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Nursing with Registration as a Children's Nurse MSc

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Working as a children’s nurse, no two days are ever the same. At King’s, we equip you with the skills you need to deliver excellent care to children, young people and their families, build relationships, and understand how to use research.

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Key benefits

  • Our children’s nursing students have fantastic placement opportunities caring for seriously ill children at world renowned paediatric hospitals such as Great Ormond Street or the Evelina London Children’s Hospital
  • Receive interactive learning at the award-winning Simulation and Interactive learning Centre, which replicates both hospital and home care environments- including a six-bay children’s ward, operating theatre and intensive care unit
  • We combine contemporary evidence and knowledge, expert skills and innovative approaches with the traditional core values that centre on the person and family, compassion and excellent communication to deliver a unique curriculum of teaching and assessment

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years

Study mode Full-time

Credit value 180

Programme accreditations This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Course leaders Andrea Cockett, Department of Child & Family Health

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Course detail


Whether it’s decision making or medication management, we cover the topics you’ll depend on every day caring for children, young people and their families.

We put your skills to the test during your placements with your host trust. Our wide-spread placement options mean you’ll treat a diverse range of children and families in trusts, nurseries and children’s services across London.

At King’s, you’ll be part of a community of people from across the globe. Just like you, everyone on the course has decided to change career paths or start a new phase of their life, so you’ll meet people from a range of backgrounds.


A lot of your time will be spent on placements at hospitals around London. We’ll cover the theory side of your work with lectures and seminars at King’s too. Teaching happens at our campuses, including:

  • Guy’s
  • Waterloo
  • Denmark Hill
  • St Thomas’

Course purpose

The overall aims of the programme are to enable graduates to acquire advanced understanding, knowledge and skills in nursing in order that they may deliver, develop, lead and research healthcare practice. In addition, the programme aims to ensure that nurses who graduate are skilled, competent and compassionate professionals who have satisfied the academic and clinical requirements and standards stipulated in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards of proficiency and the academic requirements of King's College London for the award of a Masters degree.

Course format and assessment


Our lecturers feed their latest research findings into teaching to keep you up to date with new thinking in the fast-paced world of healthcare.

To become a confident children’s nurse, you need to learn how to handle difficult situations, think on your feet and quickly build relationships. We continually challenge you with different activities, whether it’s evaluating a new policy, or doing a simulation involving realistic mannequins and parents played by actors.


Throughout the course we assess your learning in a variety of ways. From exams and essays to clinical portfolios and a supervised dissertation, you’ll find it’s different from module to module.

Extra information

Please Note: The MSc with Registration courses have now replaced the PG Dip with Registration that were discontinued for 2019 entry.


Year 1

Required Modules
  • The Practice of Children's Nursing 1 (45 Credits)
  • The Practice of Children's Nursing 2 (45 Credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course.

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Transitioning to Registrant (45 Credits)
  • Profesional Practice Dissertation (45 Credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours degree and 575 hours (approximately equivalent to four months FT) healthcare-related experience.

Applicants who have achieved a high 2:2 may still be considered, and will need to ensure they include their grades for each module for all years of study on their application, or attach a transcript from all years of study at the time of application.

It is highly desirable for applicants to have studied Biology or Human Science to GCSE level or equivalent.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications will be processed through UCAS. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day before offers are made.

Meeting the Numeracy & Literacy requirements for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements

If applicant has already achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, they will not be required to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test.  

If applicant has not yet achieved the GCSE Maths and/or English requirement, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, but is currently studying for them, they will need to sit the corresponding test(s). This does not include Access applicants.  

Access applicants that have not achieved GCSE English and/or Maths grade C or above or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, will need to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test(s).

Applicants who will need an English test as part of their academic entry requirements will not need to sit the Literacy test, as meeting the English Language policy means they will meet the Literacy requirements. 

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement will be required when you apply through UCAS. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference as part of their application along with details on their qualifications.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application through UCAS as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 15 January 2019. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,250
  • Full time overseas fees: £28,900

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £28,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.




Students are provided with an initial set of uniforms for the duration of the programme. If students require additional uniforms these will have to be purchased.

Indicative cost £15 - dress and £30 - new tunic & trouser set


Students are also required to purchase appropriate footwear for mandatory training and placement. Estimated cost £20-45

Disclosure and Barring certificates/  clearance

The Faculty will pay for students to undergo one DBS check. Any subsequent checks required will need to be paid for by the student. Estimated cost £50


Subject to eligibility and approval by the Faculty, students are able to arrange their own elective clinical placements either in the UK or overseas. Students are required to make the necessary arrangements for any electives, including costs such as travel, accommodation, visas and additional vaccinations.


Students will be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to enrolment.  Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination.


In order that healthcare students can continue to access clinical placements, the Department of Health will commit to providing all new healthcare students a £303 payment as a non-repayable grant. This will not affect healthcare students’ ability to access funding from the standard higher education support system to pay for their essential travel costing over £303. The government recognises that some healthcare courses require students to attend training at clinical placement providers which are long distances from their university or to spend significant time away from their place of study. These situations result in either greater travel costs or the need to rent extra accommodation. Providing the case for both educational provision and value for money can be demonstrated, any student who finds that they are at a financial disadvantage as a result of their clinical placement will be entitled to re-imbursement of costs associated with secondary accommodation. Further details will be published by the Department of Health in due course.


Students will be required to pay for missed mandatory training sessions and any missed Occupational Health appointments. Missed theory and practical sessions for mandatory training ranges from £15-£45. Missed OH appointments ranges from £17 for a General Appointment to £122 for a specialist appointment.

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Any costs incurred as a result of working in a specific clinical setting where you are not employed
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates make the most of their connections in London and secure rewarding roles at NHS trusts here. Of course, we also have alumni elsewhere in the UK and around the world.

The education that prepares our graduates for life as a children’s nurse means they can apply their skills to work in other areas, like community care. Others have become successful in teaching, management or research.


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