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Fast-track to a career in nursing with the MNurse postgrad course

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If you’re currently studying or have recently completed a health science undergraduate degree and are exploring your options for your next steps, then you might be interested in what our MNurse course has to offer.  

A group of nurses are attending to a patient in the mock hospital ward

MNurse is a unique postgraduate degree which has been designed to grow the nursing workforce with the view of opening up the nursing profession to a much wider group of peopleThere are over 44,000 nursing and midwifery vacancies in the UK so the opportunities for a newly qualified Adult Nurse are immense.  

The course acts as a fast-track option available to those who already hold a health-related degree such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, paramedic science, etc. and are wishing to pursue a career in nursingThe postgraduate course takes only two years to complete compared to the traditional entry route which is a three-year undergraduate nursing programme.  

Upon successful completion of the two-year course, you will not only be awarded a masters degree in Adult Nursing, but you’ll also be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an Adult Nurse 

Who can study the MNurse course?

The course is open to anyone who holds a health-related degree at 2:2 or above, or registrants from another field of nursing. Applicants will have to demonstrate a minimum of 600 hours of theory (gained from your first degree) and 600 hours of healthcare experience to APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)/RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) out of the necessary hours for the course. The healthcare experience requried can either be gained in a professional capacity such as employment in healthcare, or through indirect means such as caring for a family member or friend. 

We also require candidates to have GCSE English and maths at Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent) to meet the NMC’s requirements for entry. 

How will I study?

You will be taught in a variety of ways through a blended learning curriculum. Blended learning combines face-to-face and online activities in a seamless and complementary flow of learning. You’ll spend time studying theory and carrying out research online, as well as going out on placement and gaining hands on skills in practical sessions in the classroom.  

Placements will make up 50% of the course and will take place at Gateshead Health NHS Trust. During the placement you’ll be assigned a clinical mentor who will be your supervisors as well as act as a means of support and guidance.  

On campus you will be part of the Sunderland School of Nursing and Health Sciences which has state-of-the-art facilities such as the Living Lab within the Science Complex which is fully equipped with specialist equipment including an interactive immersive suite, SimMan and Apollo patient simulator manakinsmock hospital wards and much more. You’ll also have access to our Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) group who are patient volunteers who help to structure our teaching and allow you the opportunity to practise your skills in a safe and controlled environment.  

For more information:

The MNurse programme has two intakes a year: April and September, with applications open now. You can find out more about the course and apply here.  

For more detailed information about the MNurse course including its key features you can contact Programme Leader, Christopher Davidson at christopher.davidson@sunderland.ac.uk  

Published: 10 November 2021

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