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MSc Adult Nursing

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

If you are a compassionate, kind and caring person who wants a career where you can make a real difference, then nursing could be for you. You’ll become part of a team that works to offer outstanding patient-centred care, guiding your patients through their most vulnerable moments and making a difference to their lives.

With BNU, you’ll benefit from our combined learning approach of theory and practice, supportive and experienced course team, and our specialist facilities. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Why study this subject?

As an adult nurse, you can make a real difference to people’s lives. You’ll work with adults across all ages with one or more long or short-term physical health conditions, such as injuries from an accident, heart disease, cancer or diabetes. You’ll need to plan and deliver the most appropriate care and be their advocate in order to get the best possible results for your patients.

You can choose to work in a variety of settings, including hospital wards in NHS Trusts, patient homes and private clinics. You’ll join a dedicated and hardworking team, and work with other professionals across a variety of teams, from occupational therapists, healthcare assistants to pharmacists and radiographers.

As an adult nurse, you won’t just be caring for the patient, you’ll need to work closely with, and support, family members and carers.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our MSc in pre-registration Adult Nursing is designed for high achieving graduates, recognising that you’ll bring transferable academic skills, healthcare experience and valuable life experience to your studies.

This fast-track two-year degree programme integrates postgraduate academic study alongside practice-based learning. It is underpinned by a strong collaboration between the University, service users (experts by experience) and our NHS practice partners, helping you to gain the knowledge and skills you need for your future career in adult nursing.

We will support and nurture you throughout the programme, so you can become compassionate, proficient, confident, and digitally-able registered adult nurses. We will also prepare you for future leadership and specialist roles within the integrated care system. 

As professional nurses and educators, staff bring a wealth of clinical expertise and research activity. An existing and expanding portfolio of health and social care courses, including midwifery, physiotherapy, operating department practitioner, social worker, physician associate as well as specialist community and public health nurses, provide opportunities for inter-professional learning.

In addition, expert specialist nurses regularly deliver tailored sessions and service users (experts by experience) also support on the programme. This will allow you to benefit from their experiences and expertise, insights and perspectives to enhance your learning.

On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a registered adult nurse in the UK.

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What facilities can I use?

At our Uxbridge Campus, in West London, we have impressive facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll get to recreate real scenarios in realistic ‘wards’ so when you’re out on placement you’ll be familiar with your surroundings and be confident in your adult nursing skills.

With our simulation facilities, you’ll be able to learn and practice with equipment that is as close to the real thing as possible, enabling you to build your skills and knowledge in a safe and supportive environment.

The simulation areas are equipped to a national standard of excellence. Our facilities offer a high-fidelity environment, which includes the use of NHS approved consumables, genuine functioning equipment and a combination of actors and technology enhanced manikins. The essential element of de-brief in simulation is undisputed; audio/visual technology is available and widely used by the teaching teams to enhance feedback to learners.

What will I study?

During your time on the programme, you'll be working alongside experienced health care professionals who will help you to become a caring, confident and practice-ready adult nurse.

We will help give you the skills and knowledge you need so you will be able to identify the priorities and requirements for evidence-based, person-centred nursing interventions and support, evaluating mental, physical, cognitive, behavioural, spiritual, and social needs.

We will also enable you to master a diverse range of culturally sensitive communication and relationship management skills to ensure that individuals, families, and their carers are actively involved in, and understand, care decisions.

To complement the theoretical study, you will spend time out on practice. The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include:

We also have a range of non-home-base placements in different fields, such as:

  • BMI Clementine Churchill
  • BUPA Bushey
  • Nursing homes
  • Medihome
  • Learning disabilities facilities
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How will I be taught and assessed?

To help you develop the skills and knowledge you need for your future career as an adult nurse, we adopt a range of teaching methods, such as:

  • seminar-based teaching
  • lectures
  • authentic scenarios and case studies
  • presentations
  • simulation scenarios in the simulation suites facilities on campus.

You will also benefit from online teaching and learning, such as discussion boards and interactive web-based response system. We will also expect you to undertake independent study, utilising a range of e-resources and e-tools including:

  • the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • professional websites
  • online numeracy assessment and education
  • online assignment submission
  • academic databases
  • library e-resources.

You will also be introduced to social media alongside e-professionalism, as a tool for online networking and learning, supporting a community of practice. 

Simulation, utilising our impressive facilities at our Uxbridge Campus, will help build your expertise and develop the behaviours you’ll need in your future career as an adult nurse.

Nursing simulation incorporates the use of human patient simulators in virtual ‘real-life’ healthcare environments and situations. Within this learning environment, real-time evolving clinical situations can be simulated, repeated and evaluated, using reflection and debriefing, reducing the risk of patient harm. This will help build your confidence as well as develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills and help you gain proficiency in essential adult nursing skills.

The use of simulation to assist in the development and assessment of clinical skills ensures that you are better prepared for practice learning and is not counted as practice hours. It allows you to use time in the practice learning environment more effectively for application and refinement of your skills. Simulation activities also help to develop your interpersonal, communication and decision-making skills.

You will be able to apply your academic knowledge to your practice experiences, supported by practice supervisors, assessors, practitioners, and link lecturers. You will also be allocated to a range of placement learning experiences to meet NMC requirements and reflect the demand for integrated health and social care workforce planning.

With BNU, you are supported every step of your journey towards becoming a proficient and caring adult nurse. There’s a range of support services you can access across the University. You’ll also be able to turn to personal tutors, module leaders and course leaders for advice and guidance. In practice,  you will remain supported by personal tutors and course leaders, in addition to practice supervisors, practice assessors and academic assessors.

Assessment will include:

  • reflective writing 
  • reports
  • essays  
  • oral assessment and presentations  
  • numeracy exams  
  • short answer question exam 
  • OSCE (Observed structured Clinical Examination)  
  • practice assessments  
  • research proposal.

We ensure that the assessments are varied and relevant to the practical elements of the course and your future profession, helping to give you the skills and knowledge for your future career as an adult nurse.

The MSc in Adult Nursing is a full-time course, based on 40 hours of learner activity each week over 90 weeks. The 180-credit programme is made up of 1,800 theory hours and 1,800 clinical practice hours. As per NMC regulatory standards (NMC, 2018) with the addition of RPL the course meets the required minimum total hours of 4,600. 

MSc Adult Nursing Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

To study this course, you will need to have obtained the following:

  • Classification of 2:1 or above in any subject/discipline OR consideration will be given to applicants who have: Classification of 2:2 in a subject with relevant content and experience, e.g., sociology; psychology; physiology; bio- chemistry; health studies or social work.  
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language or literature, mathematics, and a science subject  
  • For students, whose first language is not English, there is a requirement to achieve an IELTS tariff of 7 with no individual component below 6.5
  • Evidence of study within the previous five years.    
  • Establish digital and technological literacy on application.
Additional Requirements

If successful at interview you will be required to complete the following as part of the condition of your offer:

  • Verified evidence of 500 hours of related clinical practice in the last 3 years. This will be demonstrated through an enhanced CV
  • A reflective essay demonstrating Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Further details and guidance will be provided upon successful interview.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day.

Applications are made through UCAS.

All offers are subject to Academic, successful RPL, Enhanced CV, satisfactory Occupational Health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The government has said it will remove the proposed legal requirement to have COVID-19 vaccinations to work, or attend placements, in health and social care. We & our practice partners continue to encourage you to get vaccinated for your & others' safety.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£15,000 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising and skilled leaders and support you in your search to find employment after graduation. For more information, have a look at our Careers and Employability section.

On successful completion of the MSc in Adult Nursing, you'll graduate as a registered nurse and will be able to practice in the UK or explore opportunities of working abroad in the future.

Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they completed their placements at, and we are currently seeing a demand for adult nurses across the NHS Trusts we work with.

Nursing is a broad area and you'll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:

  • staff nurse working in an acute or rehabilitation centre
  • practice nurse working in a GP surgery
  • community nurse, for example district nurse
  • working in nursing homes
  • working with private health care providers
  • prison nursing
  • the armed forces
  • nurse researcher.

You can also choose from a range of professional courses or short courses to help you specialise in different areas of nursing and continue your professional development.

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