Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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Subject area: Nursing Studies

Why choose Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked in the UK's top 5 and the world's top 35 universities for nursing in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

    • [QS]: Quacquarelli Symonds
  • We offer you the opportunity to customise your learning by studying a course from a University-wide range of options in Year 1. Then, in Years 3 and 4, you can choose honours options to develop your specialist interests within nursing.

  • You will be taught in a small cohort of around 50 students which enables close support.

    There are also opportunities to study abroad through our links with universities in:

    • mainland Europe
    • China
    • Australia
  • You will have the opportunity for a semester-long exchange to Australia in Year 3.

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I have seen a vast array of support services available to students. These include lecturers, personal tutors, and other staff who provide on-programme support but are also available on a more personal level.

Ethan Stoker 3rd year BN (Hons) Nursing Studies
Ethan Stoker 3rd year BN (Hons) Nursing Studies

Introducing Nursing Studies

We have been providing nursing education at the University of Edinburgh for more than 60 years. Our Bachelor of Nursing (BN) with honours programme prepares you for a rewarding and varied career in healthcare. On graduation, you will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an adult nurse.

We offer clinically-based knowledge and practical skills, balanced with theoretical and research-based knowledge, ensuring our graduates are highly effective practitioners by the end of our four-year programme.

You will need a strong interest in human relationships; well-developed social and communication skills and a high degree of empathy.

Our programme’s combination of academic study and clinical practice will help you build on:

  • necessary skills and attributes
  • develop leadership skills
  • analytical skills required to provide excellent nursing care

You will learn about:

  • clinical and professional issues in nursing
  • the diverse social and cultural influences on health and research methods
  • the psychological perspectives on the experience of illness and care

In Year 1, you have the opportunity to take up to two courses from the wider University. This allows you to study a diverse range of topics and broaden your understanding of the world. Additionally, the honours options in Years 3 and 4 offer you the opportunity to deepen your understanding in specialist areas of your choosing.

In Year 3, you will undertake an elective placement in a specialist area of interest in the UK. This offers the opportunity to experience health care in a different culture or to gain clinical experience.


This programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Achievement of the required clinical and academic outcomes leads to eligibility for registration with the NMC as an adult nurse.

  • [BN]: Bachelor of Nursing
  • [NMC]: Nursing and Midwifery Council

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