This course is closed to international applicants for 2023 entry.

Course overview

This innovative pathway provides you with the option of studying for a Combined Studies award at degree level. It has been designed to be responsive to a changing healthcare environment and supports healthcare professionals in developing a modern career pathway.  

Please note that this programme 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 2023 entry.

UK entry requirements

Students must be registered healthcare professionals. You must also have:

  • 120 credits at level 1 - automatically awarded to all 'first level' registered nurses in respect of their registration qualification 
  • 120 credits at level 2 that have been completed within the past 10 years - 40 level 2 credits may be awarded via Recognition of Other Learning (ROL) for current contemporary practice 

Please note, the above credits must have been awarded for nursing or health studies qualifications.

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
  • Examinations

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 1,200 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 module

You will undertake one compulsory module, which is designed to further develop your critical thinking and understanding of issues associated with evidence based practice. This module is delivered online.

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.

Optional modules

You will select five 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.

Management of Long Term Conditions

This module will review a long-term condition, consider how this is addressed within current service provision and explore opportunities for enhancing service provision in the future.

This module is delivered during the spring 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 Monday 24 October 2022.

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


Average starting salary and career progression

98.6% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £25,986.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived 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).

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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.