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2 years

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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

About this course

Empower and support adults to live well. Work across a range of healthcare settings on this master’s degree in Adult Nursing. Learn to make complex decisions, evaluate practice, coordinate care and advocate for your patients' needs.

You'll join a knowledgeable community with a global ranking for nursing and midwifery: 5th in the world and 2nd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020/21).

This 2 year master’s is designed for ambitious graduates and career changers who want to become a registered nurse. It's also ideal if you’re already a high achieving qualified nurse and want a second field of registration.

The course prepares you to pursue senior healthcare roles. It also provides a solid foundation for higher level academic study.

You'll carry out a mix of theoretical learning and practice hours which meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for registration as a nurse. Practice learning takes the form of placements in a range of healthcare settings.

You’ll gain essential practical experience during the placements to help you develop into the role of a nursing professional.


You’ll be actively supported to identify where you may wish to work for your first post as a registered nurse.

We have a dedicated School Lead for Employability. As well as timetabled careers activities, we’ll invite you to attend the School's annual Health Sciences Careers Fair. You’ll meet potential employers and gain invaluable early careers advice about your options.

As an adult nursing graduate from the University of Southampton, you’ll have the ideal platform to move into more senior positions. For example consultant nurse, leading a team or working in advanced clinical practice.

You could also opt to work in education to train and inspire future generations of nurses. Fast track opportunities for doctoral courses may be available, and you may also have the option to combine practice and research, or research and education. These are known in the profession as clinical academic careers.


This module culminates in a research protocol ready to be carried out in the Critical Inquiry Research Project module. The development of your protocol is supported by both taught sessions on research methods and supervision.

Tuition fees

UK fees
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For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not normally available to other EU and international students

Entry requirements

Students will need a 2.1 degree as well as GCSE English language, mathematics and science, grades 4 to 9 or A* to C. To be considered for the master’s degree you must submit: 325 hours of relevant theoretical learning from your first degree or employment; 675 hours of practice worked in a healthcare environment under the supervision of a registered healthcare professional.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more