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Nursing Studies (for qualified healthcare professionals) BSc

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Whether you're a registered nurse in the UK, or working abroad as a registered nurse, King's College London can help you take the next step in your healthcare career. It's likely you became a qualified nurse by completing a diploma. Our one-year Nursing Studies BSc gives you the chance to top that up to a degree and develop valuable research skills.
  • Learn from our experts who are at the forefront of their field.
  • Study at the top nursing faculty in the UK, ranked second in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Become a confident leader in your area of specialism.
  • Develop your analytical mind and understand how research impacts practice.
  • Join a diverse community of nurses from the UK and abroad.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake 2021

Course leaders Julia Philippou at julia.philippou@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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We’ve designed this course for newly qualified and experienced nurses who are motivated to think analytically and delve deeper into research in healthcare. 

Whether you work in acute care, in the community, or in mental health nursing, you can pick modules that will boost your expertise and give you an advantage in your day to day role. 

At King’s, you’ll join a supportive community of nurses from different countries and backgrounds. Every day you’ll learn from each other and share your experiences of life as a nurse. 


Our experts are leaders in their fields, shaping the future of healthcare. So our teaching is always informed by current research and developments in practice. 

From lectures and classroom-based learning, to one-to-one sessions and web-based materials, you’ll learn in a variety of ways. 

At King’s, we know it’s important to continually encourage you to challenge yourself and reflect on your progress. But if you ever need extra support, you can always ask your personal tutor or programme lead for advice. 

Course details 

We teach three core modules to give you the knowledge you need to achieve your degree qualification. This includes applying what you learn to a research project. 

You also tailor the course to your interests by picking three modules. From exploring drug addiction to understanding diabetes treatment, you’ll find modules that are a perfect fit for expanding your expertise.  


On this course, we use a variety of methods to assess your learning. You’ll complete essays, reports, portfolios and dissertations. For some modules, you’ll take traditional written exams too. 


The degree programme is delivered across four of King’s College London campuses: 

  • Guy’s Campus 

  • Waterloo Campus 

  • Denmark Hill Campus 

  • St Thomas’ Campus 

Course format and assessment

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Dissertation
  • Traditional written exams


Year 1

Students study on a full-time basis for 12 months. A range of teaching and learning strategies are used including classroom teaching, web based materials and one-to-one supervision.
Required Modules
  • Research Methods

  • Evidence Based Practice

  • Dissertation in Healthcare

Optional Modules
You will study an additional three optional modules of your own choice. Individual advice on module selection will be given by your programme leader.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Please contact the Programme Leader, Julia Philippou at julia.philippou@kcl.ac.uk

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for the BSc is a Diploma in Higher Education (120 Level 5 credits) (or overseas equivalent). Applicants must be registered nurses with the NMC or an equivalent governing body for international applicants. IELTS 6.5 overall, minimum of 6.0 in all skills.

Application procedure

Applicants must be qualified nurses with a current registration either in the UK or home country. Applicants will have a diploma in nursing that has been awarded by a recognised academic institution.


Personal statement and supporting information

Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.

One reference is required as part of the application. This reference must be a clinical reference from your current clinical manager.

Application closing date

Application deadline: 2021 application deadline to be confirmed. Please contact the Programme Leader.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £9,250 per year (2021/2022)
  • Full time overseas fees: £20,790 per year (2021/2022)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increase in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions. 


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.


Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.


To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

As a leading faculty for nursing and midwifery, we’ve helped many healthcare professionals reach their potential in a range of specialist areas. 

Our Nursing Studies BSc gives you the skills you need to go back to practice with the skills and confidence to lead and manage your own teams. 

Our alumni often stay in London to work at many of the NHS trusts. Others find rewarding roles across the UK and abroad. Some King’s graduates choose to continue their education or specialise further. 


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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