Study nursing or midwifery


Are you ready to make a difference to people’s lives?

The global population is growing and living longer creating an increasing demand for health professionals.

The healthcare sector is one of the largest sources of employment in the UK.

Undergraduate courses

Three-year courses that lead to registration as a nurse or midwife.

Our four-year dual field course offers the opportunity for students to be recognised in two of the three fields of nursing we offer while achieving an undergraduate masters degree.

Pre-registration postgraduate programmes

Graduates in any discipline with recent health care experience can apply for our extended nursing and midwifery masters programmes.
Our shortened midwifery programme provides Registered Adult Nurses, who already have a relevant degree, with the opportunity to study midwifery at masters level.

Become a professional nurse or midwife

Shape your career as a nurse or midwife by specialising in the areas you want, work flexibly both in the UK and abroad, and be part of a wider multidisciplinary team.

At Plymouth, you’ll embark on a rewarding career, and have the option to be employed in the NHS, private sector or both.

£5,000 bursary for nursing students
The Government is issuing nursing students at least £5,000 a year, which does not need to be paid back. A further £3,000 a year is available for eligible students.

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Study closer to home

Nursing courses are offered across three campuses spread across the South West in Plymouth, Truro and Exeter.

Some nursing courses are available at Truro School of Nursing – The Knowledge Spa and the Exeter School of Nursing.

Studying at Truro or Exeter enables students who are beyond the commuting distance of our Plymouth campus to study with us without having to commit to long travel times.

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Providing you with hands-on clinical experience

Our contemporary facilities and equipment will maximise your potential and develop your core skills so you are ready to embark on an exciting and rewarding career. 

Simulated practice requires a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, in order to keep our patients and service users safe. When learning skills, students need an understanding of why, when and how that action is best carried out, which is why we have invested in our clinical skills labs. 

Explore our nursing and midwifery facilities

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Shaping the future of healthcare

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If someone asks you to picture a doctor, it’s likely you’ll picture a man. If someone asks you to picture a nurse, it’s more likely you’ll picture a woman.

This unconscious bias is on the way to being addressed on the medical front as female medical student numbers have escalated in recent years – with women now accounting for over half of medical professionals at a training grade. Yet the amount of men training to become nurses has plateaued for decades at between 8–11%.

Adult Nursing lecturer Kevin Hambridge explains his personal and professional experience of combating the stereotype

Undergraduate post-registration and professional development programmes
Postgraduate post-registration and professional development programmes
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