Nursing Studies at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) with honours programme reflects global, UK and Scottish perspectives of healthcare. The transfer between health environments and the acute primary care interface is key to understanding the health needs of different populations. Throughout this programme, you will be introduced to a range of inpatient and community placements and other health-related learning experiences. Nursing and Midwifery Council education standards This programme adheres to the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) education standards. These standards are designed to embrace the range of nursing practice. This will help prepare you for the dynamic healthcare environment of the 2020s and beyond. The Bachelor of Nursing with honours degree prepares you for the evolving healthcare landscape. You will gain key skills in:

  • critical thinking
  • teamwork and leadership
  • the ability to innovate and work in interdisciplinary settings
  • clinical skills and proficiency across the required range
Upon graduation, you will be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an adult nurse. Curriculum The programme combines theoretical and skills learning within the University (50%) with practice learning experiences (50%). The equal weighting of theory and practice is a defining feature of this degree structure and is required by the NMC. There are three strands of the curriculum which lead you from Year 1 to Year 4, building on previous learning as part of a spiral curriculum. In Year 1, you will study:
  • life sciences
  • research skills
  • social sciences
Then, these areas build in complexity and depth into Year 2 and later in the programme. The honours option courses in Years 3 and 4 allow you to personalise the programme. You can follow your particular interests in different care contexts, approaches or conditions. You will develop clinical skills working in the clinical skills laboratory, in nurse-led groups and in a programme of inter-professional learning with medical students. Practice learning is integral to the programme and you will learn in a range of practice settings including:
  • community
  • care homes
  • acute hospital and specialist services
Student support Student support at the University of Edinburgh is excellent and includes:
  • a personal tutor system
  • a University wide student support infrastructure
  • accessible academic staff
  • personalised support in the practice learning environment

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Some prior experience of working with people is advisable. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

There is fitness to practice guidance for people who wish to become nurses, we strongly advise you to make yourself aware of this before you apply. Please consult the Higher Educational Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) website for fitness to practice guidelines for this degree. All students must undergo hepatitis B immunisation, TB status and occupational health check before starting the degree. Students will also need to meet any NHS Scotland vaccination requirements.


Admission to this degree includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Total 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)100Total 100 with at least 25 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 185 with at least 185 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 185 with at least 185 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE III with passes in all four components.
PTE Academic70Total 70 with at least 70 in each component.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £34800 Year 1
International £34800 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees. Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
Nursing Studies at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS