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MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

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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.


This 30-credit level 6 module will expand upon the physical health experiences explored within the previous module ?The Lived Experience, a patient with learning disabilities? to enable the student to gain a deeper insight into its complexities. This module is specific to the field of Learning Disability Nursing and is designed to examine common health conditions associated with complex needs. With advancements in medical knowledge and ever more effective health interventions, the incidence and prevalence of people with complex needs is increasing progressively, meeting their health care needs provides a challenge to healthcare professionals generally and to Learning Disability nurses in particular. Supporting people to improve health and well-being is integral to Learning Disability Nursing, therefore enabling students to examine contemporary evidence-based practice.

Tuition fees

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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

Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Future Employment: Superb career support with 96.5% of graduates in work within six months of graduating Industry Connections: Links with over 1,700 businesses and industrial placements Course Accreditation: We offer over 40 industry accredited courses Financial Support: 20% postgraduate fee discount for University of Hertfordshire graduates, as well as £11,222 of postgraduate funding...more

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