Nursing does require a lot of commitment and dedication, but the MSc course offers different styles of learning to suit individual needs, expectations for assignments and placements are reasonable and the staff on the course are very supportive and have excellent knowledge in the nursing field. Returning to Canterbury Christ Church for my nursing masters was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Cat, MSc Nursing student

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    This course is now closed for September 2022 entry.

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    The MSc in Nursing is an accelerated nursing course leading to registration as an Adult or Mental Health Nurse.

    Nursing is a rewarding and challenging career that can offer you a wealth of opportunities once you have qualified. As an autonomous registered nurse, in either the Adult or Mental Health field of practise, you will have the opportunity to work alongside people experiencing changes to their health and wellbeing.

    On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register your qualification with the NMC and practise as a registered nurse within your chosen field.

    Why study MSc Nursing?

    If you already have a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from any field of academic study, you can qualify as a nurse in two years on our MSc course instead of three years on a BSc Nursing degree.

    If you are unsure which field of nursing practice (Adult or Mental Health) is right for you, on our course you can apply to change your chosen field at the end of the first semester*.

    *subject to availability

    Practice Learning Experiences

    All of our Health and Social Care courses leading to professional registration require practice learning experiences (placements). Most placements are in organisations providing care and support in local communities, hospitals, and social care settings. Practice learning experiences start in the first year of your course (or the second year of study for those undertaking a Foundation Year). It is part of preparing you for the world of work and supporting you to succeed in your chosen profession.

      Entry requirements

      For the MSc Nursing (Adult/ Mental Health) you will hold a Bachelor's degree with Honours at a 2:1 in any subject or a 2:2 in a health related subject, such as Biological Sciences, Psychology or Public Health.

      You must also hold maths and English GCSE grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent.

      Prior to beginning the course you will need to have undertaken 750 hours of practice experience. You will then need to submit a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) application portfolio of evidence that documents these 750 hours and includes a CV, record of application for Disclosure Barring Scheme (DBS) and occupational health clearance and a supporting statement reflecting how these experiences have prepared you to undertake the MSc Nursing. You will be supported in preparing this portfolio by a member of the MSc programme team. This portfolio will be assessed using a predefined criteria and once successfully completed you will be offered a firm place on the programme.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Honours Degree

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      Our academic staff are registered nurses from a variety of clinical backgrounds including: primary and secondary care, oncology, psychiatry, critical care, rehabilitation services, older persons care and learning disability. We are also supported by colleagues from other academic disciplines including clinical sciences and the humanities

      Each 20 credit module involve 60 hours academic direction and 140 hours independent study. Our course uses problem based learning and clinical supervision to enable you to become a reflective and competent practitioner. Working in groups or individually you are provided with a series of problems to solve and directed towards learning materials and tasks that will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills. You will consider these issues through discussion, debate, and reading to develop a critical understanding of the role of the nurse. Please take this opportunity to explore what is meant by problem based learning so you are familiar with this method of learning

      Your independent study will include reading academic textbooks, academic journal articles and service user experience literature in addition to reflecting on your practice experiences. All this combined will enable you to undertake your academic and practice assessments.

      There will be 1600 hours of practice-based learning during the course, 760 hours in year one and 840 hours in year two. This consists of a broad range of clinical and therapeutic experiences including acute, long-term and specialist care services provided in hospitals, the persons own home, and the wider community.

      Whilst in practice you will be supported and assessed by a wide range of registered health and social care professionals who have undertaken preparation for this role. You will also receive support from your Personal Academic Tutor and Academic Assessor. You will also undertake simulated practice learning which is facilitated by our team, in addition to drawing upon the wider expertise within the Faculty.

      Your learning will be supported by access to a variety of online learning resources that will underpin and build on classroom activities, including (but not limited to): on line lectures and seminars, a virtual learning environment, narrated power points, video streaming, pod casting, directed reading materials via hyperlinks to e-books and e-library resources, online formative self-assessments and quizzes, reflective blogs, and e-portfolios. You will be directed to materials that will need to be completed prior to and following each session to ensure you are fully prepared for seminar activities, problem-based learning tasks, or the exploration of nursing theory and practice. Within university you will be directly using your independent learning to solve problems, explore concepts and challenging situations, plan care, and practise clinical skills.

      All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      I enjoy every session, particularly simulation in the new Verena Holmes building and I really look forward to completing my qualification.

      CatMSc Nursing Student

      PTES 2021

      of our Mental Health students felt the course was intellectually stimulating

      How you’ll be assessed

      Each of your modules will be assessed 50% theoretically and 50% assessed in practice by completing our practice assessment documents. A variety of theoretical assessment strategies have been included in your programme so that you can showcase your full range of academic skills including written assignments, portfolios, and presentations.

      ''The University provided me with the right resources and lecturers who are always there to support me. All you need is a good attitude towards learning and work hard.''

      Sarah, MSc Nursing student 

      PTES 2021

      of our Adult Nursing students felt fully supported by the institution during the Covid 19 pandemic

      Your future career

      Successful completion of the MSc Nursing will make you eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered adult or mental health nurse. This will open up a wide range of exciting career opportunities for you including working in specialist clinical practice, management, education, research or using your skills in the armed forces. You could also choose to travel and explore the possibility of practising overseas.

      Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto further postgraduate continuing professional development, including specialist education and PhD studies.

      Our vision for you as a future nurse is of a creative, innovative, competent, visionary nurse who places people at the centre of all you do. We've worked in partnership with service users and practice partners to ensure the MSc Nursing provides you with the best learning opportunities. The MSc Nursing uses problem based learning to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to professional nursing practice. It is essential you come to the course prepared to actively engage in this method of learning.

      Paula Kuzbit Course Director


      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500 (Overseas students will be required to cover travel costs to sites across the health sector)
      Part-time N/A N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Professional accreditation

      This MSc Nursing (Adult/ Mental Health) is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

      To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body, you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance. On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the programme director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria.

      Specialist facilities

      The Simulation Suites offer you the chance to practise nursing skills in a safe environment which replicates some areas of the clinical placements you may experience.

      Sessions in the Simulation Suites include real time practice experiences using electronic mannequins, co-teachers and actors, allowing you to participate in experiential learning, which enable clear links between theory and the practical application to be made by students.

      Industry links

      The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has close working relationships with placement providers and many of our graduates find work in our local health services.

      We work with the NHS, including the Acute and Community sectors. We also work with private and voluntary health and social care organisations.

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