Professional Nursing (Learning Disability) (September) at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS

Course summary

This three-year degree programme integrates theory and practice, preparing our students to be world-class practitioners. Students will spend 50 per cent of their time in class learning the latest nursing theory and clinical skills, and 50 per cent of their time with one of our internationally-recognised training partners in a wide variety of clinical and community settings throughout Northern Ireland. Our highly-trained lecturing staff are actively engaged in areas of speciality practice, and our personal tutor system for student support is very well regarded. There are also opportunities for elective placements with one of our international partners in the final year of study. NB: Are you a graduate domiciled in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland? Have you considered applying for the MSc Professional Nursing programme? The programme is only open to graduate applicants and takes two years to complete instead of the more familiar three year undergraduate route. This programme is fully funded by the Department of Health for Home students, including full fees and a bursary. It is the only pre-registration Nursing Masters programme offered on the island of Ireland. Upon successful completion of the MSc Professional Nursing degree you will graduate with a Masters degree and you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). QUB offers this innovative pre-registration Nursing programme in the fields of Adult Nursing, Children and Young People's Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing and Mental Health Nursing. Further information on these courses is available at and search for Nursing and tick the Postgraduate Taught box under Level of Study.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Mathematics and a Science subject at grade C or better. Scottish National 5 Mathematics and a Science subject at grade C or better.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £20800 Year 1
International £20800 Year 1

Additional fee information

* NI and ROI students - No fee for commissioned students / £7,800 for non-commissioned students. All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs approximately £33. In Year 1 students must buy a uniform from a QUB-selected uniform supplier (approximate cost £190), and a name badge (approximate cost £10). All students on this programme will undertake clinical placements, which can be anywhere in Northern Ireland. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Some reimbursement may be available for funded students. Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch or Pinard Horn, approximate cost £15. Non-funded students pay a placement charge which is for facilitating the clinical placement. It is collected by the Student Finance Office and is passed on to our placement provider partners. The cost for 2024-25 is £4,500 per year. This charge will be owed for each academic year a placement has commenced. Students who require a temporary withdrawal from their programme during an academic year will still be liable for this charge each year, regardless of the duration completed. Please note that students on an NHS funded place cannot apply for loan funding from Student Finance NI. To be eligible for a commissioned (funded) place, students must normally be resident in NI or RoI for at least 3 years before the start of the programme. More information is available in the Bursaries Booklet, available here: Link to website with information:

Sponsorship information

GB students (England, Scotland, Wales) are not entitled to a commissioned place with associated funding (tuition fees, and maintenance allowance from the NI Department of Health) and a decision as to whether or not we can admit GB students with funding from the Student Loans Company has not yet been decided. Clarification on this position is currently being sought and further information will be available in due course.

Professional Nursing (Learning Disability) (September) at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS