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Professional Nursing (Adult) BSc

Queen's University Belfast
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

About this program

Professional Nursing (Adult) BSc

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.

Admission requirements

This information is prepared in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the grades stated should be treated as a guide only and entrance requirements are reviewed annually.

Overall academic background will be taken into account when considering applications and additional academic criteria may have to be applied at shortlisting, depending on the volume of applications.

All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C to include English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE/BTEC Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science.

Applicants offering Access/Foundation courses must also have a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and a Science subject (see above) or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, a pass in NICATS Mathematics and a pass in one Level 3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module would fulfil the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Listening, Speaking and Reading, and a minimum of 6.5 in Writing or an equivalent acceptable qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school. 

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Program content

Stage 1

You will be introduced to professional working alongside foundational knowledge and skills in Adult Nursing to support you in implementing safe and effective person centred care. You will learn about the systems of the body, pharmacology and caring communication, as well as Public Health.

You will support people to manage their health and wellbeing across the lifespan and develop critical thinking skills to apply to decision making in clinical practice.

Stage 2

You will support people managing chronic health issues as well as experiencing acute episodes of illness. You will consider all aspects of health including the promotion of mental wellbeing when working in partnership with individuals, families and communities. You will deepen your knowledge of bioscience and pharmacology, and develop the skills required to analyse and critically appraise evidence with a focus on quality improvement.

Stage 3

Leadership will be a key focus in this final year whilst managing specialist and complex care and supporting people to manage their health across a range of services including community care. You will have the opportunity to consolidate your learning in practice preparing you to enter the register as an Adult nurse.


  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £7,800
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £9,250
  • International - £17,400

Career paths

Around 99% of graduates from this programme go on to pursue a career in nursing which is an interesting, rewarding and challenging career where work can be in a variety of health care settings from accident and emergency to working in patients' homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds. Nursing can also offer a diverse range of post registration opportunities to specialise in areas such as counselling; public health and health promotion; acute care, as well as education and research

About this institute

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...

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Contact info

Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom


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