BSc (Hons) Nursing

Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages: families, groups and communities; sick or well; and in all settings. It includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Nurses are advocates for people in their care. They are involved in management, leadership, education, and research, and use clinical judgement in the provision of best quality of care.

With a variety of learning and teaching methods, including NHS placements in each year, this course will prepare you to work as a nurse.

We are ranked 3rd in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Nursing in the Guardian University League Table 2019.

Why QMU?

  • Theory and practice is integrated through the use of case-based learning resources.
  • Class sizes are small and students receive strong support from an experienced course team.
  • Ranked 3rd in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Nursing in the Guardian University League Table 2019.

About the course

This course will prepare you to deliver safe, effective person-centred nursing care with confidence. We use a blended approach to learning, teaching and assessment. Lectures, seminars and simulation are used to facilitate your learning about nursing and the evidence that informs practice. Real client and patient experiences are frequently used as the focus for group learning.

Year One focuses on the foundations of professional nursing care. You will explore a range of influences on health, professional issues, skills for nursing practice, and the science underpinning care. You will begin to learn to meet the needs of vulnerable people across the lifespan, for example older adults, people with dementia, disabilities, or long-term conditions. Placements in Year One are in the community and settings caring for older people.

In Year Two, you will learn how to assess and care for people as they cope and adapt to ill health, combining science subjects with nursing modules. Clinical skills learning will prepare you for clinical placements within hospital settings.

Year Three modules concentrate on the care of people with complex needs and increasing dependency in a range of settings. Placements in this year reflect this focus. You will explore healthcare governance and research evidence relating to effective, compassionate nursing practice. You will develop knowledge of the integration of health and social care through engagement within the voluntary sector.

In Year Four, the focus is on clinical leadership, care management and preparation for registration. You will complete a dissertation on an area aligned with current healthcare priorities.

Opportunities exist for students to select an area of clinical practice for their final placement which may enhance their future career.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills which will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.



This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a dissertation in Year Four.



Year One modules

  • Caring in Professional Contexts
  • Introduction to Academic Enquiry
  • Skills and Practice 1
  • Applied Science
  • Interprofessional Education 1

Year Two modules

  • Learning to Assess and Care for Ill Adults
  • Caring For The Adult With Complex Healthcare Needs
  • Applied Science
  • Skills and Practice 2
  • Interprofessional Education 2

Year Three modules

  • Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Patient: Acute Care in a Variety of Settings
  • Recovery Rehabilitation and Long Term Issues
  • Applied Science
  • Skills and Practice 3
  • Evidence Based Healthcare Governance
  • Interprofessional Education 3

Year Four modules

  • Leadership for Developing Professional Practice
  • Skills and Practice 4
  • Interprofessional Education 4
  • Dissertation

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019 following a revalidation in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.




Clinical placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients and qualified staff. Placements will take place in a variety of settings eg community, hospital or care home. These may be in the Lothians, Borders and Fife. There are placement opportunities in each year of the course. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course.


Exchange opportunities




Graduates make a significant contribution to creative practice in nursing and have excellent career prospects. Our graduates have chosen varied career paths in the UK and overseas. Recent graduates work in community, acute medical and surgical areas, oncology, haematology, critical care, care of older people, rehabilitation, education and research.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBB

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

International: IELTS of 7.0 with no element lower than 7.0

Required subjects: All combinations of qualifications must include Biology or Human Biology at Higher or A Level (Chemistry, Physics may also be considered) and either English, or a suitably discursive subject such as Philosophy, History, Modern Studies or Religious and Moral Education. You should also have Maths and English at Intermediate 2 (B) or National 5 (B) if not studied at Higher level.

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. Applicants with Access qualifications must also demonstrate a strong academic profile. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant experience and qualifications.

Direct Entry

Year Two:

 Year Three

  • Level 3 Diploma in Higher Education — Nursing Route*

For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

*This would be dependent on previous placement hours.

Other requirements: You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B. A satisfactory criminal records check is also required. The NMC requires you to complete a declaration of good health and good character each year. Applicants are required to take part in an interview that will include an assessment of numeracy and literacy.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

Successful completion leads to eligibility to register (Registered Nurse {Adult}) with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).


Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website


Course Overview

On campus
4 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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A Student Story - more at foot of page

Sarah Middleton - BSc Nursing "My favourite part of the course is definitely when we get to learn the vast number of skills nurses carry out on the wards in the Clinical Simulation Suite. It gives us a chance to practice in a ward like environment on specialist dummies, and it helped develop my confidence in carrying it out before going out into placement in a real hospital." Read my story...