Adult Nursing: The University of Manchester

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Manchester, Jean McFarlane Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom
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3 Years
+44 (0)161 306 7600


Course description
The BNurs degree programme extends over three years. Students study the theoretical basis of nursing practice and a range of theories of human functioning drawn from behavioural, social and biological sciences.
The programme includes a foundation year that supports the three nursing specialities offered in the programme: adult nursing, mental health nursing and child nursing followed by two branch specific years. Emphasis is placed on the importance of competence in clinical nursing practice combined with in-depth knowledge and evidence-based decision making skills.
Clinical practice placements
The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key feature and requirement of the programme. Throughout the programme students learn what it is like to work within the modern NHS, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as key members of the professional healthcare team.
The School maintains excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester, and students undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings across the whole of Greater Manchester. Clinical staff based within practice placements and academic staff from the School are available to support students with their studies whilst on placement and to assist and guide should any difficulties arise.
50% of the programme is undertaken in clinical practice and students are required to follow shift patterns in clinical placement areas where they are working. This will include early shifts starting from 7.00am and late shifts, sometimes finishing at 9.30pm. Students are also required to work some weekends and some night duty during the 3 years. Annual leave entitlement is set in advance by the University and is non-negotiable. However, it does include time off over Christmas, New Year and Easter.
During clinical placements students are supervised by qualified health professionals and are allocated a named mentor. Their role is to support students in practice-based learning and to assess developing knowledge and skills against required competencies. In order to gain sufficient time in practice the programme is 38 weeks per year and extends beyond the normal university semesters.
The programme prepares students to practise effectively in a variety of professional adult nursing settings. This well-established programme has both a national and an international reputation for excellence and has produced many of the country's leading nurse practitioners, researchers, academics and policy-makers.
Career opportunities
Graduates from the BNurs programme have taken up a wide variety of positions in nursing in the UK and overseas. Career prospects are excellent, with significant opportunities for further professional development and specialisation.
There are numerous employment opportunities available within NHS Trusts and other health-care settings for newly qualified staff. A UK registered nursing qualification is recognised in many countries around the world, and therefore provides potential opportunities for travel and work abroad.
Entry requirements

  • A level: Grades BCC. Two AS-levels accepted in place of one A-level.
  • Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.
  • GCSE: A minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science is required in addition to A2 / Higher (or equivalent) requirements.
  • Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification.
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall.

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