Male child nursing student with lecturer practicing clinical skills.

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.
Join us on courses located across the South West of England, including on our Plymouth, Exeter and Truro campuses.

Undergraduate courses

Courses enabling registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health) – 3 years, full-time
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health) – 3 years, full-time
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) – 3 years, full-time
BSc (Hons) Midwifery – 3 years, full-time

Our four-year dual field course offers the opportunity for students to be registered 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 accelerated nursing and midwifery masters programmes.
MSc Midwifery (Pre-Registration) – 3 years, full-time
Our shortened midwifery programme provides Registered Adult Nurses who already have a relevant degree with the opportunity to study midwifery at masters level.
MSc Midwifery (Shortened) – 2 years, full-time

Foundation courses

A foundation course is an alternative way to gain an undergraduate degree. Taught by University lecturers on campus, you’ll be part of the University from day one. 
FdSc Nursing Associate – 2 years, full-time

Undergraduate post-registration and professional development programmes

Postgraduate post-registration and professional development programmes

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.
Male nursing student

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.

Nursing student at the Knowledge Spa

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.
Student child nurse learning clinical skills

Shaping the future of healthcare

Men in nursing

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

Team of nurses in neonatal intensive care unit checking on a premature's vital signs and taking notes writing the numbers on a clipboard