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.

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.

Please note that it 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 in their own country and hold an undergraduate diploma level (non-degree) qualification, alongside one year's clinical experience
  • 120 credits at level 1 (certificate) automatically awarded to all ‘first level’ registered nurses in respect of their registration qualification (or international equivalent)
  • 120 credits at level 2 (diploma) completed within the last ten years. Credits may be awarded via Recognition of Other Learning (ROL) (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 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.

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.


The programme is delivered by distance learning and follows a modular structure. Students are required to complete 120 credits at degree level.

The modules are designed to complement each other, and all assessments require students to integrate theoretical and evidence-based knowledge with professional practice.

Compulsory modules

You will complete three compulsory modules.

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.

Work Based Projects

Lead a service improvement activity and manage a small change project in their workplace.

This module is delivered online during the summer term only.

Optional modules

You will also select two optional modules from the following:

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.

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.

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.

Workplace Education in Healthcare

This module reflects on your teaching capacity to enhance your skills regarding facilitating learning and assessment in practice.

You'll consider:

  • your clinical setting and your contribution to teaching and assessing in that environment
  • educational theory to enable facilitation of learning and application of assessment principles within the clinical setting
  • innovation, change and sustainability within education applied to your clinical setting
  • reflections on your own personal learning and how this contributes to your professional development
  • dissemination of the outcomes of the your learning to demonstrate improvements in clinical education

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

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 November 2021.

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

Per year

*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

^ Home/UK students sponsored by Health Education England East Midlands may be eligible for a reduced fee.


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).

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Important information

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.