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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4625 per year

How you will study

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
GBP 7250 per year

All study options

About Nursing Studies at City, University of London

The top up BSc in Nursing Studies degree programme enables qualified healthcare professionals to develop their knowledge and skills and further qualify in their profession.

Who is it for?

The course has been designed for qualified NMC registered nurses to enable them to top up their existing qualifications to degree level and further develop their knowledge and skills in their profession.


The course enables practicing nurses' general progression in their career or the opportunity to specialize or diversify following specialist degree pathways. It has been designed to give you a modular and flexible approach to study, giving you the opportunity to tailor the course to your personal development and goals. We offer a wide choice of modules within the programme including clinical assessment and specialised clinical knowledge.

The course will help you improve your confidence and practice, and develop your career to more senior roles.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You must be a qualified nurse in the UK, although your qualification can be from overseas.

  • For specialist routes you must be working within an appropriate specialist healthcare setting

English requirements

In addition to the listed entry requirements, if your first language is not English you will also need IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6:5 in all components.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for January 2018 are now open. The application deadline is 19 December 2016. The induction day for January 2018 entry will take place on 18 January 2018.

Generic routes

Specialist routes

Cardiac Care

Contraception and Sexual Health Care

Ear, Nose and Throat Practice

Head and Neck Care

Intensive Care

Leadership and Management

Neonatal Care

Acute and High Dependency Care

Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000


Applications for this course must be made directly to City, University of London, rather than through UCAS.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including taught modules; e-learning and work-based learning.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the BSc degree level programme, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment includes essays; objective structured clinical examinations; practice-based assessments and seminar presentations with supporting papers. The dissertation can be either a literature review, portfolio review or a work-based project. Once you start to prepare for your research project you will also have a research supervisor, skilled in your particular discipline.

When you have successfully completed the taught modules and the dissertation, you will qualify for a BSc degree with honours. Complete just the taught modules and you will achieve a BSc ordinary degree.

Read the full programme specification.


Generic route

You need to achieve 120 HE6 level credits by taking modules as follows:

  • 3 programme core (compulsory) modules
  • 3 optional modules
  • 1 dissertation module (compulsory)

Specialist route

You need to achieve 120 HE6 level credits by taking modules as follows:

  • 3 programme core (compulsory) modules
  • 2 route core (compulsory) modules
  • 1 optional module
  • 1 dissertation module (compulsory)

If you have up to 30 HE6 level credits from another institution or up to 60 HE6 level credits from City, University of London these may be recorded as prior learning (APL) to replace any of the optional modules above.

City, University of London qualified diploma level nurses with 60 HE6 level credits will be exempt from the route core (compulsory) module NM3301 (Biological Foundations in Clinical Practice and Related Pharmacology).

Core modules (all routes)

  • Contemporary Nursing Knowledge
  • Using Research Knowledge
  • Biological Foundations in Clinical Practice and Related Pharmacology
  • Literature Review OR Reflective and Critical Practice Project (dissertation module)

Elective modules (all routes)

  • 12-Lead ECG and its use in Patient Assessment
  • Development of a Specialist Practitioner in Intensive Care Nursing
  • Liaison Mental Health Care
  • Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Diabetes Care
  • Developments in Infection Control
  • Promoting Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing
  • Clinical Assessment in Primary Care
  • Advanced Trauma Care
  • Promoting Child and Adolescent Psychological Development
  • Major Trauma: Critical Care Patient Management
  • Mentorship: Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice
  • Mentorship: Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice (Elearning)
  • Clinical DecisionMaking in Neonatal Practice
  • Examination of the Newborn: Theory
  • Neonatal and Newborn Examination: Practice (Requires NM3284 as pre-requisite)
  • Neonatal Surgical Care
  • Cervical Cytology
  • Child Protection: Working Together: Risk and Resilience
  • Management, Leadership and Change
  • Public Policy and Law
  • Making Sense of Clinical Governance (E-Learning)
  • Health Care Improvement Project (E-Learning, requires CH3040 as prerequisite)
  • Evidence-Based Health Care (E-Learning)
  • Health Informatics (ELearning)
  • Research Methodologies for Practice (E-Learning)

Optional modules (generic route)

There are a range of modules that can be selected from our extensive portfolio, which can be seen in the programme specification.

The routes below have two modules related to their specialist area:

  • Cardiac Care Route
  • Acute and High Dependency Care Route
  • Neonatal Care Route
  • Emergency Care Route
  • Intensive Care Route
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Practice Route
  • Head and Neck Care Route
  • Leadership and Managing Change Route (e-learning - online modules)
  • Contraception & Sexual Health Route

Download the relevant programme specification

Contact details

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* The tuition fee for the first year of study (2017/18) for full-time UK and EU students is £9,250 and is £4,625 for part-time UK and EU students. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

** The tuition fee for the first year of study (2017/18) for part-time Non-EU students is £14,500 and is £7,250 for part-time Non-EU students. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.


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You do not need to have a work placement, but are expected to apply principles to practice in the assessments. If you chose clinical modules to study you need to be working within the clinical area or have access to patients with those conditions.

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