Nursing Science

BSc (Hons)

2023/24 Full-time Undergraduate course


Bachelor of Science with Honours


Faculty of Life and Health Sciences


School of Nursing


Belfast campus

Start date:

September 2023


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


The BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) programme 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).

This programme will be offered subject to viable demand.

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About this course


The course is typically studied over two semesters (September to May) as a top-up to degree. Programme and module content are subject to ongoing review. For the latest information please contact us:

The modules currently include:

- Nursing Science in a Global Health Context (NUS620)

- Professional Knowldege for Nursing in the United KIngdom (NUS610)

- Preparation for Nursing OSCE Assessment (NUS611)

- Research project (NUS619)


The BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK), is a full-time programme delivered 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 classess on a weekly basis from the start of the programme may have implications for your student visa.

Start dates

  • September 2023

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The course 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 throughout the programme.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 (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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Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

In this section

Year one

Communication in a Healthcare Context

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively in healthcare environments in a compassionate and professional way. Students will begin the process of engaging in reflection on/ in practice.

The Well Person in Body and Mind

Year: 1

This module provides students with an understanding of the development structure and function of the human body through the lifespan as a foundation for healthcare practice. The module also explores the study of psychology, introduces theories and insights into the origins and causes of human behaviour, and is designed to enhance students understanding of influencing factors that can determine a healthy body and mind. Together with the semester 2 module 'The Well Person in Society' this module facilitates the student to address relevant human biology, psychology and sociology. Assessment is by coursework.

Understanding Health Care Practice

Year: 1

The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the roles, responsibilities and functions integral to health care practice. The student will learn that responses of the health care professional must be adaptable to meet the changing needs of people, groups, communities and populations in order to provide person-centred care that considers preferences. Assessment is by coursework.

Fostering Safe Holistic Care

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the maintenance of health and safety issues associated with providing health care. Ethical and legal frameworks that underpin practice are introduced. Students will be provided with an opportunity to practice skills that will help them foster a caring relationship, carry out assessment of need, begin to understand the workings of the interdisciplinary team and respond appropriately in emergencies. Assessment is by examination and practical scenario.

Understanding Evidence for Health and Social Care

Year: 1

This module aims to facilitate students in understanding how healthcare can be enhanced through the understanding and application of evidence. It helps students to appreciate the nature of evidence at a local, national and global level and prepares them for further study and the use of evidence and research in healthcare practice. Assessment is by coursework.

The Well Person in Society

Year: 1

Together with the semester 1 module 'The Well Person in Body and Mind, this module facilitates the student to have a more complete understanding of the healthy person. This is achieved through providing the student with an understanding of health-related sociology and an enhanced understanding of relevant human biology. Assessment is by coursework.

Year two

Applied Human Sciences

Year: 2

This module equips the student with the ability to apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to understand what happens when normal functions go wrong and to relate this to the symptoms experienced by the person being cared for. Students will also develop an understanding of the principles of pharmacology and microbiology to allow them to apply this to the care of the sick person. Assessment is by examination and class test.

Comprehensive Assessment and Practice in Health

Year: 2

This module prepares students to engage in person-centred assessment and management of care needs across a range of care setting they encounter in practice. It endeavours to provide them with an understanding of the principles of head to toe assessment that incorporates physical, psychological, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs. The impact of the care setting, the developmental stage and age of the person and the perspective of carers are considered. Students will be prepared to apply these skills in a manner that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of the people, families and carers experiencing acute illnesses or long-term conditions.

Caring for a person with complex needs

Year: 2

In order to practice effectively students need to develop appropriate skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values in order to care for the person with complex needs in a

variety of care environments and across the lifespan. This module will focus on helping the student make appropriate links and apply theoretical knowledge in simulated practice in preparation for practice learning. Assessment is by short formative online test, class test and assessed group, practical scenarios.

Interprofessional and Collaborative Working

Year: 2

This module prepares students to engage with other professionals from a range of health and social care professions and agencies in working effectively and collaboratively with individuals and families to provide the best possible health outcomes. Within this module, individuals and family members are considered part of the health and social care team and are included in the terms 'teams' and 'collaborative working'. The module will provide students with an understanding of the nature of teams and collaborative working, and the principles of effective communication and relationships for safe and effective clinical decision-making. The role and impact of supervision and reflection to further develop competence and skills are considered. Assessment is by coursework.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Year: 2

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the concepts of public health and health promotion within the context of the major social determinants of health and wellbeing and the causes of illness and health inequalities. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities of individual, group, community and population health and wellbeing within the broader spheres of risk, lifestyles or behaviours, self-care and management. The knowledge and skills gained from undertaking this module will facilitate student development in communication, teaching, facilitation and advocacy skills, and allow them to practice effectively in today's health care service, in order to meet the changing health needs of the population. Assessment is by coursework.

Understanding Research

Year: 2

This module develops students understanding of the key components of the research

process and its relationship to healthcare practice and development. Tuition is by lectures and tutorials in which students develop practical skills in critiquing evidence. Assessment is by coursework.

Year three

Research Project

Year: 3

This core module provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in retrieving and using research evidence. The module is designed to allow students to conduct an independent critical investigation of an area of health and social care relating to their own interest and to write a systematic review on that investigation. Students will also have the academic guidance through support from the staff member assigned as their supervisor who can lend their expertise in collegiate collaboration.

Nursing Science in a Global Health context

Year: 3

This module explores and encourages debate about issues in contemporary global health and social care. Utilising a theoretical base to provide the springboard for critical discussion, reflection and more insightful practice is encouraged through a rigorous analysis of current dilemmas and topical issues

Professional Knowledge for Nursing in the UK

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module will equip students to understand and evaluate professional issues in nursing. Students will have the opportunity to use their developing knowledge to gain insights into assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of compassionate person-centred nursing care. They will be able to use the principles of evidence based decision-making to engage with contemporary nursing practice and prepare for inter-professional team-working and leadership.

Preparation for Nursing OSCE Assessment

Year: 3

This module is optional

Designed to support student preparation for OSCE assessment by enhancing their knowledge and skills in nursing procedures in UK nursing practice, this module will familiarise them with the structure and processes of OSCE assessment. Students will engage in simulated practice to ensure they can provide safe, effective, evidence-based nursing care and compassionate communication and a professional approach. This module does not lead to registration as a nurse in the UK.

Culture and Caring Across the Life Span

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module will equip nursing students with in-depth knowledge, so they gain an understanding and appreciation for other countries and diverse societies, cultures and practices, to enable them to provide culturally sensitive, person-centred care across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of specialties within a local healthcare setting so they can observe nursing practice within a different cultural environment. Assessment is by coursework.

Nursing Practice for Mental and Physical Health

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module will facilitate the development of knowledge of physical and mental health problems and treatments, including co-morbidity and physiological and psychological vulnerability. Students will employ the evidence-base for clinical skills, assessment approaches, psychological, psychosocial and other complex therapeutic skills, interventions and care planned to provide person centred care across all ages, in a way that supports self-determination and aids recovery.

Standard 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 BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the Uk) typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable for overseas licensed nurses 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
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.

Additional Entry Requirements

All international applicants must meet the UKVI student visa requirements.

In addition, 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 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.

Applicants to the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) must be licensed as a nurse in their home country.

Exemptions and transferability

This programme typically offers a 'top-up to degree' award. It is suitable for overseas nurses 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.

Careers & opportunities

Career options

BSc Hons Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK)

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Nursing Science. This programme does not include a professional award and therefore does not automatically lead to registration as a nurse in the UK. However, by studying the Nursing Practice in the UK pathway you will be supported to prepare for the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE). If you are interested in registering as a nurse in the UK, you must check your eligibility with the NMC.

After you complete the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (Nursing Practice in the UK) programme and, if you meet the NMC eligibility criteria and the NMC English language requirments, you may then choose to apply for registration as a nurse in the UK. You will need to progress through the NMC application assessment process which is between you and the NMC. As part of this process, you will be required to undertake the Test of Competence Part 1 (CBT) and Part 2 (OSCE). Part 2 OSCE 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. You may also wish to consider postgraduate study opportunities.

Work placement / study abroad

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


Start dates

  • September 2023

Fees and funding

2023/24 Fees

Fees for entry in 2023/24 have not yet been set. See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2022/23 entry.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Further information about scholarships are available at:

Additional mandatory costs

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. 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 Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

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.


For course information please contact:

Deirdre O'Donnell

Academic Lead for Global Engagement

For enquiries about applications, please contact the International Admissions team

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