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

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Typical offer BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code B791

International fee £21,515

Institute code L34

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School of Allied Health Professions

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 to become a competent dual registered nurse, you’ll discover what it takes to be a clinical and professional leader within the profession.

Course description

Course description

Important: The precise content of this course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2020, when the 2018 NMC standards will be implemented, and may change slightly to accommodate this. Details on this page describe the course as studied by the intake of students who started in September 2019.

The NHS needs nurses, nurses work in teams - and those teams need effective leadership. We are the only UK university offering a pre-registration nursing degree with an integrated leadership component.

Our unique degrees draw on the experience and expertise of more than 40 years of health education at the University of Leicester, a partnership with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), as well as the expertise of our School of Business.

By putting leadership at the heart of the curriculum, we give you all the tools you need to qualify as a registered nurse - and also to progress further in the profession. As part of the leadership modules, throughout your degree you will be offered mentoring by experienced leaders in the nursing profession and the wider NHS.

While at Leicester, you will study and work alongside other healthcare students in our superb facilities, which include a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit with high-tech simulated mannequins to enable you to practise procedures in a safe environment. You'll even have lectures in Leicester Medical School's anatomy dissection room.

However, practical real-world experience is a vital part of training. You will spend at least 50% of your time on nursing placements, working alongside experienced nurses and the multidisciplinary team. Through these clinical placements, you will develop skills that enable you to act compassionately and professionally in a wide variety of clinical situations.

Students on this course are eligible for a grant of at least £5,000 a year, which you do not need to pay back.

Two pathways

These are dual registration, undergraduate masters degrees. This means you can choose to study mental health and adult nursing or mental health and children’s nursing.

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 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, 11MB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: BBB, to include one science from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives not accepted.
  • GCSE: Mathematics and English Language at grade C/4. Functional Skills are not accepted.
  • BTEC: DDD in Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, Health Studies or Applied Science (including Medical or Forensic streams).
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 28 points  including grade 6 in HL Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths Studies. Minimum of 4 in English at SL or HL.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Grades H2, H3, H3, H3, H3, which must include a science subject (from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology). Minimum of O4/H4 in English Language and Maths.
  • Access to HE: Healthcare or Science based Diploma at Level 3: 60 credits overall, including 15 credits in topics relating to Human Biology, Anatomy or Physiology. Of the Level 3 credits, at least 30 at distinction and 15 at merit.
  • 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). Your capability for digital and technological literacy is tested through submitting your application via UCAS and a further opportunity during the MMIs.

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 (Word, 48kb). You may be contacted by the University's Occupational Health team if it is deemed appropriate.

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The university will bear the cost for this and will provide successful applicants with details of how to obtain their DBS certificate prior to the start of the 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 6.5 in writing and at least 7 in all other components): 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 2021

The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.

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

You may be eligible for support from the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Authority. From September 2020, the LSF has been extended to include a non-repayable £5,000 per year bursary for new and existing students.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2021

  • £21,515 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.



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

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This course will develop key employability skills that are important to leadership positions in healthcare, including:

  • Leadership and management
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Change management
  • Team working

At the point of registration, it is expected that you will have the ability to practise autonomously and will be able to progress to specialist nursing roles in adult, child health or mental health.

You’ll also graduate with a clear plan to accelerate your career. You will start employment within the NHS at Band 5 and it is anticipated that, with support from your educators in practice, you will be able to use your leadership education and skills to fast-track into key NHS leadership roles.

If you aspire towards a career in academia or research, secondments to the university setting to engage with the education of students or assist with project work is also a possible career option.

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1


The first year of the course, which is common to both our Nursing degrees, introduces fundamental knowledge required to be a nurse and a leader of the profession. You will gain knowledge and skills that are key to nursing care which will underpin your learning in years two, three and four. You will be introduced to both core theory and clinical skills.

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?

Enhance your skills with superb facilities, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit, which offers high tech simulated patients to enable you to perfect your clinical procedures. You'll also learn anatomy and physiology in Leicester Medical School's dissection room.

Get all the practical experience you need. Nursing placements account for 50% of the course, allowing you to develop your clinical skills, enhance your professional competencies and experience a whole variety of real life scenarios.

Study a unique course. We are the only UK university offering a pre-registration nursing degree with an integrated leadership component. Develop the skills and knowledge to be a healthcare leader.

Healthcare education at the University of Leicester has been established for over 40 years. This means you'll learn from a dedicated team of experts with a huge amount of experience in training you to succeed. You'll have the opportunity to study inter-professionally alongside students from other healthcare areas, including physiotherapy, midwifery and medicine.

Reading list

See the types of texts you might read, over the summer, to get a feel for the course and arrive prepared and ready to go.

View a reading list for Nursing degrees

Teaching and learning

All modules ensure that you are able to function safely, competently and effectively in the core areas of nursing practice immediately after you graduate and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

University teaching takes place in study facilities across campus, and balances a mixture of lectures, small group tutorials, clinical skills teaching and interprofessional group learning opportunities (alongside other healthcare students). This builds your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes over the four years.

The four leadership modules, which are an integrated component of the programme, will enable you to develop your own leadership knowledge and skills. As part of the leadership modules, you will develop a leadership portfolio that will be part of your long-term career map - underpinning 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 numeracy skills.

We have fully embraced the rapidly changing field of digital technology, both in its application to teaching but also to the provision of holistic personalised nursing care. In the first year you will be given an iPad. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto these iPads enabling you to annotate during sessions. Content can also be rapidly revised and updated, and the iPad can support you to organise your own self-directed study. 

At least 50% of the course will be based in nursing placements, building your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes over the four years. During these placements, you will develop that enable you to act professionally, exercise personal responsibility and make decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances. A system of personal development planning and reflective practice will support you in developing these employment skills.

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