The School of Nursing and Health Sciences recognises that students applying for courses may have acquired significant learning from previous educational and life/work experience.  There are three options for recognition of prior learning:

  • Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning – a credit transfer of previously certificated learning is used for credit on a programme
  • Recognition of Prior Informal Learning – previous study or life/work experience is used for entry to a programme of study if the student does not have a previous degree
  • Academic Recognition for Professional Learning – this module can be taken by students who have enrolled on a programme of study.  They can use this module to gain academic recognition for previous study or learning which took place more than 5 years ago.

Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)

The process of Recognition of Prior CertificatedLearning (RPCL), offers potential students the opportunity of having such learning used for credit on their chosen academic pathway (credit transfer). RPCL can be used to count for credit at the point of entry or subsequently for credit on our BSc or MSc programmes.

BSc programmes: To complete any of the BSc degree programmes offered by the School you need a total of 120 points at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 9.

It is possible to transfer up to 50% of the credit needed for the final award through RCPL.  For example if 120 credit points are needed, then 60 credit points can be transferred from previous certificated learning (RPCL) from another institution.

MSc programmes: To complete any of the MSc degree programmes offered by the School you need a total of 180 points at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 11.

It is possible to transfer up to 50% of the credit needed for the final award through RCPL.  For example if 180 credit points are needed, then 90 credit points can be transferred from previous certificated learning (RPCL) from another institution.  If the award is a PG Diploma (120 credits), then a maximum of 60 credits can be transferred from previous certificated learning (RPCL) from another institution. If the award is a PG Certificate (60 credits), then a maximum of 30 credits can be transferred from previous certificated learning (RPCL) from another institution.

For either the BSc or MSc, your previous certificated learning must have been completed within the last five years.

Credit can be gained by providing evidence of study at the appropriate level within the last five years. Normally, a transcript of previous study or a certificate is sufficient for this but it must include confirmation of the level studied at and the number of credits gained.

This RPCL credit can be general or specific:

  • general credit - any certificated learning where the learning is equivalent to the academic level and number of credits within your chosen programme of study. 
  • specific credit - a module that is equivalent to one of the modules in our programme.  The learning outcomes from the specific credit must be mapped against the learning outcomes of the equivalent module in our programme

Applications for RPCL

Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified about the outcome of your claim.

There is a charge for processing all RPCL claims of £100 per 10 credits and this is payable once the claim has been confirmed.

Forms for RPCL should be submitted to nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk along with the required evidence. 

Apply for RPCL general or specific credit

Recognition of Prior Informal Learning (RPIL)

Previous informal learning can be recognised as an entry route for postgraduate study.  This can be from previous education or from life/work experience.  

Normally, the entry requirement for taught postgraduate study is the satisfactory completion of a first degree.   Although all degrees will exhibit a balance of subject breadth and depth, typically, holders of a degree will have the following characteristics:

  1. knowledge base of a particular subject area which is informed by current developments.
  2. well developed skills for gathering, evaluating and analysing information.
  3. an ability to communicate the results of their studies and other work accurately and reliably.

The following RPIL process is therefore designed to enable potential students, without a first degree, to demonstrate the acquisition of these characteristics

There are three types of evidence that can be provided:

  • A summative piece of coursework recently completed for degree level study (completed within 5 years and at SCQF level 9).    Confirmation of successful achievement of this work should be submitted at the same time
  • A recently published article in a professional journal or a detailed work-based report where you were the sole/ main contributor.
  • A 2000 word academic essay critically reviewing current literature on a given subject area. This should demonstrate:
    • knowledge base of a particular subject area which is informed by current developments.
    • well developed skills for gathering, evaluating and analysing information.
    • an ability to communicate the results of their studies and other work accurately and reliably.

Applications for RPIL

The evidence submitted will be assessed by two reviewers who will make a decision about whether the evidence provided is sufficient.  You will be notified about the outcome of your claim.

There is a charge for processing all RPIL claims of £100 per 10 credits or £100 for entry and this is payable once the claim has been confirmed.

Forms for RPIL should be submitted to nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk along with the required evidence.

Apply for RPIL claims

Academic Recognition for Professional Learning (NB30123 or PN50141)

These modules offer students who are on a programme of study who have undertaken academic learning more than five years ago, or any form of non-credit-bearing professional development activities, to gain academic recognition from the learning.  The modules can be taken as an option module on a programme, or as stand-alone modules. Assessment is submission of a reflective essay that demonstrates the relevant learning that has taken place.

  • NB30123  gives 30 credits at Level 9
  • PN50141 gives 30 credits at Level 11

Further information about these options can be found on the modules pages: