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Nursing Studies  BSc (Hons)

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.


The BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies course enables qualified nurses to top up their studies to degree level and further develop their knowledge and skills in their profession. The course enables general progression or the opportunity to specialize or diversify following specialist degree pathways. We offer a wide choice of areas in which to take your modules, including clinical assessment and specialised clinical knowledge.

Who is the course for?

The course is for NMC registered qualified nurses.

Why study Nursing Studies at City?

  • Top up your nursing diploma to degree level.
  • Choose from a range of modules enabling you to follow generic or specialised routes. 
  • Tailor the course to meet your personal and professional interests and career goals.
  • Study on a flexible programme which fits around full-time work.
  • Benefit from increased career opportunities at a senior level.
  • For student satisfaction, City is ranked second nationally for Nursing (National Student Survey, 2014).

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £TBC
  • Part-time EU: £TBC
  • Full-time Non EU: £TBC
  • Part-time Non EU: £TBC

Start Date:

The programme can be started January or September of each academic year.

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
  • If you are a qualified nurse but do not already have the full 120 points of certified learning at Diploma level, you can show you have achieved the equivalent through your professional experience, by applying to take our Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) entry route.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
  • IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The programme can be started January or September of each academic year.

Course Content

The course is designed to give you a modular and flexible approach to study so you can tailor the course to your personal development and goals. 

The top up degree can be taken on a part time or full time basis for up to five years to suit your own personal needs. All modules can be selected on a standalone individual basis as part of CPD to meet the needs of the NHS Knowledge Skills Framework. 

The course will help you improve your confidence and practice, and develop your career to more senior roles. You can start the course in January or September.

Course Structure

Generic route

Students would need to take 120 HE6 level credits made up as follows:

  • 2 programme core modules
  • 1 route core module
  • 3 optional modules
  • 1 dissertation

Specialist route

Students would need to take 120 HE6 level credits made up as follows:

  • 2 programme core modules
  • 3 route core modules
  • 1 optional module
  • 1 dissertation

If you have up to 30 HE6 level credits from another institution or 60 HE6 level credits from City University London these may be recorded as prior learning (APL) to replace any of the optional modules above. City University London qualified diploma level nurses with 60 HE6 level credits will be exempt from the route core module NM3301 (Biological foundations in clinical practice and related pharmacology).


Core modules for all routes

  • Contemporary nursing and midwifery
  • Using research knowledge
  • Literature review OR reflective and critical practice
  • Biological foundations in clinical practice and related pharmacology.

Optional modules for generic route

There are a range of modules that can be selected from our extensive portfolio.

Optional modules for all specialist routes

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

  • Core skills
  • Specialist role development.
  • Neonatal Care route
  • Emergency Care route
  • Acute and Critical Care route
  • Intensive Care route
  • Cardiac Care route
If you have a specific area of interest, you may be able to select further modules from our portfolio.

When you have successfully completed the taught modules and the dissertation, you will qualify for a BSc (Hons) degree. Complete just the taught modules and you will achieve a BSc degree.

Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Read the full programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £TBC
  • Part-time EU: £TBC
  • Full-time Non EU: £TBC
  • Part-time Non EU: £TBC


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


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.

Career Prospects

The course can enhance your current practice enabling you to gain a higher understanding or can prepare you for working as a nurse or midwife at a more advanced level, assisting with your overall career progression.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences

Further Information

Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

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