Undergradute students studying in the George Green library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

Nursing Studies (online) BSc

Distance learning

Course overview

This programme provides an exciting opportunity for Registered Nurses (UK/EU and international) who hold an undergraduate Diploma level qualification to develop their general and specialist knowledge within different areas of nursing and healthcare practice.

You will study module content that focuses on and underpins decision making within a contemporary, diverse and dynamic health care system.

The programme builds on your existing nursing qualification and gain a BSc degree, with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist clinical area.

You will complete your programme of study over one year, or a maximum of two years. Successful completion leads to a degree award.

Indicative modules


Year 1

Evidence Based Healthcare (online)


Year 1

Clinical Decision Making in Healthcare (online)


Year 1

Work Based Projects


Year 1

Assessment and Treatment of Impaired Skin integrity and Hard to Heal Wounds (online)


Year 1

Contemporary Management of Diabetes Mellitus (online)


Year 1

Assessment and Management of Pain (online)


Year 1

Workplace Education in Healthcare

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Thursday 5 October 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Case-based learning
  • Clinical relevance sessionse
  • LearningLectures
  • Problem-based learning
  • Self-study
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Formative assessments
  • Literature review
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Poster presentation
  • Presentation
  • Workplace-based assessment

You are expected to work roughly 10 hours for each credit on the course including teaching and independent study, so a 20 credit module should take around 200 hours. This programme is 120 credits so total study time over the whole course is approximately 1200 hours.You can expect an average of 7 hours of contact time per week, in the form of a variety of teaching methods (delivered via online learning). This is supported by independent self-guided study.

This programme builds on your existing nursing qualification and gain a BSc degree, with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist clinical area.

With a globally recognised degree, you have the opportunity to pursue further study at master’s level and enhance career progression in your own country or overseas.

Average starting salary and career progression

98.30% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £25,798.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).


Undergraduate students attending a Maths seminar in a Coates Building seminar room, University Park. november 5th 2021.

Where you will learn

Distance learning is designed to be flexible, so you can choose where and when you study. This allows you to fit your course around work or other commitments and study at your own pace.Our online teaching is an interactive learning experience. You will receive support from your dedicated tutor, who will guide you through your studies and answer any questions.

Open Day June 2022