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Nursing with Registration as an Adult Nurse MSc

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The UK Government has announced that nursing, midwifery and many allied health students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year. The funding will be available from September 2020 and will not have to be repaid. Find out more here

Nursing is about more than caring for patients. Nursing is grasping the importance of policy, exploring clinical leadership and understanding how research influences decision making.

By the time you graduate from King’s College London, you’ll have the skills and confidence to kick-start your career as an adult nurse and deliver, develop, lead and research healthcare practice.


  • Our Adult Nursing MSc with registration is the only MSc course provided by a Russell Group university.
  • Get hands-on in our state-of-the-art simulation centre with its six-bay ward, operating theatre, and intensive care unit
  • Learn the latest theories from expert tutors who are leaders in their fields
  • Study on the job, with placements at world-famous London hospitals including King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ 

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 Lynn Sayer, Senior Lecturer in Nursing Education & Deputy Head of Department, Adult Nursing

Further details

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Course detail


This MSc is designed to give you the knowledge you need to begin a rewarding career as an adult nurse, whatever your background. But you’ll need to have some healthcare related experience to join us.

Half of your time will be spent gaining practical experience on placements. The other half will be learning from our experts to understand theoretical areas, including care delivery, research principles and clinical leadership.


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 NMC standards of proficiency and the academic requirements of King's College London for the award of a Masters degree.

Course format and assessment


Working as a nurse, your role will be hands-on, but you’ll also rely on your knowledge to make decisions. Whether you’re listening to a guest lecturer or testing your skills in a clinical skills workshop, our teaching team do everything they can to help you link theory and practice.

So we use simulations to give you plenty of practice. This might involve perfecting a new skill or working as a team with medical students to treat a deteriorating patient.


The way we assess your learning will vary. But it’ll be mix of exams, clinical portfolio work, essays, presentations and a supervised dissertation.

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

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Transitioning to Registrant (45 Credits)
  • Professional 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.

Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent.

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

Applicants need to have already achieved, or be on track to achieve, grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills.  

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 2020. 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 p.a. (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,800 p.a. (2020/21)

The UK Government has announced that nursing, midwifery and many allied health students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year. The funding will be available from next year and will not have to be repaid. Find out more here

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020/21 (September 2020) 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.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £29,800 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

King’s students have plenty of opportunities to add to their CVs. Some of our students achieve the role of a ‘champion’, promoting the area of the trust they’re working in. Extra responsibilities like this make your passion and commitment shine through.

After just two years, you’ll be ready to start your career as an adult nurse. Many King’s graduates secure positions in the NHS trusts where they completed their placements.

Or, if you want to achieve your Master’s, you can complete a nursing dissertation. You have five years to do this after you graduate, so it’s up to you whether you do it straight away or alongside your employment.

With King’s on your CV and whole host of transferable skills, your degree could take you anywhere – whether that’s elsewhere in the UK or working somewhere on the other side of the world.


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