills
  • Leading and Improving Care
  • Supervised Independent Study Project

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Fieldcraft Skills

In this unit, we'll focus on developing your knowledge and skills in medicines management in accordance with professional and regulatory standards. This theoretical unit supports the your safe and competent practice demonstrated in the placement setting.

Leading and Improving Care

In this unit, you'll critically reflect upon the overall leadership and management of care in a contemporary healthcare system whilst recognising the fundamental challenges in improving care for patients, families and caregivers. In addition, you'll explore the principles of enhanced communication strategies inclusive of the concepts of human factors that influence care delivery. In order to lead and improve care, you'll engage in the models of clinical governance, organisational change, public protection, concepts of risk and quality improvement frameworks whilst ensuring partnership, collaboration and interagency working across all relevant sectors.

Supervised Independent Study Project

In this unit, you'll build upon your year one Project Proposal from the Enquiry and Evaluation unit, turning it into a critical piece of work which relates to your chosen field of nursing. We ensure the content of this unit is contemporary, and responsive to current policy and practice developments.  You'll learn how an initial project proposal is developed and discover different options to develop your knowledge in a certain field or speciality.

Additional information about this course

Health checks: You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations.

Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.

Professional Suitability: students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.

Course specific regulations: Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Placement options

Placements are normally allocated and arranged by the University in partnership with local health and social care providers. A range of practice opportunities will be provided to students to work towards attaining the required 1800 hours required by the regulatory body for registration. This normally equates to half of the course.

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff


UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Footwear suitable for comfortable all-day walking/standing in clinical workplace, approximately £100 or as per individual choice. NHS Trusts require shoes (not trainers) that meet health and safety requirements. Advice will be given on what to purchase.

Full uniform is provided free of charge when the course commences. If students wish to replace or obtain additional items of uniform throughout the programme (e.g. because of damage/no longer fits) then they order and pay for this directly with the supplier. There are certain exceptions to this, e.g. during pregnancy.

Books and IT: All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop Campus printing costs from 5p/page; laptop £300 (student choice) and up to £100/year for books/printing (2018 prices).

Placement Costs

£2 to £12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably). We endeavour to allow for a travelling time within 90 minutes each way therefore you will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at All NHS Trusts charge for car parking.

You may choose to go overseas for your elective placement and any costs associated with this will be yours.

Professional Costs

Up to £135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details -

DBS Checks: Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees:

NMC registration is currently £120, paid at the end of the course to the NMC subject to successful completion and eligibility for registration. See for current registration rates.

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Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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How to apply

Apply for this course through UCAS.  

This course will start on 18 January 2021. All conditions for entry must be met by early December 2020, this includes pre-entry portfolio approval. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible to allow time for your interview and completing your portfolio to an appropriate standard.

As this course is pre-registration, you'll find it listed in Undergraduate courses on UCAS, not Postgraduate. 

UCAS code: B742

Manchester Metropolitan University institution code: M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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