Nursing Studies

About us

Nursing Studies, top teaching and first-class research for over 60 years

Nursing Highlights 2017 edition

Find Us

We are part of the School of Health in Social Science located in Doorway 6 of the Old Medical Building, full details on how to find us are available here.


Nursing Highlights

At Nursing Studies we like to celebrate the great work our students and staff do in health and care both in Scotland and around the world. Every two years we produce a “Nursing Studies Highlights” report that showcases some of the wonderful contributions our students and staff make to nursing. Below are the most recent reports that you can download and read. The 2019 highlights are currently being produced and will be available in early 2020.


Nursing Highlights 2013 Nursing Highlights 2015 Nursing Highlights 2017


Our History

The Chair of Nursing Studies was established in 1972 but teaching of the discipline began a quarter of a century earlier when Edinburgh became the first British university to establish a Nursing Training Unit. You can read more about the history of Nursing Studies on the University's dedicated website Our History.


Celebrating 60 years of Nurse  Education

nursing 60 years

In 2016 the Department of Nursing Studies celebrated 60 years of world-class nurse education with a focus on two key events.

First, in April 2016 the Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference was hosted in Edinburgh. Welcome activities included University and Civic Receptions.

Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference (external link)

Later in November 2016 two alumni events were hosted, the biannual Elsie Stephenson memorial lecture on Thursday 3 November and the Leaps in the Dark alumni conference on Friday 4 November.

Elsie Stephenson

Leaps in the Dark Alumni Conference

Edit, the University Alumni Magazine featured an article on the history makers in nursing



Nursing studies is close to all of the central University and student facilities including the Main Library on George Square.

The University’s Main Library holds a comprehensive range of books and journals relevant to Nursing Studies, complemented by specialist medical collections at both the Royal Infirmary and Western General Hospital. Through the library, students have access to a substantial range of e-journals which can be read, downloaded and printed off online either from a University networked computer or from home. Books acquired since 1985 are catalogued on-line and this catalogue can be accessed via the various terminals scattered about the University.

Postgraduate students may also access the extensive resources of the National Library of Scotland, which is a copyright library entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is located only a few minutes walk from the School of Health.


Main Library Guide

Main Library Virtual Tour

National Library of Scotland

Royal Infirmary Library

Western General Hospital Library


Computing Facilities: In the vicinity of the School of Health are a large number of computing facilities, including 24-hour suites. Every matriculated student receives a University email account and free unlimited access to computing and library facilities. The Computing Service runs regular introductory courses on the computer facilities available at the University, especially set during the first term of each academic year.

Open-access computers are located in various buildings throughout the Central area: Open-access computer locations


Student Support 

We have an extensive range of facilities and support services for students.

The Institute for Academic Development, offers a wide variety of courses to help students consider strategies for making the most of their studies. Most semesters the Institute offers a series of study skills sessions. There are one-hour lunchtime sessions on topics such as Studying at University, Lectures, Information Resources, Essay Writing, Tutorials and Preparing for Class Exams. Staff at the Centre are also available for one-to-one consultations on academic matters.

The Institute for Applied Languages offers a variety of courses under their English for Academic Purposes programme. Some of these courses are designed specifically for students whose native language is not English, to introduce them to listening and note-taking skills, with special attention to the basic principles of academic discourse in the humanities. These courses are free to matriculated students and are especially useful for starting postgraduate students whose native language is not English.

The Student Counselling Service provides free confidential counselling to all matriculated students at the University. They can help with whatever issues or problems might be coming up for people, whether related to studying or life at the University, to relationships and friendships, to family matters, feeling depressed or unmotivated, alcohol or drug use, or issues from the past. Staff are qualified counsellors of many years standing. 

Edinburgh Global and International Student Centre offers a comprehensive range of support, advice and information services for international students. They are able to assist from the point of application right through to the point of departure. Their services are complemented by the International Student Centre, which offers a wide and varied social programme for students from abroad.


Further Services include:

International Student Centre

Scholarships and Student Funding

Student Disability Service

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Accommodation Services