Nursing Studies

Programme Outline

The BN (Hons) Nursing Studies programme is a four year course that consists of 50% theory and 50% clinical practice experience.

Years one and two

Years 1 and 2 provide an introduction to the evidence base for nursing. This includes:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • nursing care
  • mental health
  • technical innovations in healthcare
  • sociological and psychological aspects of healthcare
  • approaches to research

In addition to the compulsory courses, you will also choose two option courses from subjects across the University during Year 1.


Honours years

You will develop leadership skills and deepen your understanding of the evidence base for nursing. You will also develop your critical thinking abilities and clinical decision making.

You will choose two honours option courses in Years 3 and 4, learning as a mixed group of Year 3 and 4 students. This allows you to personalise your programme and pursue nursing courses which address your own disciplinary interests.

Your skills continue and develop with further inter-professional opportunities.


The final year allows you to work on a topic of your choice to produce an honours dissertation.

Dissertation work is supported by close academic supervision.


Honours options

Students are required to undertake two optional courses for each Honours year. Examples of Honours options currently offered include:

  • Caring and Emotional Work in Nursing
  • Issues and Developments in the Management of Pain
  • Transplantation Nursing
  • Cancer Care