MN Masters in Nursing (Adult)

Postgraduate, Full-time

Masters in Nursing (Adult) MN

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


The Masters in Nursing (MN) is a programme designed for graduates which enables you to achieve a post-graduate Masters qualification alongside gaining your nursing registration. The MN underpins all aspects of nursing practice and leads to eligibility for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register in Adult Health.

It is a full-time, three year post-graduate degree which aims to provide you with a range of learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will enable you to become a critically reflective postgraduate 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 health and social care settings anywhere within the Lothian and Borders area; with the potential that students will have at least one placement in the Borders.

Integrated into this programme is the opportunity to engage in a mobility practice placement outwith NHS Lothian and Borders or internationally, and attend conferences and workshops.

Nursing students in the clinical skills and simulation suite

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3 years

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Course details

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 and social care arena.

Our nursing programme takes account of the key drivers in health and social care at local, national and international levels and is developed in partnership with our clinical partners, students, service users and carers.

During each year of the programme you will learn alongside colleagues from all fields of nursing (Child Health, Mental Health, and Learning Disability) and will work with peers from the Masters in Nursing (MN) and the Bachelor Nursing (BN) programme. The course is designed so that you will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding which gives you specific skills and competences to work within a variety of health and social care settings. As you progress through the programme there is increasing field specialisation which enables you to deliver high quality, evidence based, and person-centred care across a range of care settings.

On completion, this course will have supported you to become a creative, autonomous, innovative and dynamic nurse with an excellent grounding in nursing theory and practice incorporating current developments within your chosen field of nursing.


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
  • Nursing Practice 1
  • Nursing Practice 2 (Adult Health)

Year 2

  • Essential Theory and Skills for Adult Health Practice {Masters} (Theory 3A Adult Health)
  • Essential Theory and Skills for Adult Health Practice {Masters} (Theory 3B Adult Health)
  • Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4A
  • Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4B
  • Nursing Practice 3 (Adult Health)
  • Nursing Practice 4 (Adult Health)

Year 3

  • Critical Perspectives of Adult Health {Masters} 5A Adult Health
  • Critical Perspectives of Adult Health {Masters} 5B Adult Health
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare {Masters} 6 Dissertation
  • Nursing Practice 5 (Adult Health)
  • Nursing Practice 6 (Adult Health)
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    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 critical academic writing skills and will by the end of year 1 have the necessary tool kit to build on these skills as an autonomous learner.

    Year 2 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 health and social care 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 look more specifically at complex health care needs, health and social care delivery, interventions, governance, leadership and professional decision-making. You will undertake a dissertation nested in quality improvement or leadership which provides opportunities to build upon your prior learning and experience in an area of nursing that is of interest to you.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Assessments are varied, from essay writing, exams, report/case study, portfolio to on-line discussions and assessment of nursing skills.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Integrated into this programme are practice placements within NHS Lothian and Borders within Health and Social Care settings. There is also the potential to engage in an out of area (mobility practice placement) nationally or internationally. Within the university there are also opportunities for expanding your practice by volunteering in a range of activities, such as the food bank, charities and working with researchers in the School.  Where possible we encourage you to attend conferences, workshops and participate in exchange programmes.*

    *These experiences may require funding through sponsorship/self-funding.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    There is an opportunity to have a mobility practice learning placement nationally or internationally at designated times in the programme.

  • library Facilities

    You will have the opportunity to practice nursing skills in both Lothian and Borders, as well exposure to social care services. For your theoretical/skills teaching you will be based at the Sighthill Campus in Edinburgh and have the opportunity to work in a world-class skills unit and social living space. This enables you to experience high quality simulated scenarios and activities which reflect real life in care settings/patient homes.

    The University is committed to delivering high quality programmes of learning and offers excellent support in terms of study facilities, library services, pastoral and academic skills support. Within the programme you will also have a personal development tutor who will support you and work co-productively to enable you to progress throughout the programme.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Developing Professionalism {Bridging} (Theory 2a Stem) ( NUR10103 )

Within this module you will examine core personal, professional and organisational values. The influence of values, attitudes and ethics on your ability to provide compassionate care will be examined. You will explore the role of the nurse and the significance of the NMC Code (2015) for health care practice. Reflection and reflective practice will be examined. Fundamental communication skills and theory, compassionate care, person-centred and relationship centred care will be examined, supporting the development of self-compassion and personal resilience.

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Developing Professionalism {Masters} (Theory 2b Stem) ( NUR11110 )

LO 1: Critically engage with communication and compassionate care strategies to enhance health and social care delivery.
LO 2: Critically reflect on professional behaviours observed in practice and relate this to the principles of effective communication.
LO 3: Examine the impact of legislation in relation to safeguarding people.
LO 4: Appraise nursing theories and models and their application to health and social care delivery.
L0 5: Critically explore professional, ethical and legal issues relevant to contemporary health and social care delivery.

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Foundations of Health and Well-Being {Masters} (Theory 1b Generic) ( NUR11116 )

Within this module you will critically analyse knowledge and understanding in relation to health and wellbeing and health promotion. Health promotion from a local, national and global perspective will be critically explored along with the principles of socialisation, health and culture and health and social care integration. You will critically examine key developmental theories. The biological aspects of health will be critically explored in relation to maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing. You will critique different sources of evidence which inform nursing practice. Fundamental healthcare skills will be extended.

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Foundations of health and well-being {Bridging} (Theory 1a Generic) ( NUR10101 )

On this module you will analyse the meaning of health and well-being from a personal, professional and values based perspective.
You will explore the social and societal aspects of health and well-being. There will be a focus on the biological aspects of health including an introduction to anatomy, physiology and microbiology within the lifespan.
You will examine the concept of evidence base nursing practice and evaluate the evidence sources which can be used to inform nursing practice. Fundamental healthcare skills including mandatory training, first aid and other associated clinical skills will be explored.

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Nursing Practice 1 (Generic) ( NUR07108 )

Preparation for and attendance at initial 10 weeks of clinical practice; development of numeracy skills.

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Nursing Practice 2 (Adult Health) ( ADN07110 )

This practice module will introduce you to adult health care services where you will work within The Code: Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour (Nursing Midwifery Council 2015) using ethical and moral practices; you will explore professional rights and responsibilities, professional boundaries and ongoing professional development. Under direct supervision you will observe and participate in the assessment, delivery and evaluation of compassionate patient care within community/medical/surgical/medicine of the elderly service delivery. You will observe and participate in the role of the nurse in leading, managing and co-ordinating all aspects of evidence based patient care. You will work with patients in a relationship based way that promotes diversity and equality and work in collaboration with others who work in the health and social care setting to provide care to individuals and their families. During this module you will develop clinical skills commensurate with Part One of the BN Programme that emphasise effective communication, compassion and partnership working. You will engage in the practice of infection control and complete associated theory (Cleanliness Champions Programme) and numeracy related to practice.
You will enhance your knowledge of factors that can have an impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and how health can be promoted and maintained with the support of mentors and other professional who support student learning. You will reflect on how social care standards and policies are used in practice to improve standards of care within your practice learning experience. In collaboration with your mentor you will identify local health principles and priorities to recognise major causes and social determinants of health, illness and health inequalities within society.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a First degree or Honours degree.

In addition applicants must also have Higher/ A Level English C, Higher/ A Level Biology/Human Biology C and National 5/ GCSE C/4 Maths/or equivalent.

Interview Requirements

There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be sent to you prior to interview and will be conducted on the interview day.  The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University. 

Previous Nursing Students

Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.

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

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

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250** tba

**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.


Nursing students grouped around a 'patient'

Edinburgh Napier University is the largest provider of nursing professionals in Scotland. This MN 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 initially take up band 5 posts. After consolidation of your practice there are range of opportunities available to you and it is anticipated that as a critically reflective practitioner with excellent leadership skills you will be well prepared to consider applying for roles (see below for examples) nationally or internationally within the NHS, Social care or in the private sector:

  • Lecturer in nursing
  • Research Nurse
  • Senior Nursing positions
  • Lead clinician for a charity
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Consultant