MSci Nursing

UCAS code B700
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer ABB; IB: 32; BTEC: DDM
  • Nursing
Location Taught in Exeter St Luke's (Exeter)


Calling all pioneers! Together, we will shape the future of healthcare.

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. The course is structured around our Six Pillars of Nursing, which we focus on and develop each year. Together, they will give you a comprehensive education in:

  • the theory and practise of nursing as a complex intervention
  • what it means to be a nurse and how nursing is changing
  • how your future as a nurse might develop and the opportunities a career in nursing can offer you (including leadership and management).

As this is a new programme, we fully expect the course to change over time. Our pioneering students will have an important and active role to play in shaping the programme, for themselves and future students.

This is a nursing programme unlike any other currently available in the UK. We have great ambitions for Exeter Nurses, and the content and design of this unique programme reflect that.

Our six pillars of nursing are:

  1. The essentials of nursing care
    Exeter Nurses will be nurses first and foremost. They will be expert at caring for individuals, and in helping them perform the core activities that contribute to health, recovery or dignified death; activities that the individual would perform by themselves if they had the necessary strength, will or knowledge.

    This pillar focuses on the professional and ethical behaviours and skills you need to qualify and work as a registered nurse.Patient and public involvement

  2. Patient and public involvement
    Exeter Nurses will uphold the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ in all their interactions with patients, carers and members of the public. The people we care for are our equals and partners.

    ‘Nothing about us without us’ means that people affected by decisions always have a say in those decisions – from treatment choices to public policy.

  3. Evidence for practice
    The Exeter nurse will be a ‘scientist practitioner’. This means that you will make use of – and, in turn, produce – research evidence for how you plan, deliver and evaluate care.

  4. No health without mental health
    The Exeter Nurse will always consider and act to ensure the mental health of patients and the public is as important as their physical health.

  5. Leadership and management
    We will equip Exeter Nurses to become leaders in the field. The Exeter Nurse will lead by example, ensuring that healthcare is efficient, effective and evidence-based, and inspiring confidence in others who are delivering, or receiving, healthcare.

  6. Global health
    The Exeter Nurse will deliver healthcare within the wider context of a drive for worldwide health improvement (physical and mental). Working to reduces inequalities in health and healthcare and be an active participant in the fight against global threats to health.

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Programme structure

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.

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 route for the MSci in Nursing (Adult) or a dual registration route of MSci in Nursing (Adult and Mental Health).

All students take the same modules for years one and two of the programme. You are then able to choose whether you whether you go onto the single registration pathway or the dual registration pathway. In Year four, those on the single registration pathway are able to specialise in either enhanced clinical practice or enhanced nursing careers.

You may also want to look at our structure infographic.

Year 1

NUR1000 Clinical Immersion 1  60 Yes
NUR1100 Core Values and Complexity in Nursing Knowledge and Interventions    60 Yes

Year 2

NUR2000 Clinical Immersion 2  60 Yes
NUR2100 Exploring Evidence and Uncertainty in Nursing   60 Yes

Year 3

In year three you can continue on the Adult Nursing pathway or choose to specialise in Dual Registration Nursing (Adult and Mental Health pathway).

Adult Nursing pathway

For this pathway in year three you must complete two compulsory modules and choose two optional modules from the list below.

Compulsory modules:

NUR3050 Clinical Immersion 3 (Adult) 60 Yes
NUR3150  Managing complexity (Adult) 30 Yes

Optional modules:

NUR3300 Understanding Principles of Supervision and Coaching 15
NUR3400 Leading Change in Health services 15
NUR3500 Understanding the Essentials of Education 15

Adult and Mental Health Nursing pathway

 For this pathway in year three you must complete three compulsory modules.

NUR3000 Clinical Immersion 3 (Adult and Mental Health) 60 Yes
NUR3100 Managing Complexity (Adult and Mental Health) 30 Yes
NUR3200 Introducing Leadership and Evidence for Quality Mental Health Nursing 30 Yes

Year 4

Those on the Adult Nursing pathway can choose to specialise in Enhanced Adult Clinical Practice or Enhanced Nursing Career.

Those on the Dual Registration Nursing (Adult & Mental Health pathway) must continue on this pathway.

Adult Nursing pathway - Enhanced Adult Clinical Practice

For this pathway in year four you must complete four compulsory modules.

Compulsory modules:

NURM101 Clinical Immersion 4B (Adult)   30  Yes
NURM103 Accountable Professional Leadership and Managing Complexity in Adult Nursing (Enhancing Your Clinical Practice)  30  Yes
NURM107 Enhancing your Adult Nursing Clinical Practice  30  Yes
NURM108 Enhanced Adult Nursing Clinical Traineeship  30  Yes

Adult Nursing pathway - Enhanced Nursing Career

For this pathway in year four you must complete two compulsory modules and choose two optional modules from the list below.

Compulsory modules:

NURM104 Accountable Professional Leadership and Managing Complexity in Adult Nursing (Enhancing Your Nursing Career) 30 Yes Yes
NURM108 Clinical Academic Practice Internship 30 Yes Yes

Optional modules:

HPDM052 Core Concepts in Applied Health Services Research  15
HPDM080 Leadership in Healthcare 15
HPDM081 Management in Healthcare 15
HPDM082 Fundamentals in Human Genetics & Genomics 15
HPDM044 Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics 15
HPDM027 Contemporary Environment and Human Health (Cornwall based) 15

Adult and Mental Health pathway

For this pathway in year four you must complete three compulsory modules.

NURM100 Y4: Clinical Immersion 4A (Dual Registration) 60 Yes
NURM102 Accountable Professional Leadership and Managing Complexity in Adult Nursing (Adult and Mental Health) 30 Yes
NURM105 Professional Leadership and Evidence Based Practice for Quality Care in Mental Health 30 Yes

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


Required subjects

GCSE Maths and English at grade C or 4, or above.


All shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview between December and March. The interview style will be Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), and the day will also include tours and presentations and a short period for discussion with a member of staff, during which details of programmes can be explained and any queries answered. Assistance for travel is available to those who meet certain eligibility criteria. To find out more and to check your eligibility, please see the course information pages on our website. All applications are considered on an individual basis and offers will be made at the end of March in line with the UCAS deadline. Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not attend an interview. For further information please contact the Medical School Admissions Team via our enquiry form.

Health assessments

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.

Criminal convictions

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.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements, and may be interested in our Foundation programmes and English Language programmes offered by the INTO University of Exeter centre.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

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. 


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.

RoleRole 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 improvement Quality Improvement Practitioner [QIP]. Placement with QI Academy and Safety & Risk team learning QI methodology in Year 4 of MSci Nursing. Immediate Not available – some medics
responsible clinician in mental health
Taking overall clinical accountability for a ward or specialist community team. MSc/PhD.
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 Immediate n/a

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500

Website: Visit the Nursing website


Academic support

All students are assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your programme. Your personal tutor is there to help and support you in any areas related to your academic progress including providing advice on careers, employability and training events.

In addition to your personal tutor, you’ll be assigned clinical supervisors who will provide you with extra support for your clinical placements.

Pastoral support and wellbeing

We offer a friendly and supportive environment from your first day with us. Our Pastoral Tutor team can provide assistance with non-academic issues and there is a designated Student Welfare Officer (SWO) for the College of Medicine and Health. Prospective students can contact the SWO at: for student support enquiries.

The University also provides extensive wellbeing support through a range of services including counselling services, advice units, chaplaincy, childcare facilities and student health centres. Find out further information about our Wellbeing services.