Oxford Brookes University

Nursing, Adult (pre-registration)

This 3 year pre-registration Master's degree gives students the chance to undertake an adult nursing course leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Adult Nursing, informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field. Students will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in their chosen field and more broadly will be enquiry focused, reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware.

Entry requirements

Honours degree 2.2 or above (or equivalent), preferably in a health or science related subject. Applications from graduates with non-health related degrees may also be considered. GCSE maths, science and English at Grade C or above, or equivalent. 2 recent references, at least 1 academic. Experience of paid or voluntary work within a health care environment, or relevant to the applicant's chosen field. Successful performance in the selection process (including an individual interview). Occupational health clearance and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Applicants may be able to enter directly into year 2 of the course if they have accreditation for prior (experiential) learning (APEL), which may include having a degree in a health or nursing-related subject. All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice. An IELTS score of 7.0 (minimum score of 6.5 in each component) for all applicants whose 1st language is not English. This course is not available to students classed as international for fees purposes.

Course modules

Year 1: Introduction to person-centred care; developing person-centred care; development of the human body and mind; life sciences for healthcare professionals; applied life sciences for adult nurses; professional practice experience 1 (adult nursing). Year 2: Applied research methods; experience of health and illness 1; experience of health and illness 2; complex and challenging issues in adult nursing practice; professional practice experience � adult nursing. Year 3: Operational management in health and social care or: leadership in health and social care; dissertation; medicines management for adult nursing; nursing management: adult nursing consolidation; independent study practice orientated.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Written work, including critical appraisals; reflective work and case studies. Some assignments will also require work to be presented to the faculty staff and peers. Assessment of practice learning occurs both within the 'practice modules' - Professional Practice Experience (PPE) modules and also in the 'practice-related' modules.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 3 years
MSc Part-time - 8 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Marston Road Campus Oxford OX3 0FL South East
Ferndale Campus Swindon SN2 1HL South West

Key information

Adult Nursing (Pre- Registration)
Telephone number: 
01865 482588