Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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Subject area: Nursing Studies

Why choose Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 5 and the world's top 30 universities for nursing in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

  • We offer you the opportunity to customise your learning by studying a course from a university-wide range of options in Year 1, then choosing honours options in Years 3 and 4 to develop your specialist interests within nursing.

  • You will be taught in a small cohort of around 50 students enabling you to receive close support. There are also opportunities to study abroad through our links with universities in mainland Europe, China and Australia.

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

  • The programme is developed in partnership with the local NHS board and other relevant service providers.

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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.

Nursing students require a strong interest in human relationships, well-developed social and communication skills, and a high degree of empathy.

Through academic study and clinical practice, our programme will help you to build on these skills and attributes as well as develop the leadership and analytical skills required to provide excellent nursing care.

You will not only learn about clinical and professional issues in nursing, but also the diverse social and cultural influences on health, research methods, and psychological perspectives on the experience of illness and care.

The opportunity to take two courses from the wider University in Year 1 allows you to broaden your understanding of the world and study a diverse range of topics. 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, offering you the opportunity to experience health care in a different culture or to gain clinical experience in a specialist area of interest in the UK.


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.

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