This course is closed to international applicants for 2022 entry.

Course overview

This programme provides an exciting opportunity for home students to develop your general and specialist knowledge within different areas of nursing and healthcare practice.

The course enables you to build on your existing nursing qualification and gain a UK BSc degree, with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist clinical area. 

You will complete either a programme of study over one year, or over a maximum of four years, leading to a degree award.

With a globally recognised degree, international students can then pursue Masters level study and/or progress up the career ladder in your own country or overseas.

Please note: this course does not lead to registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Why choose this course?

  • We are an established provider of nursing education, ranked 5th in the UK and 28th in the world for nursing in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • Develop your knowledge and skills of the nursing profession to widen your future career opportunities within the healthcare sector
  • Receive dedicated support and guidance throughout your studies 

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements

Students must be a registered nurse and hold an undergraduate diploma level (non-degree) qualification. You must also have:

  • 120 credits at level 1 – automatically awarded to all ‘first level’ registered nurses in respect of their registration qualification (or international equivalent)
  • 120 credits at level 2 that have been completed within the past ten years – 40 level 2 credits may be awarded via Recognition of Other Learning (ROL) for current contemporary practice (or international equivalent)

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Case-based learning
  • Clinical relevance sessions
  • eLearning
  • Lectures
  • Problem-based learning
  • Self-study
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

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

Contact time and study hours

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 seven hours of contact time per week, in the form of a variety of teaching methods (including online learning). This is supported by independent self-guided study.

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.


Compulsory modules

You will complete two compulsory modules.

Please note that these two modules are delivered via online learning.

Evidence Based Healthcare (online)

It is compulsory for this module to be completed at the start of the programme and is delivered by distance learning.

You will retrieve, critically analyse and evaluate research and a range of evidence relevant to clinical practice. You'll propose recommendations of integrating evidence-based practice for the benefit of patients/clients.

This module is delivered online and is available in the autumn and spring semesters.

Clinical Decision Making in Healthcare (online)

This module strengthens your understanding of assessment and decision-making processes, specific to your area of clinical practice and personal expertise. This enriches your existing theoretical understanding of these processes and assists in the enhancement of your personal/professional skills.

This module is available online in the autumn and spring semesters.

Optional modules

You will also select four optional modules from the following:

Acute Wounds Contemporary Theory and Practice

This module will develop your knowledge of wound management theory, including care and therapeutic interventions in order to develop effective wound care management strategies.

This module is delivered during the autumn semester.

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

Advance knowledge, expertise and specialist clinical decision-making skills in the assessment, treatment and management of individuals with complex tissue viability problems and enhance clinical effectiveness in the context of reviewing current service provision and evidence-based practice.

This module is delivered online and is available in the spring and autumn semesters.

Assessment and Management of Pain (online)

This module will advance your knowledge and expertise in the assessment and management of individuals with acute and chronic pain.

Topics you'll cover include:

  • pain theories
  • pain assessment
  • pharmacology
  • pain management
  • ethics, communication, international perspectives
  • bio-psycho-social nature of affecting pain to enable you to appreciate the complexity and impact of pain experience, assessment and management
  • evidence base of pharmacological, non-pharmacological, interventional and complementary methods of pain management 
  • application of pain assessment and management techniques to a range of different client groups in both primary and secondary care settings

This module is delivered online and is available in the autumn and spring semesters.

Contemporary Cancer Therapies and Care

This module will advance your knowledge and expertise and develop specialist clinical decision-making skills related to the diagnosis and treatment of a range of cancers.

Topics you'll cover include:

  • the principles and biological effects of cancer treatment modalities: surgery, cytotoxic drugs, radiation therapy, hormones therapy, biological/targeted therapy, clinical trials and complementary therapies
  • the assessment and management of adverse effects of these cancer therapies
  • ethical, legal and moral aspects of treatment, decision making, information provision and informed consent
  • psychological, social and economic impact of cancer therapy and strategies to support individual and families
  • the management of acute oncological events
  • the importance of user involvement in planning services and care

This module is delivered during the spring semester.

Contemporary Management of Diabetes Mellitus (online)

Develop a critical understanding of the contemporary management and care of people with diabetes and apply the theory to professional and clinical practice.

You will be empowered to provide contemporary research and evidence-based diabetes management, in partnership with the person with diabetes. 

This module is delivered online and is available in the autumn and spring semesters.

Contemporary Theory and Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care

Retrieve and critically evaluate a range of evidence relevant to palliative and end of life care delivery across health and social care practice including managing complex symptoms and make recommendations based on the best evidence identified for the benefit of patients and clients.

This module is delivered during the spring semester.

High Dependency and Critical Care for Neonate, Infant or Child 1

This module explores issues of a politico-social nature, biological science (cardiac, respiratory and renal) and clinical practice to enhance decision-making in practice for this group of neonates, infants and children and their families within a high technological environment.

There is a focus on the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiac and renal systems will lead into the pathophysiology of these identified systems.

This module is available during the autumn semester.

High Dependency and Critical Care for Neonate, Infant or Child 2

This module explores issues of a socio-political nature, biological science (neurological, gastro-intestinal and thermoregulation) and clinical practice to enhance decision-making in practice for this group of neonates, infants and children and their families within a high technological environment.

A focus on the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiac and renal systems will lead into the pathophysiology of these identified systems.

Face-to-face sessions cater for the specialities of neonates, children’s high dependency care and children’s intensive care. Management topics will include neonatal surgical issues, trauma care of children, nutrition, advocacy, consent, family issues, palliative care and bereavement.

This module is available during the spring semester.

Contemporary Care of the Critically Ill Adult

On this module you will appraise and evaluate the evidence base of the physiological and psychosocial needs of the critically ill adult.

Topics you'll cover include:

  • assessment and monitoring the critically ill adult Altered physiology in critical illness
  • psychosocial effects of critical illness on the patient and their significant others
  • role of the multi-disciplinary team in care of the critically ill adult
  • contemporary therapies and interventions utilised in management of critically ill adults

This module is available during the autumn semester.

The above is a sample of the typical modules 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. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 26 February 2021.

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2022*
Keep checking back for more information

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees. 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 or more specific titles.

Scholarships and bursaries


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.

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