BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult

Our award-winning nursing course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and will prepare you to join a health care team upon graduation.

Nursing – Adult

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2023
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code B750


Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Adult nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers a wide range of roles caring for people and promoting health.

Stirling is a superb place for you to learn the skills of modern nursing – which are valued around the world.  Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has also received multiple commendations.

Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the education and confidence necessary to fulfil your role in the healthcare teams of tomorrow. As you study, you’ll learn how to work with a range of multi-disciplinary professionals, groups and individuals to provide care and promote health. Our course is based on a philosophy that our graduates will develop values, integrity and resilience to become socially reflective practitioners who will provide services based on excellence, compassion, safety and respect.

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will be a source of guidance, information and support during your studies. Whilst undertaking practice learning experiences, you’re also allocated an academic assessor, a practice assessor and a supervisor who will all facilitate and support your learning in practice.

We’ll inspire and challenge you, so that you leave us as a confident and capable practitioner - ready to join a health and social care team upon graduation.


BSc (Hons) Nursing students

BSc (Hons) Nursing students follow the same programme structure as BSc Nursing for Years 1-3. After that point, Honours students carry out an additional placement module with the opportunity to study overseas.

In their final year, Honours students complete additional modules, including a dissertation and achieve registration and their Honours degree at the end of Year 4.

Top reasons to study with us

Professional accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Prizes or awards

Students can be nominated for The Student Nursing Times Awards or the newly formed RCH Scotland Nurse of the Year. These awards celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education, recognising educational establishments and honouring those who are committed to developing new nursing talent. The University of Stirling has won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021 and 2022. 

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers


GCE A-levels


IB Diploma

30 points

BTEC (Level 3)


Essential subjects

One Higher or A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Widening access students

Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP Access course - for mature students only.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Essential subjects
To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
Merits and Distinctions

English access course
Access to Higher Education Diploma - 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Essential subjects
To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics

International entry requirements

Advanced entry

Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications.

Additional information

Application procedure

What other criteria are considered for BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing?

We carefully consider other qualities and interests through your personal statement. Explaining why you’re choosing a course is essential and your knowledge of and interest in Adult Nursing should be evident. Voluntary or paid experience in a care setting is welcomed, and you’re strongly advised to make links between the knowledge, values and skills gained in these experiences and the course being applied for. Other experience that demonstrates your commitment and your ability to work in a team is also valuable.

References are also required. You should provide an academic reference if possible - but failing this, an employer’s reference. Friends as referees are not accepted. If you’re applying to transfer from another institution, a reference and a transcript from that institution are required.

Practical learning experiences arranged by the Faulty of Health Sciences and Sport in conjunction with our practice partners may cover a wide geographical area. You’ll be expected to be able to travel to all practice areas within NHS Forth Valley.

Will there be an interview?

If your application is successful, then you will be invited to attend a compulsory interview.

What other factors are involved?

All applicants are subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. This will show all spent and unspent criminal convictions, including (but not limited to): cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar. To the extent relevant to this course, your check may also show details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices or penalty notices for disorder.

Previous criminal convictions need not exclude you, but all convictions must be declared - and some occurrences may result in an unsuccessful application. A panel may be convened to determine the applicant’s fitness for accessing practice placements.

All applicants must be passed fit by occupational health. This will require a questionnaire and a personal visit to the campus.

To protect your privacy, neither of these checks will normally be carried out until after an offer has been made.

This process is subject to change.

Other routes of entry

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is facilitated within the Faculty, and this may result in a shortened programme of study.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in speaking listening and reading
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in writing and minimum of 185 in reading, speaking and listening
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 185 overall with a minimum of 180 in writing and 185 in reading, speaking and listening
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and 67 in speaking listening and reading
  • IBT TOEFL 94 overall with 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 20 in listening and 22 in speaking
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 94 overall with 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 20 in listening and 22 in speaking
  • Trinity ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR C1 overall and C1 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert - Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 23 August 2022

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

Our BSc Adult Nursing extends over three years, and the BSc (Hons) over four years.

You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of nursing, and progress towards delivering person-centred nursing care in more complex and demanding situations. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are essential to deliver safe, compassionate, respectful, ethical and effective care in an evolving and dynamic health and social care environment. Each year meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement of 50% theory and 50% practice. Through our partnerships with a diverse range of health and social care organisations, you’ll have the opportunity to put your theory into practice. You will work all shift patterns of the practice learning environment which may involve both day and night shifts to experience the full learning opportunities of these areas.

This course is designed for you to achieve proficiencies required for registration in the UK as a nurse. You may also have the choice of undertaking a national or international placement.

You’ll study alongside our Mental Health Nursing students throughout your course and our BSc Paramedic Science students during Year 1 to gain a holistic understanding of how health and social care professionals work together to bring about the best in patient-centred care.

We’ll also focus on developing the leadership and management skills needed to foster quality and innovation within the health and social care setting.


The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2022). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Your course will provide you with learning experiences in practice learning placements across a wide range of areas. Practice learning will be supported by your engagement with theoretical elements of the course, and also by your practice assessor and practice supervisor. You’ll develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy. These skills are both graduate attributes and essential skills for a graduate nurse.

The course utilises a range of teaching and learning experiences including lectures, small group work, skills, simulation lab and oral presentations. These will equip you with a diverse range of skills to enhance your abilities as a proficient nurse.

A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are adopted by the Faculty. Central to this is a student-centred approach, which uses small group teaching (enquiry-based learning or EBL) in combination with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching.


You will be assessed by a range of methods, including: examinations, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice. You’ll need to pass each semester assessment before progressing to the next semester.

Work placement opportunities

Your course will provide you with a wide range of practice learning placements. These will take place in the NHS Forth Valley area. There may be opportunities to have placements within other health boards, but this is dependent on the capacity of placements. 

Study abroad

You can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad during the three independent study weeks at the end of Years 1 and 2. Our current partner universities include:

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
  • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  • Paracelsus University, Austria

We also have a practice learning agreement in place with EMS Medical Centre in Nazareth, Israel. 


For any course related questions, please contact +44 (0)1786 466340 or

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2022/23 2023/24
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £18,800 £20,300
Overseas students (non-EU) £18,800 £20,300

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Undergraduate Scholarship, which is worth up to £30,000 over the duration of your course.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Funding opportunities

Students domiciled in Scotland only

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) offers a number of nursing funding options for students resident in Scotland.

All SAAS eligible students are entitled to a £10,000 grant per years 1-3 of study and an additional £7,500 if completing an Honours year.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Our Nursing Scholarship provides students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland a £2,000 cash award per year (for years 1 – 3 of study) on one of our undergraduate nursing courses. The scholarship can also be combined with our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the full cost of tuition fees in students’ Honours year of study.

In addition to the Nursing Scholarship, the University covers the costs of occupational health consultations; criminal record checks; compulsory uniforms; and inoculations for undergraduate nursing students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. These benefits represent around £400 cost saving to students.

There’s no need to apply for these awards – students will automatically be identified as part of the admissions process.

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled overseas

The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

Our Adult Nursing degree will prepare you to meet the needs of a modern profession, and provide the best possible patient care in a range of settings. 

Some of our graduates focus on practice - initially consolidating their learning by working in roles such as a staff nurse in a hospital, community setting or care home - while others progress to postgraduate studies. These experiences can develop a career pathway, leading to specialised areas such as palliative care or advanced nurse practitioner roles.

The majority entering employment find roles within the NHS, while others have found employment in other areas of the public sector - as well as with private healthcare providers and the voluntary sector.

In addition, internships may be available through the Scottish Government’s One Year Job Guarantee scheme.

  • 94.3% of our graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, HESA).
  • In REF 2021, 100% of our research environment and 83% of our overall research in Allied Health Professions and Nursing was classed as world leading or internationally excellent.

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What our students said

Jon Feeney
Jon Feeney
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Studying a nursing degree can be a significant undertaking, but trust me when I say it is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done and definitely worth it!
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Sofie Uygun
Sofie Uygun
BSc Adult Nursing
Each day offers a new experience and the variety of the placements was unexpected. You get to experience a range of different healthcare settings and often the places you didn’t think you’d enjoy are the best.
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Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.