Graduates of this course will be equipped with the skills needed to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based care, driving improvements in the quality of care provided to patients. You will be able to lead healthcare teams, manage resources effectively and advocate for patients and their families.

The course aims to produce degree-qualified registered nurses who are capable of leading change within the healthcare sector, improving the standards of patient care and making a positive difference to the lives of those you serve.

You will gain competency in leadership, management and research that will enhance skills which are adaptable and support clinical practice. This places you central to innovative and contemporary nursing within Health and Social care.

On completion of your BSc Hons in Nursing Studies, you have the opportunity to progress to postgraduate study such as our online Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care, Advancing Integrated Urgent Care Practice Postgraduate Certificate, or Leading Interprofessional Practice Education Postgraduate Certificate programmes.

An Honours degree will help you to compete in a contentious market, particularly when applying for international positions. It does not affect your NMC or provide access to other parts of the register but will broaden your horizons, improving your self-confidence and competences in teaching and mentoring work colleagues.

Utilise our Careers and Employment Service​

Whilst you are a student at the University of Derby, and for 3 years after you graduate, our Careers and Employment Service can assist you with job search advice, CV creation, workshops and events, as well as one-to-one appointments with employment advisers to help with career planning and interview preparation.

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Online student Phil Richardson set his sights on emigrating to Australia. For him gaining a degree would help him to achieve his goal.

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