November 2020 start
MMedSci

Nursing Studies (leading to professional registration as an Adult Nurse)

Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Studying alongside other health care professionals in a health care setting, you’ll learn how to critically evaluate current research, policies and practice. You'll develop a range of clinical skills and knowledge appropriate for professional registration as an adult nurse.
Image of Leander Parkinson and Samantha Treloar from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Course description

Our approach to teaching is innovative. Instead of sitting in a lecture theatre, you’ll work on solutions to specific problems. This helps you develop the skills and the confidence you need. You’ll study alongside other health care professionals in a health care setting.

You’ll learn how to critically evaluate current research, policies and practice. By linking theory to practice, you’ll develop a range of clinical skills and knowledge appropriate for professional registration as an adult nurse.

You’ll spend half your time gaining practical experience in a wide variety of community and clinical settings.

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This course uses the following framework to help you develop valuable attributes in your practice:

  • Holistic Knowledge and Practice: a synthesis of knowledge and the available evidence from a wide range of nursing and related theory and clinical practice experiences, with the aim of providing optimum quality of care for patients/clients and their significant others. This includes the ability to work effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Saliency: assessment of the needs of patients/clients and their significant others in a way that facilitates their participation in the care process and ensures that plans of care reflect their priorities and best interests.
  • Knowing the Patient: respect for patients/clients and their significant others, valuing their life histories, their perspectives as experts in their own health career, and involvement as partners in the care process.
  • Moral Agency: nursing care should be provided within a framework of sound ethical and legal principles, anti-discriminatory practice and the empowerment of patients/clients and their significant others.
  • Skilled Know How: holistic, proficient and adept nursing care that encompasses excellence in clinical and interpersonal skills.

Modules

Core modules

The course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice, based on four core units of study:

  • Foundations in Health and Nursing
  • Patients with Acute and Short-Term Needs
  • Patients with Long-Term Conditions and Complex Needs
  • Transitions to Practice: Managing and Organising Care

    Teaching

    This course uses an innovative problem- based learning strategy to help you think about real clinical practice scenarios. A strong emphasis on cooperative learning helps you manage unfamiliar situations, make reasoned decisions, adapt to change, and plan your future learning. It’s a realistic and challenging preparation for registration.

    Placements

    Our placement partners are in Barnsley, Bassetlaw (Worksop) and Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It is anticipated that most of your placements will be in the same town or city. There is no guarantee that you’ll be given your first choice of placement location.

    Assessment

    You’re assessed on theory and practice. In practice, you’ll need to achieve a number of competencies by the end of each unit, assessed by your clinical mentor. Your theoretical knowledge is assessed by written assignments, case studies, poster presentations and exams.

    Duration

    2 years full-time

    Image of Samantha Treloar, PG Dip Nursing Studies student with stethoscope

    Being on placement is one of my favourite parts of the course. While on placement I feel really well supported both by the academic staff at the University and my mentor.

    Samantha Treloar
    PG Dip Nursing Studies

    Entry requirements

    You’ll need a 2:2 degree in a relevant area such as social sciences, human sciences, biomedical sciences, public services, and GCSE Mathematics, English and Science.

    You’ll also need to show that you have 650 hours of health care experience.

    All students will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health screening.

    You’ll be required to demonstrate an awareness of, and commitment to, the core values of the NHS which aspires to provide the highest standards of excellence, professionalism and public accountability, and gives priority to the interests of patients. We base our selection decisions on these values and how well you are able to express them on your application and performance at our selection day.

    English language requirements

    Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 in Writing and a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

    Apply

    You can apply for postgraduate study via UCAS.

    Apply now on UCAS

    Contact

    snm.enquiries@sheffield.ac.uk
    +44 114 222 2030

    The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.