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BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies

Entry Year:
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.

Key Information

Start date

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

Academic year dates


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 3 - 5 years


Full-time: £9,250 *

Part-time: £4,625 *


Full-time: £15,090 **

Part-time: £7,545 **


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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

Applicants are required to have a Level 5 Nursing Diploma and be a registered nurse. 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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2019 entry currently remain open.

September 2019

January 2020

Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000


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

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More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The fee for your first year of study will be £15,090. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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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.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

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

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

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 at a more advanced level, assisting with your overall career progression.

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

Applications for 2019 entry currently remain open.

September 2019

January 2020

Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000


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

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