Nursing Studies (Top-up degree)

Edinburgh Napier University


Sighthill Campus


This course is designed specifically for registered nurses who wish to 'top up' their academic qualifications to a BSc Nursing Studies award. It acknowledges the diversity of learning needs of professionals in the workplace, particularly those who are working in healthcare environments and studying concurrently. It will deepen your knowledge of evidence-based practice and develop a critical approach to integrated healthcare. You then can effectively apply the theory to your own nursing practice.

You will study subjects that are relevant to contemporary nursing practice, and you will be provided with learning opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills to allow you to progress in your chosen sphere of nursing practice.

The online materials have been designed to support you to study at a place and pace which suits your needs. Depending on your starting trimester and your module selection, you may complete the course in 12–24 months. You'll study five modules in total and, where available, a maximum of two modules in each trimester. Further information can be found in the indicative module delivery schedule.

Engaging in the online learning materials and participating in the online discussions will enable you to exchange knowledge with fellow participants. While you'll manage your own learning, you'll be provided with guidance on how best to work with the online materials and on the importance of reflection in order to meet the course objectives.

In addition to the module materials, you'll receive full support from module leaders and the programme leader, full access to our online library support, as well as being able to contact our dedicated administration team, should you have any queries.

For the award of the BSc Nursing Studies, you must successfully pass all five modules, giving a total of 120 credits. All modules are 20 credits, except where indicated.

Entry Requirements

You must be registered as a nurse with a recognised nursing regulatory body.

Start Date






Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

1 - 5 years


Nursing and Midwifery

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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