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MNurs (Hons) Masters in Nursing (Adult)

Equip yourself to become a nursing leader of the future with our exciting and innovative Masters course.

Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2020

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4 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

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Join some of the brightest and best students preparing to become the nursing leaders of the future. 

The future nursing workforce needs advanced leadership, and higher level clinical and analytical skills.

Our four-year course leading to a Masters in Nursing and first level registration as a nurse has been designed with this in mind. It will equip you with the confidence and ability to think critically, apply knowledge and skills, and provide expert, evidence-based, direct nursing care.

As a nursing student in the Department of Health Sciences, you’ll be joining some of the brightest and best students preparing to become the nursing leaders of the future. Based in a Department renowned for its cutting edge research into healthcare practice and policy, you'll study a scientific, research-informed curriculum in world-class facilities. With an equal balance of theory and clinical learning ​throughout your course, you'll be supported to develop high-calibre clinical skills across a diverse range of exciting practice placements. 


After completing this degree students will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK.

Clinical partners

We've partnered with Health and Social Care providers across North Yorkshire to produce this course

Taught by experts

Staff are active in research and your teaching is informed by the latest developments

Course content

Our courses are based around four central themes. Each theme covers an essential part of the knowledge you need to understand health and to be able to provide effective care. 

Biosciences and Pharmacology

This theme will help you to build solid understanding of the biological makeup of a healthy person, and then apply this knowledge as you explore how ill health and disease affect the body and mind.

Psychological and sociological aspects of health and ill-health

You'll explore how we view and understand health, while reflecting on how culture and community affect these perceptions. You’ll also examine how health education can be used throughout people’s lives, and discuss how ethical and legal issues inform healthcare.

Professional development and evidence-based practice

You’ll work on broadening your emotional intelligence and develop your ability to reflect on your own work. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of what’s expected from you as an effective nursing practitioner.

Application to nursing practice

You’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action during a number of placements in a variety of settings across the region. Our dedicated practice learning team will work with you every step of the way to make sure you get the most out of these experiences

Year 1

You'll focus on developing your understanding of health and wellbeing. You'll also gain a solid grounding in healthcare practice, and consider the role of nursing within health and social care. 

Core modules

You'll study five core modules: 

  • Biology and Pharmacology in Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Professional Development in Nursing: Introduction to Nursing Evidence (20 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 2 (30 credits)

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll focus on ill-health and disease while developing your knowledge of quality care. You'll learn how to take a person-centred approach to healthcare, considering an individual's personal experience of ill-health when deciding how to care for them.

Core modules

You'll study five core modules: 

  • Biological Basis of Illness across the Lifespan (20 credits)
  • Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Ill-health (20 credits)
  • Professional Development in Nursing: Evidence Based Nursing for Practice (20 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 3 (30 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 4 (30 credits)

Year 3

You'll focus on working with individual with complex needs, learning how to plan person-centred care in a variety of settings. You'll solidify your knowledge of safe practice, developing a secure understanding of how to evaluate information and take appropriate action to address risk. 

Core modules

You'll study five core modules: 

  • Person-centred Consultation and Physical Assessment Skills (20 credits)
  • Applying Psychological and Sociological Aspects to Complex Care (20 credits)
  • Professional Development in Nursing: Leading and Managing Change (20 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 5 (30 credits)
  • Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 6 (30 credits)

Year 4

You'll spend your final year learning how to use evidence to inform your practice, and finish the year ready to become a leader in your field. 

Core modules

You'll study three core modules: 

  • Dissertation - Advancing Evidence-based Practice (40 credits)
  • Advancing Evidence-based Practice - Implementing Research into Practice (20 credits)
  • Enhanced Knowledge Applied to Nursing Practice 7 (30 credits)

Option modules

You'll also choose one of the following modules: 

  • Enhanced Psychosocial Skills (30 credits)
  • Enhanced Patient Assessment and Clinical Decision-making Skills (30 credits)

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Engage in compassionate and reflective practice, taking accountability for your own actions and those you lead.
  • Work in partnership at an advanced level with individuals, families, communities and other professionals to promote health and maintain quality of life.
  • Assess individuals with complex needs to diagnose and plan person-centred care in a variety of settings, and across the lifespan, based upon your enhanced knowledge, skills and expertise.
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize evidence to inform leadership and nursing practice.
  • Lead, manage, inspire and support staff and teams across a range of care settings.
  • Access, assess and evaluate information and take appropriate action to address risk, ensure safe practice and improve quality including at a strategic and organisational level.
  • Develop, coordinate and lead care across a range of organisations and settings.
  • Communicate effectively in an accessible way with individuals, professionals and wider organisations, using a range of techniques and strategies.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 tbc

Additional costs

Costs for uniform provision, Occupational Health Screening, and Disclosure and Barring Service checks are included in your student fees. You will have to meet the costs of uniform replacement or missed occupational health appointments. You will also have to pay for Professional Association Fees (Indemnity) which is covered in the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) or Unison Student Membership which is approximately £30. Placements are compulsory and can incur costs, which will depend on what you choose to do. Please note that this information is subject to change for students starting in 2019, you should refer to the Departmental webpage for up to date Fees and Finance advice.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our focus is on making your learning relevant to your nursing practice. You’ll benefit from a combination of tutor support, practice supervisor guidance in placements and excellent teaching facilities to help you get the very best out of your time in York.

Teaching staff will help and support you to develop your skills. You will learn via lectures, seminars and working groups.

You will undertake a variety of practice experiences that will help to build and shape your knowledge and skills. Placements could be with partner organisations outside the city of York where some travel is required. You will work with a diverse range of people from different cultures who live in a variety of environments.

Practice experience will be gained over the full 24 hours; you will be required to work a complete pattern of shifts, including nights and weekends, early and late shifts.

You will split your time equally between attending lectures and seminars on campus and working out on placement with one of our clinical partners.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. The expectation is that full-time nursing students will spend around 4600 hours learning throughout their course.


Our superb Clinical Simulation Unit (CSU) is a safe and supportive environment where you can develop and enhance your clinical skills and contains much of the healthcare equipment you will find in any modern hospital. Here you will be exposed to the most up-to-date procedures and technologies under safe and supervised conditions. 

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences, on Campus West. Most of your contact hours will be in Alcuin college, with some additional teaching at various other locations on Campus West.

You will also undertake practice placements as part of this course. The placements will be assigned by the department and you will be supported by a link lecturer and practice mentor. These practice placement experiences will cover a range of nursing and healthcare settings from hospital, community and private and voluntary sector. They can be across the whole of the North Yorkshire region. You will have to fund travel costs to placements, although you may be eligible for some travel cost reimbursement. Please see our frequently asked questions page for more information.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed throughout the course in both theory and practice elements. You will have to successfully complete all areas to be able to progress.

A variety of assessment methods, including presentations, essays, reports, simulated scenarios and examinations will be used. Individual written assessment feedback will be provided to you for every piece of assessed work with the exception of closed examinations. Feedback may also be provided verbally. Verbal feedback can be on a one-to-one basis with an academic member of staff or delivered to you as part of a group exercise.

Careers and skills

At York we aim to develop and nurture the nursing leaders of the future.  Students from the Department of Health Sciences have an excellent record in achieving immediate employment after completion of their course. Most students go into careers with NHS trusts in North Yorkshire and in other areas of northern England as well as other NHS organisations in the UK.

Typical first posts are as band 5 staff nurses in the NHS, although some do go into employment in social care and independent sector organisations.

Career opportunities

  • Practice nursing
  • District nursing
  • Health visiting and public health
  • Research nurse
  • Theatre nurse
  • Ward nurse
  • High-dependency nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency and first contact care
  • Nurse consultant
  • University lecturer
  • Modern matron
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical educator
  • Chief nurse
  • Humanitarian aid worker

Transferable skills

  • The ability to work within partnerships
  • Self-directed, independent learning skills
  • The ability to facilitate change and service improvement
  • The ability to reflect on practice
  • The ability to lead care within a wide multidisciplinary team

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

Three A levels at grades ABB. Please note we do not accept General Studies.

GCSEs You should already hold GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (at Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent qualifications at the point of application.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 30 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failed to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the course.
BTEC We accept a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels. BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDM For the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Early Years we require DDD
Cambridge Pre-U Pass with M2 in three Principal Subjects/Global Perspectives
European Baccalaureate 75% overall average
International Baccalaureate 34
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers Scottish Advanced Highers: AB + AABBB, Scottish Higher (without AH): AAABB
Other qualifications

Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact the department for more information.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualification:

IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Please note that international students are not currently eligible to apply for this course.

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