School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Nursing

Specifically designed for international nurses wishing to study at degree level. Our course has been created with input from colleagues working in the health sector and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The course will build on your current experience and skills enabling you to earn a degree in just one year. You’ll also gain the confidence and expertise to enhance your professional nursing practice and move your career forward.

This course is available to applicants who have previously studied their nursing qualification outside the United Kingdom.

Careers with this subject

Whatever your professional background the course modules are designed to suit your particular interest, whether oncology, critical care, paediatrics, obstetrics or psychiatry. 

All modules have a strong practice focus, which will enhance employability and career progression in the future.

Key features

  • Focus on professional issues and development in your own field of practice, on a course that acknowledges the diversity in the work settings of registered nurses and provides educational opportunities for adult, child, learning disability and mental health nurses.
  • Undertake a course developed alongside contemporary concerns about nursing which focuses on compassion, fundamental care skills and recognition of the standards of care and practice to ensure patients receive the highest level of care.
  • Examine your own practice area, reflect on your own practice and have the chance to discuss and network with your peers, helping you to build professional networks and support whilst undertaking further study.
  • Build your own self-esteem, motivation for learning and clinical decision-making skills and have the chance to improve your professional practice through critical analysis.
  • Make the most of the various opportunities for inter-professional learning as part of the course delivery.
  • Underpin your interventions with the best available evidence, contemporary knowledge and high-level clinical decision-making skills.
  • Develop confidence, competence and emotional resilience to consistently exercise personal responsibility and professional accountability for decision making and the provision of high-quality safe care.

Please note that upon completion of this course you will not be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • This course offers the award of BSc (Hons). To achieve this award you’ll need to earn 120 credits by undertaking five modules – four 20 credit modules and one 40 credit module.


    HEAD362 Clinical decision making in healthcare practice

    HEAD363 Ethical and legal issues in healthcare practice

    HEAD370 Study skills and professional values

    HEAD360 Understanding evidence to inform clinical decision making

    HEAD361 Independent study

Entry requirements

You’ll normally be a registered health and social care professional in possession of international equivalent previous study at level 5 (i.e. foundation degree/diploma of higher education). 

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice – IELTs entry requirement to 6.5 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each category.


Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU To be confirmed To be confirmed
International To be confirmed £13,000
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

When to apply 

This course will commence in September 2018.

Applications can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date with and apply as early as possible as our courses are popular. 

Apply for this course 

To apply and for further information please contact the International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support for international students

With students studying at Plymouth from over 100 countries, Plymouth University has a range of services and support for our international students.

We have an English Language Centre (ELC) that offers a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills. Continued support is available throughout your studies through workshops, drop-in sessions and our Writing Café.

We also have our International Student Advice team who will help you get the most from your studies and your time in the UK. There is an International Student Orientation programme and we can advise on immigration and visas through to living and studying in the UK.

For more details of support on offer, please visit

Opportunities for postgraduate study in nursing

Become an advanced practitioner with our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions). Our master enables you to build your qualification around your personal professional needs by choosing optional modules relevant to your area of practice – including prescribing modules.

Whichever field you work in, you will be equipped to advance your practice and service delivery, as well as improve the care and experiences of patients and service users. You can also become a non-medical consultant or clinical specialist and can move into managerial, academic or research posts.

Automatic postgraduate bursaries for Plymouth graduates

A ten per cent alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties if you are:

  • a graduate of University of Plymouth
  • enrolled on a full-time or part-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available
  • self-funded
  • part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self-funded element of the tuition fee only.
Please note exceptions apply.
Find out more about the ten per cent discount for University graduates