This programme gives you a flexible opportunity to build on your current nursing qualifications


BSc Nursing Studies will provide a coherent and vocationally relevant programme of study, designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to progress in your chosen sphere of practice.

This programme is specifically aimed at registered nurses who work in contemporary healthcare and wish to ‘top up’ their qualifications to degree level.

With the advice and guidance of the programme leader you will receive an excellent and personalised student experience which aims to support you and increase your confidence. We’ll also work to assist you to choose modules that will work for you as an individual.

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Mode of Study:



3 Years

Start date:


Course details

The course provides:

  • A programme that will build upon existing knowledge and skills 
  • Opportunities to construct your own learning through a series of educationally sound, challenging learning experiences 
  • Opportunities to reflect critically on module content and its application and potential impact on your professional practice 
  • Opportunities to develop as a critical thinking practitioner with extensive knowledge, able to contribute to the standing of the nursing profession. 

This course can be studied on a full- or part-time basis. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of prior learning, which will allow us to assign advanced standing credits to you and advise how many additional credits you must achieve to gain your award.

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    How you’ll be taught

    This varies with each module. However, many modules are taught online.

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    Assessment varies depending on modules but may include: exams, essays and portfolio work.

Popular modules

  • Promoting Excellence in Older People’s Care
  • Management of Chronic Diseases
  • Healthy Lives 
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have a relevant health care qualification.

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 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

On entering the programme students will be allocated advanced standing based on existing qualifications/education 

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.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland *£305 *£tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland *£1,157 *£tba
Overseas and EU *£2,530 *£tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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Graduation from this course can increase your promotion prospects or provide a stepping stone to further study at Masters level.

The skills you gain will prepare you for work in a number of areas, including:

  • NHS departments and sectors
  • Health and social care industries
  • Private and voluntary sectors
  • Education providers
  • Research institutes
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