BSc Nursing Studies

Undergraduate, Online learning

Nursing Studies BSc

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


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.

As this course is delivered fully online (part-time), 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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Mode of Study:

Online learning


12-28 months

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Course details

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 who are working in healthcare environments and studying concurrently. It will deepen your knowledge of evidence-based practice and develop a critical approach to integrated healthcare. 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 previous level of study, you will complete either five or six modules and complete the course in 12–28 months. Where available, a maximum of two modules can be completed 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 on 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 and 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 modules.

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What you study

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

*You may be exempt from completing the Professional Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare module if you have evidenced study of a diploma in Nursing to FHEQ 5 (this includes Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE); Higher National Diploma (HND) and Foundation Degrees).


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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

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

To enter this programme you require a nursing qualification and professional registration

Your application to commence the BSc Nursing Studies [Global Online] programme will be considered and depending on your previous study you will be advised how many modules you will require to study to ‘top up’ to degree.

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 Diploma in Nursing - (300 Credits)

If you have successfully completed a registered nurse programme to diploma level with up 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.

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.

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.

International students

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 or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

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

Get in touch with your local representative

We have trusted representatives in key locations who offer guidance and advice about our Global Online programmes.

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
All Students 2019/20 2020/21
All students *£800 *£800
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment. Rate shown above 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

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


Nursing students grouped around a 'patient'

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