University of Huddersfield

Nursing- Pre-Registration Learning Disability MSc

The course provides the opportunity for those who have studied an undergraduate degree to undertake a two-year full-time Master’s course and upon successful completion receive eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course helps you to develop the skills required, in order to become a confident, competent and compassionate nurse in a rapidly changing health and social care environment.

  • The course will assist you to develop both practical and theoretical skills, in order to achieve your full potential as a learning disability nurse and meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards. These include professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision making, and leadership, management and team working. Your practice learning will be field specific to meet a wide range of physical, psychological and social needs.
  • This challenging and intensive course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice, where you will undertake placements in a range of settings. The course consists of three stages, each comprising of a number of compulsory modules, where you will have the opportunity to study alongside students from the other fields of nursing.
  • The University has strong links with NHS Trusts within the West Yorkshire and wider region, as well as private organisations who offer services to people with a learning disability
  • You will be taught in innovative and contemporary teaching and learning environments by lecturers who are committed and passionate, as well as practice supervisors and assessors who are research active and have extensive and varied experience in learning disability nursing.
  • Student support will be given from personal tutors and year leaders, as well as academic learning support and experienced practice supervisors and assessors.

You will also have the opportunity to develop a high level of personal and technical skills to help improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their ability to live as independently as possible. You will study how to work in partnership with service users, their families, carers and other professionals to promote health and wellbeing.

Entry Requirements

You must have the following:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) and work experience relevant to the programme to be followed. Applicants with an Honours degree and considerable relevant experience may also be considered if they can demonstrate their ability to study at Masters level.
  • Completed 12 years of general education.
  • GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent.
  • Applicants are required to successfully demonstrate that they have completed 550 hours of theory through studying/reading and 325 hours of practice before they can start the course using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] requirement)
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable


Career Prospects

During the course you will undertake a number of practice learning experiences in a diverse range of health and social care settings, reflecting the diversity of services accessed by people with a learning disability. This may include community teams, nursing and residential homes, supported living services, schools, short breaks services, day opportunities or hospitals and clinics. You may also have the opportunity to work within forensic services, prisons, palliative care and youth offending services. Throughout your practical experiences you will be supported, supervised and assessed by a qualified nurse or other suitably qualified professional to ensure you receive all the expert help and advice you need.

To allow you the broadest professional experience possible, practice experiences are generally offered across West Yorkshire and beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and occasional night shifts.

Course Details

Stage 1

Becoming a professional - Learning Disability Nursing
Introduction to Learning Disability Nursing
Understanding knowledge and evidence for nursing
Nursing Practice stage 1

Stage 2

Developing as a professional
Developing critical knowledge and skills in Learning Disability Nursing
Developing research knowledge and evidence for Learning Disability Nursing practice
Nursing Practice stage 2

Stage 3

Being a professional
Enhancing knowledge and skills in Learning Disability Nursing
Using evidence and research to enhance Learning Disability Nursing practice
Nursing Practice 3

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