Taught in a Medical School at the heart of one of the UK’s largest healthcare regions, the NMurs Adult and Mental Health Dual Registration course provides you with many opportunities to gain experience treating patients from a wide range of different backgrounds and cultures.
This innovative Masters of Nursing course will supply you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to become a registered nurse in adult and mental health nursing practice. Your development as a future leader in nursing will be enhanced through the development of clinical, research, leadership and quality improvement which are taken at Masters level. The School of Nursing has an active research programme and students undertaking the Master of Nursing will be aligned with one of our themes for the final year of the programme.
You will be able to develop, manage, evaluate and disseminate the findings of a clinical research or improvement project in conjunction with the clinical academic and nursing management team. Through your extended knowledge of physiology and physiological changes to the clinical assessment of patients you will be able to recommend the use of diagnostic techniques to inform clinical nursing decisions.
Birmingham is ranked 7th in the UK for Nursing in the Complete University Guide 2020.
First year (Foundation year)
The first year is designed to develop your understanding of holistic healthcare and nursing practice with people across the lifespan in each of the fields of practice.
You will share learning with students from all fields of practice and undertake placements and simulated practice experience with children, adults and the elderly. As well as examining these areas through study and simulated practical skills, you will gain invaluable practical experience by completing placements which expose you to different populations and fields of nursing practice.
You'll study the principles of nursing practice and nursing skills underpinned by relevant biological, pharmacological, psychological and social sciences and will gain an appreciation of the health and social needs of people and their families. You will also study core clinical skills and develop your academic and digital skills in order to gain an understanding of professional practice. The design of the course means that you may apply to change a field of practice at the end of the first year if you feel you have made a wrong choice, subject to availability.
You will study modules specific to adult field of practice (field 1) as well as core modules, which support your development as a nurse, these include the study of evidence-based practice, healthcare and clinical decision making in a social economic and political environment. You will undertake all field 1 specific clinical placements in hospital and community settings in your second year. At the end of the second year you have the opportunity to undertake a 4 week elective experience, either overseas or in the United Kingdom (UK). In the UK electives can be arranged in hospices, prisons and other specialist units. International electives can be in health care settings in any continent of the world. Examples of countries where students have visited recently include Australia, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania, Greece, Canada and the USA. The elective enables you to experience differences in culture, clinical practice, healthcare systems and languages, which will benefit you as a Registered Nurse when managing care for people from different backgrounds and also gives an understanding of nursing as a global profession. It gives you the opportunity to further develop your self-confidence and organisational skills, through arranging your own elective experience with the support and guidance of academic staff.
To progress onto year 3 and field 2 (mental health) of the Master of Nursing (Dual Registration) course, you will need to have achieved an average of 55% or above in your assessed work at this stage. If you have passed all elements including practice elements but your average grade is below 55% you will be transferred to the final year of the Bachelor of Nursing course in order to complete your studies and to achieve eligibility for nursing registration within the single field that you studied in year 2.
In year three you will continue to further develop your knowledge of assessment and complex care interventions related to your chosen field 1 whilst being introduced to new therapeutic knowledge in relation to your chosen field 2. You will undertake specific clinical placements in hospital and/or community settings for field 2 in your third year. You will undertake a research module that will support your preparation for your research dissertation in year four. This module is taken at Masters level.
Year four is the final year and is studied completely at Masters level. There is a focus on research and leadership development as well as on your developing proficiency in both fields of practice within the clinical environment. For your dissertation, you will work in student teams with a relevant clinical academic and with support of practice partners as needed to refine and develop a research project which will take place throughout the academic year. This will be supported by teaching and supervision of research methodology and evidence critique.
To enhance your clinical development you will take an advanced assessment and diagnostics module that will develop your clinical examination skills and knowledge of related diagnostic testing. This will be set in the context of your second field of practice. This module will support post registration preparation as a nurse prescriber if your future employment requires this.
You will complete two final assessed management placements, one in each field of practice supported throughout by your development in leadership and management. The leadership module will help you to evaluate and manage risk, consider safe delegation and supervision decisions, manage change and facilitate own and others learning in application to both of your fields of practice. All elements including management placements in each field of practice must be passed in order to achieve the MNurs and eligibility to register in two fields of practice.
Your nursing practice is continuously developed and assessed throughout the programme by specially prepared supervisors and registered nursing assessors using the region wide Midlands, Yorkshire and East Practice Assessment Document (MYEPAD). At the University of Birmingham, you will have the opportunity to practice nursing in some of the country's leading healthcare foundation trusts gaining experience of a range of nursing environments and care settings including home, community and hospital settings in the Birmingham and Solihull area.
Throughout the programme your skill development will be supported through the simulated practice setting in the University. You will therefore undertake a range of diverse and exciting clinical placements, gaining a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians.
In order to maximise your learning experience on clinical placements, practice placement teams organise teaching sessions, student forums and provide on-going clinical support for nursing students, practice supervisors and assessors. Lecturers from the University of Birmingham provide dedicated practice preparation and mid placement sessions to help you make the most of the practice experience. After each placement you are given the opportunity to evaluate your experience and this plays an important part in the ongoing quality assurance of the placement learning environment. Each year you will have a named academic assessor with responsibility for oversight of your overall progress and achievement.
Adult field of practice
You will have placements in hospital settings, with the opportunity to work in medicine, surgery, accident and emergency, critical care, rehabilitation and older adults. In the community you will work in hospices, intermediate care and with district nurses and other specialist healthcare professionals. More information on placement areas can be found on the following websites:
Mental Health field of practice
You will have the opportunity to work with children and adolescents through to older adults with mental health problems. You will work in community, residential and hospital settings, gaining a wide range of clinical skills. More information can be found on the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust website.