MSc Adult Nursing with Registered Nurse Status

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode

Full-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 22/23

Home (full-time, per year): £9,250

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About this course

Join our accelerated two-year degree programme to qualify as a Registered Adult Nurse. You must hold an undergraduate degree (Level 6) in any field to apply.

  • 'Best Student Experience' Winner, Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 & ‘Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)’, Student Nursing Times Awards 2018
  • Clinical work experience with four placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings
  • £4m invested in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6m developing professional-standard clinical practice suites
  • While on placement, you will have a dedicated study day each week giving you the opportunity for contact and support at all times
  • £5,000 per year grant as standard for Adult Nursing students living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus


You may also be interested in MSc Child Nursing or MSc Mental Health Nursing.

If you don't hold an undergraduate degree, please visit our BSc (Hons) Nursing pages: Adult, Child, Mental Health

This course is also available as a degree apprenticeship with selected partners, open to their current employees only. If you work for an NHS Trust or organisation and would like to learn more about our nursing degree apprenticeships, please contact our Admissions Team: 

Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 Winner

Professional body recognition

All of LJMU's pre-registration Nursing programmes are accredited by the professional body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Fees and funding


The funding you can apply for if you decide to study on an MSc Nursing programme at LJMU depends on where in the UK you normally live and your fee status.

If you normally live in England, you can apply for undergraduate funding for the MSc nursing course.  This means you will receive a tuition fee to cover your fees in full and also a loan for your living costs. See our undergraduate funding web pages for more information. Be sure to apply for undergraduate funding when you apply.

If your permanent home is in Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland then you will need to apply for postgraduate funding for this course. See our postgraduate funding web pages for more information.

If you need help with your fees or funding then please get in touch with one of our Money Advisers

NHS Learning Fund (LSF)

The NHS LSF offers support for:

  • a Training Grant for all eligible students of £5,000 per academic year
  • Parental Support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs (this used to be called Child Dependants Allowance)
  • reimbursement of excess costs incurred on practice placement for travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
  • students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

You can find a guide to the grants on the LSF website, along with information about eligibility criteria.

Other costs

Travel costs to placements and parking if using a car whilst on placement. However, you may be able to claim reimbursement of travel costs through the Learner Support Fund provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform, which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so. International experiences may incur costs.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

93% of our adult nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within 15 months of graduating ( - figures for BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing)

With our new MSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, you will enjoy exciting career opportunities and professional development pathways.

There are a growing number of nurse specialist posts in some clinical areas too. Some graduates prefer to pursue careers in teaching, research or management, or continue their studies with a postgraduate research programme, such as a PhD.

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Successful completion of the degree allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. This can lead to careers in the health sector at home or abroad and in the private and voluntary sectors. 

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

In order to meet the NMC requirements, all of your modules are Core. This means all students on the course study them.

We're in the process of finalising our module content - please check back for updates, or contact us at if you would like to be sent a notification when they're available.

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An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

As a nursing student, you are required to complete 4,600 hours to meet the NMC requirements; 50% of this is theory and 50% is clinical practice. 

Your Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) accounts for 770 hours of theory and 770 practice hours. This represents a third of the required hours. You will complete the remaining hours during the two years of your MSc Nursing programme.

This means that you will have seven weeks of holiday a year, and may have to attend sessions outside the normal university hours of 9am to 5pm.

Teaching methods

As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor, and will meet with them regularly throughout each year. Your personal tutor will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.

You will be taught by clinically credible staff and those who are research active, along with experienced nurses and health care professionals, who will help you to develop both clinically and intellectually during the programme.

A lot of your learning in our newly refurbished and extended Faculty of Health flagship building, Tithebarn Building. Tithebarn is home to our hospital-standard clinical practice suites, modern seminar rooms, lecture theatres and skills labs. 

You may also have lectures in Marybone, which is just across the street from Tithebarn.

Blocks of academic study can be up to six weeks depending on what point in the programme you are at. 

You'll participate in seminars, tutorials and lectures, undertaking both group work and individual assignments.

Applied learning

Clinical practice is a vital element of this professionally accredited MSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status (Adult) degree, and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU.

You will complete clinical practice placements in a variety of settings, including hospital and out of hospital settings, and in simulated practice placements in our new state of the art clinical simulation suites. 

During your clinical practice placements, you will work 30 hours a week and will have a weekly study day of 7.5 hours.

During your clinical placements you will work alongside experienced nurses and registered healthcare professionals and be supervised by practice assessors and supervisors, as well as having the support of academic link lecturers.

Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from student support workers if you need it. All new students coming in to the faculty will have a student mentor allocated to them. Student Mentors are second and third year students who have been selected and trained to mentor new students in all aspects of university life. The student mentor service offers an exciting opportunity for personal and professional development. 

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Underpinning all aspects of your course is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

Adult nurses care for adults of all ages in both acute and long term care. On the MSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse Status (Adult), you will gain the skills, experience and confidence to be an effective healthcare professional, with particular aptitude in key areas such as caring, counselling, managing, teaching and interpersonal skills, which are essential to improving patient care and quality of life.

You will have plenty of opportunities for hands-on practice within a variety of settings including the traditional hospital environment and also the community such as nursing homes, home environments, clinics and treatment rooms, and our new simulated clinical practice suites. This experience will give you vital skills in assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating patient care and needs.

You will also become proficient in measuring and recording physiological observations, moving and handling, resuscitation, drug administration, communication skills and personal hygiene delivery so that by the time you qualify, you will have the confidence to deal with real patients in the NHS, private and voluntary settings right from the minute you start your professional career.

If you are excited by the idea of seeing how health care delivery works in other countries, there may be opportunities to study in other countries. 

Our students say:

"Since starting my Degree I have had the most enjoyable and eye opening experience. Each day really is a new day. My aim is to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and I know that  each day I get one step closer and I will achieve my goal. The support at Liverpool John Moore's has and is second to none from all staff to other students everybody supports one another."

- Derren Kelly, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing year 2 student

"I came into adult nursing hoping to make a difference to people’s lives. I came to Liverpool John Moores University and I never expected them to change mine in the amazing way they have. The staff have supported me, the nurses have supported me and as have my fellow nursing students. The opportunities I have had to go abroad  and the many placement opportunities available have made me feel I can be the best nurse I can be. The open door policy has been more than I could wish for as a mature student. Liverpool John Moores has helped me make my dreams come true and I am so excited for my future as an Adult Nurse."

- Laura Gildea, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing year 2 student

Choosing nursing at LJMU has completely changed my life and perspectives. This programme has given me so many opportunities that have helped me develop as a person while on the course. Go for it and don’t doubt your potential!

- Sarina Mostagini, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

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"LJMU have supported me in doing things I never thought I could, guiding me, and helping me reach my full potential. LJMU has a quality of teaching staff that with a mixture of practical sessions, interactive lessons, group work and lectures, the learning is relevant to an ever changing career. With a personal tutor, you have someone to discuss issues, career prospects and your work." 

- Hope McNulty, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, 3rd year student (pictured above)


How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will always be readily available from your individual module tutors should you need advice or guidance at any time. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Assessment is through a combination of practice placements, exams, essays and assignments and presentations.

There will also be clinical assessment, which will be undertaken whilst in clinical practice where you will be assessed by practice supervisors and assessors.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A first honours degree (normally 2:2 or above) in any subject - it does not need to be related to allied health
  • English and Maths GCSE at grade A* - C / 4-9 (please contact our Admissions team if you have equivalent qualifications)
  • Any overseas qualifications should be equivalent to UK qualifications which meet our entry requirements. If you have completed your degree outside the UK, we will require a clear copy of your degree documentation to ensure NARIC comparability. Please note that all applicants who are invited to interview will be required to present their original degree documentation
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0, including at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. The university may be able to accept alternative English Language qualifications from applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a case by case basis in line with the appropriate Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 770 hours healthcare experience (approximately six months full-time work) in your chosen field within the past 5 years.  This can be through either paid or voluntary work, but must be verifiable by a supervisor or line manager.
Please be advised that degree, Maths, English (including IELTS if required) and 770 hours of experience is required at the point of application.

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All applicants are required to make a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim to demonstrate how their previous care experience and graduate studies have equipped them to undertake an accelerated nursing programme. 

RPL to the MSc Nursing programme will be 770 hours practice and 770 hours theory, equalling 1,540 hours in total.

Occupational English Test (OET)

We’ll accept an OET examination certificate that confirms you achieved:

  • at least a grade C+ in the writing section
  • at least a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking section
International applicants who require a student visa are not eligible to apply for the course.

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PLEASE NOTE: We are currently closed to new applications for January 2022 entry. UCAS is now open for applications to our next intakes - September 2022 and January 2023.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

Applications are made via - visit the MSc Adult Nursing UCAS course page and click the Apply button. 

The UCAS course code is PAD1 and the LJMU institution code is L51.

You will need to register for a UCAS account and pay the applicable UCAS application fee.

You must meet the NMC's 'health and character' requirements.

Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination: We will contact you directly to undertake this. 

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB): We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at

In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.

LJMU is required to transfer data to third party professional organisations as required to complete a professional award.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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