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Nursing Studies (Child) Pre-registration MSc

Nursing Studies (Child) Pre-registration MSc

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Study mode

Full time


106 weeks

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Children's Nursing Youth Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Children’s nursing involves the care of premature babies, infants, children, young people and their families. As a children’s nurse you are an important member of a multi-professional team, working in partnership with parents and carers, healthy children and those experiencing acute and long-term physical and mental illness and/or disabilities.

You are in a unique and privileged position and you play a key role in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the wide-ranging care needs of vulnerable children and their families. This requires hard work, commitment and excellent interpersonal skills.

Pre-registration nursing courses are typically three years, so in order to join this two-year masters degree, you need to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You must produce a portfolio of evidence which confirms that you have a minimum of 500 hours of appropriate healthcare experience, either paid or voluntary. Further details about RPL, including guidance on the development of your portfolio, is sent to you upon successful completion of an interview.

During the course you develop the essential knowledge and nursing skills required to care for children and their families in a variety of diverse settings, including hospital and community care. During these placements you participate in shift work, including weekends and nights.

This innovative course prepares you to become a confident and competent skilled practitioner, capable of leading and managing the care of children and their families. It also helps you to become a resilient and future-ready nurse who holds strong professional values, is able to exercise clinical judgement, challenge inequality, champion diversity and uphold the integrity of the profession while delivering high quality, child-centred compassionate care.

The course content reflects the changing and challenging nature of providing healthcare in the 21st century, and the evolving and diverse role of the registered nurse. Leadership is embedded over two years of the course, recognising the crucial role nurses play in moving practice forward. You study the course full-time, with two years of university-based theory, self-directed study and practice placements, leading to the award of 180 credits at master's level. You work together with students from the adult, learning disabilities and mental health fields of nursing courses to share your learning and experiences. In the new nursing curriculum, there is increased emphasis on mental health and cognitive issues impacting on physical health and vice versa, and the essential need to consider biological, psychological and social care across the age continuum, bridging the existing gaps between healthcare services.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the nurses' part of the Professional Register (Children's Nursing). During the pre-registration nursing course you are expected to work to the spirit of the NMC Code (2018) at all times.

Career opportunities

A diverse range of career opportunities are available within the NHS and private sectors in the UK and overseas. This course provides a stepping stone from which you can develop your expertise. You have the opportunity to explore future career and academic development opportunities, including becoming an NMC professional registrant, plus possible progression to becoming a non-medical prescriber, an advanced practitioner, alumni member or graduate researcher. Progression to doctoral studies may also be considered on completion of the course.


Evidenced through the successful production of an RPL portfolio in accordance with University procedures.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You must meet the course academic entry requirements and be highly motivated towards a career in nursing, demonstrate a good insight into the nurse’s role within the health and social care arena, and have excellent communication skills. Pre-registration nursing courses are typically three years, so in order to join this two-year master’s degree, you need to apply for Recognition of Prior Pre-registration. Nursing courses are typically three years, so in order to join this two-year master’s degree, you are required to submit a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio of evidence. The portfolio is a condition for application and shortlisting. You are also expected to have: a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and maths. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of GCSEs; a degree with a 2:2 classification or above.

University information

Teesside University Middlesbrough is a friendly, modern university located in the heart of North East England. It has a large and vibrant campus, home to more than 22,000 students and includes a community of over 8,000 postgraduates. The university offers a broad portfolio of postgraduate programmes including taught and research degree, as well as continued professional development courses and short courses in a variety of subject areas. It...more