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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSci (Hons) Nursing

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSci (Hons) Nursing Programme codeUFX4EMSEMS02
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The four year MSci (Hons) Nursing at Exeter offers you an exciting, flexible and unique approach to nurse education whilst studying in a world-leading, research intensive global University. You are able to achieve a Masters qualification from the University of Exeter by studying full time as an undergraduate student.

This degree allows you to become a highly skilled professional graduate nurse able to address the increasingly complex needs and health challenges of people in the 21st century. One of the main areas of flexibility in the programme is the ability to choose either a single registration pathway for the MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult) or a dual registration pathway of MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Mental Health).

The curriculum has been designed around Exeter’s unique seven pillars of nursing: fundamental essentials of nursing care (F), patient and public involvement (PPI), evidence for practice (E), no health without mental health (MH), leadership and management of healthcare (L&M), global health (G) and ethics and professionalism (E&P). This unique approach will prepare you for the increasingly skilled, technical and leadership roles graduate nurses undertake. The programme has a strong person-centred focus which ensures that as a graduate of nursing you will put people’s needs first and work with them as partners in their own care. You will also learn in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings in Devon, and our programme will enable you, as a nursing student, to deliver and lead person-centred care in an evolving and increasingly complex and integrated health and social care arena.  Another unique aspect of nursing at Exeter is the careful integration of mental health within your adult focused studies. This is designed to ensure you understand that there is no health without mental health but also offers insight into mental health nursing should you wish to register as both an adult and a mental health nurse in year four.

 

Stage One and Two

Stage one and two (years 1 and 2 of the 4-year programme) are the same for both pathways of the MSci.

Stage one will see you focus on the core concepts and values of nursing. You are introduced to nursing science and its complementary biological, psychological, behavioural and social sciences. This innovative and integrated approach enables you to appreciate the complexity involved in nursing people. You will be introduced to person-centred communication, nursing assessment and examination including the recognition of common mental health problems, ethics, professionalism and working with others. You will develop critical thinking skills through identifying questions, locating research and finding answers. You will become increasingly responsible for your learning and nursing practice. This academic year will highlight nursing as a complex intervention.

Stage two will see you developing your knowledge and understanding of disease processes and treatment associated with commonly occurring conditions including relevant psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, immunology, microbiology and pathophysiology. Your understanding of public health and health promotion will deepen with the intention that as a graduate nurse you will have the knowledge, skills and experience to integrate public health perspectives in your everyday nursing practice. During year two the programme offers you the flexibility and opportunity to undertake a nursing elective (3 weeks) where you can experience healthcare in a different part of the UK or in another country deemed safe and appropriate for exchange programmes by the Home Office. This gives you an opportunity to explore different cultural health beliefs and compare the economic and organisational aspects of healthcare with the UK system.

 

Pathway A MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult & Mental Health Nursing)

In Stage three and four students wishing to achieve dual registration undertake an equal proportion of adult and mental health focused modules. The adult pathway in stage three and four is on the effectiveness of complex care processes, nursing interventions, and the organisation and delivery of care as you develop your practice leadership, teaching skills, and interdisciplinary and interprofessional working. These stages will also see you develop your clinical decision making and critical thinking skills, and focus on the promotion of reflective practice. You will expand your knowledge, skills and ability to evaluate healthcare processes. You will build on your existing mental health skills by undertaking clinical immersions in general, specialist and community mental health facilities to accompany your specialist mental health theoretical learning. The mental health focus will be on learning evidence-based therapeutic skills within a recovery framework and to equip you as a clinical leader in mental health nursing. Subject to achieving all of the required standards and proficiencies you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an Adult and Mental Health Nurse in year four.

 

Pathway B MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Stage three Adult Registration

Stage three sees you focus on the effectiveness of complex care processes, nursing interventions, organisation and delivery of care as you develop your practice leadership and teaching, leadership and interdisciplinary and interprofessional working skills in caring for individuals with complex care needs. In this year you will also have the opportunity to concentrate your studies in an area such as education or leadership.  

Stage four Adult Registration

Stage 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. Year four also allows you to continue moulding your education to meet your career aspirations and plans by choosing from a selection of modules. Here your studies can have one of two unique areas of focus:

 

  • Clinical focus enabling you to undertake theory and clinical immersion designed to enhance your clinical skills in physical examination and assessment.
  • Academic focus enabling you to concentrate on advancing your understanding and application of research, leadership, genomics or global health. This option gives you the opportunity to be taught by interdisciplinary subject experts and you will focus your learning on the skills necessary to develop your career as a leader for clinical practice, research, and management in nursing.

Both areas of focus include an internship that allows you to develop your own educational experience in a clinical or non-clinal setting, supporting your transition into your chosen field of nursing practice.

The programme culminates in a student conference enabling you to share your learning and celebrate your success as part of the Academy of Nursing community alongside the people and partners that have supported your journey to your professional nursing career.

 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. Provide excellence in nurse education, promoting excellence through competence and confidence in clinical skills and enable you to plan and shape your educational experience in year four to support your career plans; (NMC Platform 1-7), F,E,PPI,GH,MH,L&M
2. Ensure that you develop into an accountable professional nurse understanding and demonstrating the required skills, attributes and professionalism in your daily nursing practice; (NMC Platform 1) E,F, E&P
3. Promote the ethos of patient and public involvement, “nothing about us without us”; (NMC Platform 1) PPI, E&P
4. Promote personal, professional and transferable skills for lifelong learning and a career in nursing; (NMC Platform 1) F
5. Ensure the development of core skills and research-based knowledge to underpin the Seven Pillars of Nursing at Exeter; (NMC Platforms 1-7) E,F,PPI,MH,L&M,G
6. Develop critically reflective practitioners, with the ability to locate, use and produce research evidence for their practice when planning, delivering and evaluating care in every nursing encounter; (NMC Platform 6) E
7. Ensure you have the knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively prevent illness and promote health; (NMC Platform 2) E,PPI,GH,MH
8. Ensure the promotion of the principle of no health without mental health; (Platform 3) MH
9. Develop your skills, and knowledge so that you are able to competently and confidently assess and plan person centred care; (NMC Platform 3) E,MH,PPI, E&P
10. Ensure the fundamental essentials and core values of nursing care are at the heart of all your care encounters; (NMC Platform 1,3,4) F,E,PPI, E&P
11. Ensure you are able to confidently and safely provide and evaluate person centred care; (NMC Platform 4) F,E,PPI, E&P
12. Develop your leadership and management skills so that you can effectively lead and manage nursing teams and contribute to the effective working of the interdisciplinary team; (NMC Platform 5) L&M
13. Ensure you are able to fully contribute to monitoring of patient safety and care improvement and to deliver healthcare in the context of a drive for worldwide health improvement; (NMC Platform 6) L&M, G
14. Ensure you can coordinate, lead and manage complex care across organisations and settings, developing and promoting the ethos of partnership working with others; (NMC Platform 7) L&M

Distinctive intentions

The overall aim of the MSci (Hons) Nursing is to prepare you academically and practically to register with the NMC as an Adult or an Adult and Mental Health Nurse (MSci) at the end of Stage four and so provide you with unique and flexible opportunities to mould your education around your career plans and aspirations.

The MSci is a creative and innovative undergraduate Master’s level programme which will provide a research and clinically rich experience that will develop you into an outstanding Exeter nurse graduate who is both confident and competent in clinical practice. We aim to produce the nurse leaders of the future. At the core of this pioneering programme are Exeter’s seven pillars of nursing which are fundamental to your learning: fundamental essentials of nursing care, patient and public involvement, evidence for practice; no health without mental health, leadership and management of healthcare, global health, and ethics and professionalism. The programme endorses the principle of transformative learning, supporting you to become proactive in delivering the highest quality nursing care in a rapidly changing, complex healthcare environment.

Teaching and Learning

For the theoretical elements of the course, University based teaching includes problem-based learning and clinical case studies. This is to ensure your learning is applied to clinical practice. There is a blend of structured, activity-based small group learning, larger group teaching sessions and supported independent study, skills development and simulation. Throughout your programme you will learn in a variety of clinical locations across Devon. This will include hospitals, general practice and the wider health community. Your first exposure to the clinical environment begins in your first term; clinical immersions and experience account for fifty percent of your programmed learning. 

 

The broad educational aims of the programme are to:

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Your MSci (Hons) Nursing programme is a 4-year programme of study up to National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the Framework Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). This programme is divided into 4 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  For programmes leading to a single registration the NMC requires a minimum of 4,600 hours of theory and practice learning to be undertaken over three years and that a programme leading to dual registration is of “sufficient length”. This means that your total number of study hours on the nursing programme is greater than a standard undergraduate degree.  

Stage one, two and three of the curriculum are based on human systems and the life-cycle, with an emphasis on acquiring core knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours, and relating this to patients. You will rotate through a series of hospital and community practice learning environments which will provide a range of nursing experiences. The close integration of theory and practice is designed to help you apply your nursing theory to your nursing practice.

Stage three is where you start your journey towards either a dual registration in Adult and Mental Health nursing or a single registration in Adult nursing. This stage sees you start to shape your education to support your career aspirations.

Nursing Pathways are:

Pathway A: Dual Registration, MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Mental Health). This is a full time pre-registration programme with no optional modules. 

OR   

Pathway B: Single Registration, MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult). For this you must undertake the compulsory theory and immersion module for Stage three and can select two optional 15 credit modules.

Stage four sees you continue to develop your chosen pathway of nursing and at the end of this stage you will have developed the personal and learning skills required to analyse and evaluate your chosen field and begin to develop expertise with the aim that you will complete your undergraduate masters at Exeter as a capable and confident registered nurse of the future.

Pathway A: Dual Registration, MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult and Mental Health) is a full time pre-registration programme and with no optional modules. 

Pathway B Single Registration, MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult). You must undertake the core theory and immersion modules but in Stage four you can choose to follow one of two areas of focus designed to help you shape your future academic or clinical career. 

Single Registration Adult pathway B can considered at level 7:

1. Clinical focus, you must take both of the following modules. Enhancing clinical judgement and decision making in adult nursing (30 credits) and Clinical Academic Internship (30 credits).

OR

2. Academic focus, you can select two 15 credits of optional modules from the following areas Research, Public Health, Art and History of Nursing. You must also select Clinical Academic Internship (30 credits) which is undertaken in an area of interest and relevance to the optional modules you have chosen.

Exit Awards

In accordance with NMC requirements and in line with EU Directives you are required to complete the required number of hours of theoretical and clinical learning to exit with an MSci (Hons) Nursing and consequently obtain registration as a nurse. If you are unable to meet these requirements to complete the MSci (Hons) Nursing programme you may be eligible for an exit award. However, this will not be in ‘Nursing’ and will not entitle you to professional registration or to use the protected title ‘nurse’.

Candidates who meet the University regulations but have not met all the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses or who elect to exit the programme at an earlier Stage may be eligible for an exit award.  The exit award given will be determined by the Assessment Progression and Awarding Committee (APAC) and will depend on the number of credits you have acquired up to that point in the programme as follows: 

  • CertHE in Health Studies– if exiting at the end of Stage 1
  • DipHE in Health Studies – if exiting at the end of Stage 2
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies – if exiting at the end of Stage 3
  • MSci (Hons) Health Studies – if exiting at the end of Stage 4 and the requirements for professional registration have not been met.

To obtain an exit award you will be required to obtain the minimum number of credits as follows:

Qualification

Minimum overall credits

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Studies

120 level 4 credits

Diploma of Higher Education in Health Studies

240 credits, including 120 level 5 credits

BSc (Hons) Health Studies

360 credits, including 120 at each level of 5 and 6

MSci (Hons) Health Studies

480 credits, including 120 at each level 5, 6 and 7

The BSc (Hons) Health Studies and MSci (Hons) Health Studies are exit awards of the MSci (Hons) Nursing programme and are not available for direct entry.

 

 

 

Stage 1


You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
NUR1000 Clinical Immersion 1 60Yes
NUR1100 Core Values and Complexity in Nursing Knowledge and Interventions 60Yes

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
NUR2000 Clinical Immersion 2 60Yes
NUR2100 Exploring Evidence and Uncertainty in Nursing 60Yes

Stage 3


NUR3000, NUR3600, NUR3200 Compulsory for:  

Pathway A: Dual Registration MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult & Mental Health Nursing)

 

NUR3050 and NUR3600 Compulsory for:

Pathway B: Single Registration MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
NUR3000 Clinical Immersion 3 (Adult and Mental Health) Compulsory for Pathway A 60Yes
NUR3600 Managing Complexity Compulsory for Pathway A and B30Yes
NUR3200 Introducing Mental Health Nursing in the 21st Century Compulsory for Pathway A30Yes
NUR3050 Clinical Immersion 3 (Adult) Compulsory for Pathway B60Yes

Optional Modules

Note: Option module will run for nursing students only if selected by a sufficient number of students. Please check with the programme team when selecting your options. 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
NUR3500 Understanding the Essentials of Education Optional for Pathway B (see note)15Yes
NUR3109 The Art and History of Nursing Optional for Pathway B15Yes
BEP3172 Future 17: Sustainable Development Goals Challenge Optional for Pathway B (see note)15No
NUR3001 Care of the Older Adult Optional for Pathway B (see note)15Yes

Stage 4


NURM100, NURM110, NURM111 Compulsory for:

Pathway A:Dual Registration MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult & Mental Health Nursing)

 

NURM101, NURM110, NURM113, NURM112 Compulsory for:

Pathway B: Single Registration MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Option 1 Clinical focus

 

NURM101, NURM110, NURM114 Compulsory for:

Pathway B: Single Registration MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Option 2 Academic focus

 

 

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
NURM100 Clinical Immersion 4A (Adult and Mental Health) Compulsory for Pathway A60Yes
NURM110 Leading and managing change in nursing Compulsory for Pathway A and pathway B - Options 1 and 230Yes
NURM111 Using Evidence-based Practice for Quality in Mental Health Care Compulsory for Pathway A30Yes
NURM113 Enhancing Clinical Judgement and Decision Making in Adult Nursing Compulsory for Pathway B, Options 1 and 230Yes
NURM101 Clinical Immersion 4B (Adult) Compulsory for Pathway B - Option 1 and 230Yes
NURM115 Clinical Academic Internship Compulsory for Pathway B - Option 1 and 230Yes

Optional Modules

Pathway B: Single Registration MSci (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Option 2 Academic Focus: You can select 30 credits of optional level 7 modules. 

Note: Option module will run for nursing students only if selected by a sufficient number of students. Please check with the programme team when selecting your options.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
NURM109 The Art and History of Nursing Option for Pathway B, Option 215Yes
HPDM118 Structuring and Solving Public Health Problems Option for Pathway B, Option 2 (see note)15Yes
HPDM092 Fundamentals of Research Design Option for Pathway B, Option 215Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the structure and function of the human body across the life span to support people to improve and maintain their mental and physical health and wellbeing. (E, F, MH,NMC Platform 3)
2. Support and integrate evidence based, compassionate and safe fundamental nursing care to ensure the achievement of the highest standards of care to people of all ages across a range of health and social care settings. (E, F, NMC Platform 4)
3. Consistently display attitudes and professional behaviours that promote caring, compassionate, inclusive and effective evidence based nursing practice in partnership with people, families and carers. (E, PPI, E&P, NMC Platform 1)
4. Demonstrate theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge in nursing leadership and management to coordinate complex nursing care and delegate and supervise and evaluate the care provided by others. (E, L&M, E&P, NMC Platform 5)
5. Locate, use and produce research evidence for nursing practice to include the rigorous use of improvement methodologies as a driver for safety and excellent nursing care. (E, E&P, NMC Platform 6)

  • Lectures
  • Small group work to discuss professional issues
  • Debates
  • E-Learning
  • Tutorials
  • Simulated clinical practice.
  • Case studies
  • Clinical immersions
  • Drug Calculations
  1. Applied Nursing Knowledge Progress Tests MCQs ILO 1, 4
  2. Formative and summative presentations/case-based discussion/simulated scenarios/Objective Structured Clinical Examination/Clinical Proficiencies/drug calculations ILO 2, 3, 4
  3. Student presentations  ILO 3
  4. Small group projects/reflective essays ILO 4
  5. Essays ILO 5
  6. Practice Assessment Document ILO 2,3,4

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Demonstrate professional understanding of the roles and responsibilities of statutory and employing bodies in the provision and quality assurance of healthcare, accountable practice and duty of care. (E, F, E&P, NMC Platform 1)
7. Integrate the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ in all interactions with patients, carers and members of the public to promote health and prevent illness throughout the lifespan (MH, PPI, E&P, NMC Platform 2)
8. Assess and analyse the mental, physical, cognitive, behavioural, social and spiritual health needs of people in such a way that the mental health of patients is always considered on a par with their physical health in order to identify an evidence based nursing plan of fundamental and complex care and support. (E,MH, E&P, NMC Platform 3)
9. Engage with healthcare professionals and other agencies, working across organisational boundaries, to support the delivery of complex care pathways and packages of care and meet individual and organisational needs. (E, F, E&P, NMC Platform 7)

  • Lectures
  • Small group work to discuss professional issues
  • Debates
  • E-Learning
  • Tutorials
  • Simulated clinical practice.
  • Case studies
  • Clinical immersions
  • Drug Calculations

 

7.  Reflective accounts/Objective Structured Clinical Examination/Clinical proficiencies/Drug calculations ILO 6

8.  Formative presentations/case-based discussion/simulated scenarios/Objective Structured Clinical Examination/Clinical Proficiencies ILO 7

9.  Objective Structured Clinical Examination/Clinical proficiencies ILO 8

10.  Formative presentations/case-based discussion/simulated scenarios/Objective Structured Clinical Examination/Clinical Proficiencies ILO 9

11.  Practice Assessment Document ILO 7,8,9

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

10. Continue to learn independently, develop professionally, supervise and teach peers and colleagues responding to and providing support and constructive feedback. (E, L&M, NMC Platform 1, 5)
11. Demonstrate academic literacy skills, digital and technological literacy, and numeracy skills for safe professional nursing practice including proficiency and accuracy when calculating dosages of prescribed medicines. (E, F,E, NMC Platform 1)
12. Contribute to the continuous monitoring and quality improvement of evidence-based care and treatment in order to enhance people’s experience of care and health outcomes including proficiency and accuracy when calculating dosages of prescribed medicines. (E, NMC Platform 6)
13. Understand the mechanisms that can be used to influence policy and prompt change in health care organisations; locally, nationally and globally, demonstrating the development of political awareness and skills. (E, GH, NMC Platform 5)

  • Lectures
  • Small group work to discuss professional issues
  • Debates
  • E-Learning
  • Tutorials
  • Simulated clinical practice
  • Case studies
  • Clinical immersion

10. Clinical proficiencies/reflective accounts/ essay ILO 10

11. All assessments undertaken ILO 11

12.Clinical proficiencies/case studies /reflective accounts/essay/Drug calculations ILO 12

13. Formative presentations/case-based discussion/simulated scenarios/Clinical Proficiencies/Elective learning contract ILO 1

14.Practice Assessment Document ILO 10-13 

7. Programme Regulations

Credit

Nursing is a registered profession and is subject to additional legal and regulatory requirements that affect its academic programmes. These special provisions for Nursing degrees are located in the Amendment to the TQA. Students can find the special provisions for nursing at https://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/specialprovisionsfornursingdegrees/.

 

You should ensure you understand the rules for assessment, progression and awards.

 

Integrated Masters Programmes: All modules leading to a pre-registration qualification are non-condonable. In each stage you must pass all summative assessments including those which are pass/fail. In stages one to three, the pass mark for assessments in the theory modules is 40%. In the final stage when studying level 7 modules, the pass mark in theory modules is 50% for each assessment. The exception to this is the final numeracy (drug calculation) examination, where the pass mark is 100% and for pharmacology examinations when the pass mark is 80%.

 

Practice modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis. Individual assessments are not given a mark, they are just deemed to have either been passed or failed.

 

All modules within the MSci (Hons) Nursing lead to professional registration and you are required to pass all items of summative assessment. However, your stage average for each stage will be calculated based on your theory modules. The pass/fail clinical placement modules will not contribute to your stage average.

 

Achievement of a selection of the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses is required at the end of each stage and ALL must be fully achieved by the end of stage 4. The APAC will meet at the end of each stage of the programme to ensure that students have achieved the requisite NMC proficiencies, including demonstrating fitness to practice as well as the academic requirements of the stage.

 

The Practice Assessment Document (PAD) consists of specified proficiencies that must be signed off at least once by the end of a specific part. The PAD is comprised of three parts. Part one will be assessed in Stage one of the programme, part two will be assessed in Stage two of the programme, part three will be assessed across Stages three and four of the programme. Certain NMC proficiencies can be met in either Part 2 or Part 3 of the PAD and they are listed in the Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR). The PAD includes single opportunity of assessment for Medicine Management and Episode of Care in each part. A consolidation period of three weeks is available at the end of each academic year to meet the needs of students, especially those who have been referred in practice.

 

When a student has failed an item of assessment within a module, they will be given the opportunity to be referred in that assessment. The referred assessment will be capped at the pass mark. The module mark will not be capped. Students who fail a referred assessment will be deemed to have failed the academic stage.

 

All students will normally be allowed a maximum of one repeat stage, regardless of any exceptional mitigating circumstances, provided that they have not been withdrawn from the course for fitness-to-practise reasons

 

Achievement of a selection of the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses is required at the end of each stage and must be fully achieved by the end of stage 4.

 

Assessment and Awards

To qualify for the degree of MSci (Hons) Nursing, nursing students must:

 

1.        Meet university regulations on the award of an integrated Masters degree. (Please note: you must pass all items of assessment, including the drug calculation test to be eligible for registration with the NMC.)

2.        Satisfy the designated hours required by the NMC for professional registration as a nurse.

3.        Achieve all the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses including demonstrating Fitness to Practice.

 

Candidates who fail to satisfy supplementary regulations (1) or (2) above may be permitted to extend their programme of study and/or re-submit failed units of assessment at the discretion of the assessment, progression and awarding committee (APAC).

 

Candidates who fail to satisfy regulation 1, 2 or 3 are not eligible for NMC registrationmay be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies without professional registration, provided they meet the requirements of that programme. (See Exit Awards)

 

Exit Awards

The following exit awards are nominated: 

Qualification

Minimum overall credits

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Studies

120 level 4 credits

Diploma of Higher Education in Health Studies

240 credits, including 120 level 5 credits

BSc (Hons) Health Studies

360 credits, including 120 at each level of 5 and 6

MSci (Hons) Health Studies

480 credits, including 120 at each level 5, 6 and 7

 

UG Programmes:

Classification for MSci:

The MSci is classified like an undergraduate degree.

http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/aph/classification/#bachelors-masters).

 

The classification is based on Stage two, three and four, weighted in the ratio 2:3:4 (http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/aph/classification/#weighting

 

The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following marks:

Undergraduate Degrees                                         Postgraduate Degrees

Class I    70% +                                                        Distinction   70%+

Class II   Division I 60-69%                                       Merit            60-69%

Class II   Division II 50-59%                                      Pass            50-59%

Class III  40-49%

 

Pass mark by year

End of Stage 1 120 credits at level 4 (40% Pass grade)

End of Stage 2 120 credits at level 5 (40% Pass grade)

End of Stage 3 120 credits at level 6 (40% Pass grade)

End of Stage 4 120 credits at level 7 (50% Pass grade)

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance

 

In addition to the University regulations student nurses are expected to abide by the NMC Code: Professional standards of practice and behavior for nurses and midwives (NMC 2015) at all times during the programme. The University has Fitness to Practice panels to consider health or character issues, and to make sure that public protection is maintained. Student nurses whose general conduct indicates their unsuitability for future professional training, by placing patients at risk or bringing the profession and/or the University into disrepute, will be immediately suspended from the programme of study by the Head of Nursing pending a hearing before the Fitness for Practice Committee. Students have a responsibility to raise concerns when on practice placement in order to protect the public. Students are required to declare annually they remain free of convictions and cautions and must inform the university immediately of any caution, convictions, pending charges or adverse determinations made by healthcare regulators, professional bodies.

 

Full details of assessment regulations for UG programmes and PGT programmes assessment regulations can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website. Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Student Handbook: A student handbook will be available online on the University website. 

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. 

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision. 

Student Feedback: Your feedback is important to us and you will be provided the opportunity to feedback through the student feedback system. The link for this is found within each module. Feedback will happen regularly; it will be both formal and informal. A debrief following clinical immersions will occur at university to ensure you can provide feedback on all aspects of support and supervision in both theory and practice.

Learning Resources the University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

 

 IT Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

 

  • University Wellbeing Service - available free of charge, to provide confidential help and support.
  • Student Health Centre - We are a Primary Health Care Centre, primarily funded by the National Health Service, providing care for all acute and long-term health problems for students on the Streatham Campus.
  • Student Services Centre - in the Forum is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of 12 student services from Accommodation to Finance, Wellbeing to International Student Support, IT to AccessAbility. You can access the SID team 12 hours per day during term time between 8am – 8pm plus 10am – 3pm on Saturdays. Out of term time we are open 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday.
  • The Student Engagement and Skills - team offer support for all students who wish to improve their personal, professional and academic skills, through lectures, workshops, individual appointments and peer support programmes in colleges and interactive online resources on Exeter’s Learning Environment (ELE).
  • Family Centre (Streatham campus)provides high quality care and education for early-years children of students and staff. 
  • Student Advice Centre - : (the Forum) is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues: housing, finance, and academic matters.
  • TheStudents’ Guild is the students’ union of the University of Exeter providing representation, advice, activities, social events, dining outlets and more.  
  • Student complaints procedure.
  • Chaplaincy offers confidential support, advice and pastoral listening for all students.
  • The International Student Support Office supports non UK students across all University of Exeter campuses.   
  • INTO University of Exeter partnership provides English Language and other preparatory courses for international students.
  • AccessAbility offers advice and support to students with specific learning disabilities (eg. dyslexia) and physical disabilities/health conditions. Support includes helping students access learning and teaching opportunities and make the most of university life.

Employability and Graduate Developmentthe Career Zone has over 40 staff working to help you improve your chances of getting a great job after you graduate. They provide expert advice to enable you to plan your future through: guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSci (Hons) Nursing

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

26/07/2022