Nursing Studies (For Overseas Qualified Nurses) BSc (Hons)

1. Overview

The BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies course provides qualified, registered nurses from around the world with a UK academic qualification in Nursing.

Students will study on campus in Aberdeen where they will integrate with United Kingdom (UK) students and experience life as a student in the UK and, importantly, UK nurse education. International students will share modules with undergraduate nursing students and attend lectures and tutorials with home students to provide a rich cross cultural learning experience.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in a range of clinical environments, for example:

  • Accident and Emergency (A+E)
  • Acute surgical and medical 
  • Community areas.

This will provide the international student with an excellent insight into nursing practice in the UK.

Leadership is a key theme within the course and students will also have the opportunity while on placement to observe local clinical practice in relation to leading and managing staff as well as patient care.

Students will be able to develop their existing clinical skills both in the University and in clinical practice. The skills based modules will use the University’s state of the art clinical skills centre to develop their clinical skills using simulation, including the use of volunteer patients.   

NB This course does not qualify you for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK. You must be registered with the NMC to work as a nurse in the UK.

Download a PDF of this course

BSc Nursing Studies Course Leaflet

2. What you will study

The key themes of the course are:

  • Science
  • Therapeutic Practice
  • Person and Family – Centred Care
  • Skills for Safe Practice
  • Practice Experience.

Modules included in the BSc Nursing Studies course:

Modules included in the BSc (Hons) Studies course: 

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

The modules the students will study utilise a blended approach to learning i.e. lectures, tutorials, workshops, online learning.

Students will use the university’s online learning platform, Moodle. Students will also learn in the clinical environment during their clinical placements.

Assessment will include a range of methods including examinations, essays and computer assisted assessments. 

4. Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the university's general admission requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate courses as contained in Academic Regulation A2: Admission, including proficiency to a minimum standard in the English language.

Specific entry requirements for this course:

Bachelor of Science Nursing (Honours) Award

  • Students must hold a nursing registration in their own home country and an academic qualification equivalent of 240 credits at SCQF level 8.
    Find out more about equivalent entry requirements on your own country page.
  • They should also have a minimum of 2 years current post registration nursing experience.
  • English Language Qualification: All Applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 in all elements or a recognised equivalent.

Additional Entry Requirements

Students from outwith the United Kingdom must provide overseas criminal record clearance from their home country. Students must also provide a 5 year address history and if this shows that they have been out of their home country for 13 weeks or more they will be required to obtain overseas criminal record clearance from the country they have been in.

All applicants who accept a place on the course are subject to an occupational health assessment. Applicants who declare a health condition or a disability will be assessed as appropriate, through the occupational health provider and/or the university disability advisor in relation to the compatibility of the applicant's condition to nursing practice, with a view to reasonable adjustments being made where feasible.

An offer of a place on the course is conditional on the applicant's carrier immune status for specific infectious diseases being acceptable e.g. Hepatitis B and TB.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.0, or an equivalent..

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

Students will undertake a clinical placement in each year of the course. These placements will be in a range of clinical environments for example Accident and Emergency (A+E), acute surgical and medical and community areas. 

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

International Students

  • £13,270 per academic year

For Academic Year 2017/2018

International Students

  • £12,880 per academic year


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

International fee paying students can apply direct using our application form.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

8. Additional costs

  • Approximately £65 for uniforms (including polo shirt for clinical skills)
  • Approximately £300 to £500 for occupational health checks. Actual cost will depend on the immunisations required.
  • £52 for Protecting Vulnerable Group (PVG) check

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

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BSc (Hons)

Start Date

September (For Overseas Qualified Nurses)

Course Length

One academic year for Degree (30 weeks) Two academic years for the Honours Degree

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
School of Nursing and Midwifery
More Information:
Undergraduate Admissions +44 (0) 1224 262728

Nursing and Midwifery Council - Registration information

Nursing and Midwifery Council - Registration information

How to join the register of Nurses and Midwives in the UK.