Nursing Science
BSc (Hons) *

2020/21 Full-time Undergraduate course


Bachelor of Science with Honours


Faculty of Life and Health Sciences


School of Nursing


Magee campus

Start date:

September 2020

Academic Year 2020/21

Our first term will commence as planned on 21 September and we will be prepared to deliver lectures and other teaching online for Semester One

Some on-campus activities will still take place, based on a robust local risk assessment, and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.

The University’s primary concern remains the physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, their families and the wider community. Nothing is more important to us.

On our COVID-19 webpages you will find further information for applicants and students, along with answers to some of the questions you may have.


Building your academic profile to degree level, with a particular emphasis on the application of knowledge for safe and effective nursing practice

* This course is undergoing academic validation. Please note that the information displayed here is subject to change as part of this process.


The BSc Hons Nursing Science programme is specifically designed for overseas nurses / overseas pre-licensure nursing students, who wish to top-up to a degree award.

The programme includes three pathways:

Generic pathway

BSc Hons Nursing Science; for overseas nurses with relevant prior learning, who want to top-up to a degree award

Nursing Practice in the UK pathway

BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) is tailored to overseas nurses with relevant prior learning, who want to top-up to a degree award and undertake preparation for the NMC Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE)

Global Health pathway

BSc Hons Nursing Science (Global Health) is suitable for overseas nursing students who have completed two years of a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing programme at a partner institution, who wish to top-up to a UK degree.

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About this course


The BSc Hons Nursing Science is a full-time programme delivered over one academic year typically from September to May.

Attendance will be monitored in keeping with UKVI monitoring requirements.

Subject to approval:

BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) and Generic pathway, will be offered from September 2020

BSc Hons Nursing Science (Global Health) will be offered from September 2021

Start dates

  • September 2020

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The course provides the opportunity for a range of diverse and immersive learning experiences including large group lectures, simulated clinical skills practice, tutorials, groupwork, guided reading and self-directed learning. Students will be supported to develop their knowledge and skills commensurate with their chosen pathway.

Students will engage in formative and summative assessment as a means of demonstrating their learning with feedback to enhance their learning.

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    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    • the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
    • the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
    • the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.


    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

The programme typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable for overseas nurses, or overseas nursing students from partner institutions, who have sufficient and relevant prior learning to allow direct entry to study at level 6. It is therefore not suitable for direct entry by those who have studied up to A-Level.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, OR equivalent.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

PLEASE NOTE: On successful completion of the BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) pathway, if you wish to apply for registration as a nurse in the UK, you must meet the English language requirements set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The current requirement is an overall IELTS of at least 7.0 with at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. Further information is available at:

Additional Entry Requirements

All international applicants must meet the UKVI requirements for Tier 4 visa.

All applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of relevant prior learning.

Under the University’s ‘Qualifications and Credit Framework’, the achievement of an Honours degree requires the successful completion of 360 credits of study at levels 4, 5 and 6. In relation to this programme, students will typically enter the programme at level 6 having gained exemption for level 4 and 5 modules through the University’s ‘Accreditation of Prior Learning’ policy when prior learning will be accepted in consideration of exemption. Where exemption is obtained for levels 4 and 5 modules, the programme is normally completed over one academic year in full-time mode.

In order to achieve exemption from level 4 and 5 of the programme, an applicant shall have achieved the equivalent of a UK Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree in Nursing.

In addition to the above:

- Applicants to the Nursing Practice in the UK or the Generic pathway, must be licensed as a nurse in their home country

- Applicants to the Global Health pathway must be from partner institutions and must be overseas pre-licensure, nursing students who have successfully completed the first two years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing programme with excellent academic standing (as evidenced by academic transcript).

Exemptions and transferability

This programme typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable for overseas nurses, or overseas nursing students from partner institutions, who have sufficient and relevant prior learning to receive exemption for Level 4 and Level 5 credits and to allow direct entry to study at level 6. Such applicants will typically have attained the equivalent of a UK Higher National Diploma/ Foundation degree in Nursing.

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Each programme will have slightly different requirements, both in terms of overall points and certain subjects, so please check the relevant subject in the undergraduate on-line prospectus.

Normally Ulster University welcomes applications from students with:

High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include grades 3,3,3 in 3 AP subjects
High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include 1000 out of 1600 in SAT
Associate Degree with GPA 3.0

Financial Information

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries open to all international students, US students may apply for Federal and Private US loans

English Language

Level 12 English Lang in HSD

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Careers & opportunities

Career options

Career options may vary according to your personal aspirations and the pathway you study:

BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK)

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Nursing Science. The Nursing Practice in the UK pathway will also have prepared you for the NMC Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE). If you meet the NMC eligibility criteria and then choose to apply for registration as a nurse in the UK, you will need to progress through the NMC application assessment process. As part of this process, you will be required to undertake the Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE). This must be undertaken at an NMC Competence Test Centre in the UK. If your application to register as a nurse with the NMC is successful, and, subject to UKVI regulations, you will be able to apply for a post as a registered nurse in the UK. Postgraduate study opportunities may also be available.

BSc Hons Nursing Science

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Nursing Science. You may wish to return to practise as a nurse in your home country having achieved your degree award. Alternatively and subject to UKVI regulations, you may choose to apply for work in the UK in the health care sector. Postgraduate study opportunities may also be available.

BSc Hons Nursing Science (Global Health)

Graduates who complete the Global Health pathway return to their home country to complete their nurse licensing examinations and may subsequently apply to return to Ulster to study the MSc Nursing or other postgraduate programme.

Work placement / study abroad

This programme provides clinical skills practice in a simulated clinical environment. The programme does not include practice in a clinical setting.


Applications are by direct entry for overseas applicants

Start dates

  • September 2020

Fees and funding

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Further information about scholarships are available at:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


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