November 2020 start

Nursing Studies (leading to professional registration as an Adult Nurse)

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Studying alongside other health care professionals in a health care setting, you’ll learn how to critically evaluate current research, policies and practice. You'll develop a range of clinical skills and knowledge appropriate for professional registration as an adult nurse.
Image of Leander Parkinson and Samantha Treloar from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Course description

Our approach to teaching is innovative. Instead of sitting in a lecture theatre, you’ll work on solutions to specific problems. This helps you develop the skills and the confidence you need. You’ll study alongside other health care professionals in a health care setting.

You’ll learn how to critically evaluate current research, policies and practice. By linking theory to practice, you’ll develop a range of clinical skills and knowledge appropriate for professional registration as an adult nurse.

You’ll spend half your time gaining practical experience in a wide variety of community and clinical settings.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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This course uses the following framework to help you develop valuable attributes in your practice:

  • Holistic Knowledge and Practice: a synthesis of knowledge and the available evidence from a wide range of nursing and related theory and clinical practice experiences, with the aim of providing optimum quality of care for patients/clients and their significant others. This includes the ability to work effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Saliency: assessment of the needs of patients/clients and their significant others in a way that facilitates their participation in the care process and ensures that plans of care reflect their priorities and best interests.
  • Knowing the Patient: respect for patients/clients and their significant others, valuing their life histories, their perspectives as experts in their own health career, and involvement as partners in the care process.
  • Moral Agency: nursing care should be provided within a framework of sound ethical and legal principles, anti-discriminatory practice and the empowerment of patients/clients and their significant others.
  • Skilled Know How: holistic, proficient and adept nursing care that encompasses excellence in clinical and interpersonal skills.


Core modules

The course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice, based on four core units of study:

  • Foundations in Health and Nursing
  • Patients with Acute and Short-Term Needs
  • Patients with Long-Term Conditions and Complex Needs
  • Transitions to Practice: Managing and Organising Care


    This course uses an innovative problem- based learning strategy to help you think about real clinical practice scenarios. A strong emphasis on cooperative learning helps you manage unfamiliar situations, make reasoned decisions, adapt to change, and plan your future learning. It’s a realistic and challenging preparation for registration.


    Our placement partners are in Barnsley, Bassetlaw (Worksop) and Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It is anticipated that most of your placements will be in the same town or city. There is no guarantee that you’ll be given your first choice of placement location.


    You’re assessed on theory and practice. In practice, you’ll need to achieve a number of competencies by the end of each unit, assessed by your clinical mentor. Your theoretical knowledge is assessed by written assignments, case studies, poster presentations and exams.


    2 years full-time

    Your career

    After successfully completing your course, your qualification as a registered nurse opens the door to an exciting, rewarding and diverse professional career with many opportunities for personal and professional development. Past students have gone on to work in a variety of health settings such as the NHS and private care homes.

    Image of Samantha Treloar, PG Dip Nursing Studies student with stethoscope

    Being on placement is one of my favourite parts of the course. While on placement I feel really well supported both by the academic staff at the University and my mentor.

    Samantha Treloar
    PG Dip Nursing Studies

    Entry requirements

    You’ll need a 2:2 degree in a relevant area such as social sciences, human sciences, biomedical sciences, public services, and GCSE Mathematics, English and Science.

    You’ll also need to show that you have 650 hours of health care experience.

    All students will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health screening.

    You’ll be required to demonstrate an awareness of, and commitment to, the core values of the NHS which aspires to provide the highest standards of excellence, professionalism and public accountability, and gives priority to the interests of patients. We base our selection decisions on these values and how well you are able to express them on your application and performance at our selection day.

    English language requirements

    Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 in Writing and a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.


    You can apply for postgraduate study via UCAS.

    Apply now on UCAS

    +44 114 222 2030

    The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.