Bachelor of Science with Honours
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Nursing
Building your academic profile to degree level with a particular emphasis on the application of knowledge for safe and effective nursing practice.
The BSc Nursing Science (Global Health) programme is suitable for overseas nursing students who have completed two years of a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing programme at an approved partner institution and wish to top-up to a UK degree.
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Here is a guide to the modules that you will study are part of the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (Global health) programme.
Please be aware that modules may be subject to change so that the programmeis responsive to new teaching approaches and developments in research and professional practice. The exact modules available and the order that they are studied,may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up-to-date to confirm that the module details remain current.
Research project (NUS619)
Nursing Science in a global health context (NUS620)
Culture and caring across the lifespan (NUS621)
Nursing practice for mental and physical health (NUS622)
The BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (Global health) programme is delivered on a full-time basis over one academic year typically from September to May.
Engagement will be monitored in keeping with UKVI monitoring requirements and programme regulations. Failure to attend and engage in classes on a weekly from the start of the programme may have implications for your student visa.
The programme provides the opportunity for a range of diverse and immersive learning experiences including lectures, simulated clinical skills practice, tutorials, groupwork, guided reading and self-directed learning. Students will be supported to develop their knowledge and skills andto become independent learners.
Students will engage in formative and summative assessment as a means of demonstrating their learning with feedback to enhance learning and development.
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:
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 near the start date and may be subject to 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 of attendance will often 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 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 Masters 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 via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . 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 four learning outcomes, and no more than two 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.
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 Masters 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 Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
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Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).
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) by Advanced HE - 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.
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 2021-2022.
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The BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (Global health) programme typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable for 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 to A-Level.
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
All international applicants must meet the UKVI requirements for student visa.
All applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus and 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 relevant learning at UK levels 4 and 5, the programme is normally completed over one academic year in full-time mode.
In addition to the above:
- Applicants to the Global Health pathway 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 their academic transcript).
This programme typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable 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.
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BSc Hons Nursing Science (Global Health)
Graduates from this programme 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 another postgraduate programme depending on their career aspirations.
This programme provides clinical skills practice in a simulated clinical environment. The programme does not include practice in a clinical setting.
Fees for entry in 2023/24 have not yet been set. See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2022/23 entry.
Further information about scholarships are available at: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/global/apply/fees-and-finance
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There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.
See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.
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For enquiries about applications, please contact the International Admissions team