Adult Nursing (pre-registration) Blended Learning MSc 2021/22 entry
Payment for Nursing students
UK students on the Adult Nursing courses starting in 2021 will receive a £5,000 per year non repayable payment from the UK government.
Successful completion of this new MSc Adult Nursing blended learning course enables graduates from a range of backgrounds to enter the nursing profession in just two years.
The course is comprised of 50% clinical placement and 50% academic learning. The blend of 95% online and 5% face-to- face academic learning aims to provide you with the flexibility to study from any location for the majority of the course. The 50% placement time will include 20% in a simulated learning environment which is also designed to allow you to undertake this from any location (subject to a suitable Wi-Fi/Internet connection).
The MSc Adult Nursing blended learning course is a two-year programme designed to respond to the current challenges in healthcare and the complex healthcare environment where advancing technologies, contemporary research and new knowledge influences and impacts on nursing practice. The course is aimed at individuals with a prior undergraduate degree and evidence of experience in health and social care. Previous undergraduate degrees may include (but are not limited to) health-related disciplines, psychology, criminology or sociology degrees.
Those with non-health-related degrees must demonstrate extensive experience in the clinical health and social care sector. It is also suitable for existing nurses looking for dual qualification. More details on the type of experience required is on the entry requirements tab on this webpage. If you would like to discuss your experience please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The face to face skills and practical teaching elements will be delivered from either Coventry, Scarborough or London campuses. We will try to accommodate your preferred choice, subject to availability.
Coventry University has extensive experience of on-line learning, utilising simulation and virtual reality with the aim to enhance teaching and learning. In a recent (2020) article in The Guardian, Coventry University was listed as one of just 6 UK universities with the capacity and will to develop high-quality online education. This recognition is supported by Coventry University being ranked top of Mooclab’s World University Rankings by MOOC Performance 2021.
Clinical placements are integral to the MSc Adult Nursing, accounting for 50% of the course.* This includes clinical practice in a healthcare setting (organised by the university) and practice learning with local practice partners. You will be expected to complete placements across four practice modules in a range of areas relevant to the disciplines of Adult Nursing such as emergency, high dependency care, community and home care delivery settings and medical/surgery acute hospital experiences. Practice assessment is divided into three parts which is designed to explore the proficiencies required to become an autonomous nurse practitioner. There will be opportunities for 20% of simulated digital experience as part of the clinical placements. This will be an online, cutting edge simulated experience where you will be fully supervised and designed so that you can work safely both individually and in small groups, with the chance to explore and assess and interventions in ‘near to real life’ clinical scenarios. The hands on elements of the clinical placements may be delivered in one of the following regions of England: Midlands, North East & Yorkshire, London, Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire, and East of England.
Upon successful completion, in addition to eligibility for NMC registration (application and additional costs apply), you will also graduate with a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited qualification in Global Professional Development in Coaching and Mentoring, if that module is successfully completed, and you will have the opportunity to apply to become a member of the CMI. (Please visit the CMI website for full details on the criteria to qualify as a member of the CMI and applicable fees).
Eligible UK and EU students on this course may be entitled to apply for a minimum £5,000 payment from the NHS Learning Support Fund (NLS Fund). For full details of the NHS Learning Support Fund (including the eligibility criteria) please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website.
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Why Coventry University?
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Accreditation and Professional Recognition:
This course is accredited by the following professional bodies:
Nursing and Midwifery Council
The course is fully accredited by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and on successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
The course currently includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited module, Global Professional Development in Coaching and Mentoring - Students who successfully complete the CMI module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will also gain a Level 7 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.
Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Your learning is designed to be enhanced by the involvement of practitioners, service users and carers in programme development and delivery. In partnership with practice and academic assessors, all students should be exposed to a variety of placements across community, acute and independent sectors.
As the pre-registration, blended learning MSc in Adult Nursing is a two-year course, there is a requirement to complete 460 practice hours through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to meet the NMC standard of nursing education of 2300 practice hours. The RPL process will credit students for 460 hours to meet the stated NMC criteria. Applicants will be supported in the RPL process.
The MSc Adult Nursing blended learning course aims to develop your skills and knowledge for the Adult Nursing field, related to the complex care issues around the mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural impairment and other co-morbidities with which patients present in the healthcare environment.
The programme aims to help you develop the knowledge, expertise and evidence-informed practice required to meet the needs of the patients’ lived experience, which embodies today's nursing and healthcare practices. It also gives you the opportunity to develop your digital skills so that you are fully equipped to work in the growing, technology based health care sector.
There are eight mandatory theory modules within the MSc in Adult Nursing bended learning.
This course uses innovative 5g virtual reality teaching. Watch the video at the top of this page to see how this helps you learn.
The delivery of theory components is through a range of theory modules which focus on extending your knowledge and cognitive skills, providing you with a sound critical, analytical and reflective approach to person-centred care delivery.
The practice component considers the knowledge base that underpins person-centred care delivery/management, and explores the range of clinical skills required to care for individuals with specific physical, psychosocial and mental health-related problems.
- Research & Evidence-Informed Nursing Practice:
The development of evidence-informed and evidence-based care from a solid research base is essential to the science of nursing care. The module content is organised to demonstrate the use of evidence within nursing and healthcare practice - for example, in governance policy/guidelines - and how they affect everyday nursing practice. The background understanding of how research is used to develop the evidence base for contemporary nursing practice will be examined by applying research principles to a clinically relevant action research project.
- Health Assessment:
The module aims to enable you to develop skills in identifying and assessing existing conditions, as well as screening for factors predisposing persons to ill health. You will have the opportunity to critically apply healthcare assessment skills used in nursing across the lifespan to formulate a person-centred plan of care.
- Clinical Decision-making:
Clinical decision-making in nursing requires an evaluation of many complex factors. In conjunction with a barrage of health-related information, the nurse needs to have the cognitive skills to appropriate this information to make decisions about the person’s care. This module aims to assist you in developing strategies for clinical decision-making in the context of person-centred care. The module content will be organised around a variety of subjects to include the professional, legal and ethical responsibility and other subject-theory domains that influence clinical decision-making.
- Therapeutic Interventions:
In health and social care environments, nurses meet people living with complex, multiple physical and mental health co-morbidities across the lifespan. Complex care necessitates treatment from multi-professional services and service user involvement in care management and care delivery. The module aim is to facilitate your development of necessary knowledge and proficiency to coordinate and manage patient-centred care in the multidimensional healthcare setting. The module content will include a critical review of the current policy and legislative documents that drive, influence and enhance the coordination of complex care.
- Research & Evidence-Informed Nursing Practice:
You have the opportunity to contribute to the health of the local community throughout the course during practice placements where you work approximately 40 hours a week. On placement you will provide a range of nursing care to people across the lifespan, and in a variety of care settings.
- Practice 1: Understanding Nursing Practice:
This module introduces you to the foundations of nursing practice in the workplace. The experience will provide you (under supervision) with learning opportunities which should begin to develop the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective holistic person- and family-centred care.
- Practice 2: Critically Review and Evaluate Nursing Practice:
This module provides a further opportunity for you to review and deliver nursing practice in the workplace critically. This experience will enable you to demonstrate and promote the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to provide safe and effective holistic person-centred care. The module is underpinned by the NMC Future Nurse Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (2018); and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Professionalism and Education (2018) for nursing and midwifery. The content and assessment will be developed and applied to the different fields of nursing and will provide you with learning opportunities in the workplace to practise nursing.
- Practice 1: Understanding Nursing Practice:
This final year of the programme consolidates the skills essential to safe and proficient care in practice. You will have the chance to develop confidence in working within a multidisciplinary, interprofessional arena, and in leadership and evidence-informed change management to promote service improvement. This is designed to enable you to be effective in your clinical work and as a future professional nurse.
- Coordinating Complex Care:
In the healthcare environment, nurses meet patients living with complex multiple physical and mental health co-morbidities across the lifespans, necessitating invasive/non-invasive treatments and multi-professional services and service user involvement in the care management and care delivery. The module aim is to facilitate your development of the necessary knowledge and proficiency to coordinate and manage patient-centred care in the multidimensional healthcare setting. The module content will include a critical review of the current policy and legislative documents that drive, influence and enhance the coordination of complex care.
- Leading and Creating Organisational Health and Wellbeing:
This module aims to provide students with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in organisations for better health and wellbeing using a range of approaches whatever the Master’s degree of specialisation they elect to follow. Students will explore for example, the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture and the impact of health and wellbeing on organisational performance in different types of organisational scenarios. Students will appraise contemporary approaches for the creation of healthy work systems with emphasis placed upon modern-day methods and the role and skills of leaders in coaching and mentoring. Ultimately, students will be given the opportunity to propose a series of recommendations to create and sustain a positive culture of health and wellbeing within an organisational context. Finally, the module requires students to reflect critically on their personal learning and development needs and how they work with others, from an ethical and professional standpoint to encourage their continuing professional development.
- Ethical, Legal Decision-making:
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the interrelationship between law and ethical healthcare practice, related to the British legal system. You will explore the areas of contention which may include but are not limited to: disagreement with caregivers, treating patients with impaired decision-making, dignity in care, assisted suicide, end-of-life/advanced directives or controversial interventions. After successfully completing the module you will be equipped to recognise and manage the ethical challenges relating to your practice, as well as the individual’s legal and ethical rights in the context of healthcare and wellbeing across a range of care settings.
- Independent Project – Service Improvement:
The module is the culmination of the programme and enables you to bring together your learning into one independent, self-directed workplace project. The aim is to produce a project that will explore service redesign, current practice-based problem/issues, policy implementation, initiatives or innovations which will impact upon or transform patient care. The project is a service improvement plan or business proposal which addresses an aspect of practice. Individual student supervision is provided to offer guidance on the right choice of project and advice on all stages of the project.
- Coordinating Complex Care:
At the end of year two, you should be deemed to be proficient in practice when you have successfully achieved the NMC (2018) practice competencies, signed off by an assessor. You should work approximately 40 hours a week as part of the placement, and the cumulative evidence must demonstrate that the student is safe and effective in practice at the end of the course.
- Practice 3: Assessing Complex Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan* :
This module provides you with further opportunities in the workplace to enable you to work more independently with less direct supervision in an increasingly proficient and confident manner in your delivery of quality holistic person and family-centred care. It will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate through your practice your potential to become an autonomous practitioner. The NMC Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018) and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Professionalism and Education (2018) for nursing and midwifery, underpins this module. The content and assessment are applied in the context of the different fields of nursing, providing students with field-specific learning opportunities in the workplace to practice nursing.
- Practice 4: Coordinating Care and Becoming the Autonomous Practitioner:
This module aims to provide you with opportunities to practice the proficiencies identified for registration as a nurse which are stipulated by the NMC (2018). This includes demonstrating your capability to lead the delivery of patient care autonomously and role model what constitutes best practice to others, positively impacting on the culture of care environments. The module is underpinned by the NMC Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018) and Realising Professionalism: Standards for Professionalism and Education (2018) for nursing and midwifery. The module content and assessment will be developed and applied contextually to the different fields of nursing.
- Practice 3: Assessing Complex Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan* :
In more detail...
The course is designed to challenge you to develop high standards of person-centred care, skills in coordinating complex care, clinical, legal and ethical decision-making, leadership and mentoring. This is complemented by research and evidence-informed practice and independent project work which is focused on, and promotes, service improvement. It aims to prepare you for the dynamic and fast changing health and social care system, which should help you to develop into an adaptable, digitally competent, reflective and compassionate practitioner.
Upon successful completion, in addition to eligibility for NMC registration (additional costs may apply), you will also graduate with a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited qualification in Global Professional Development in Coaching and Mentoring and have the opportunity to apply to become a member of the CMI (subject to application and fees). Please visit the CMI website for full details on the criteria to qualify as a member of the CMI and applicable fees).
In response to the changing climate of healthcare, this Master’s programme also offers a fast-track opportunity to those with a qualification in another nursing discipline, which is designed to build on prior experience and use the attributes achieved at Master's level to qualify in Adult Nursing
Coventry University achieved a Gold rating in the first-ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017. The TEF judging panel noted that Coventry University, where the focus is on outstanding teaching and student experience situated alongside developing research excellence, has:
• Consistently outstanding student support services to all students, in particular, those from disadvantaged backgrounds that support retention and progression
• A rigorous and critical approach to assessment and feedback that effectively supports students from all backgrounds towards progression and attainment
• An outstanding institutional culture that places emphasis on recognising and rewarding excellent teaching
• An exceptional focus on employability and developing entrepreneurship skills that are highly valued by employers.
Feedback received at BSc Pre-registration (Adult, Children and Young People's, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health) Nursing NMC approval (2019) included observations on:
• The consistency of support available from the Course Team at all levels to students from the Practice Partners and Service Users and Carers.
• The Service User and Carers involvement was exemplary. They all felt their participation made a difference to the students and themselves.
The calibre of nursing courses designed and delivered at Coventry University was demonstrated in 2019, when Coventry University was second in the quality rankings in England for BSc Adult Nursing courses.
- Access to teaching from subject and clinical experts
- Successful completion of the course give you the opportunity to enter the nursing profession in just two years.
- The opportunity to develop your digital capability and skills for the rapidly changing technology based health care sector The course delivery is cutting edge and will be using digital simulation resources, giving a real immersive experience. We are using the interactive and immersive ‘Future Learn’ platform that provides a strong student community with continual peer support. Please note that the Online Platform is subject to change. There will be 50% placement and 50% academic study time. 95% of academic studies will be delivered in a digital online environment. 20% of the clinical placement time will be provided in a simulated placement environment. This will give you the opportunity to work flexibly from any location for the majority of the course (subject to a suitable Wi-Fi/Internet connection).
- Multimillion state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice
- Interprofessional learning (IPL) with a range of students from nursing and other disciplines
- Opportunity to achieve critical thinking and complex care coordination and clinical decision-making skills
- A Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Award in Coaching & Mentoring, upon Successful completion of the Global Professional Development module.
- Successful completion of this course could improve job satisfaction through dual qualification for registered nurses
The thematic content will be appropriate to the intended purpose of the award received upon successful completion, and the professions regulating body, the NMC:
• Explore the cognitive processes of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, judgement and reflectivity for decision-making
• Opportunity to develop proficiency in assessing, evaluating and synthesising research to inform nursing practice
• Explore analytical proficiency of the political, social and ethical and legislative issues which influence and impact nursing.
Knowledge required for Professional Nursing Practice:
• Opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of knowledge/theory and application of that knowledge to inform clinical practice
• Chance to explore and demonstrate an understanding of knowledge advancement through research and the application of research concepts to improve services and care delivery.
Transferable Skills required for Professional Nursing Practice:
• Explore core nursing skills that can enable the delivery of compassionate nursing care consistent with the NMC mission statement
• Explore digital skills and capabilities
• Opportunity to develop communication skills, written, oral and presentation for professional practice
• Chance to engage in independent learning, self-motivation and time management in studies and practice
• Chance to develop leadership skills that can contribute to organisational performance.
This blended learning course can be studied full-time. It offers start dates in January, May & September.
A range of teaching and learning methods are employed in the MSc Adult Nursing bended learning programme, including lectures, clinical simulation, seminars, workshops, tutorials, practical clinical work in a practice setting and work-based learning. The teaching and learning activities are intended to engage you with the relevant theory and to facilitate understanding of the module content, to question and formulate ideas and perspectives on the subject material.
You will have support in preparation for the assessments from a variety of sources. These could include your module leaders or a subject specialist in the library resources on the course-web platforms. Furthermore, students will also have support from practice educators in the clinical placement areas which are an integral part of this programme of study. Please note that staff and the online platform is subject to change.
In addition to the teaching and learning methods, a key learning feature of the MSc Adult Nursing blended learning is independent study. This means you will have the opportunity to take the initiative and responsibility for working through the learning material and make decisions on how to collate, manage and present the information for their assessment. You are therefore expected to have the ability to make informed choices about the materials used for study, and encouraged to be proactive and self-motivated in your learning.
All assessment methods are aligned to the MSc Adult Nursing blended learning programme objectives, and the learning outcomes of each module are designed to reflect the programme objective. The theory modules include a range of different assessment methods, such as critical appraisal essays, presentations, viva-voce (oral test), reports, practice assessment and the service improvement dissertation.
A Practice Assessment Document (MYEPAD) and Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) is designed to enable you to provide evidence for the acquisition of the core clinical nursing skills and field-specific skills.
On successful completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration as an Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a registered professional in nursing (subject to additional costs).
This is a full-time course and you are expected to attend teaching online for a minimum of two and a half days each week during term time. You will be required to attend face-to-face practical and skills based teaching sessions for a total of ten days over the two years.
There are four practice modules which equate to six placements throughout the two-year course; these modules are mandatory, and attendance is a necessity to meet the practice hours requirement for NMC registration.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
You must pass all modules to meet the eligibility requirement for professional registration with the NMC.
Applicants for the MSc in Adult Nursing blended learning should ideally hold a good honours degree of 2:2 or above in a health-related study.
However, applications with other degrees and relevant care experience will also be considered on an individual basis.
You will also need to demonstrate 460 hours of providing care which would normally qualify as practice hours by the Nursing & Midwifery Council. Care encompasses meeting the physiological and psycho-social needs of the physically ill, mentally ill, and disabled people of all ages, in all healthcare and other community settings. It includes activities such as washing, dressing, feeding or toileting of an individual, as well as nursing intervention procedures. This must have been
You will also require GCSE Grade 4/C or above in English and Maths.
This must have been achieved in a formal workplace environment in either a paid or voluntary role within the last 3 years. Please contact email@example.com if you are unsure whether your experience meets the requirements above.
Satisfactory health clearance and enhanced criminal record disclosure is also required. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. You will also be required to provide information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore recommend that you are fully vaccinated including the COVID-19 vaccine. The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility to go on placement(s). Placements are provided at the placement provider’s discretion. The University is therefore unable to guarantee the provision of placements or the location and type of placement offered.
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.
£9,250 (per year)
We offer a variety of scholarships to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.
Eligible UK and EU students on this course may be entitled to apply for a minimum £5,000 payment from the NHS Learning Support Fund (NLS Fund).
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans:
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans:
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
Successful completion of the course is a strong indication to potential employees that you have both the ability and the academic characteristics required for working in a variety of clinical Adult Nursing settings.
The programme is developed to position you, upon successful completion, for an accelerated career pathway to potentially become a future nursing leader, clinical expert, educator or researcher within the profession.
Where our graduates work
For nursing provision there is a national shortage of nurses and so employment prospects for graduates are good, in a variety of clinical/specialist areas in a range of public and private healthcare settings. It may be possible to use your qualification to work overseas, which would be subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.