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MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Nursing People With Learning Difficulties: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

The pre-registration Learning Disability Nursing course provides a carefully integrated balance of theory and practice that will enable students to confidently take on the role of a registered nurse for people with a learning disability within a changing health and social care arena. The programme will benefit those who have an interest or experience in supporting people with a learning disability. During the programme you will: Acquire and become equipped with the current knowledge and skills required for this challenging and yet highly rewarding nursing role Be part of a friendly, dedicated and highly experienced team of lecturers and practitioners within the School of Health and Social Work Be taught in small class sizes during the field programme Be provided with a range of practice placement opportunities within health, social and independent sectors, these may include working directly with children and young people, adults and older people. Be provided with excellent pastoral and academic support during the course of your studies Be provided with excellent teaching and learning opportunities Be provided with the best possible opportunities to develop the academic, personal, professional and clinical skills required to be a confident, competent and professional practitioner

Why choose this course?

The Learning Disability Nursing degree pathway offers students the opportunity to take up the challenge of ensuring that the health care needs of people with learning disabilities are addressed using using a holistic approach, both within mainstream and specialist services. Enhance the person's health and well-being. Improve or maintain a range of complex developmental, physical, psychological and mental health needs. Work in partnership with people with a learning disability, their families / carers and other health and social care professionals. Reduce barriers to disability and promote social inclusion. Support people with a learning disability to achieve a life which is as fulfilling as possible by maintaining their rights, choice and independence.

What will I study?

The Learning Disability field programme comprises both of theory and practice in a range of service-user contact experiences in a diversity of settings. The aim is to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the total nursing care of service-users who have learning disabilities in partnership with their families / carers and other professionals. A range of teaching and learning approaches will be used. Teaching approaches will include; lectures, seminars, group work/projects, role play, tutorials, practice experience / fieldwork, course work, problem based learning, internet technologies and reflection as an integrating technique between theory and practice. Successful completion of the programme will lead to entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK for Learning Disabilities Nursing.


Using a range of flexible and blended approaches this module is designed to introduce the student to contemporary nursing practice with an examination of the underpinning knowledge bases that support such practice. The module aims to enhance the students' existing abilities associated with the understanding and utilization of evidence and research in relation to nursing. A review of the socio-political context of health will enable students to analyse external factors that impact on care delivery. The delivery is supported by practice based experiences that will allow the students to directly apply and utilise their developing knowledge and skills. These practice experiences along with other enquiry based approaches will be used as a medium for reflection and analysis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not open to international and EU students.

Entry requirements

A first degree at Honours level, normally, in a related discipline (life sciences, psychology or the social/ behavioural sciences). Graduate attributes associated with learning and research skills will normally be expected. GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent). All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks.

University information

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