- Harness your passion for helping people and gain the expertise you need for a rewarding career in nursing
- Receive a non-repayable maintenance grant between £5-8k per year
- Enjoy a wide range of career options and gain access to fast-track careers within the NHS and beyond
- Experience a multi-disciplinary approach, learning alongside other disciplines and in clinical placements as you develop your leadership, problem-solving and communication skills
- Option for dual qualification as an Adult Nurse and specialist Mental Health Nurse
Option for dual qualification as an Adult Nurse and specialist Mental Health Nurse
*subject to additional mental health modules in years three and four
Graduate with MSci demonstrating excellent grounding in research that underpins professional practice
Development of practical skills in simulation environment and in a range of care contexts
including elective placement opportunities in the UK and overseas
Top 5 in the UK for Nursing
5th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
“Starting my course I felt at home really quickly. They don’t throw you in the deep end, they ease you into it which is nice. A lot of work got put into this course – the teachers want to teach us how to become nurses, how they wanted to be taught themselves. I was pretty impressed by that. I was instantly hooked into Exeter as well, as a place, I love it.”
studying MSci Nursing
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|GCSE||C or 4||GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C or 4, or above.|
|Access to HE||24 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade||N/A|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
|English language requirements||
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile F. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
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 January and March.
The interview will be in the multiple mini interview format. This will consist of three stations which will assess your suitability for our programme.
Where an in-person interview takes place, you’ll also be able to take a campus tour. For virtual interviews please visit our virtual tours.
All applications are considered on an individual basis and we’ll make offers shortly after an interview has taken place. A place on the programme will not be offered to those 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.
You may be required to attend a medical examination as part of the admissions process. You will be required to have up to date vaccination records for relevant inoculations in line with University requirements and those of your placement providers.
We require 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.
All successful applicants will be required to sign the appropriate student agreement.
Our Nursing programme 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 play a vital role in 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. Nurses are also at the heart of patient care everywhere, from 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 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. After graduation you’ll be able to start your journey 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 Our Pillars of Learning, developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that will be the foundation for the rest of your working life as a registered nurse.
“The MSci Nursing course is great! I would strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to get into nursing. It’s a 4-year course but that extra year at Exeter gets you an integrated Masters degree. The course is really well structured and the balance between practical and theory is brilliant.”
Studying MSci Nursing
Tuition fees for 2024 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £29,700 per year
NHS Learning Support Fund
Through the NHS Learning Support Fund, students starting or continuing study on a range of Nursing and Allied Health degrees at undergraduate or postgraduate level can apply for a Training Grant of £5,000 per academic year.
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 radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic) and mental health nursing. Find out more and how to apply on the NHS Learning Support Fund website.
The Schwab and Westheimer Trust - Westheimer Scholarship
The Schwab and Westheimer Trust was established to assist young refugees and asylum seekers in accessing education, especially where there are no adequate alternative sources of funding. Read more information, including the eligibility criteria. Applications close at midnight on 3rd June 2022. Interviews for successful candidates will be held in July 2022.
The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available 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.
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.
You will also have had 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 three 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, 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.
Optional modules outside of this course
Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.
Proficiency in a second subject
If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.
- A Foreign Language
- Social Data Science
After you graduate, you’ll be able 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 description||Additional training required||MSci 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
||High level clinical role in multiple specialisms following on from ANP.
||MSc/PhD and specialist clinical training
||Research, clinical practice, education, University leadership
||Teaching qualification, or PhD for research roles.
||Min 5 years
||Research, clinical practice, education, University leadership
||Additional leadership programme
||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.
Portfolio training and Royal College of Psychiatry Assessment
|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