Nursing Studies

Programme information

The Bachelor of Nursing is a four year degree, split into two programmes - Foundation and Branch.

nursing students

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) programme fully realises the integration of theory and practice, and following a foundation period, offers the branch programme in adult nursing.

Throughout the programme students will study prescribed core courses and a choice of option courses. Students are given a choice of outside courses in year one and a choice of Honours options in years three and four.

Foundation programme

The foundation programme for nursing comprises year 1 of the programme and the first two semesters of year 2 and is examined in the foundation examination.

Branch programme

The branch programme commences at the end of semester 2 in year 2 (the first 8 weeks of the summer vacation). The courses in the branch programme are designed to further develop nursing knowledge and proficiencies and fully recognise branch specific theory and practice.


The Honours options and Honours dissertation allow the students to pursue in-depth critical analyses of areas of nursing care that are of particular and personal interest and concern to the student.

Practice placements

Peer Assisted Learning (PALS)

Registration with NMC

The Bachelor of Nursing programme leads to eligibility to register as an adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). To register as an adult nurse students must have successfully completed the core courses and practice placements from the Foundation, Branch and Honours years of the programme as explained above. Students not wishing to progress to Honours can also register with the NMC by successfully following the Ordinary degree registration route in third year. More information about the award of the degree and classification can be found in the Programme Specification.