Nursing with Leadership Dual Registration Mental Health and Adult MSci, 4 years

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Nurses change lives, but they don’t work alone. Effective and efficient leadership is crucial to the smooth running of healthcare. On this four-year degree, alongside gaining core nursing skills and experience, you’ll discover what it takes to be a clinical and professional leader within the profession.

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School of Allied Health Professions

Course description

Course description

The NHS needs nurses, nurses work in teams - and those teams need effective leadership. Only one university offers a pre-registration nursing degree with an integrated leadership component: Leicester.

We have partnered with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) to deliver this course. Our degrees draw on more than 40 years of medical education as well as the expertise of our School of Business.

Our degrees put leadership at the heart of the curriculum. Throughout your degree you will be offered mentoring by experienced leaders in the nursing profession and the wider NHS.

You’ll also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience. You will spend at least 50% of your time on placements, working alongside experienced nursing and medical staff.

Two pathways

These are dual registration degrees. This means you can choose to concentrate on either adult health and mental health or child health and mental health.

This degree lasts four years, at the end of which you will have the security of employment opportunities in the local NHS.

Student Learning Contract

As part of the offer for a place on this course all students are required to agree to abide by the conditions of a Student Learning Contract (PDF) which you will be asked to sign during the induction week at the beginning of the course. This learning contract will apply to the entire duration of the course and the signed copy will be stored as a PDF on your University electronic record.

Download a prospectus (PDF, 6MB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: BBB including a science-based subject. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives not accepted.
  • GCSE: Maths and English Language at grade B/6, plus a science subject at grade C/5.
  • BTEC: DDD in Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, Health Studies or Applied Science (including Medical or Forensic streams).
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points with 16 at Higher Level including grade 6 in Biology. Minimum of grade 5 Maths or 6 in Maths Studies at SL, 5 in English at SL (if GCSE requirement not met).
  • Access to HE: 30 credits at Distinction + 15 credits at Merit in Science based diploma. Content must include 15 credits in topics related to Human Biology/Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Graduate entry: Honours degree in a relevant subject at 2:1 (or international equivalent)

Selection procedure

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including academic achievement. Suitable applicants will be invited for a values based Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). 

Health Requirements

The interview process is undertaken without consideration of any health or special circumstances.  However, if you are made an offer and you accept, you will be required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire. You may be contacted by the University's Occupational Health team if it is deemed appropriate.

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check

Once you have received confirmation of your place at Leicester you will be emailed instructions on how to apply for a fully enhanced DBS check, with both barred lists: please note that part of the process involves having your identity documents checked at a Post Office in the UK and this cannot be carried out on your behalf by someone else. Because the University uses a third party and the Post Offices, the cost of your DBS check in 2019 will be £62. We recommend registering for the DBS Update Service which charges a reduced annual subscription of £13 and is the most cost effective way to keep a DBS certificate up to date. This will be required if you choose to join the Employment Bank at the Trust as a Healthcare Assistant during your course. 

Checks can take 4-6 weeks to complete, so please complete your application as soon as possible after you have received instructions from us, to make sure that you receive your DBS Certificate by the beginning of term. If you will not be in the country on or shortly after the results day, you can consider carrying out the DBS application early but bear in mind that if you do not achieve your required results you may not be given a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (a minimum score of at least 7 in all areas): as required by the NMC regulatory body.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

Tuition fees for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed.
As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2019/20 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2020

Tuition fees for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed.
As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2019/20 were:

  • £20,590 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.



This programme has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Accelerated career

At the end of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse.

Once you have successfully completed the course and displayed the NHS values and behaviours, there will be employment opportunities as a nurse in the local NHS.

When you complete our leadership programme, you will leave with a clear bespoke plan to accelerate your career in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Your NHS employer will support you in achieving these milestones for you to progress into a clinical leadership role if this is something you aspire to.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 4


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Dual registration: you will receive your MSci Nursing (with Leadership) degree and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse with a first registration in mental health and an additional registration in either adult or children’s nursing.

We have outstanding facilities. Our new £42 million George Davies Centre is a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly building that harnesses the very latest technology and resources, creating an outstanding learning environment for our healthcare students and facilitating inter-professional education.

Our Clinical Skills Unit offers high-tech simulated mannequins to enable you to practice procedures in a safe environment before having to perform them on service patients.

All first year students are provided with iPads. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto the iPads, meaning content can be rapidly revised and updated and you can annotate it during sessions.

Teaching and learning

In university-based teaching there is a balanced mixture of lectures, clinical skills teaching and inter-professional group work. At least 50% of the course will be based in nursing placements, building your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes over the four years. In each academic year there is an opportunity to learn alongside other healthcare students supported by experienced academic lecturer-practitioners and clinically qualified staff. Your iPad will support your learning throughout, including supporting you in organising your own self-directed study.

The four leadership modules that are an integrated component of the programme will enable you to develop your own leadership knowledge and skills facilitated by leadership learning sets. As part of the leadership modules, you will develop a leadership portfolio that will be part of your long-term career map, which will underpin your accelerated career trajectory. You will prepare for professional practice, focussing on the knowledge and skills required for lifelong learning and professional practice, including specific interview preparation, presentation skills and numeric skills.

You will develop the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances. This will be fostered by reflection and the internalisation of professional values. A system of Personal Development Planning is essential to engage and support the student in developing these skills.

All modules ensure that students are able to function safely, competently and effectively in the core areas of nursing practice immediately upon completion of the programme and successful professional registration with the NMC. The programme enables graduates to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to sustain their continuing professional development and lifelong learning throughout their careers.

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Course Nursing with Leadership Dual Registration Mental Health and Adult Qualification MSci Duration 4 years, full-time UCAS Code B747 Availability Apply Now