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Undergraduate Study

MSci Nursing (Adult or combined Adult and Mental Health)

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code B700
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2022
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Nursing

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Typical offer

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A levels: ABB
IB: 32/655

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBC
IB: 28


  • You will have access to fast-track careers within the NHS and beyond
  • You’ll experience a multi-disciplinary approach, learning alongside other disciplines within the University’s College of Medicine and Health and in clinical placements
  • Non-repayable maintenance grant between £5-8k per year
  • Option for dual qualification as an Adult Nurse and specialist Mental Health Nurse

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Elective placement opportunities in the UK and abroad


Option for dual qualification as an Adult Nurse and specialist Mental Health Nurse

*subject to additional mental health modules in years three and four 

Hands-on practical training in real clinical environments

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level ABB n/a
IB 32/655 n/a
GCSE C or 4 GCSE Maths and English at grade C or 4, or above.
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBC
IB: 28

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other UK, EU and International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Will there be an interview?

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview between February and March.

The interview will be in the multiple mini-interview format. This will consist of seven or eight stations and will include face-to-face interviews.

As part of the interview day, candidates will have the opportunity to attend a campus tour.

A short period for discussion with a member of staff will also be available, during which queries regarding the programme can be answered.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and offers will be made shortly after an interview has taken place.

Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not attend an interview.

Please see the MSci Nursing Admissions Process Policy(pdf) for full details on our admissions selection process.

Are there any non-academic requirements? 

All successful applicants after interview will be required to complete a health questionnaire and those accepting an offer will be screened by our Occupational Health Department.

The College of Medicine and Health requires all nursing students to be immunised against certain infectious diseases to meet health and safety standards required to work with patients. We will require students to provide evidence of two MMR jabs, and in addition undergo tests to determine their Hepatitis B surface antigen, TB and HIV status.

Enrolled nursing students will be unable to undertake their studies without evidence of completion of the vaccination process.

As you may be working with vulnerable people in a variety of clinical settings throughout the degree programme, all offers are conditional upon a Criminal Conviction Self Declaration and an enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau). We will review all significant reports of convictions, cautions and verbal warnings and decide on a candidate’s suitability to enter the programme.


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Course content

Our Nursing programme was new for 2019 entry and is a four-year course leading to an MSci Nursing degree and registration as an Adult nurse, with the possibility for some students to achieve a dual registration in Adult and Mental Health Nursing.

Nurses make healthcare. As healthcare is changing in the UK and around the world, the role of nurses is changing too. Nurses are occupying more and more senior positions across the healthcare sector – in management, policy-making, research and education. And, of course, nurses continue to be at the forefront of treating patients, in all sorts of settings; from working in ultra-modern super hospitals, to caring for the vulnerable at home, to providing critical support in refugee camps or countries affected by natural disasters.

Our aim is for Exeter Nurses to be outstanding in all areas of nursing, and healthcare more widely. The University of Exeter is committed to developing the future of nursing, and our radical vision is reflected in the structure and content of this programme.

The programme is structured around Exeter’s unique ‘six pillars’ of nursing: patient and public involvement; fundamental essentials of nursing care; evidence for practice; no health without mental health; leadership and management of healthcare; global health. By the time you have completed your studies you will be able to take your place anywhere as a highly professional nurse capable of leading exceptional, comprehensive, person centred and evidence-based care in a true partnership with the people you are caring for.


Fifty percent of your time will be spent in clinical practice. The Academy of Nursing has four key NHS practice learning partners:
• Devon Partnership NHS Trust (Mental Health and Learning Disability Services)
• Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (Acute, Community and Specialist Services)
• Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (Acute, Community and Specialist Integrated Healthcare Services)
• Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (Acute and Community Services, Adult Social Care)

The three main hospitals sites that you may be placed at are: The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, Torbay Hospital in Torquay and North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. You will also have a variety of Community and Primary Care placements throughout Devon. Additionally, there may be the opportunity for placements in the Private, Voluntary or Independent Healthcare sector.

Placements are organised in blocks that range from seven to eleven weeks. By the end of year one you will have had exposure to mental health and primary care settings, as well as two core practice placements in an acute hospital setting. By the end of year two you will have had exposure to mental health, learning disability, child, maternity and primary care settings, as well as three core practice placements in acute or community settings. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a four week elective practice learning experience, in the UK or abroad (Europe/ US/ Australia/ Central America). In years three and four you will complete two core placements each year that are relevant to your chosen programme pathway.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The first year of your MSci is an exciting introduction to the world of modern nursing. You will study and get hands-on experience across the Six Pillars of Nursingdeveloping the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that will be the foundation for the rest of your working life as a registered nurse.  


Tuition fees for 2022 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £25,000 per year

Funding for studying Nursing

In December 2019 the UK government announced that students studying undergraduate nursing degrees will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant for each year of study. This grant will not need to be paid back. 

Potential extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year will be available for eligible students. This includes £1000 for those studying in an area of shortage specialism, including mental health nursing Find out more


The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

We have designed this unique programme to include a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. We will use the best techniques, to produce the best nurses.

You will learn through a varied and challenging programme of lectures, workshops, seminars, small group teaching and learning in both simulated and real clinical environments.

We will give you plenty of opportunity to practise your knowledge and skills, as you work closely with professionals in the Clinical Skills Resource Centre and our purpose built simulated ward. You will be supported by practice supervisors in your clinical practice.

By the end of year two, you will have had the opportunity to practise, in clinical simulations and in real clinical practice, all the communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures outlined in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses.

At the end of year two, you will have the opportunity to take a four-week elective practice learning experience, in the UK or abroad.

With the help of an elective tutor, you will choose and organise your own practice placement according to your interests and/or learning needs, and negotiate an individual learning contract.

Year 3 focuses on developing your understanding of complex care processes, interventions, organisation and delivery of care. You will choose a focus on either adult or joint adult and mental health fields of nursing.

Year four  is an exciting and unique year; this year is where you can subject to achieving all of the required standards and proficiencies you can register with the NMC as an Adult Nurse or dual registration of Adult and Mental Health Nurse. Year four also allows you to continue moulding your education to meet your career aspirations and plans by choosing from a selection of modules.


You are assessed at Exeter via Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, essays, case studies, examinations and in clinical practice settings.

Clinical practice is assessed using a range of proficiencies which will be detailed in a Practice Assessment Document. These proficiencies are prescribed by the NMC and form the basis of discussion and assessment during each clinical practice placement. The proficiencies and related learning activities represent the range of nursing skills that you are expected to observe, acquire and develop during each year of the programme (although we cannot assess the proficiencies while you are on elective).

Overall, we are committed to giving every student the opportunity:

  • to get the maximum benefit from this programme
  • to understand what a career in nursing will involve and the wide range of exciting opportunities it can offer you.
  • to be equipped and ready for that, and modern professional nursing, and
  • to shine and be valued as a unique individual. 

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Your future

Nursing is a professional education programme leading to graduates who have the ability to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and thereby gain employment as registered nurses in health provider organisations such as NHS Trusts.

A nursing degree is a passport to an interesting job and a fulfilling career. The University of Exeter Academy nurse will be equipped for a fast track career in nursing with rapid promotions to senior clinical, leadership and research roles.

Below are some of the advanced roles you may be eligible for, as suggested by our NHS Directors of Nursing partners.

Role Role descriptionAdditional training requiredMSci Nursing graduates
Typical time to initial appointment
BSc Nursing graduates 
Typical time to initial appointment 
Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

Trainee ANP with 2 year fast track competence development. 3rd year prescribing.

Placement in clinical area in Year 4 of MSci Nursing

2 years with 3 to full competence

Min 5 years 

Nurse consultant

High level clinical role in multiple specialisms following on from ANP.

MSc/PhD and specialist clinical training

5-7 years

6-8 years

Clinical Academic

Research, clinical practice, education, University leadership

Teaching qualification, or PhD for research roles.

3 years 

Min 5 years 

Management role

Research, clinical practice, education, University leadership

Additional leadership programme

2 years

Min 3 years

‘Portfolio’ roles including coaching, supervision, quality

Quality Improvement Practitioner [QIP].

Placement with QI Academy and Safety & Risk team learning QI methodology in Year 4 of MSci Nursing.


Not available – some medics

Approved/responsible clinician in mental health

Taking overall clinical accountability for a ward or specialist community team.

Non-medical Prescribing.
Portfolio training and Royal College of Psychiatry Assessment

6-9 years

7-10 years

Chief Nurse Fellow

Allocated time to undertake work based research working to the Chief Nurse

Placement with heavy focus on research methods in Year 4 of MSci Nursing



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Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)