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.

99% in professional occupations 15 months after graduationThe Guardian University Guide 2024 (Adult Nursing and Nursing Associate)
Top15for Children's Nursing The Guardian University Guide 2024
Top15for Mental Health Nursing The Guardian University Guide 2024
Top10for career prospects in General NursingThe Guardian University Guide 2024
Top15for student satisfactionComplete University Guide 2024
Top20for teaching qualityThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
Top25for student experienceThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

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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Amy praised for roadside care in traffic incident

Nursing students learn how to deliver care in a variety of arenas, undergoing a series of placements during their course. And, thanks to her training, student Amy Lyons knew exactly what to do when she unexpectedly came across a road traffic incident.

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"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."

Holly Anthony
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

Professional accreditations and career opportunities

Our nursing degrees and foundation degree are accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and approved to the NMC's Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses. This professional recognition means you’ll be eligible to register and practice as a nurse or nursing associate when you graduate. Our exceptional employment record shows that our nursing graduates are in high demand and go onto work in a wide variety of clinical settings. In addition, our extensive continuing professional development short courses and modules are available to qualified health care professionals.

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.

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)
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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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Student stories

Our students and graduates 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. Let our students and graduates tell you theirs.

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