BSc Nursing Studies – Option Rich Programme

Undergraduate, Full-Time

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

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    1-2 years

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  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

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. 

You'll have the flexibility to design a course structure that is personally and professionally relevant to your own career aspirations.

With the advice and guidance of the programme leader, you will choose from a wide range of health and social science modules.

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Giving you the flexibility to choose from a range of modules, this course acknowledges the diverse learning needs of professionals working in health, social care and third sector settings.

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.

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.

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 the NHS, health and social care industries, private and voluntary sectors, education providers or research.

Students will be required to have a relevant health 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.

To check the equivalence of your qualification or experience email

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
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £1,992 £2,060
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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