• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

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.

We are  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.

We are delighted to introduce new three-year Honours and a Masters level degree pathways in Adult Nursing for 2017 entry.

Professional qualifications

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

Teaching locations

The university 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 »

I'd definitely recommend Dundee - the 50-50 mix of placements and theory spread through the year is a great way to make the links between theory and practice and the staff are all so supportive. Our campus is great too and our skills centre lets us get important hands on practice in a safe environment.

The highlight has been seeing myself progress from a slightly unsure and a bit nervous first year into a soon to be qualified third year who has gained the skills and knowledge needed to be a newly registered nurse. It's honestly amazing how much you learn in three little years.

Morven Kyle
current student

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 following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

  1. Satisfactory references, interview performance, health screening and criminal record search are part of the selection process for this course.
  2. To be eligible to apply for a student bursary, EU applicants must have been 'ordinarily' resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before the first day of the programme.
  3. If you are a non UK / EU applicant, you 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.
  4. The University requires that, when applying for a nursing programme, you must inform us if you have a police charge, caution or conviction or if you have any pending charges.

Entry level

Applicants will generally enter level 1 of our 3 year degree unless:

  • They have successfully completed the first year of a nursing programme at another university or
  • Are currently working for the NHS and undertaking an endorsed HNC programme
Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BCC at Higher, plus two Standard Grades at grade 3 (or Intermediate 2/National 5 at grade C) across five different subjects. This should include English and mathematics at either level or an accepted equivalent Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
GCE A-Level CC at A-Level and three GCSEs at C across 5 different subjects. This should include English and mathematics at either level or an accepted equivalent Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) CCC at Higher Level plus CCC at Ordinary Level across six different subjects. This should include Ordinary Level English and mathematics at grade C. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 24 points at grades 4, 4 at Higher Level, plus English and mathematics at Standard Level at grade 4 or equivalent Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Graduate Entry
BTEC Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) An HNC, normally with a C in the graded unit plus Standard Grade Maths 3 or an accepted equivalent either as part of the qualification or separate to it. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass to include English and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
SWAP Access A total of 18 credits with 14 at higher level and 4 at Intermediate 2 including achieving 2 external higher courses at grade C or equivalent. Applicants must possess English and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or an accepted equivalent either as part of the qualification or separate to it. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Advanced Diploma Grade C to include English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Level at C to include English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
European Baccalaureate 50% average including English and Maths at 50% or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Other Qualifications University of Dundee Access Programmes (DUAL Summer School and Discover Learning at Dundee) are accepted and available for entry to Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing courses. These routes cannot be used to enter Child Nursing.
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BCC at Higher, plus two Standard Grades at grade 3 (or Intermediate 2/National 5 at grade C) across five different subjects. This should include English and mathematics at either level or an accepted equivalent Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
GCE A-Level CC at A-Level and three GCSEs at C across 5 different subjects. This should include English and mathematics at either level or an accepted equivalent Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) CCC at Higher Level plus CCC at Ordinary Level across six different subjects. This should include Ordinary Level English and mathematics at grade C. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 24 points at grades 4, 4 at Higher Level, plus English and mathematics at Standard Level at grade 4 or equivalent.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Graduate Entry
BTEC Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) An HNC, normally with a C in the graded unit plus Standard Grade Maths 3 or an accepted equivalent either as part of the qualification or separate to it. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass to include English and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above or an accepted equivalent. Pass to include English and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above or an accepted equivalent.
SWAP Access A total of 18 credits with 14 at higher level and 4 at Intermediate 2 including achieving 2 external higher courses at grade C or equivalent. Applicants must possess English and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or an accepted equivalent either as part of the qualification or separate to it. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Advanced Diploma Grade C to include English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Level at C to include English and Maths at GCSE Grade C or above or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
European Baccalaureate 50% average including English and Maths at 50% or an accepted equivalent. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Other Qualifications University of Dundee Access Programmes (DUAL Summer School and Discover Learning at Dundee) are accepted and available for entry to Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing courses. These routes cannot be used to enter Child Nursing. Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

 English Language Requirements

We have 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.

Ordinary, Honours and Masters Routes

As well as ordinary degrees, we also offer three-year Honours and a Masters level degree pathways, helping prepare graduating nurses to take on advanced roles within the profession.

The three separate routes are run as a single programme, following the current pre-registration curriculum. Students mainly undertake the same modules, primarily with the same lectures and tutorial groups, but each module is offered at different academic levels and incorporates additional online materials, activities and support to reflect the higher levels of academic achievement required. An additional project or dissertation will also be completed by students on the Honours and Masters pathways.

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 have 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.

Travel

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

Accommodation

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 Hospital, 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.

How you will be taught

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.

How you will be assessed

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.

What you will study - Adult Nursing

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.

 Modules
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.

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.

Further study

As well as a fulfilling clinical career, nurses can also extend their academic qualifications through postgraduate study. On successful completion of your degree programme it is possible to undertake further study on a full or part-time basis relevant to your CPD needs.

Fees and funding for nursing programmes

Tuition fees

Those applicants who meet the residency criteria and have not previously studied Nursing (or Midwifery) will have the full cost of their tuition fees covered. Applicants do not have to apply to have these tuition fees paid on their behalf unlike other undergraduate degrees.

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.

If you are not sure of your residency you should contact the Students Awards Agency for Scotland.

Bursaries

Applicants whose ordinary residence has been in the UK (including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) for the three years immediately before their first entry to the course are eligible for a non-means tested bursary for living expenses. Bursaries for all UK students are administered through SAAS who have a dedicated Nursing and Midwifery Team.

EU nationals that have lived in the EU for the past 3 years are not eligible for the living costs bursary.

Previous nursing study

SAAS confirm that they will not fund anyone with a nursing qualification onto a 3 year programme. They will only fund those undertaking the shortened route of the conversion programmes.

For applicants who have studied Nursing previously and have not completed their degree or diploma and would therefore require extra funding, we would need to look at each case individually once an applicant has applied through UCAS and submitted all required documentation such as reference from previous institution and transcripts.

  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 University 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.



  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Fife campus) BScB740F
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Tayside campus) BScB740T
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Fife Campus) BSc (Hons)B742F
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Tayside Campus) BSc (Hons)B742T
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Tayside campus) MScB741T
Apply NowAdult Nursing (Fife campus) MScB741F