Most nursing degrees last for four years in the UK and students will cover a wide variety of the different aspects of the profession during this time. Compulsory courses in life sciences will take place; while placements in various community and medical centres will enable students to gain firsthand experience of their profession.
See: Nursing subject guide.
Learn more about the five best nursing universities in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2017) below and find out what English requirements are needed to successfully apply at our IELTS Language Centre.
Top five UK universities for nursing
1. King’s College London
The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King's College London was the world’s first school of nursing, and is ranked as the number one faculty for nursing in the UK and number three in the world.
There are four departments in Child & Family Health; Midwifery; Adult Nursing; Mental Health Nursing, and the school is at the forefront of health services, policy and evaluation research.
2. University of Manchester
The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester utilises a range of innovative teaching and learning methods to offer outstanding support for academic studies, in placements or personal situation.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework, Manchester was rated first in the UK for our research in the category of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing ad Pharmacy.
3. University of Southampton
The three-year BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southampton provides an even share of theory and practice, across a host of hospital and community based placements, supplemented through an interactive skills lab and patient simulator.
Students have the choice of single or dual registration programmes in all nursing fields and the opportunity to plan their own nursing development experience in either the UK or overseas.
4. University of Edinburgh
The nursing department at the University of Edinburgh offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, as well as continuing professional development courses. The department also scored 100% on the ‘Guardian excellence rating’ following last year’s university rankings.
5. Ulster University
The School of Nursing at Ulster University has delivered nursing programmes for over 30 years, and its courses provide excellence in teaching and research with innovative approaches to learning.
Undergoing a placement is a requirement in most courses, giving you a chance to put your knowledge to the test and also enabling you to get hands on experience, which is extremely beneficial to your future.