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Are you looking for the best way to gain a degree in nursing science that will take you to the next level in providing care to patients?

This course allows you, in just one year of full-time study, to turn your existing nursing diploma into an honours degree. People who join the course are normally already registered as nurses, either in the UK or another country.

Please note that this is an academic-based course with no placement component, and successfully completing this course will not lead to a nursing registration within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK.

Northumbria’s Nursing learning experience

During the course you will develop knowledge for and from practice. Using the state-of-the-art facilities at our Clinical Skills Centre, you will enhance skills and deepen knowledge within authentically replicated clinical environments. Our curriculum is built around the real needs of the nursing profession and is fully aligned with the requirements of the British Quality Assurance Agency’s benchmark statement for nursing.

By the end of the year you will be able to demonstrate an ability to think independently and find answers to complex problems related to nursing.

Why choose Northumbria to study Nursing Science?

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health department won Outstanding Support for Students in Times Higher Education Awards 2023.

  • Nursing at Northumbria is ranked Top 20 in the UK by the Complete University Guide for 2024. 

  • Northumbria’s research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy is ranked 8th in the UK for research power, out of 91 submissions. This is a rise of 13 places from 21st in 2014.

If you have any questions about applying for one of our courses then check out our Undergraduate Degree guide and make sure to take a look at our other courses such as our Nursing Science Registered Adult Nurse BSc (Hons).

For more options in nursing take a look at our UG and PG Nursing Courses page.

Are you looking for the best way to gain a degree in nursing science that will take you to the next level in providing care to patients?

This course allows you, in just one year of full-time study, to turn your existing nursing diploma into an honours degree. People who join the course are normally already registered as nurses, either in the UK or another country.

Please note that this is an academic-based course with no placement component, and successfully completing this course will not lead to a nursing registration within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK.

Northumbria’s Nursing learning experience

During the course you will develop knowledge for and from practice. Using the state-of-the-art facilities at our Clinical Skills Centre, you will enhance skills and deepen knowledge within authentically replicated clinical environments. Our curriculum is built around the real needs of the nursing profession and is fully aligned with the requirements of the British Quality Assurance Agency’s benchmark statement for nursing.

By the end of the year you will be able to demonstrate an ability to think independently and find answers to complex problems related to nursing.

Why choose Northumbria to study Nursing Science?

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health department won Outstanding Support for Students in Times Higher Education Awards 2023.

  • Nursing at Northumbria is ranked Top 20 in the UK by the Complete University Guide for 2024. 

  • Northumbria’s research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy is ranked 8th in the UK for research power, out of 91 submissions. This is a rise of 13 places from 21st in 2014.

If you have any questions about applying for one of our courses then check out our Undergraduate Degree guide and make sure to take a look at our other courses such as our Nursing Science Registered Adult Nurse BSc (Hons).

For more options in nursing take a look at our UG and PG Nursing Courses page.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Full Time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2024 or September 2025

Fees
Fee Information

Modules
Module Information

Department / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Northumbria's Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers students the opportunity to develop caring careers that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities.

Nursing funding bursaries

GET A TRAINING GRANT UP TO £5,000

Nursing at Northumbria

EXPLORE NURSING AT NORTHUMBRIA

Delve Deeper / Discover more about life at Northumbria

Book an Open Day / Experience Nursing Sciences BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Nursing Science. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

Applicants must hold a nursing diploma equivalent to level 5 in the UK. 

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2025/26

Standard Entry

Applicants must hold a nursing diploma equivalent to level 5 in the UK. 

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £18,250

International Fee in Year 1: £18,250


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your studies you may wish to participate in optional shadowing, this will require students to purchase a DBS check, this will be approximately £55.

Fees and Funding 2025/26 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* Government has yet to announce 25/26 tuition fee levels. As a guide, 24/25 fees were £9,250 per year. 



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

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The Context of Global Health and Nursing (Core,20 Credits)

The module covers a broad range of topics including;

Contextual health issues: globalisation of health and emerging health priorities and health transitions. Determinants and indicators of health, measuring health (epidemiology). Health inequalities, including gender, location, income/social class, ethnicity. United Nations sustainable goals and future targets. Global public health, war, conflict and migration. Climate change and disasters.

Politics and policies: how policy is made and implications of policy on the patient’s experience. Global health care systems. The State, non governmental organisations, the market and the voluntary sector, including family. The social, medical and traditional models of health. Economic development and emerging economies. International assistance. Geopolitics and the health threats. Human rights and social justice. Poverty. Universal health care. User involvement.

Nursing professional issues: Workforce investment – getting it right. Global and local shortages of skilled professional nurses and other healthcare staff. Migration. Health equity through action.

More information

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Research as Evidence for Nursing Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module occurs in semester 1 of the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science Programme. In this module you will be supported and encouraged to engage with published research and other types of evidence that inform nursing practices. You will be given the opportunity to explore research terminology, methodologies and methods through the consideration of relevant research studies in an enquiry-based learning (EBL) approach. The aims of the module will be to support and develop your knowledge about research so as to increase your confidence as a consumer of the research evidence underpinning nursing practice. Skills will be developed that allow appreciation of the variety of approaches to research used in healthcare research and you will be able to critically examine the quality of research and discuss the value within nursing.

On this module you will explore the following topic areas:

* Life-Long Learning and Professional Practice: The introduction of evidence to inform nursing practice. Ethical issues in research.
* Research methodological approaches and their value to nursing and healthcare practice: methodologies and methods used in research. Critical evaluation of research quality.
* Data Management and Metrics: Research Governance, ethics and protecting vulnerable people.
* Evidence Based Practice: This will include debate around the hierarchies of research evidence and the production of protocols and guidelines that inform nursing practice.

This module will enable you to develop life long learning skills that will benefit your future career pathway in nursing.

More information

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Health Improvement for Nurses Working Across Diverse Environments (Core,20 Credits)

This module occurs in semester 1 of the BSc Nursing Science Programme.

There are three domains of public health practice: ‘health protection’; ‘health improvement’; and ‘health services’. During this module you will explore public health under two of these domains: ‘health improvement’ and ‘health services’. You will come to appreciate that improving health requires nurses to work with individuals, families, communities and professionals from a range of disciplines within and outside the health sector. To achieve this you will critically analyse the roles of different professionals so that you understand how this can strengthen your patient-centered care and support your delivery of health improvement projects relevant to your area of practice.

This module aims to develop: understanding of fundamental public health concepts; critical awareness of key public health issues; and consolidate assessment, communication, including solution focused therapy, multi-professional team working, and evaluation skills relevant to nurses who engage in public health practice.

On this module you will explore the following topic areas:

*Health improvement. You will research the information you need to describe the health status of your service population and profile their health needs. You will study screening, the practical application of health promotion approaches, and the role of advocacy and solution focused therapy in promoting health and wellbeing. This will equip you to help people make healthy choices, reduce health inequalities, and prevent people dying prematurely.


*Health services. You will examine negotiation of health promoting projects, including managing meetings and promoting effective multi-professional team working across agencies. By focusing on reducing health inequalities you will consider how clinical audit can identify ways of improving services or patient outcomes.

More information

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Life Sciences for Clinical Nursing Practice (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the evidence and theoretical perspectives that underpin nursing skills and you will be able to practice these in a safe environment to increase your confidence. This module will also introduce you to physiological control and homeostasis of the human body through exploration of four key health issues of global significance. These include cardio-vascular disease, tuberculosis, diabetes and obesity (WHO 2014). Within this module you will examine normal anatomy and physiology of body systems and organs and the pathogenesis of these diseases. By studying this you will not only develop your knowledge of normal body function but also the consequences that disease has on an individual and/or population. On the module you will also learn about the evidence-based management of disease. There will be an opportunity to critically evaluate the evidence for treatment and debate how global health issues can be addressed.

More information

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An Investigation of a Contemporary Nursing Issue - An Extended Literature Review (Core,40 Credits)

The purpose of this extended literature review is to enable you to examine ways in which research evidence can be used to develop nursing and healthcare practices. In this module you will learn how to make informed use of published research and other sources of information, and learn how to engage with research findings in order to evaluate and enhance practice and health situations. Lectures will provide you with the background theoretical knowledge, while in seminars, individual and group activities will help you to facilitate reflection on previous health, healthcare and nursing experiences. You will be supported in finding and critically appraising research which will be collated as evidence to underpin a contemporary healthcare or nursing practice issue. You will draw on your learning and experiences of the other modules on the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science programme to help you engage with this module. For example, you will use your skills and knowledge of research methodology and methods to help you to critically evaluate the quality of the research underpinning your dissertation topic of interest. A workshop discussion with your lecturer and your peers will help you to facilitate your initial ideas for your dissertation topic.
The assessment strategy is central to the development of critically analytical professional practitioners. You will engage in the production of an independent, negotiated extended literature review that analyses, in depth, an aspect of heath or nursing practice that is of interest to you.

More information

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Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

IM0626 -

The Context of Global Health and Nursing (Core,20 Credits)

The module covers a broad range of topics including;

Contextual health issues: globalisation of health and emerging health priorities and health transitions. Determinants and indicators of health, measuring health (epidemiology). Health inequalities, including gender, location, income/social class, ethnicity. United Nations sustainable goals and future targets. Global public health, war, conflict and migration. Climate change and disasters.

Politics and policies: how policy is made and implications of policy on the patient’s experience. Global health care systems. The State, non governmental organisations, the market and the voluntary sector, including family. The social, medical and traditional models of health. Economic development and emerging economies. International assistance. Geopolitics and the health threats. Human rights and social justice. Poverty. Universal health care. User involvement.

Nursing professional issues: Workforce investment – getting it right. Global and local shortages of skilled professional nurses and other healthcare staff. Migration. Health equity through action.

More information

IM0627 -

Research as Evidence for Nursing Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module occurs in semester 1 of the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science Programme. In this module you will be supported and encouraged to engage with published research and other types of evidence that inform nursing practices. You will be given the opportunity to explore research terminology, methodologies and methods through the consideration of relevant research studies in an enquiry-based learning (EBL) approach. The aims of the module will be to support and develop your knowledge about research so as to increase your confidence as a consumer of the research evidence underpinning nursing practice. Skills will be developed that allow appreciation of the variety of approaches to research used in healthcare research and you will be able to critically examine the quality of research and discuss the value within nursing.

On this module you will explore the following topic areas:

* Life-Long Learning and Professional Practice: The introduction of evidence to inform nursing practice. Ethical issues in research.
* Research methodological approaches and their value to nursing and healthcare practice: methodologies and methods used in research. Critical evaluation of research quality.
* Data Management and Metrics: Research Governance, ethics and protecting vulnerable people.
* Evidence Based Practice: This will include debate around the hierarchies of research evidence and the production of protocols and guidelines that inform nursing practice.

This module will enable you to develop life long learning skills that will benefit your future career pathway in nursing.

More information

IM0628 -

Health Improvement for Nurses Working Across Diverse Environments (Core,20 Credits)

This module occurs in semester 1 of the BSc Nursing Science Programme.

There are three domains of public health practice: ‘health protection’; ‘health improvement’; and ‘health services’. During this module you will explore public health under two of these domains: ‘health improvement’ and ‘health services’. You will come to appreciate that improving health requires nurses to work with individuals, families, communities and professionals from a range of disciplines within and outside the health sector. To achieve this you will critically analyse the roles of different professionals so that you understand how this can strengthen your patient-centered care and support your delivery of health improvement projects relevant to your area of practice.

This module aims to develop: understanding of fundamental public health concepts; critical awareness of key public health issues; and consolidate assessment, communication, including solution focused therapy, multi-professional team working, and evaluation skills relevant to nurses who engage in public health practice.

On this module you will explore the following topic areas:

*Health improvement. You will research the information you need to describe the health status of your service population and profile their health needs. You will study screening, the practical application of health promotion approaches, and the role of advocacy and solution focused therapy in promoting health and wellbeing. This will equip you to help people make healthy choices, reduce health inequalities, and prevent people dying prematurely.


*Health services. You will examine negotiation of health promoting projects, including managing meetings and promoting effective multi-professional team working across agencies. By focusing on reducing health inequalities you will consider how clinical audit can identify ways of improving services or patient outcomes.

More information

IM0629 -

Life Sciences for Clinical Nursing Practice (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the evidence and theoretical perspectives that underpin nursing skills and you will be able to practice these in a safe environment to increase your confidence. This module will also introduce you to physiological control and homeostasis of the human body through exploration of four key health issues of global significance. These include cardio-vascular disease, tuberculosis, diabetes and obesity (WHO 2014). Within this module you will examine normal anatomy and physiology of body systems and organs and the pathogenesis of these diseases. By studying this you will not only develop your knowledge of normal body function but also the consequences that disease has on an individual and/or population. On the module you will also learn about the evidence-based management of disease. There will be an opportunity to critically evaluate the evidence for treatment and debate how global health issues can be addressed.

More information

IM0630 -

An Investigation of a Contemporary Nursing Issue - An Extended Literature Review (Core,40 Credits)

The purpose of this extended literature review is to enable you to examine ways in which research evidence can be used to develop nursing and healthcare practices. In this module you will learn how to make informed use of published research and other sources of information, and learn how to engage with research findings in order to evaluate and enhance practice and health situations. Lectures will provide you with the background theoretical knowledge, while in seminars, individual and group activities will help you to facilitate reflection on previous health, healthcare and nursing experiences. You will be supported in finding and critically appraising research which will be collated as evidence to underpin a contemporary healthcare or nursing practice issue. You will draw on your learning and experiences of the other modules on the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science programme to help you engage with this module. For example, you will use your skills and knowledge of research methodology and methods to help you to critically evaluate the quality of the research underpinning your dissertation topic of interest. A workshop discussion with your lecturer and your peers will help you to facilitate your initial ideas for your dissertation topic.
The assessment strategy is central to the development of critically analytical professional practitioners. You will engage in the production of an independent, negotiated extended literature review that analyses, in depth, an aspect of heath or nursing practice that is of interest to you.

More information

RV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

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Northumbria University is committed to developing an inclusive, diverse and accessible campus and wider University community and are determined to ensure that opportunities we provide are open to all.

We are proud to work in partnership with AccessAble to provide Detailed Access Guides to our buildings and facilities across our City, Coach Lane and London Campuses. A Detailed Access Guide lets you know what access will be like when you visit somewhere. It looks at the route you will use getting in and what is available inside. All guides have Accessibility Symbols that give you a quick overview of what is available, and photographs to show you what to expect. The guides are produced by trained surveyors who visit our campuses annually to ensure you have trusted and accurate information.

You can use Northumbria’s AccessAble Guides anytime to check the accessibility of a building or facility and to plan your routes and journeys. Search by location, building or accessibility feature to find the information you need. 

We are dedicated to helping students who may require additional support during their student journey and offer 1-1 advice and guidance appropriate to individual requirements. If you feel you may need additional support you can find out more about what we offer here where you can also contact us with any questions you may have:

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Full time Courses are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but could include elements of online learning. Most courses run as planned and as promoted on our website and via our marketing materials, but if there are any substantial changes (as determined by the Competition and Markets Authority) to a course or there is the potential that course may be withdrawn, we will notify all affected applicants as soon as possible with advice and guidance regarding their options. It is also important to be aware that optional modules listed on course pages may be subject to change depending on uptake numbers each year.  

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.

 

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