This two-year accelerated course is for those who already have an undergraduate degree and some prior healthcare or related experience, and are committed to providing excellence in care.
Highlights of graduate entry nursing (GEN) at Nottingham
- Study in a research-active school with teaching staff who are experts in their field
- Benefit from our outstanding teaching and research reputation* and be a part of an award-winning student body
- Access over 300 societies and sports clubs, and join in with activities arranged through the Nursing and Midwifery Association (NMA) community
- Develop the wide-ranging, high-level skills demonstrated by first-class nursing practitioners and required for leadership in healthcare
- Gain an understanding of multi-professionalism and multi-agency working, with an emphasis on holism, cultural sensitivity and social inclusion in nursing practice
Teaching follows an enquiry-based, person-centred approach, which will build on your existing skills. It also incorporates shared learning with other disciplines and professions, developing your clinical leadership skills and preparing you for practice.
Support from personal tutors and peers is in place to help students returning to education after a break, and for those changing career.
* We were rated ‘Gold’ in the 2017 Teaching Exercise Framework, ranked 5th in the UK and 27th in the world for nursing by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. In research, we were ranked 8th in the UK for our research power (Research Exercise Framework, 2014).
How to apply
Applications for GEN are made directly to the University through the postgraduate online application system.
Students are required to have an honours degree (2:2 or above). We do not accept nursing degrees.
Relevant healthcare experience
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for undertaking this accelerated course are met by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Experience of healthcare or other relevant employment, and demonstration of the skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of graduates must be evidenced before a place may be offered.
Achievement of these requirements will be assessed via interview questions, an interview presentation, and the completion of a biological sciences workbook. Find out more about the selection process.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you are required to sit an IELTS test before you apply.
We require an IELTS score of 7.0 (with 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, and writing). GCSE English language at grade 4 or above may also be accepted.
Notes for applicants
All offers are subject to being successful at the selection day, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.
More information about our selection process is on our Advice for Nursing Applicants webpage.
We welcome applications from international applicants who meet our entry requirements. Please visit our international applicants page where you can find more information or make an enquiry.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants' varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants' circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University's admissions policies and procedures for more information.
You can arrange to spend the elective placement in year two anywhere in the world (provided the country is deemed safe to travel to and you can self-fund the trip). This is an exciting opportunity to gain an international understanding of healthcare overseas.
Previous students have undertaken placements all around the world. Destinations include other European countries, South East Asia, Africa and South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Barbados, Cape Verde, Hong Kong, Nepal, Seychelles and the USA.
The course has a 50/50 split in terms of study time and practice placement.Your placements will mainly be across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. During placements, you will be supported by experienced clinical mentors and participate in student forums.
You will work with healthcare professionals in a variety of areas, experiencing a range of settings including medical, surgical, acute care and community nursing.
This holistic approach will give you a wide perspective of the patient journey and demonstrate some of the challenges that both patients and healthcare professionals face at various stages.
There is an 'elective placement' in the second year which you will arrange yourself. This is an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of nursing, in an area that you're most interested in personally.
You might choose to experience working in:
- another country
- the prison service
- Neonatal units
- the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
- the Department of Health and Social Care
Please note, the elective placement is self-funded.
Our modules provide a balance of nursing theory and practical application via placements and are delivered in 15 week blocks. Modules are guided by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) policies and procedures.
Nursing Science and Professional Knowledge
This module aims to introduce students to the concept of nursing, including values based practice, accountable practice, duty of care, legislative and ethical frameworks, and equality and diversity. Additionally the module will enable students to explore important aspects of biosciences that inform safe and effective person centred nursing care. Students will be encouraged to link theory and practice through the use of clinical skills, Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) case studies and integration with their professional practice experience.
Co-production of care
This module aims to introduce the students to the concept of co-produced care, which requires nurses to become facilitators of care. Patient/client centred nursing is at the heart of co-production and acknowledges the patient as an expert in their own care. Students will gain an understanding of evidence based approaches to patient/client centred care and how these can assist in the decision making process to encompass nurse assessment, interventions and safeguarding vulnerable people.
Important to coproduction is underpinning knowledge and skills and this module will provide further opportunities for students to develop knowledge of pathophysiological processes to explore the management of disease processes across the lifespan as well as demonstrating an understanding of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
Psychosocial Influences on Health
This module aims to enable students to explore the implications of psychosocial influences on health and well-being for people across the age spectrum. This will contribute to their nursing practice by facilitating the students to assess health and health care needs, appraise health promotion interventions and facilitate choice and partnership working through the use of appropriate communication and interpersonal skills. In addition the student will consider adjustments which may be needed where an individual has a cognitive impairment.
Complex Care Delivery
This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage patients/clients requiring complex care as a result of multiple health problems and complex conditions. This module will integrate professional, biological science and pharmacological knowledge with the mental, physical, cognitive, behavioural, social and spiritual health needs in order to deliver effective, evidence based complex care.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
Find out more about how you will learn and be assessed, including an example first-year timetable, on our teaching webpage.
Clinical skill development is an essential component of any nursing course. This will occur both in University and practice. Some clinical skills, for example hand washing, are assessed alongside other components of the course.
Typical clinical skills that will be covered include:
- patient observations
- giving injections
- first aid
- administering of medication
- wound dressing
Advanced Clinical Learning – adult field
This module aims to develop the principles of caring for the adult injured or sick person within a variety of complex settings. Students will build upon previous knowledge and skills and consider leading patient centred care. This module will enable practising advanced clinical skills including management of the deteriorating patient in a safe environment. Emphasis will be given to a simulated caseload management.
Leadership and Innovation for Nursing
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the capacity to organise, evaluate, support and supervise care. The transition from learners to autonomous and innovative registered nurses will be supported. This module will stimulate the development of clinical leadership and change management skills required to implement innovations leading to safe practice and excellent service delivery.
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore the concepts of the research process and determine how research findings can be utilised to improve practice. This is with the view to completing, under supervision, an empirical or literature based research dissertation.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Careers and professional development
All our BSc and graduate entry nursing courses are recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). After successfully completing any of these courses, you will be eligible to register with the NMC as a registered nurse.
As an adult nursing graduate from Nottingham, you will have both a professional and academic qualification. This gives you flexibility for your future career.
You will be prepared to work within the NHS, private healthcare or within the voluntary and independent sector. You may also choose to pursue a career in teaching, research or management.
There are also opportunities to continue studying while in employment with our postgraduate and doctoral studies.
Salary and progression
A newly qualified nurse working within the NHS can expect to start at salary Band 5, earning from £23,023 to £29,608*.
As you gain experience as a nurse and develop your professional skills, you may progress on to senior clinical posts and earn up to £43,041 a year within the NHS (the top salary on Band 7).
In 2017, 100% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.
* Correct as of June 2018
** Based on known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for work or study, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills by:
- assisting with job or course applications
- searching for appropriate work experience placements
- hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers
Average starting salary and career progression
A newly qualified nurse working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a salary ranging from £23,023 up to £29,608*. With career progression and development there is the prospect of applying for senior clinical posts, for example, Band 6 Ward Manager/Band 6 District Nurse (salary range £28,050-£36,644) and Band 7 Specialist Nurse (salary range £33,222-£43,041) – correct as of June 2018.
100% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation.
** Based on known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses, such as travel and accommodation. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.
If you undertake an elective placement, this is self-funded and costs will vary depending on location.
You will need to pay £40 for an enhanced DBS check, and may wish to subscribe to the DBS update service for £13 per year.
Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.
Scholarships and bursaries
Nursing students from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5000 to support them in their studies. For further information, read the government news story.
Full-time students starting our Graduate Entry Nursing (GEN) course can apply for the same fee loan and living costs support as undergraduate students starting full-time higher education courses.
If you take out a tuition fee loan, this will be paid direct to the University for your tuition fee. You may also be able to access a loan for living costs, with both elements later repaid to the Student Loans Company as a proportion of your income above a set threshold.
You may be eligible for other funds from the government and the University of Nottingham depending on your individual circumstances.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.