BSc Nursing Studies (Global Online)

Undergraduate, Online learning

Designed for registered nurses aspiring to achieve advanced academic qualifications in contemporary nursing leading to BSc award.

  • Napier code:

    72109BD

  • Course type:

    Online learning

  • Duration:

    12 - 24 months

  • Award:

    BSc

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Course introduction

At Edinburgh Napier University, we aim to be recognised as a University that is professional, ambitious, innovative and inclusive and the School of Health and Social Care aspires to provide you with an excellent, personalised student experience. In our dealings with you we will act with respect and integrity. We will create an environment to enable you to feel proud to be a student of the University, to feel confident and supported while being academically challenged to further and deepen your knowledge and skills. A wide consultation process was undertaken to ascertain feedback from all stakeholders (including current and former BSc Nursing Studies students, registered nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators, other healthcare personnel and patients) to enable the BSc Nursing Studies course to be evaluated and revised to ensure it meets the needs of registered nurses working in contemporary healthcare practice.

Delivered fully online you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in your career with minimum disruption to your work and personal life.


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This course is designed specifically for registered nurses who wish to “top up” their academic qualifications to a BSc Nursing Studies award.  It acknowledges the diversity of learning needs of professionals in the workplace, particularly those working in healthcare environments who are studying concurrently.  It will deepen your knowledge of evidence-based practice and develop a critical approach to integrated healthcare which you then can effectively apply the theory to your own nursing practice. 

You will study subjects that are relevant to contemporary nursing practice, and you will be provided with learning opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills to allow you to progress in your chosen sphere of nursing practice.  

The online materials have been designed to support you to study at a place and pace which suits your needs. Depending on your starting trimester and your module selection, you may complete the course in 12 – 24 months. You'll study five modules in total, and where available a maximum of two modules in each trimester. Further information can be found in the indicative module delivery schedule.

Engaging in the online learning materials and participating in the online discussions will enable you to exchange knowledge with fellow participants. While you'll manage your own learning, you'll be provided with guidance on how best to work with the online materials and the importance of reflection in order to meet the course objectives.

In addition to the module materials, you’ll receive full support from module leaders, the programme leader, full access to our online library support, as well as being able to contact our dedicated administration team, should you have any queries.

For the award of the BSc Nursing Studies you must successfully pass all five modules, giving a total of 120 credits.  All modules are 20 credits, except where indicated.  

What you study

  • Promoting Excellence in Older People’s Health
  • Management of Chronic Disease
  • Advancing Practice Through Research
  • Healthy Lives 
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare (40 credits)

You can read more about the modules in the indicative module delivery schedule.

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

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

On successful completion of this course you will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to gain graduate-level employment in healthcare.


Minimum Entry Requirements

All entrants to the BSc Nursing Studies [Global Online] programme must registered as a nurse with a recognised nursing regulatory body.

To enter this programme you must have:

A nursing qualification and professional registration

240 Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) credits (or equivalent) in nursing of which a minimum of 120 credits are at SCQF level 8 (or equivalent).

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Your application will be considered on an individual basis. Edinburgh Napier University provides numerous credit transfer opportunities. The modular scheme operated within the University accords with the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), so that credits are transferable and recognition of your prior learning will be given where possible.

As a registered nurse, working overseas, your application to commence the BSc Nursing Studies [Global Online] programme will be considered, taking into consideration your previous study and experience. You will be advised how many academic credits you will require to ‘top up’ to degree. Any academic credits you have gained within the last five years from Edinburgh Napier University or another higher education institution will be considered under the scheme of recognised prior learning (RPL) and this information will be used to calculate how many credits you require to undertake to complete the BSc Nursing Studies [Global Online] programme.

Recognition of experience (RPEL) will also be considered and advice given on how this could be evidenced. Any credits gained longer than five years ago will be reviewed and you may be asked to submit a reflective account to demonstrate your current knowledge and understanding and its application to your practice. We will provide you with support in your reflective process and guidance on presenting your evidence.

Entry with a Certificate in Nursing - (240 Credits) 

If you have successfully completed a registered nurse programme to certificate level you may be able to enter this programme. You will be able to complete the programme by successfully achieving 120 credits at SCQF level 9. 

Entry with a Certificate in Nursing - (240 Credits) 

If you have successfully completed a registered nurse programme to certificate level and have relevant RPL/RPEL you may be able to enter this programme. You will be able to complete the programme by successfully achieving 120 credits through RLP/RPEL and completion of SCQF level 9.

Entry with a Diploma in Nursing - (300 Credits) 

If you have successfully completed a registered nurse programme to diploma level with to 120 credits at SCQF level 8 you may be able to enter this programme. This will enable you to complete the programme by successfully achieving 120 credits at SCQF level 9.

To be considered for RPL/RPEL to enter the programme using evidence of previous experience, please contact the Admissions team at ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk, where your case will be forwarded to an appropriate evaluator.


English Language Requirements  

As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 overall with all four elements having a score of at least 5.5. 

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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
All Students 2017/18 2018/19
All students *£732 *£732

*The cost above is for 20 credits. You pay for this course flexibly on a module-by-module basis meaning you don’t have to pay the full course cost upfront. Each module is priced depending on the number of credits it is worth. This course comprises 120 credits so the total cost is £4,392. Individual modules are purchased through our online store and must be paid in full when you enrol.