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MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Adult)

Empowering Excellence in Adult Nursing: Transforming Passion into Proficiency

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A unique blend of hands-on clinical experience, advanced specialisation, and holistic care

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GCSE Maths Grade 4 / C or above or L2 Functional Skills GCSE English Grade 4 / C or above or L2 Functional Skills

All students must have achieved a minimum of a first degree (2:2 or above) Minimum of 750 hours in clinical practice prior to starting programme

Applicants to the programme will be selected using a values-based recruitment process, where applicants are required to undertake a series of activities. Service Users and Employers form part of these activies and the formal panel . Potential applicants applying must demonstrate the following on entry to the programme:  

  • Suitability for their intended field of nursing practice: adult, mental health or learning disabilities nursing  
  • Values in accordance with The NMC Code (2018) Professional standards of practice for nurses, midwives and nursing associates  
  • Capability to learn behaviours in accordance with The Code 

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UCAS code N/A

UCAS institution code P63

Duration 2 years full time

Course Summary

The Marjon MSc in Adult Nursing is a comprehensive and dynamic two-year program designed to equip dedicated individuals with the specialised knowledge and hands-on skills needed to excel in the field of adult healthcare. In the inaugural year, students engage in a diverse range of courses covering various aspects of adult health, from acute care to chronic conditions. This foundational knowledge is complemented by immersive clinical placements, allowing students to apply their learning in real-world settings.

With three diverse placements throughout the year, students gain invaluable insights into various facets of adult nursing practice. The second year focuses on advanced topics, enabling students to develop specialised expertise in areas such as critical care, complex health issues, and leadership in nursing practice. Building upon the previous year's foundation, students engage in a deeper exploration of complex adult health conditions and innovative interventions. The three additional placements in Year Two provide opportunities for students to further refine their skills in diverse clinical environments, preparing them for leadership roles in adult nursing.

Throughout the programme, there is a strong emphasis on providing holistic care, recognizing the importance of addressing not only physical health but also the emotional, social, and cultural aspects of well-being. Graduates emerge as compassionate, culturally sensitive, and capable professionals who are prepared to provide comprehensive support to adults in various healthcare settings. The programme is dedicated to nurturing individuals who are not only clinically proficient but also driven to make a meaningful impact in the lives of adults in their communities. Join us on this transformative two-year journey, where your passion for adult nursing will be honed and your potential will flourish.

Why choose this course at Marjon?

A faculty of experienced professionals renowned for their expertise in healthcare education.

Immersive two-year format, coupled with three placements per year, ensures that you receive extensive hands-on experience in real-world clinical settings

Experiential learning approach allows students to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations, preparing them for the challenges of adult nursing

Marjon's focus on "Study Local, Stay Local" allows students to study in their own community while still accessing a world-class education

The programme places a strong emphasis on holistic care, recognising the importance of addressing not only physical health but also the emotional, social, and cultural aspects of well-being

Emerge as a skilled, compassionate, and capable professional, ready to make a positive impact in the lives of adults in their communities

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

The Marjon MSc in Adult Nursing is an intensive and dynamic two-year program tailored for individuals passionate about providing expert care to adults in diverse healthcare settings. With a robust curriculum combining theoretical knowledge and extensive clinical experience, students gain the skills needed to excel in this vital field. In the inaugural year, students delve into comprehensive courses covering a wide range of adult health topics, from acute care to chronic conditions. This foundational knowledge is complemented by immersive clinical placements, allowing students to apply their learning in real-world settings. With three diverse placements throughout the year, students gain invaluable insights into various aspects of adult nursing practice. The second year focuses on advanced topics, enabling students to develop specialised expertise in areas such as critical care, complex health issues, and leadership in nursing practice. Building upon the previous year's foundation, students engage in a deeper exploration of complex adult health conditions and innovative interventions. The three additional placements in Year Two provide opportunities for students to further refine their skills in diverse clinical environments, preparing them for leadership roles in adult nursing. Our programme is committed to producing graduates who are not only clinically proficient but also compassionate, culturally sensitive, and capable of providing holistic support to adults in various healthcare settings. Join us in this dynamic two-year journey, where your passion for adult nursing will be nurtured and your potential will flourish.
What's this course all about?

1st Year

Biological and pharmacological aspects of health and well-being
Placement 1: Introduction to nursing practice
Evidence based practice, research methodology and clinical decision making.
Placement: Applying evidence in clinical practice.
Developing knowledge and skills in complex care
Placement: Integrated care for Nursing practice

2nd Year

Healthcare Management
Placement: Developing leadership and management in healthcare
Quality improvement
Placement: Improving safety and quality of care for those with complex needs in practice
Transition to practice
Placement : Transition to practice-consolidation and sign off.

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

This course is perfect if you're curious about...

The intricacies of adult nursing

Applying your passion in a dynamic and immersive learning environment

Making a tangible difference in the lives of adults facing diverse health challenges

Developing a holistic approach to care and understanding the broader factors influencing adult health

Preparing for a wide range of roles in adult nursing

What might you become?

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Adult Nurse. As a Adult nurse, you may work in various settings, including hospitals, community health centres, residential care facilities, and schools. Your responsibilities could include assessing and planning care, administering medications, providing emotional support, and advocating for the rights of individuals with physical health difficulties across the life span.

Furthermore, this programme may open doors to advanced roles such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager or supervisor, or even positions in research or policy development related to adult nursing. Additionally, you may have opportunities for further education and specialisation in specific areas or advanced practice nursing.

This programme prepares you for a fulfilling career dedicated to making a positive impact in the field of adult nursing.


How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The Adult Nursing programme at Plymouth Marjon University employs a diverse array of teaching methods to ensure a dynamic and comprehensive educational journey. This encompasses conventional approaches such as lectures, seminars, and tutorials, providing students with a strong foundation of knowledge and opportunities for interactive discussions. Additionally, e-learning platforms enhance accessibility and flexibility in study.

Our focus on Personal and Professional Development Planning empowers students to take charge of their learning. Practical skill development and exposure to industry insights are fostered through workshops, peer learning, and guest speaker sessions. Practice-based and Problem-based Learning, along with Interprofessional Learning, cultivate critical thinking and collaborative abilities. Personalised support is provided through Coaching and Mentoring, while Clinical Simulation offers a hands-on, immersive learning experience.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment is meticulously designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of students' knowledge and proficiency. This incorporates innovative tools like the ePractice Assessment Document (ePAD) and eOngoing Achievement Record (eOAR), facilitating continuous monitoring of progress and competency. Critical Reflection, Case Studies, and Essays create opportunities for in-depth analysis and the practical application of theoretical concepts. Neighbourhood Studies and Presentations promote the hands-on application and effective communication of learning.

Additionally, assessments such as Numeracy and Drug Calculation Skills In-Class Tests guarantee proficiency in vital clinical skills. The Dissertation culminates in independent research and a thorough exploration of a chosen area within mental health nursing. 

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Julie McCoy

Course leader

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Julie brings a wealth of expertise to our programme, drawing from her extensive experience as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. With a rich background in academia, primary care, emergency departments, and custody nursing, Julie offers a diverse perspective that enriches the educational experience for our students. Her commitment to excellence and her deep understanding of the complexities of nursing practice make her a valued leader in our program. Julie's dedication to shaping the next generation of nurses is evident in her dynamic teaching style and her emphasis on practical, real-world application of nursing principles. Her passion for the field and her extensive clinical experience are invaluable assets to our program, ensuring that students receive a well-rounded and comprehensive education in adult nursing. We are privileged to have Julie McCoy as our Programme Leader, and we look forward to the impact she will continue to make in the realm of nursing education.


Lecturers

Lauren Davis

Lecturer

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Paul Horne

Programme Lead for ECP and ACP

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Rebecca Horne

Pre Qualifying Healthcare Lecturer

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Sandy Knowles

Senior Lecturer

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Anne-Marie Lyons

Senior Lecturer

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Saoirse Read

Senior Lecturer

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Frequently asked questions

Q1   What resources and facilities are available to students on-campus to support me in the clinical setting?

You'll have access to a rich array of resources and state-of-the-art facilities both on-campus and in clinical settings. Our campus boasts a cutting-edge simulation suite, which replicates real-world healthcare environments. This suite includes an acute ward, providing students with hands-on experience in acute care scenarios. Additionally, there is a fully equipped GP surgery, allowing students to practice primary care skills. To further enhance practical learning, we have a residential home setup for a realistic understanding of long-term care, as well as a mock flat to simulate home-based care scenarios. These resources provide you with a diverse and immersive learning experience, ensuring you are well-prepared to excel in various healthcare settings upon graduation.

Q2   How does the university support students in terms of career guidance and job placement after graduation?

Marjon is dedicated to guiding students towards a successful and fulfilling career path after graduation. Our comprehensive career support includes personalised guidance from experienced advisors who assist in resume building, interview preparation, and job search strategies. We also facilitate networking opportunities with healthcare professionals and organisations through career fairs and networking events. Additionally, our strong industry connections and partnerships with healthcare institutions provide direct pathways to job placements. Through workshops, seminars, and masterclass networks, we ensure students have the tools and resources needed to confidently transition into the workforce and embark on a rewarding career in Mental Health nursing.

Q3   What is the learning environment like at Plymouth Marjon University, and how is diversity and inclusion valued within the programme?

The learning environment at Marjon is characterised by its inclusive, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere. We believe that diversity is not just celebrated, but integral to the fabric of our community. Our commitment to inclusivity aligns closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which emphasises the importance of a diverse healthcare workforce in delivering high-quality care. We actively foster an environment where students from all backgrounds feel valued and empowered. This approach extends into the Adult Nursing programme, where we ensure that curriculum, teaching methods, and clinical experiences reflect a range of perspectives and experiences. 

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £8,000


Fees for International students: £14,500


This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Additional costs:

Additional costs: 

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check (Annual Update Service or dated within 6 months of the start of the course)
  • Evidence that an occupational health declaration has been completed prior to starting the programme
  • Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date
  • Travel to and from placement
  • Accommodation and general living costs
  • Textbooks
  • Stationary
  • Printing/Photocopying
  • Membership of a Union (Optional but advised)
  • NMC registration on completion of the programme.
  • There may be some discretionary trips and other activities to support your studies

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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