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New MA in nursing course open to all graduates


The University of Salford has launched a new MA in nursing that is open to all graduates – making it the first of its kind in the country.

The course is aimed at graduates of any discipline who want to change direction and pursue a career in nursing.

Those who complete the course will receive both a postgraduate qualification and NMC registration as an adult or mental health nurse.


Readers' comments (8)

  • In these difficult times, with nursing unemployment so high in most outer city hospitals, are Salford trying to add more nurses to the mix? Out the 245 nurses who qualified in the local university only 8 got jobs. I feel this is poor judgement by someone who wants only to make money for the courses. There are other ways to get into nursing without buying your way in

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  • livvyf3

    I agree, and with the tuition fees set to go up will graduates really want to add to burdeoning debts? Some effort should be put into attracting school leavers, future generations, into nursing and making it seem as a valuable profession to go into.

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  • Salford is committed to ensuring the best available education is available to all potential student nurses, and that includes those that already have degrees. The student numbers are from within those already commissioned and as such the total numbers are unchanged. In no sense are these students buying their way into nursing, merely undertaking a programme at a different academic level.

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  • As a student on this course, I have to say that we haven't bought our way in. All of us are adults who have worked very hard to achieve our undergraduate degree and have chosen to enter into a profession with limitless opportunities to succeed.

    The current job climate isn't great but I sincerely believe that at the end of the 3 years of this course, we will come out with more than an MA. We'll also have RN or RMN attached to our names which will be a great achievement. Basically it is down to us to make our experience worthwhile.

    All of us on this course have made a variety of sacrifices to devote our time to gaining the qualification. Financially it's very difficult as many of us are not getting a full bursary and many of us are living on the base minimum but how valuable is this opportunity, that I believe we cannot put in monetary terms.

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  • I also have taken the opportunity to do this course, i have not bought my way into Nursing .....i have however completed a degree and now taking the opportunity to study and achieve my dream of becoming a Mental Health nurse, it is however not easy as all students are aware, study, family and general everyday life.
    I have not taken the programme as easy option to get into nursing far from it and feel quite offended people feel this..............

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  • Well Anonymous, how very assumptive and offensive of you.

    In terms of nurse unemployment, your point is completely invalid. Surely if this is such a problem we should also stop training new BSc and Diploma students?

    How exactly you think that students on this course have 'bought' their way in is intriguing; as a member of this year's MA intake group I don't recall buying my way in anywhere. What I do know is that as I have already completed another degree, I don't qualify for a student loan unlike the majority of BSc students. I am living on an extremely basic means tested bursary allowance as are all of my course mates, and we are finding our own ways to deal with the burgeoning debt this leaves us with. That is the level of commitment we have put into this. We are in university 5 days a week (the only nursing course at Salford who do this in first year), still have to complete the statutory hours prescribed by the NMC and therefore will still be studying for 3 years in addition to the 3 years of higher education we have had elsewhere.

    Unfortunately nursing is vocational and not everyone gets their calling before they go to university the first time around. I wish it was that simple.

    If you could see how rigorous our course is, I'm quite sure you would value us as much as other student nurses. It really comes down to the fact that we are still pre-registration and have as much to learn as other students. We deserve the same chance and non-judgmental support from the RNs around us - including those on online forums!

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  • I completely agree with comments left by fellow MA students as a colleague on this course. As post-graduate students we are dedicated and committing ourselves to another three years study without student loans and additional grants. Hence, we have no other choice but to work alongside this full-time demmanding programme. We are extremely proud to be the first students in England who have taken the opportunity to start this course.

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  • Well done to all those who are currently on this course. Another 3 years of higher study on low income can't be easy, especially those who have families to support too.

    I was an RMN who did the 3 year BN and a further BSc in nursing. However, I am now looking for a change after years of bank work and I have applied to do an MSc in another vocation. With no funding available to me and with a family of my own to support it's going to be challenging. I worry if I'll be able to afford it, will there be a post at the end of it and would I be better off just keeping the money for my disabled son's university fees in a few years time? It's more of a challenge as I have no one to support me. So for those on the course well done again and I hope that your efforts will pay off.

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