Utilise state-of-the-art simulation facilities. Undertake practical placements in hospital and community settings. Collaborate in an interprofessional learning capacity with other healthcare courses. Be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse.

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Courses we offer

Our courses are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to support and care for patients and make a real difference to people’s lives. Nursing is a rewarding and challenging career – start yours at Sunderland with one of our partner NHS Trusts, or develop your existing Nursing skills with our top-up and postgraduate courses. Take a look below to find the right course for you.

Undergraduate courses

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (Adult). Undertake NHS Trust clinical placements, learn about physical and human science in a range of modules such as Foundations of Nursing Practice, Foundations of Physical and Human Science, Nursing Practice for Altered Health and Leadership and Management.

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BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing Practice

This course will lead to registration as a qualified nurse in the care of those with learning disabilities, in which there is a lack of experienced and effective practitioners.

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Mental Health Nursing Professional Practice

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Practice

This course will lead to registration as a qualified nurse in mental health. It is a dynamic programme and responsive to the UK Government’s initiative on meeting the public’s mental health needs.

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BSc (Hons) Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice

New for April 2021 entry, our BSc (Hons) Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice will see you learn from an enthusiastic team of skilled professionals at the University and on successful completion of the course, you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (Children). Undertake NHS Trust clinical placements in local healthcare Trusts, which includes the high quality regional services of The Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.

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BSc (Hons) Nursing 1 Year Top-Up

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up)

Improve your current Nursing qualification. Enhance your career prospects. Top-up your current diploma to an honours degree in only one year. Join many of our graduates who have gone on to secure senior positions in nursing.

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BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up) via Study Centres

'Top-up' your registered nursing qualification to a full honours degree in one year. This course places a strong emphasis on relating nursing theory to clinical practice. Degree qualifications are becoming increasingly vital for moving up to senior positions and our graduates have a strong record of career progression.

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Postgraduate courses


MSc Nursing

Higher qualifications are required for promotion in the nursing profession. Take on roles like nurse team manager and nurse consultant by earning this degree. Continue your professional development and make a significant contribution to people’s health and wellbeing. Based on the NHS Leadership Framework, you’ll learn to manage people, work within teams, make decisions, evaluate impact and facilitate transformation.

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PGCE Health Professions

Health Professions education involves the design of learning which meet the needs of a diverse range of learners with different needs and learning preferences. This PGCE Health Professions course is aimed at academic staff and can lead to roles in higher education institutions or clinical teaching roles in the public and private sector. On completion of the course, you'll have developed your skills and knowledge as a teaching professional and will be able to offer student-centred teaching and learning experiences.

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Master of Education (Health Professions)

This Master of Education (Health Professions Education) course enables you to study a wide range of topics relevant to educating tomorrow’s health professionals. The course provides initial teacher preparation for staff new to education, with modules covering both teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum design. On completion of this course, you can expect to find employment at higher education institutions, or clinical teaching roles within the public and private sector (subject to meeting the role specification requirements).

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MNurse (Adult)

On successful completion of this MNurse course, you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (Adult). The course meets Nursing and Midwifery Standards and will be delivered 50/50 between theory and clinical practice. It has been developed with a blended learning curriculum which will enable you to study at home as well as on campus and on placement.   

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First-class facilities and work-based placements

A degree in Nursing is ideal if you have a genuine interest in a caring profession, improving the lives of patients. The integration of theory and practice is at the centre of our Nursing courses. Learning is underpinned by evidence-based practice promoting high quality, compassionate and patient centred health care provision. You will be supported to relate nursing theory to clinical practice, demonstrating your competence in clinical nursing.

You'll also get the chance to benefit from the University’s purpose-built research and teaching facilities in the Living Lab and Helen McArdle House, which has recently undergone investment to bring you state-of-the-art facilities.

During your placements, you will be expected to undertake shift-work in which you will be assigned a Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor who will directly supervise you as well as acting as a means of support and guidance. A Clinical Link Tutor from the University will also support you during your practice placements.

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NHS Learning Support Fund

The government has announced it will provide additional funding from the NHS Learning Support Fund. This will support home students starting Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Children's Nursing, and MNurse courses.

The new package includes:

  • training grant of £5,000 per year (for new and continuing students)
  • parental support payment of £2,000 per student per year to help with childcare costs
  • specialist subject payment of £1,000 per year for students on mental health and learning disability nursing degrees (for new students only)
  • a regional incentive payment of £1,000 per year for students studying in certain regions of the country (further details will be announced in due course) (for new students only)
  • help towards additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over your normal daily travel costs
  • an exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per academic year 

This is provided by The NHS Business Services Authority – for more information, please visit their website.

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