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Courses for International Students

The School has a large number of international students from countries all over the world, and we welcome overseas applicants on our postgraduate courses (PG Cert, PG Dip, Masters, Doctoral). In addition to high quality teaching and mentorship, the School provides international students with an individualised programme of academic, language and pastoral support.

International students are currently not able to register for any nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes. This is because places on these programmes are commissioned by the UK National Health Service (NHS). They are only open to those with UK residency status. 

International Students


International places for undergraduate nursing and midwifery

For 2017 entry we will be offering  up to a maximum of five places for international students to study BSc Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health) and maximum of two places for international students to study BSc Midwifery.

Courses for international students

Specialist degree programme

We offer a flexible undergraduate top-up degree programme for international students:

Specialist Masters programmes

We offer six clinically-oriented Masters programmes that focus on the development of advanced practice, educational and leadership skills:  

Research Masters

The MA in Research Methods (Health Pathway) course is shared with students in the School of Sociology and the School of Social Policy and equips students with the theoretical understandings and practical skills required to carry out independent research using a variety of methodological approaches and research techniques. This is a demanding programme that provides a solid foundation from which to progress to doctoral level study. It is accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Watch a video profile of one of our MA in Research Methods students

Doctoral (research degree) programmes - PhD

The PhD is a three year programme of research leading to the production of a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. It includes an individualised programme of research training. This programme is recommended to international students only if they already have a research-based Masters degree.

Watch video profiles of some of our PhD students

Other taught courses

There are a wide range of other taught courses, but these may not be suitable for overseas candidates. This is because the taught content and assignments may assume that students are registered nurses currently in practice in the UK and because the timetable may not fit within the conventional academic semesters. Any interested candidates should contact the programme leader to check whether or not it is suitable for an overseas student.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate top-up degree

  • Hold a nursing qualification
  • English language requirements is IELTS 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each element
  • 120 credits at level 1 (automatically awarded to all 'first level' registered nurses in respect of their registration qualification and may be awarded to other qualified healthcare professionals) (or international equivalent)
  • 120 credits at level 2 that have been completed within the past 10 years (40 level 2 credits may be awarded via APL for current contemporary practice) (or international equivalent)

Postgraduate Masters and Doctoral courses

  • A good first degree and a good command of the English language
  • For MSc and Doctoral programmes the English language requirement is IELTS 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each element
  • For the PhD programme applicants must have achieved at least a merit at Masters level before the course begins

Please note that grades/scores are valid for a maximum period of two years prior to the date of registration.

Please also note that the English language requirements may differ should students be required to register with the HCPC or NMC.

Visa and immigration information for the UK

You can find detailed information about current visa and immigration policies for international students on our International Office website.

Download our postgraduate and professional study brochure (PDF)



To make enquiries about specific courses please contact the individual programme course contacts listed on the relevant course pages. 

If you are an overseas applicant and have any other enquiries, please contact:               

Dr Catrin Evans
Lecturer in International Health
telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0894



School of Health Sciences

B Floor, South Block Link
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86500