Nursing Undergraduate Courses

Our excellent facilities, hands-on learning techniques and impressive employment rates will give you a great start towards a rewarding career in nursing. Becoming a nurse is quite literally life-changing.

You’ll gain the skills to provide exceptional levels of care via our first-class facilities, practise these skills through placements in hospitals and community settings across the region, and gain a full understanding of both the demands and rewards of delivering high-quality nursing care.

Our exceptional employment record shows that our nursing graduates are in high demand. Choose to study with us and take your first step into a rewarding career, where you will be able to make a positive impact every day.

Find out about the best route for you into this exciting career with our Routes into Nursing.

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A nursing student treating a mannekin with air equipment

“All of the lecturers are really supportive and friendly”

"The lecturers were approachable and encouraged me to push myself. They gave me important feedback that enabled me to progress further,  they also visit placements to offer support and guidance which is really useful." 

  • Our nursing degrees are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This professional recognition means you’ll be eligible to register and practise as a nurse when you graduate
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) and BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) are available on March and September starts at both our Derby Campus and Chesterfield Site with both sites offering you the same exceptional health care learning facilities.Practical experience is a hallmark of our courses. Drawing on our flourishing employer links, we offer work placements in a broad spectrum of health and social care settings
  • Our Clinical Skills Suite is built to professional standards and is a safe environment for you to develop the competences that you’ll need to thrive in your career. The suite includes a replica ward, counselling rooms and a treatment room, all fully equipped with the latest clinical resources
  • Recently installed, our Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite replicates a range of different scenarios that nurses may find themselves working in, from the back of an ambulance to an operating theatre or anaesthetic room. You’ll be ‘immersed’ into different environments to gain a greater understanding of the varied pressures you’ll encounter and the range of factors you’ll need to consider when working in different spaces
  • You can study BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult), BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children’s) and BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) at our Derby Campus. 
  • Unsure which route into nursing is best for you? Our handy guide can help put you on the right track
  • The University of Derby won the award for "Best Student Experience" at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2022 for its partnership with Community Chesterfield and Derbyshire Voluntary Action. Read the full story here. The University was also shortlisted in multiple other categories.  
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Claire Brown

The University of Derby is a great university. You get to know all the tutors and they are always there to offer support if you need it. Nursing as a career is hard work but is so worth it when you get to help people at their most vulnerable state.

Claire Brown
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

What our Nursing graduates do

BSc (Hons) Nursing graduates are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as either an adult or mental health nurse.

If you choose our FdSc Professional Development (Health and Social Care) / Higher Apprenticeship (Assistant Practitioner) you’ll develop your skills to support you in your career progression within health and social care.

In addition, our extensive continuing professional development short courses and modules are available to qualified health care professionals.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • nursing
  • health and social care
  • community teams
  • private hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • armed services

Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy Member

The University of Derby has become the very first Higher Education Institution to join the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy as a member. 

The Foundation’s principal focus is on improving health, clinical outcomes and patient experience, through building nursing and midwifery leadership capacity and capability. Our Nursing and Midwifery students will therefore have the opportunity to contribute to policy consultations, gain opportunities for elective placements, and enjoy access to leadership programmes including Nightingale Frontline, a peer group coaching service.

Student nurses in the immersive suite

How you can get a head start in your nursing career

Professor Stephen Wordsworth, Head of School, Nursing and Professional Practice, explains why a March start could make all the difference to your nursing career.

Read about the advantages of starting your course in March Read about the advantages of starting your course in March
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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

Explore our Virtual Open Day

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Make it Real
at Derby

Our students, graduates and staff are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. We can make it real for you.

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