Nursing BSc

  • For Entry: September 2014
  • UCAS Code: B730
  • Duration: 3 years
  • College: Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
  • School: Nursing and Midwifery

Our nursing courses will enable you to develop the professional attributes you need to be able to practice in a range of settings and deliver skilled, sensitive care to patients and their families. You will also benefit from the wide variety of clinical placements we can offer.

Students on all Nursing degrees initially cover basic competencies and then specialise in either Adult, Children and Young People's or Mental Health Nursing.

Why study Nursing at Dundee?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is part of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and is one of the largest nursing and midwifery education providers in Scotland. Nursing students come from a wide range of backgrounds and join a large international campus with a reputation for good student facilities and social life.

Our programmes reflect the ever changing face of health care in Scotland and address the political and ethical aspects of heath care provision.

You will gain experience in the clinical skills centres and participate in inter-professional learning with medical and other students.

Professional qualifications

All programmes provide both an academic and professional qualification; registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Teaching locations

The School provides education at campuses in Kirkcaldy (Fife) and in Dundee. Programmes in adult, mental health and child nursing are available in Dundee; only adult nursing is available at the Fife campus.
Find out more about our three campuses »

What's so good about Nursing at Dundee?

Clinical Placements

A wide range of practice placements are available which will provide you with varied clinical experiences.

These include both hospital and community settings, and stretch from inner city to remote and rural locations. This will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a registered practitioner.

During practice placements, students are mentored by a registered nurse. Additionally students will experience working alongside colleagues from other health and social care disciplines, such as medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work.

The placements allow me to gain confidence in talking to other members of staff and patients and dealing with situations that could occur. Nursing is really hands on. It's not just about handing out medication and filling out paper work, it requires a lot of hard work both in theory and practical and does take up a lot of your time.

This course is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, which is part of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has a commitment to excellence in Learning and Teaching. Through evidence-based teaching methods, we equip practitioners to become lifelong learners.

Course Length

Degree Courses begin in September each year and last three years. All our Nursing pre-registration courses are full time courses.

Time Commitments and Holidays

Unlike many university courses which have long summer holidays, the academic year for nursing students is 45 weeks in duration and is divided into 50% theory and 50% practice.

On commencement of the programme, nursing students are issued a flowchart detailing the exact pattern of their theory, practice and annual leave.

The theory timetable can vary from week to week. A typical week is made up of time spent in lectures, clinical skills laboratory, small tutorials and private study. Practice time is full-time 37.5 hours a week, note, this includes shift work.

Annual leave is allocated at the commencement of the course (7 weeks per year) and is fixed for the duration of the three year course. Students will have 1 week off at Easter, 4 weeks during the summer period and 2 weeks at Christmas. Taking holidays out with these set times is not possible.

Practice Placements

Half your time at University will be spent in practice placements, and the School has access to the wealth and diversity of NHS Tayside, NHS Fife and Independent Sector practice environments for students. You will have a variety of placements giving you the opportunity to see patients and clients hospital and community settings, from inner city to remote and rural locations. You will work alongside colleagues from other health and social care disciplines. You can expect that you will have to travel to placements in a variety of locations.

Practice time is full-time 37.5 hours a week and includes shift work. Students are expected to undertake the full range of shift patterns from the outset of the course as the NHS and Independent Sector is a 24 hour a day workplace. Students will work early shifts starting at 7 or 7.30am and late shifts starting at 1pm and finishing at 9 or 10pm. Students will also be expected to be on placement at weekends - typically this would be up to 4 weekends in a 10-12 week placement. In second and third years, students will normally undertake a period of night duty.


Students are responsible for all travel costs to attend any University Campus for theory. While attending practice placements in Fife or Tayside, you are expected to meet up to the first £5 of daily travel expenses. Any travel expenses in excess of £5 will be reimbursed by the government upon submission of a travel expense form.

Shortened Programmes for Graduates

At this moment in time the School does not offer a Shortened Programme for Graduates (SPG).

Campus Options

Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing can be studied at our Fife Campus in Kirkcaldy. Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Child Nursing can be studied at our Tayside Campus in Dundee. You can choose which campus to apply for if you wish to study Adult Nursing or Mental Health Nursing. The selection process and course at both campuses are identical.


Nursing students choosing the Tayside Campus are able to apply for university residences in Dundee alongside other University of Dundee students. Find our more information about our residences in Dundee. Applications are made after applicants have firmly accepted an offer.

Nursing students are also able to apply to stay in NHS accommodation at Ninewells Hospsital, Dundee and in Kirkcaldy on the Fife campus. More information about the NHS accommodation will be sent out to applicants once they have firmly accepted our offer.

During periods of practice placement students will be required to commute. Child students undertaking placements in Falkirk and/or Inverness, will be offered temporary accommodation.

The nursing curriculum was one of the first approved in the UK under the new NMC standards. You will work together with students from all three fields of nursing throughout the programme, with an increased focus on your chosen field as the programme progresses. Throughout the three years you will develop the nursing skills and knowledge applicable to all fields of nursing.

We take a multifaceted approach to the delivery of our programmes, such as case-based learning, evidence-based learning, inter-professional education and clinical skills simulation. This approach is founded on flexibility, accessibility and innovation. Learning is an active process in which students have responsibility for, and ownership of, their learning within a supportive framework.

The University has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) giving students access to learning materials and resources. This VLE is called My Dundee, and you will be given access to this once we have received your application.

The undergraduate degree programme is three years long and modular in structure. Each year consists of 45 weeks, divided equally between University study and clinical practice.

The adult nursing course prepares you to care for individuals with a range of health conditions. Nursing care can take place in many different places including the home, in hospitals and in nursing homes so you will gain experience in all these areas while on placement.

As an adult nurse you will be taught how to provide compassionate care to adults experiencing both acute and long-term illnesses. Adult nurses are a central part of a multi-professional team including doctors, therapists, pharmacists and healthcare assistants therefore you will undertake inter-professional learning as part of your programme.

Adult nurses work closely with patients and their families often supporting them through challenging situations, which can be a very rewarding experience. Most of those who we care for and support as adult nurses are elderly and it is a privilege to support elderly people as they learn to adapt to a stage of life that often brings with it long term health conditions. The focus is on health and a positive approach to living with long term conditions.

Practice Placements
Year 1 Nature of Nursing 1 Community Health
Physical Health & Wellbeing Primary Care
Mental Health & Wellbeing Secondary/Acute Care
Skills & Practice 1 Long Term Care
Adult Nursing 1  
Year 2 Skills & Practice Hub and Spoke practice -
Adult Nursing 2 Primary or Secondary Care
Nature of Nursing 2  
Adult Nursing 3  
Adult Nursing 4  
Year 3 Adult Nursing 5 Primary Care
Nature of Nursing 3 Secondary Care
Adult Nursing 6 Adult Health Setting
Skills and Practice 3  

Practice Placements

Practice placements are provided in Tayside and Fife and students are allocated the majority of their placements within "placement zones".

Students will follow a varied shift pattern whilst on placement.

The undergraduate degree programme is three years long and modular in structure. Each year consists of 45 weeks, divided equally between University study and clinical practice.

This is concerned with the needs of children from birth to adolescence and through health to ill-health.

Pivotal to our philosophy is the notion of family–centred care. We recognise our responsibility to work in equal partnership with parents and carers.

Our programme also promotes the 'caring aspect' of the field. We recognise that 'caring' has the capacity to improve the social, mental and physical well-being of children and their families.

This field provides an educational experience that concentrates on developing the professional skills, knowledge and attitudes required by nurses to deliver a child and family-centred service tailored to the unique needs of each child. The programme promotes scholarship and reflective practice with students encouraged to develop responsibility for their student journey from novice to graduate nurse.

Practice Placements
Year 1 Nature of Nursing 1 Acute Paediatric Ward
Physical Health & Wellbeing Primary Care Setting
Mental Health & Wellbeing Acute Adult Care
Skills & Practice 1  
Mental Health Nursing 1  
Year 2 Skills & Practice Acute Paediatric Ward
Child Nursing 2 Ambulatory Care
Nature of Nursing 2 Hospice
Child Nursing 3  
Child Nursing 4  
Year 3 Child Nursing 5 Assessment Unit
Nature of Nursing 3 NICU
Child Nursing 6 Community Nurses
Skills and Practice 3 Acute Child Health Setting

Practice Placements

The practice component provides the opportunity for mentored clinical practice in different settings. These include children's wards, health visitor, school nurse, child development centres, accident and emergency, children's respite unit and high dependency unit.

Practice placements are provided in Tayside and Fife and students will be required to travel across each of these geographical areas.

It willalso be necessary for some clinical experience to be gained in placements further afield in order to provide students with exposure to a rich and diverse clinical experience. In particular, Child Nursing students are required to have placements in Forth Valley and Inverness. Students will follow a varied shift pattern while on placement. During periods of practice placement students will commute or temporary accommodation may be arranged.

The undergraduate degree programme is three years long and modular in structure. Each year consists of 45 weeks, divided equally between University study and clinical practice.

Mental health nursing is a speciality field that works with people who have mental health problems and the carers and organisations that support them. Mental health nurses work in partnership with individuals, supporting them to find ways of coping with their problems, whilst helping them explore opportunities for personal growth and recovery. As such, mental health nurses make a real difference in people lives.

The pre-registration mental health nursing team maintains excellent working relationships with NHS, voluntary and private sector partners. You will have exciting and challenging opportunities to engage with those in mental health crisis and also those with on-going mental health problems in a variety of settings. You will have opportunities to share learning experiences with other healthcare students and work with many health and social care professionals on your clinical placements.

Throughout your three year course you will be part of a learning team, with a facilitator who will provide personalised and proactive support, provided by passionate and experienced mental health nursing teaching staff with diverse clinical backgrounds and expertise. The core philosophy of the course is to inspire students to "care with commitment, compassion and curiosity".

Our values-based curriculum will equip you with knowledge, skills, and attributes to meet the challenges of the modern healthcare environment. The programme focuses on the therapeutic relationship between the nurse and the patient, and blends the art and science of mental health nursing, so students learn to deliver high quality, safe and effective person-centred care.

Practice Placements
Year 1 Nature of Nursing 1 Day Services/Community
Physical Health & Wellbeing Mental Health Care
Mental Health & Wellbeing Continuing Care Elderly/Day Care/Nursing Home
Skills & Practice 1 Medical/Surgical
Mental Health Nursing 1 Enduring Mental Health
Year 2 Skills & Practice Acute Mental Health under 65's
Mental Health Nursing 2 Community MH Teams/Day Hospital under 65's
Nature of Nursing 2 Elderly Acute Assessment
Mental Health Nursing 3 Elderly Acute Assessment
Mental Health Nursing 4 IPCU/Crisis out of hours
Year 3 Mental Health Nursing 5 Complex Mental Health Care
Nature of Nursing 3 Community Mental Health
Mental Health Nursing 6 Mental Health Specialists
Skills and Practice 3 Management Experience
  Elective Placement

Practice Placements

Practice placements are provided across Tayside and Fife and on occasions students will be expected to travel between these areas. Students will follow a varied shift pattern while on placement.

Assessment is split equally between assessment of theory and assessment of practice. This approach reflects the Nursing and Midwifery Council's requirement that 50% of the programme is undertaken in practice. Students must achieve the required standard in both theoretical and practice assessment. Assignments are designed to align with module outcomes, content and teaching strategies. Additionally the range of strategies adopted will address the spectrum of student learning styles.

Assessment of theory uses a variety of strategies including portfolio development, essay and examination. Paper-based and on-line formats are used for some examinations.

Practice assessment is competency-based, with assessment undertaken by the student's mentor. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is used to provide a link between theoretical and practice-based assessment.

With an academic award and professional registration in your chosen field of nursing, career prospects are good.

Qualified nurses can work in a diverse range of environments and develop their careers in clinical practice, education, research, management and education. Nurses can work in hospital settings or in the community either with the NHS or in the Independent sector.

Alternatively, jobs may be available further afield in the UK or abroad.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

  1. Satisfactory references, interview performance, health screening and criminal record search are part of the selection process for this course.
  2. Non UK / EU applicants are required to provide evidence of settled status in the UK, as set out in the Immigration Act 1971, or by Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK.
  3. To be eligible to apply for a student bursary, EU applicants must have been 'ordinarily resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Mann for 3 years immediately before the first day of the programme'.
  4. The School of Nursing and Midwifery requires that, when applying for nursing programmes, you must inform us if you have a police charge, caution or conviction or if you have any pending charges. You do not need to declare fixed penalty fines for traffic offences unless they led to a disqualification (ban).

The Personal Statement is a deciding factor on which academically qualified applicants are short listed for interview.

Within the Personal Statement we look for good articulation and understanding of the role of the nurse and of the demands of the programme. We expect applicants to have knowledge of the specific field of nursing for which they are applying. It is also important to demonstrate awareness of the challenges facing nurses today. Applicants should highlight the skills, qualities and experience they possess which will assist them in meeting the demands of their chosen area of study.

Applications will not be considered without a valid reference. A reference cannot be supplied by a family member or friend. Your reference should comment on your suitability for the course you are applying for.

  • If you have been in education in the past three years, we would require an Academic Reference from the last educational institute attended (or the institution you are currently attending).
  • If you have been out of education for the past three years, but are working, we would require a reference from your current or previous employer.
  • If you have been out of education and out of employment for the past three years we would require a reference from a professional person you may have been in contact with such as a health visitor etc.

Interviews are held on the Dundee or Kirkcaldy campus and all applicants wishing to proceed with their application must be interviewed on one of these sites. The interview will be held over a morning or afternoon session.

If invited to interview applicants will log onto MyDundee and book themselves into an available interview slot. Applicants will be sent details of MyDundee once they have applied and are advised to check this site for communications from the University regularly.

We normally interview in February and March. Our interview process consists of "Multiple Mini Interviews". Further information regarding this process will be sent with your "invitation to interview" e-mail to help you to prepare for interview.

All Nursing students have to complete a Criminal Records Disclosure check. Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Criminal Records Disclosure check through the government Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme). The cost of the Criminal Records Disclosure check will be paid by the University and details will be sent to applicants after they have firmly accepted an offer.

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Health Check. All Nursing students must therefore undergo an Occupational Health Screening through OHSAS. The cost of the Health check will be paid by the University. Details will be sent to applicants after they have firmly accepted an offer.

Applicants must apply within the same time period as applicants applying to start that year. Applicants wishing to defer entry must meet all conditions of a conditional academic offer by 31st August in the year for which they have applied. Health and Criminal Records checks will be completed in the months preceding the start of the course.

Unfortunately due to funding issues set by the Scottish Government we cannot accept applications from international students to study Nursing at this University. To be eligible to apply candidates have to have been resident in the United Kingdom or EU for 3 years immediately prior to the start of the Education Programme and they also have to have "Indefinite Leave" to remain in the UK or EU.

Please apply via UCAS

Adult Nursing (Tayside campus) BSc (B740)

Adult Nursing (Fife campus) BSc (B740)

Mental Health Nursing BSc (B760)

Child Nursing BSc (B730)