Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Gain a globally recognised UK degree to broaden your nursing career horizons. Our top-up degree is ideal if you want to shape the quality of care in your home country or if you would like to take your first steps towards working in the UK.

*UK NMC registration is not part of this programme and candidates need to ensure themselves that they meet the NMC application criteria and undertake the required assessments independently*

Our top-up course has been specially designed to meet the diverse needs of qualified nurses from across the world who would like the professional credibility of a UK degree to advance their careers.

Focus on excellence in care

The BSc (Hons) International Nursing is aimed at nurses who want to develop a higher level of expertise and who are committed to enhancing quality of care and shaping innovative practice. It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and resilience you need to lead improvements in healthcare – wherever you work in future.

The course is ideal if your ambition is to steer transformational change within healthcare settings in your home country. It is also an excellent platform if you plan to undertake the official assessment process for overseas nurses so that you can register to go into nursing in the UK.

Preparing to work in the UK

If you would like to work in the UK, you must complete a rigorous assessment process to show you meet standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The procedure includes meeting specific language requirements, completing a computer-based test of theoretical practice-based knowledge and undertaking a practical test of clinical knowledge at an accredited centre in the UK.

Our course can help you prepare for this process. It includes objective-structured clinical examination (OSCE) tests of the kind used by the NMC. This means you will learn through simulated clinical environments and patient scenarios which not only increase your chances of success in the NMC assessments but also improve your skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.

Flexible routes to achieve your goals

To ensure you meet the English language requirements – both for this degree and for NMC registration – we offer you access to special language programmes to improve your abilities. These can be taken before or during the course and additional fees will apply.

We also provide an alternative access route to the degree if you are a qualified nurse in your home country but do not have a Diploma level qualification in nursing. You can undertake a level 5 access module via University of Derby Online Learning which will enable you to embark on your BSc (Hons) studies.

A dynamic learning experience

We have a strong track record in providing high-quality and innovative nurse education. We will enrich your studies with a series of insight visits to healthcare providers, giving you new perspectives on what it is like to work within the profession in the UK. There could also be the chance to take part in special projects, conferences, awards schemes and NHS campaigns.

You’ll be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are immersed in their areas of practice and committed to supporting you at every stage of your studies. Some continue to work in practice alongside their teaching role.

Because you will be sharing experiences and ideas with nurses from around the world, you will also deepen your understanding of modern healthcare systems in different countries.

Outstanding learning facilities

We offer an excellent learning environment, including a clinical skills suite built to professional standards, with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms fully equipped with the latest resources.

An exciting new addition is our state-of-the-art immersive interactive simulation suite which creates a simulated environment for practising your skills in a realistic setting. One of the first university facilities of its kind in the UK, the suite replicates the atmosphere, sights and sounds of, for instance, the inside of an ambulance, a busy A&E ward or an operating theatre so you experience clinical decision-making in action.

Explore your own professional interests

There are opportunities to tailor this course to match your career ambitions and personal interests. You can, for instance, choose from optional modules covering subjects such as Palliative Care or Public Health.

Your studies will culminate in an independent study where you can focus on a theme of your choice to help you develop your own nursing practice in the areas which are most valuable to you.

In tune with latest developments

This course is closely mapped to contemporary nursing practice, ensuring your learning is up to date and relevant. In delivering the programme, we respond to national changes such as latest government policies. As a result, some of the information about the course may change. 

As health care is increasingly delivered by multi-professional teams, we also offer opportunities for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in more flexible ways after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for your patients.

What you will study

You’ll study:

Core modules

Optional module

You will have the opportunity to select an optional 20-credit module so that you can tailor this programme to match your professional needs.  

Mandatory personal practice development module

The course culminates in a 40-credit module featuring clinical and theoretical assessment on the theme of Enhancing Personal Practice.

How you will learn

You will extend your skills and knowledge through lectures, tutorials, workshops, online learning and activities in the University’s own high-quality training facilities.

How you’re assessed

You will be assessed through a variety of theoretical and practical assignments aligned to the development of personal nursing practice.

Who you will meet

Our teaching team includes qualified health professionals with extensive experience of nursing and leadership roles within the NHS as well as nurse education. They have professional interests spanning areas such as medical nursing, care of the older person, surgical care, emergency care, community nursing and public health.

Your Programme Leader, Guy Collins, has worked in a range of nursing roles including high dependency care, emergency care, pre-hospital care, and district nursing. He has practised as a nurse and educator both within the UK and overseas.

Guy has an extensive publication record within professional journals and he has presented at national and international conferences. His current professional interests include international nursing, simulation, public health, and approaches to dementia care.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C (or grade 4) including Maths and English. Alternatively you will need an equivalent level 5 Diploma qualification.

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You will also need to be a nurse in your home country of origin equivalent to RN status with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will also need one of the following English language qualifications:

If you do not have an existing IELTS level of 6.0 then you could consider completing a pre-sessional language course at the University of Derby. If undertaking one of these pre-sessional language courses you must then achieve a minimum equivalent of 6.0 IELTS level before joining the degree. Learn more

No Diploma level qualification?

If you are a qualified nurse from overseas without a Diploma level qualification, there is an alternative access route to the BSc (Hons) International Nursing. It entails a level 5 access module with the University of Derby Online Learning. Successful completion of this access module, together with your existing overseas nursing qualification, will enable you to embark on the degree. The English language qualification requirements are as outlined above.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees


£9,250 per year



£12,500 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in March should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in March should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree


Gaining the BSc (Hons) International Nursing will broaden your career prospects dramatically. You will have the skills and knowledge to develop your practice and enhance the quality of patient care in nursing roles worldwide.

You will also mark yourself out to prospective employers as someone with strong leadership potential, who can drive innovation and cultural change in nursing.

In addition, this course offers valuable preparation if you wish to apply to the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) assessment process for overseas nurses.

We have an outstanding reputation for nurturing the employability of our students. Our Nursing graduates go into hospital-based roles on a variety of wards, intensive care units, coronary care units, theatres and A&E departments. Others secure posts within community teams, private hospitals, nursing homes, health and social care settings, and the voluntary sector.

You could also consider career opportunities in the armed services, prisons, travel companies and charitable organisations, to name but a few.

Please note that employment within the UK will depend on you complying with UK Visa requirements which are subject to Government change.

Contact details

Course: Guy Collins (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 591698 (0)1332 591167 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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