MN Masters in Nursing (Learning Disability)

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Shape the future of adult, child, mental health or learning disability nursing with this new masters which includes registration

  • Napier code:

    72765MM

  • UCAS code:

    B765

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    3 years

  • Award:

    MN

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Course introduction

The Masters in Nursing (MN) enables you to achieve a post-graduate qualification and professional registration.  The MN underpins all aspects of nursing practice and leads to eligibility for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register in one of the four fields: Adult Health /Child Health /Mental Health /Learning Disability.
It is a full-time, three year, post-graduate degree course which aims to provide you with a range of learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will enable you to become a critically reflective, post-graduate nurse with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of your respective field of nursing. 
Throughout this programme you will be in University studying theory (50%) and then have the opportunity to engage in clinical-based learning (50%) in a variety of hospital and community settings within the Lothian and Borders area.  Integrated into this programme is the opportunity to engage in voluntary and elective practice placements locally or internationally. 



This new Masters in Nursing with registration is a full-time 3 year programme.  It would suite highly motivated graduates who enjoy a challenge and want to shape the future of one of the four fields of nursing: Adult Health, Child Health, Mental Health or Learning Disability.

The Masters in Nursing (MN) enables you to achieve a post-graduate qualification and professional registration.  The MN underpins all aspects of nursing practice and leads to eligibility for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register in one of the four fields: Adult Health /Child Health /Mental Health /Learning Disability.

It is a full-time, three year, post-graduate degree course which aims to provide you with a range of learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will enable you to become a critically reflective, post-graduate nurse with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of your respective field of nursing. 

Throughout this programme you will be in University studying theory (50%) and then have the opportunity to engage in clinical-based learning (50%) in a variety of hospital and community settings within the Lothian and Borders area.  Integrated into this programme is the opportunity to engage in voluntary and elective practice placements locally or internationally. 


Nurses today need to be able to demonstrate competence in nursing care across the patient’s lifespan. To deliver this, they need to be able to work flexibly, inter-professionally and collaboratively in a dynamic and ever changing health care arena. 

Our nursing programme has been written to take account of the key drivers in health care at local, national and international levels and was developed in partnership with our clinical partners, students, service users and carers.  

During each year of the programme you will learn alongside colleagues in all fields of nursing, and will work with peers from the MN and the undergraduate nursing programme. The course is designed so that you will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding which gives you specific skills, knowledge and competences to work within a variety of health-care settings. There is increasing nursing field specialisation as the programme progresses which keeps you abreast of the current developments within your chosen field of nursing.  On completion, this course will support you to become a creative, innovated and dynamic nurse with an excellent grounding in nursing theory and practice.  

Year 1 lays the foundations about what the role of the nurse is and introduces you to the Nursing and Midwifery code as well as theories and models of nursing and nursing skills.  It also focuses on anatomy and physiology, determinants of health across the life span, communication, compassionate care, and ethics and inter-professional working. You will also begin to develop academic and research skills.  

Year 2 to builds on the work undertaken previously, but also introduces factors which influence health and well-being such as global and national public health priorities. You will explore the impact of altered health status on the individual and their family/carers over the life span. In addition, you will acquire deeper understanding of inter-professional healthcare delivery which includes looking at aspects of co-production, individuals’ rights and inclusion.

Year 3 builds and consolidates your knowledge within your specific field of nursing. Here you will looks more specifically at complex health care needs, health care delivery, interventions, governance, leadership and decision-making. You will undertake a literature review which provides opportunities to build upon your prior learning and experience in an area of interest to you.

Learning Disability 


Theory year 1 
  • Foundations of health and well-being {Masters} 1A
  • Foundations of health and well-being (Bridging)   1B
  • Developing Professionalism {Bridging} 2A 
  • Developing Professionalism {Masters} 2B 

Practice learning disability year 1 
  • Nursing Practice 1 
  • Nursing Practice 2 (learning disability) 

Theory Year 2 
  • Essential Theory and Skills for learning disability Practice {Masters} 3A 
  • Essential Theory and Skills for learning disability Practice {Masters} 3B 
  • Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4A
  • Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4B 
 
Practice year 2
  • Nursing Practice 3 (learning disability)
  • Nursing Practice 4 (learning disability)

Theory Year 3 
  • Critical Perspectives of learning disability {Masters} 5A 
  • Critical Perspectives of learning disability {Masters} 5B 
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare {Masters} 6 Dissertation

Practice year 3 
  • Nursing Practice 5 (learning disability) 
  • Nursing Practice 6 (learning disability)

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Edinburgh Napier University is the largest provider of nursing professionals in Scotland. This new programme has the potential to deliver post-graduate nurses who have excellent career prospects across hospitals and local communities, voluntary organisations and the private sector. 

As new registrants you will be taking up leading roles within education, practice and research within the NHS and in the private sector, and will be able to work anywhere within the UK and EU and in some cases even further afield.


The entry requirement for this course is a First degree or Honours degree at a 2:2 or above. 

In addition applicants must also have Higher/ A Level English C, Higher/ A Level Biology/Human Biology C and National 5/ GCSE C Maths/or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component).  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000** £9,250**

**Please note, whilst this programme leads to a Masters level qualification, the course is eligible for student funding in the same way as undergraduate nursing programmes are, and therefore offer holders should apply for funding via these routes.